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What Did You Buy In the Steam Sale?

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Alas the Steam Sale is about to end. Gamer’s Christmas will return next year, all things considered I found this year to be disappointing. I only bought one thing – Homeworld Remastered, a write up of which I am currently working on. It cost me £10. A good find.

There were many things that made this Steam Sale a little disappointing for me. Firstly, there was a little bit of shiftiness on the first day with some games mysteriously going up in price days before and on the day of the sale, most notably GTA V. Nothing much, and as it turned out most cases were misunderstandings, but still – I’m surprised Valve allowed that kind of shit to be pulled on their marketplace. It is a shame that some developers decided to play the system.

The sale game was also a bit pointless. You could argue that it always is, and I’d probably agree with you – I rarely indulge in it because it gives Valve money and if you read my stuff on here you’ll know that I don’t like Valve very much. Last year Steam users (via Reddit) rigged the game so that everyone would win equally, a pretty awesome act of mass philanthropy. Valve changed the rules once they knew what was going on to reinstate the competitive side and thus make them more money. This year’s game seems to have been designed to avoid the Reddit rigging that went on last year. I think that is also a shame, I love it when people come together like that.

There were also no community votes. We used to be able to vote every few hours from a selection what games we wanted on sale at certain percentages. Not this time. Stuff just turns up on the front page and we accept it – another bit of community that was absent from this year’s Summer Sale.

Also, I just felt that a lot of the sales weren’t very good. The percentages were smaller, I think (though I am yet to crunch numbers to find out for sure). They might not have been, but the numbers felt less impressive. For instance, last year I bought Far Cry 3 for £3.99. A great deal. This year, the lowest I saw it drop to was £4.99. Also a great deal, but not quite as great as the one I got, despite the game now being a year older – I don’t quite know why.

That’s all I really have to say on the matter. It’s over, I’m a bit disappointed and honestly I only saved £12 over everything I bought. Oh well.

So what did you lot haul from the sale – anything good?

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About James Internet Egoone of us since 2:56 PM on 04.21.2015

Howdy! Welcome to the little corner of the internet that a part of me calls home. Here's some stuff about me.

Occupation: Student

Hobbies: Videogames, Chess, Philosophy

Interests: Law, Philosophy, Gaming

Chores: PC maintenance, Uni prep

Current Thought: Damn you Witcher 3! Damn you Crones to hell!

Favorite Game: KotOR 2 for reasons, but Witcher 3 is now joint first, bloody marvelous game.

Current Game: The Witcher 3

I am a fan of the written word as well as the spoken variety, so you'll find me doing a lot of written stuff. Every couple of days hopefully.

Here is a nifty list of what I think is my best stuff.

Destructoid C-Blogs
How Cities: Skylines Almost Screwed Up My Exam
Why the PR Man Can Lie
On Mods and Money
How Mass Effect Made Me Like Music
Questing For Immersion
An Afternoon With the SWG Emulator
How to Buy a game in 2015
Some Upbeat Thoughts on Bioware
The Pain of Playing Old Games
Why Citybuilders Are Not ABout Building Cities
On Valve's Inability to Follow The Law
Band of Bloggers: KotOR

Some Written Word on Game Design
Crafting
Ambivalence and Not Caring

Front Paged Things
Bloggers Wanted: KotOR 2

Kotaku UK
The Best Zombie Game Out There

That covers the bio, right?

Oh, right - name. I'm James, in case you couldn't guess.