Thursday, July 19, 2012

Steam Summer Sale Madness? 2012

     I've always been a fan of the Steam sales... Every year for the past few years around Christmas and Summer you can expect a certain sale and they have changed it up in terms of what you're supposed to do on these Steam Sales...  But however I'm somewhat disappointed this year with the turn-out of the sale itself.

     Sure perhaps they've added some badge thing, reminding you and others how often you do anything... But overall, it seems like they trying to push games instead of put them on sale... In the History of Sales of the Steam-sale, it usually is some sort of game or activity to not only buy games, but also try to get achievements.  Now I know that Valve has likely gone many of the developers and gotten some sort of Winter or Summer Achievement out of them, so doing it again with all the newer games would be more of a hassle.  But at least from what I remember back then, before the daily deal, they would select just any game for some time and put it on sale too.  Then that was a daily deal thing to get the unpopular odd games on sale for just any day...

     But THIS year...

     This year the sale is all pushy, and repetitive...  Like the flash deals for example, should be games NOBODY ever puts on sale... non-popular games and games that are NOT a daily deal ever.  That's not the case however, the flash deals are all basically second chances for the daily deals... and over and over with the voted game.  If you didn't catch the game on the vote, it's likely to show up on the flash sale maybe more than once.  It also seems that games that were daily deals are also more likely to make it up on a flash deal again!

So basically, if you haven't bought: (USD)

  • Saint's Row: The Third - 12$
  • Portal 2 - 5$
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent - 5$
  • Fallout: New Vegas - 5$

     You're doing it wrong, these particular games are on sale like everyday... and you'll likely see them throughout the sale because you NEED to buy these games in a Pushy steam sale!  Or so the sale feels like...  I'd like to see other games on sale too, things long forgotten on Steam.  The badge almost makes up for the lack of achievement or ticket getting but it would be nice to get something more engaging as well...

     Either way, I'm glad it's here!  Any chance to save money is good, and it's a sad summer the summer there is no Steam deal....

Tips for ANY Steam sale!

  • Don't buy anything unless it's a Daily Deal / Flash Sale / or the 'Community Choice' with the best sale percentage off...
  • Wait for it to go at least 75% off, unless it's a new game, and 50% is acceptable for your budget.
  • When a game hits 80% - 90% off that's usually the price limit for discounts, so feel safe buying it always!
  • Wait to buy a game until the last few days of the sale, there is usually a recap of the same popular games you may have missed on previous sales if you KNOW you missed a previous sale...
  • Bundles are always better than buying single items! UNLESS you own more than 2-3 games in the bundle, always price sale bundles and non-sale bundles!
  • Rarely Steam will not price bundles appropriately for certain sales, so when they go on Flash sale, you might benefit from buying everything that would have been in a bundle separately for cheaper!

Enjoy the Summer Deal!

Miner Wars 2081 looking Good!

Miner Wars 2081 up to this point has been a really impressive pre-alpha demo, there has been a recent update that changes this pre-alpha to alpha.  This means the content of the game is about ready for proper judgement, and I have to say it looks pretty good... Check it out...

This second video is the mission that has most of the impressive scripting in the alpha for the time being, however there are more and more missions releasing with new content and voices.  Some people really dislike the voices, but they're not too bad, and they're technically just placeholders so don't fret.

Sunday, July 15, 2012