It's August, so marketers will try to hook you for your back-to-school/college nostalgia, or use it to cross sell you some things you really don't need, but probably want. Let's have a look.


Hardware:
• Target's targeting the beginning of back-to-college migration as a pretext for putting all sorts of study aids on sale. Basically, as they apply to games, you get a $20 gift card when you buy a Wii. Tell yourself you need it for Physics 101. [Target]

• Vizio has a 32-inch 1080p LCD model, sort of uncommon, and it can be found for $399 through Dell, which is more than a hundy off its list price. Comes recommended as "a great TV for a console gamer setup." [TechDealDigger]

• What should you hook to that tv? A refurb PS3, 160GB model, would be nice. That may be grabbed through NewEgg for $309.99 - $140 off the usual price and, you guessed it, free shipping. [TDD]

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• Gaming laptops, love 'em or hate 'em, have their market and there's a swell rig for $250 off, down to $949. It's the 18-inch HP Pavilion HDX18T, use coupon NZR91524 to get it through HP. It comes with $ gigs of RAM, Blu-Ray drive, Core 2 Duo processor. Good screen, good CPU, good RAM configs. [TDD]

• If you're looking for a second instrument for your rhythm game, remember, don't ever pay full price without looking first. Something's on sale. In this case, a PS2 Shredmaster carbon-fiber git-tar for $34, which is more than half off it's $79.99 list. Get it through Amazon. [Amazon]

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Software
• Cheapy's got a few coupon codes for games you might actually want. God of War, Chains of Olympus is $9.99; Little King's Story is $36.99; Persona 4 is $24.99, Gallop Racer 2006 is $29.99. The codes are in Cheapy's post. [Cheap Ass Gamer]

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• Steam's sale this weekend: the entire Half-Life catalog, for $16.99. HL, HL2, HL2 Ep 1, HL2 Ep 2, all the fixins, you know the drill. [Steam]

• Through GamersGate, you can get the entire published catalog of Meridian 4 games, with quite a span of genres and styles, for $86.95. Ordinarily it'd run you over $500. You can also buy up their titles individually for half off. Some look a little value-binny, but hey, they're games, and they're cheap. [GamersGate]

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• If that passel of games didn't blow up your skirt, GamersGate also is offering S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl for 50 percent off. And you get all those periods for free. [GamersGate]

• iPhone gamers, DOOM Ressurection just dropped from $9.99 to $2.99. [TDD]

As always, smart gamers can find values any day of the week, so if you've run across a deal, share it with us in the comments.