Steam’s Summer Sale is Finally Here!

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Biceps

Well, I blew 60 bucks last night. Thanks, MaxPC, I had no idea till I saw this article teh summer sale had started. More to buy today!!!

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

When I was finally able to log in (exiting and restarting the Steam client seems to circumvent the various communication errors), I was able to cut my wish list in half.

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Ghok

I read an email that told me one of the games on my wishlist were on sale, so I click through to check out my wishlist and EVERY ONE of the games on my wishlist was on sale. Then I realized it was about that time of year. I spent about $50 last night, and who knows how much more I'll spend over the next week. Steam Summer/Winter sales are like a real holiday for me.

I don't know what to think of the side game this year. The card thing doesn't interest me much since I have to trade with people, and I can't be bothered enough to do that. The actual "cards" (really just new artwork) are cool though. I much preferred the new achievements we got one summer. They were a good excuse to replay old games you hadn't in a while. This year the side game is all tied into buying games and voting. Give me a better hoop to jump through.

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John Pombrio

It wasn't just you. Last night Steam was HAMMERED by millions of people all crying out at once: STEAM SALE.

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btdog

A fool and his money are soon parting...

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pastorbob

At least get the quote right. It's - "A fool and his money are soon parted."

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The Mac

I believe he was being funny...as in his money will be parting...

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btdog

Thank you, Mac - I worry sometimes that no one will get my humor. And, yes, some money has now "parted": Borderlands 2, FTL and I'm eyeing Xcom right now.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Poor and bitter?

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vrmlbasic

So far I've seen better deals on Amazon's Digital sale. I'm still irked that they had Borderlands 1, 2 and the Season Pass for ~25 bucks a few days ago and I missed it. Amazon had an arguably better deal for Bioshock as well.

I'm glad that I don't see anything that really appeals to me as I'm still bummed out over what I just bought from Amazon: Tomb Raider. Sarcastic thanks to all of you on here who maintained that game wasn't a steaming pile of excrement. That game was all about "playing a movie" (until it repeatedly crashed on my AMD setup) and if Uwe Boll were to make a Tomb Raider movie, well, it would be better than the one seen in this "game".

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dgrmouse

Although I don't agree w/ your Tomb Raider mini-review, I do think that Amazon and other third-parties have had much better sales than Steam for at least a year or so. The "activities" surrounding the Steam sales have also gone from moderately fun (buying a bunch of $2 games to accomplish feats like "conjure Santa in Scribblenauts", "kill Santa in Defcon", etc) with great rewards (free games) to obnoxious money-grabs (buy useless trading cards on Steam Marketplace) with no rewards (a stupid badge for your profile).

If the game or games you're interested in are Steamworks titles, you're better off snatching the disc-based versions from retailers burdened with unsold copies at half the price of Steam's best discounts.

ps disclaimer: I still hate steam.

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Peanut Fox

Wow. I just played Tomb Raider as well. I picked up a Steam key for 15 bucks. I didn't have any stability issues at all. The game was solid on my system. I wouldn't call it a steaming pile, but I don't think it was great either.

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vrmlbasic

I just replayed the first mission of Tomb Raider: Underworld and it was worlds better. That is what an intro should be to a TR game, not the "Press X to Not Die" interactive cutscenes and "obvious puzzles thanks to camera angles" intro mission. The free-form exploration and mildly-thought-provoking puzzles were absent.

The "damsel in distress" Croft of the newest game is worse than I thought. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that this game features a rather "moe" Lara Croft since it does have Japanese involvement.

The game continues to crash on my 6870/6850 XFire, 8350 "scorpio" machine. My machine must have an allergy to crap as the previous TR games run fine.

I dislike Steam as well but there is no alternative besides piracy. That irks me, it does.

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Peanut Fox

I'm not too surprised. The game has a very different focus from what it was when I played the demos in the Play Station 1 era.

There are tons of other options outside of Steam to buy and play PC games. Check out Good Old Games, Get Games, or any of the publisher stores.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Uh ... Amazon?

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wolfing

with Summer and Winter sales, I pretty much already bought every game I wanted to play (and some that haven't even been released). Don't think I'll get to buy anything this time, there's literally nothing released I'm interested to play that I don't already have in my queue.

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John Pombrio

That is what impulse buying is all about. I bought FTL on a whim and the hours and hours I put into that game still surprises me...

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Gauntylgrym

This. I've sunk about 75 hours into FTL. This turns out to be one of those gems you pick up on a whim for $5 (on sale) and it turns out to be one of the most addictive games you've ever played.

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wolfing

it's not for everyone though. I got it too, tried it and enjoyed it for a few hours, then I found the flagship and uninstalled the game. Turns out this is how 'rogue style' games work, also turns out I don't like 'rogue style' games.

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John Pombrio

Oh Boy! I will buy even more games that I will never play! I swear, some games are cheap enough that I will buy them just to watch the opening cinematics.
The site is getting hammered hard enough that I will get "cannot load page" errors. Other store sites should have this kind of problem. It shows that, at the right price, you can sell a ton of games.

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Gauntylgrym

"It shows that, at the right price, you can sell a ton of games."
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Amen. This is the true defense against piracy: sell your stuff at reasonable prices and consumers will gladly pay you for it. Try to charge $50-60 just because that's what the "standard" new game price is and see your sales fall by the wayside and get cannibalized by piracy.
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Steam has shown that both consumers and developers win when the price is right.

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vrmlbasic

If you won't play them, you can send them my way.

My steam library is so sparse that it all fits in the default-sized vertical "library window" on a 1080 display. No scroll bar for me.

(Though my DRM-free GOG library, on the other hand... lol)

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Biceps

I have an extra copy of halflife 2, if you want it...

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ulatec

Had to grab extra copies of CSGO

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CaptainFabulous

How is it that Skyrim is still $60? Ridiculous.

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chriszele

It's the Legendary Edition of Skyrim which comes with all the DLC packs that is $60. The normal version of the game is on sale for $21 (normally $30).

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Gauntylgrym

Exactly. $36 for all things Skyrim is a pretty good deal. But $20 (or so) for the base game is pretty good, however it will likely get better over the course of this sale--I'd wait.

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tom_m

Flash, Community and Daily sales are normally the lowest prices that a game will see for the duration of a Steam sale event. Also keep in mind that the "Legendary" version has only been out for about a month.

Amazon, Green Man Gaming or other stores may go lower during the same time frame. But a lower price *on Steam* than the one we see now is not likely to happen.

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Gauntylgrym

I disagree. Things that are on Flash or Daily often go to Community Choice vote for a deeper discount (especially if we're only seeing a 33% discount in the Flash/Daily).

I almost guarantee that we'll see Skyrim go to Community Vote for 60-66% off.