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Monday 22 July 2013

Steam Sale Aftermath

Those of you who follow my twitter will know some of my trials and tribulations regarding the steam sale, as well as my mixed feelings.
For those of you who don't even know what the steam sale is, I'm not really sure what you're even doing on my blog, if I'm honest. Steam is the digital distribution program created by Valve to sell games, and the steam summer sale is when Valve goes CRRRRRAAAZY (that's a Plants Versus Zombies Reference, F.Y.I. ) and cuts down a load of their prices.
You can get some great deals. £15 games for a pound, £20 games for £2.50 even some £30 games for a fiver or less. The deals are genuinely awesome and well worth it most of the time, but it adds up. It's not just that you spend a lot on awesome games, that I wouldn't think twice about. On several occasions I've bought games that I would never ever play, on other occasions I've bought games that I already owned.

This year the damage was £62.74 ($96.19 for our American readers) and while I have played every one of the things I bought, that fact is only true because I went out of my way to play each of them so that I could say that I played each of them.
I bought eleven games and four DLCs. Full price of it all would have been £217.39 ($333.30 U.S. ) So I saved a lot, but of those twelve games four were gift items (games I had to give to someone else) one I already own (on PC as well) and perhaps 3 I'll actually use to their full potential. only one of the DLCs will likely get used at all.

The Steam sale is great, it gives you a chance to get games super cheap when you otherwise couldn't afford it, but also sucks you in. It sucker-punches you with sales and deals of games you will never ever play.

In the end I bought the following:
Aliens Colonial Marines
Borderlands 2: Creature Slaughterdome DLC
Elder Scrolls Skyrim: Dragonborn
Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes
Fallout New Vegas: Lonesome Road DLC
Fallout New Vegas: Old World Blues DLC
FTL: Faster Than Light
Omerta: city of gangsters (2 copies)
Risen 2 Gold
Torchlight 2 (4 copies)
The Witcher 2

Great deals, but I need more self control at the Christmas Steam Sale.

- James

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