I have been very reserved and only bought the games I ABSOLUTELY needed during the sale. I do miss the flash sales, but I also like how whatever discount you see for a game or bundle, that’s the lowest price it will be for the duration of the sale. So it makes it easier to buy in confidence!
Picked up these gems, they’ve been on my wishlist for a while:
- Convoy (really cool, Mad-Max style rougue-like)
- Stardew Valley (a spiritual successor to classic Harvest Moon on SNES)
- The Mean Greens: Plastic Warfare (Army Men meets TF2!)
- The African Kingdoms expansion for Age of Empires II. (Yes, they are still expanding a 17-year-old game. It’s the GOAT though, so shut up)
PC gamers know that you don’t have to wait long for great deals on games to show up. New releases get prices cuts often months before their console counterparts.
Steam and GOG are two popular markets for PC games, and both hold pretty awesome sales on an annual basis – the Summer Sale.
Now I haven’t been active on steam in a while, so they’ve got these trading cards which can be ‘crafted’ into badges once you complete a set, which are based around site events or games. This year, the summer sale has set that is available for a limited time only. I managed to get 8 out of the 10 cards, but there was a problem. Thanks to my tremendous luck, the restrictions that Steam places on accounts that have not been active (I haven’t been on since the last big sale) I cannot trade for or buy the two cards I need from other users to complete the set, essentially making my effort worthless. I did get some good deals, but I have also learned my lesson – log in to Steam on a regular basis so I don’t miss out next time. Total cost to ‘buy’ the cards? About $.30 – this is high stakes stuff folks!
My loss (an almost complete TC set to craft a badge):
- Rayman collection – $9.50 for Rayman 1 – 3 and Origins
- Civ V Brave New World Expansion + All additional maps and Civs – $17
- Metro 2033 – $3
- Metro Last Light Complete – $7
- Borderlands 2 GOTY – $10
- Skyrim Complete – $14
- Castle Crashers + DLC = $2.50
Total Spent: ~$60
Total Saved ~$80
I can’t complain, but my video game budget is wearing thin. Still planning on a Wii U before the end of summer, but it will have to wait for now.