After that major change up of the steam TOS that made me agree to binding arbitration or lose my games I quit buying games from steam. That was a move into EA or Ubisoft territory and they still haven't made up for it.
Steam deals were horrible this season. I refuse to believe they were unaware of the other guy's deals. A quick visit to any other website would reveal that steam's prices were simply not as good.
It's all part of the game in my opinion. Steam wins either way, as their platform (DRM) is the main one being used, and one of the few, if only, being praised by gamers. So either way, they are still making out pretty good, it seems.
[citation][nom]gilgamex101[/nom]I wasn't too enthralled with the game selection, it wasn't as alluring as previous years for sure[/citation]
I would say it was MUCH better than 2011's sale (there wasn't really anything IMHO in 2011), but 2010 was when they REALLY cleaned house and my wallet.
This year they had some good sales if you caught the timed ones right, like Torchlight 2 being on sale for $9.99 (50% off) and a few others.
It's nice to see GMG, Amazon and Gamersgate get the attention they deserve this holiday season. GMG and Amazon in particular have been complimenting sales that often times were already better than comparable Steam sales (ie. games on Steam being sold for 66% off were being sold on Amazon and Greenman Gaming for 75% off) but on top of that GMG and Amazon had other vouchers and coupons to further increase your savings, that could be stacked with those 75% off sales bringing many titles down to under 4 dollars.
I did far more shopping on Amazon and GMG this year than on Steam, and I feel like that is a trend that will probably continue. Adding salt to the wounds is the fact that most of the games Amazon and GMG sell are in fact Steam keys. Valve really screwed the pooch this year.
[citation][nom]Article[/nom]The old jokes about Steam sales performing atrocities to a PC gamer's wallet just didn't ring quite as true this year.[/citation]
I'm not entirely in agreement with this part miss! Despite owning hundreds of games already, I still saw myself spending 50€ more than I should have this time around. And I know friends have done the same.
A friend of mien is now at 956 owned items. I'm 9 items behind.
It's all perspective. I just sold all my 360 games and replaced all but two of the non-exclusive titles for 4.99-7.49. Now I can enjoy them @ 60FPS instead of 30. I even bought some I was on the fence about for $4.99 (though Batman:AC don't work). Any I didn't get will be $4.99 next year. I didn't see any better prices at competitors sites for anything I had my eye on.
Nothing in the Steam sale I wanted that I didn't find much cheaper elsewhere: GMG, GameStop, etc.
I'm sure the Sale competition hit Steam hard and took them rather by surprise. Most of what I bought registered on Steam, it was just more cheaply sourced. I downloaded several games from their servers without spending any money with the. Bandwidth must cost them.
I bought more games this year then any other games. I'd say the games were a lot cheaper this year too. So maybe they sold more games, but made less money, which I think is a good thing for the customers. I notice a lot more of my friends are starting to buy more games on steam too.
Keeping in mind that this is pure speculation on the author's part
I finally picked up portal and portal 2 for a total of $8, which was pretty good. But then again I am WAY behind the times on games, and most people already own a lot of the games that had really good deals.
I bought Dishonored and Borderlands2 for $29 bucks (each).
RAGE was $5 bucks - tough to beat that...
What else - oh yeah Crysis2 for $10 bucks; Skyrim for $29; and Oblivion (GOTY) for $4.99 LoL.
Even FarCry3 was on sale, but you had to be quick to catch it.
Max Payne 3 for $15 bucks was a steal and it's a good game too. Got Batman:AC what seems to be a good game, to bad I can't enjoy it just keeps crashing. Witcher 2 and Sleeping dogs are games I was able to get on sale too haven't played them yet though. I was hoping to see a AC3 and FC3 cheaper but no big deal I can always for another sale.
I should have elaborated more carefully. The steam deals were horrible this season in comparison to both last year, and in comparison to the competitors. The deals you mentioned, for the most part, weren't steam exclusive, and could be found at other sellers, and at times, for less.
it is stupid valve/Gabe got greedy, they couldnt careless about pricing because people will still end up in steam. monopoly ftw.
*how could Amazon/GMG can sell steam key cheaper than steam itself. Valve already collected their cut on steam key itself, so the Amazon/GMG profit are really much smaller than Steam store itself.
I have been boycotting them on EA/Ubisoft games, and headed over to Origin/Uplay. *of cos some people are ok with Valve monopoly while they dislike Intel monopoly. They will rather pay more expensive games on steam store just to add another layer of DRM on Ubisoft games. or rather prefer steam DRM over GOG DRM free version