The Steam winter sale has come and gone, and I didn’t purchase a single title. I did get a bunch of trading cards though, so that’s something.
One reason I didn’t buy anything is currently Battle Brothers is hording all my non-mobile gaming time (Though I have started playing League of Legends a bit as well, more on that in another post). I’m on day 280 of my current campaign, with the goal of beating some of the tougher pre-set fights, and then retiring to start up a new company. I’m not sure when my attention will wane from BB, but my guess is ‘not soon’.
Another reason for not making a purchase is based around the fact that Steam has conditioned me to believe 75% off is a good deal, and anything less than that is just ok. I think they have backed away from frequently having titles at 75% off, or even 66%, but my mind isn’t there yet. I still see 50% and think that’s not a great deal. I’ve also noticed that, more frequently now, a title will be 50% off, but that 50% is off the full $50-$60 price-point, which again doesn’t strike me as much of a deal on titles that are now months old.
That said price really isn’t the issue itself, its what I would be buying. Nothing on my wishlist right now is a must-buy (or I’d already own it); its all titles I think look interesting, but I’m not dying to play them right now. Some of those titles are also games I know will last a few hours, rather than be a major investment of time, and those titles especially I know I can wait for the ‘right’ sale.
I was gifted Gloria Victis by Jonneh, as we had talked about it in Discord and it does look like an interesting game. I’ve played it for about an hour so far, just to see how well it runs and what the controls feel like, and so far so good. But with my time devoted to BB right now, I don’t want to jump halfway into a MMO right now, especially a PvP-focused title.
I went crazy last night getting steam installed just so I could install Duke Nukem. It kept telling me Steam was unavailable. After about 30 minutes of trying I went directly to their site and installed Steam. Then it worked fine. Kind of glad the ale is done, I see where I could spend a few dollars pretty easily.
So you didn’t have Steam before this?
And the tipping point to get it was Duke Nukem (The original game, or one of the newer ones?)
Only connection issues I get with Steam is when the computer is waking it, everything reconnects fast other than Steam, which takes a good 2-3 minutes to ‘refresh’ itself and recognize I’m logged in.
Never had Steam. I’ve seen people talk about the sales over the years. Never thought to get it. I was feeling nostalgic before Christmas and asked for the more recent Duke Nukem Forever.
I’m always amazed by PC gamers who don’t have Steam, as its so central to basically everything I do in terms of gaming.
I’ve always purchased games for consoles or pc. I mean I can recall playing Neverwinter over dial up eons ago. I remember the phone bills too. Lol.
I have Steam now but it was years before I finally installed it and I still don’t use it much. If your main interest is MMOs it’s hardly essential.
I agree but there are some fairly decent MMO offerings on Steam like Project Gorgon and such.
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Gloria Victis is a community-based game. Going in blind will leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. If you ever plan on getting into it I suggest posting on the reddit page, very helpful people in this game!