Jul 27, 2012
Steam Summer Sale
The Steam Summer Sale. The scariest thing in the world to a gamers wallet, only to be followed by the Steam Winter Sale. A small handful of games get priced drop to ridiculously low prices, or even worse, bundled together. Because there is no need for physical packaging and they can be delivered to your hard drive instantly, there is really no need for the high price points, and Valve takes advantage of this fact. For example, I got Batman: Arkham City with all the downloadable content for around 17 dollars. This exact configuration of the product, the full game and all the download stuff, was just released in disc based form on Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. It retails for $49.99. I bought the entire Alan Wake Franchise; the main game, its two pieces of DLC, and the smaller in scope but still awesome almost sequel American Nightmare, for $10. Alan Wake's American Nightmare is 1200 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live Arcade, or 15 bucks. That doesn't include the two DLC's for the main game, 560 points each, which translates into roughly 7 dollars. And to download Alan Wake proper directly to my Xbox, with no box, instruction manual or disc, is $29.99. So around $60 to get the same experience on Xbox 360, for a brief period of 10 days you could get it on PC for $10. Portal 2? $5 on Steam. $30 at GameStop. Fallout: New Vegas? $10 bucks with all the DLC. $30 bucks at GameStop.
Plus, Steam had a wealth of Indie games on sale too, most that I already owned because of the Humble Indie Bundle that ran a few months back. While a few notable indie's came out on the 360 and the PS3, such as Limbo and Braid, there are some great games available that are PC only, like Amnesia: The Dark Decent, which is probably the scariest game known to man. A bunch of my friends are also hooked on Dungeon Defenders as well, another PC exclusive title.
And the best part? Playing on PC means I don't have to put up with little kids yelling racial, sexual and vulgar phrases through a poorly designed headset. I am a PC gaming convert., and I couldn't be happier.