Summer Sales

It’s the summer in the northern hemisphere, and digital retail services are doing “summer sales”of video games. Last week, Steam was discounting quite a few games with deals of the day; some were going out at 85% off. I bought a few things, mostly to put my hands on DLCs for games I already own. I’m not a big fan of $10 DLCs for 3 hours of fun when the original game cost me $60 for 40 hours. So, I kind of like sales where complete packs with DLCs cost less than $10. So, I put my hands on games like the complete edition of Elder Scrolls VI: Oblivion with all the DLCs or Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate with all the DLCs and expansions. Steam also wrapped their summer sales into a “summer camp” where you could participate in planned activities to win tickets to win prizes later. I didn’t participate; it actually gave me Neopets flashbacks, and not the good kind.

I also bought Batman: Arkham Asylum on Steam. I was waiting to buy it cheap for quite some time, actually, since I tried the demo. The reasons for waiting were the crappy DRM (limited activations) and the usage of Game for Windows Live (at least it supports offline profiles). Anyway, I liked the demo when I tried it, but not enough to buy the game with the restrictions. I started playing it, and the game is pretty fun, although I think it might be a bit overrated by some. It seems to have quite a bit of repetitiveness, but you have neat abilities as Batman.

GoG also has its summer sale, but it’s of a different type. Each day until July 25th, they have a selected game at 60 percent. This means it will cost about $3-$4 USD to own the daily special, if it interests you. It actually forces you to visit their site every day. Gamersgate also added a few more games to their weekly sales, probably trying to compete with Steam.

Anyway, I’m really starting to have a problem: I own too many games, some of which I will probably never play. Some I bought just because I remember playing the demo of it a long time ago. Some I bought just to have a digital version in case I lose my discs. Others I bought just to try them and finally decided I didn’t really like them. Actually, I might end up re-buying games I own on one of those digital services one day, too, because I don’t remember I already own them. I already bought the wrong game, too: Gothic II Forgotten Gods, when I wanted Gothic III (duh!) So that eventuality is covered. At least I contained myself with Steam (I actually don’t really like Steam; that might have helped me here). I didn’t spend more than $10 a day on that summer sale, and I only bought something on four out of seven days. Now, I got quite a few things to play, which means more games to install on my computer. I’ll need a new hard drive soon!

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RE: Steam
This is not about summer sales, but …
The people I know who love it tend to be younger (early 20s); while my friends who hate it — even if they use it — are in their late 30s or early 40s. I wonder if that holds true across its user-base or are just the opinions from the small section of folks I know.

I’ve been resisting setting up a Steam account, but maybe I should look into it.

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