Steam Sale Steam Sale Steam Sale!

By John Walker on December 19th, 2013 at 6:17 pm.

It has begun. The biggun. Dishonored for £4, Monaco for a fiver, CS:GO for four pounds. And so on.

Which games have you been holding out for?

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  1. kimded says:

    well, if you have bioshock infinite and wanted the dlc now is good time to grab season pass as its £4 when the first chapter of dlc is £6, which even with the horror of season passes is a good deal :)

  2. Bull0 says:

    If Shadowrun Returns gets community chosen to 55% off I’ll be hitting that in eight hours.

    …At 2am.

    Bugger

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      shaydeeadi says:

      Those sales normally last 8 hours though? Get it in morning?

    • TehK says:

      If it helps…
      Shadowrun is still at 40% over on GoG (for around 5 hourse or so) and since they’re using the good old Dollar for every country, this is the same price as 55% on Steam in Euros. And of course, you’ll get it without the DRM.

      • Bull0 says:

        If I’d seen this in time I’d have gone for it, but I’m at work now :( thanks anyway.

        No steam meaning “without the DRM” is a bit misleading – since this is a comment thread on the steam sale article, I’m obviously at peace with using steam, and no steam means no auto-updating, etc, which is very useful, as well as no presence within steam without setting it up myself, etc. Summing it up as “without the DRM” makes it sound like a straight selling point, which to me at least it ain’t.

  3. Revolving Ocelot says:

    REVENGEANCE. REVENGEANCE. REVENGEANCE.

    £13.39!

    REVENGEANCE!

    • dE says:

      Somewhat sad that this is now on feature lists:

      “GRAPHIC OPTIONS” added to the OPTIONS Menu. Modify resolution, anti-aliasing, etc.

      But… I’m thankful they mention it, I’d be quite a bit more wary of it otherwise.

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        darkChozo says:

        More importantly:

        There is an option reading “ZANGEKI” that will modify the amount of cuts you can make.

        I vote that we add this to the list of PC game options that we get mad about developers omitting.

      • Bull0 says:

        It’s a console port so it’s good that they’ve confirmed they’ve added PC graphics options as frequently they’re omitted. It’s a proper selling point and it’s right that it’s on there.

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      thekeats1999 says:

      Yup. Only thing for me.

      Great game and looking forward to increase the cuts you can do so i can melt my processor.

    • Shooop says:

      The catch is it’s a pre-order. Game’s released late January.

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        Anthile says:

        You can pre-order it from Amazon for the same price. They won’t charge you until the game is released.

    • Ocki says:

      I’m so tempted to buy it. But i’ve sworn myself not to preorder games anymore… Plus it would empty more than half of my wallet money I’ve set up for the sale. :(

    • pkt-zer0 says:

      NANOMACHINES, SON.

      Sorry, I’m contractually obligated to say that on every MGR-related post. Because…

      THE MEMES?!?

      The game has the best worst dialog this side of Deadly Premonition.

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    slerbal says:

    Weirdly almost nothing.

    I got a most of the games I wanted from the Halloween Sale and various indie bundles. Starbound is taking up most of my time at the moment and when I take a break from that I want to finish Outlast, Lone Survivor Director’s Cut, and play some more Arma3 and EUIV.

    The few games I am interested in like the upcoming Consortium and Banished are not out yet. None of the offers leap out at me. It has been a great couple of years for gaming and it has left me with a backlog to get through over the holidays.

    That said it is too early for my wallet to breathe a sigh of relief yet. For the last few sales I thought I was safe but then something usually gets me.

    • Shooop says:

      Check your wish list. They only list a few of the games that are actually on sale.

      Almost everything they have is on sale, they can’t fit it all on the page.

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        slerbal says:

        Already on it :)

        I’ve been using IsThereAnyDeal.com to track prices – but that is primarily only for games I kind of want. If it is a game I’m actually after I am usually happy to pay full price. That said if I do pick up something it will be via the golden rule of waiting for the game to be the daily deal or flash sale unless it is the last day of the sales :)

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        darkChozo says:

        Remember the Steam sale mantra: never buy anything that’s not on daily/flash sale until the very last day.

    • Darth Gangrel says:

      I want almost nothing as well. I have about 20 games on my wishlist, but some of them are only there so I don’t forget about them. I have so many games already that I haven’t played and the humble bundles, like the WB bundle, have spoiled me to the point that even 75-80% off on games don’t look that appealing. I’ll still check the deals regularly, but I doubt that I’ll want to buy anything. My disposable income has all but been “disposed” in the mafia meaning of that word.

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    jrodman says:

    At this point I find most game prices are so low, there’s no reason to wait for sales. I only tend to buy things on sales that I don’t expect to enjoy but may have 20 minutse of amusement poking at.

  6. SuicideKing says:

    Borderlands 2/GoTY, when it hits 75% off. Hopefully 80% this time. Also, Sonic all stars, missed it when it was selling for $5. Stanley Parable, may get it now. Others too.

    • phelix says:

      Get Stanley Parable, you noggin! You’re only two months late!

      • SuicideKing says:

        I’m cheap, so i held off :|

        Played the demo, though.

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          melnificent says:

          If you enjoyed the demo get Stanley Parables. It’s worth it

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        Jonfon says:

        Brothers probably.

        I’ve a passing interest in trying Dishonoured out (but I’ll probably do my usual of playing it for 3 hours one night and then forgetting it exists) and getting the Skyrim DLC (although my Skyrim install has so many mods added now, including one of my own, god knows what’ll happen).

  7. SominiTheCommenter says:

    Bethesda can go fuck themselves.
    10€ for the two big Dishonored DLC and 7.5€ for the game proper. I got the game on release! Bloody DLC!

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      RPS puts DLC on the calendar so they seem to think there’s some worth there…

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      phuzz says:

      And the same thing with Bioshock Infinite :(
      Still, Mass Effect is worse, because the DLC is generally much more integral to the base game grrrrr.

  8. Severian says:

    Maybe X-COM Enemy Within? Maybe Brothers? I feel so snobby/nerdy for saying so, but nowadays I’d rather spend my time and money playing boardgames with friends. With there were Steam Sales on cardboard.

    • Wther says:

      I’ve been planning on getting The Duke this Christmas; even at full price, it appeals more than most potential additions to my Steam library.

      • sub-program 32 says:

        Already have that one myself. It’s nice to have a game which you win at constantly, if only because your siblings don’t know how to play it tactically yet. (I feel kinda bad about that)

    • Tom Walker says:

      I’ve been holding out for Enemy Within too. 33% off doesn’t seem good enough, though. Thirteen quid for something that came out over a month ago? Pah! Flash sales will save me.

  9. Hunam says:

    Bioshock Infinite Season Pass was on for £4 but now is back to £16

  10. FurryLippedSquid says:

    This Christmas sale, I are’ll be mostly buyin’, DayZ and Project Zomboid if it’s on sale.

  11. sub-program 32 says:

    You know that massively overpriced Roxio game Tiny Thief? It’s now under 4 pounds. I guess that’s one way to get it to the correct value it should have been…

    • Kitsunin says:

      That was bloody quick. Still more than the google store price though, isn’t it?

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      slerbal says:

      I was curious and kept an eye on the Steam Top Sellers list and it never once made it into the Top 100 which means that (surprisingly) people were wise to the gouging. Certainly their Community Hub discussions were dominated by the issue.

      I wonder what the reaction would have been if they had released first on PC and then on Android/iOS down the road at the low price?

      • sub-program 32 says:

        Not nearly as bad probably. Things do get cheaper as they become “less new”.

  12. rockman29 says:

    Not that I’m complaining, but it felt like there has been no time passed since the last sale lol.

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      slerbal says:

      Very true

    • Darth Gangrel says:

      GoG has had sales recently (and are having one right now) and when Steam’s autumn sales ended it was December, so the anticipation for the big Steam Holiday Sale hasn’t had time to build up. Last year I remembered that I was waiting for it, thinking “Isn’t it around this time it usually starts?” and checking forums for any bits of info, to no avail. Now I’m so indifferent that I think to myself “I dare you to make me want to buy something, Steam. I double-dare you, motherfucker!”.

    • Stardreamer says:

      Time was, human history used to be measured by the fact that there was always a war on somewhere.

      Now, at long last, in the 21st century, it’s being measured by sales of digitally-delivered PC games.

  13. Kitsunin says:

    I’m waiting for Chivalry: Deadliest Warrior to hopefully go 50%~ myself. I’m not sure what numbers of presence it’s got, so I don’t want to go too far in and get screwed if there are no SEA/West coast USA servers.

    I’m so tempted to get Monaco and Guns of Icarus online…but I know I’d never play them since I don’t have any gaming friends. Darn darn darn-diddly.

  14. LionsPhil says:

    Wait, hang on.

    The site’s responding. My Steam client isn’t dying on its arse in a mess of timeouts.

    This can’t be a sale. Something is wrong.

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      At least for the past couple sales, it usually only collapses once every 24 hours as the deals are refreshed, and manages to struggle back to its feet in 5-10 minutes.

    • CookPassBabtridge says:

      Thats because Valve has jetpacked away to another planet. All our money is now falling out of a sewage outflow below Gabe’s now abandoned Lavatory Hall. It no longer bungs up Steam.

  15. The Evil Moose says:

    I have enough games to play at the moment that I really don’t feel the need to buy more, I tend not to buy a game unless I can see myself pouring many many hours into it. Planning on picking up Dead Island for me and a friend to play in co-op though.

  16. ghling says:

    So, 4£ for Dishonored? Interesting, it is 7,49€ here. C’mon Steam, you can do better than screwing the EU customers (again).

    • LionsPhil says:

      According to Steamprices, for once UK is the cheapest option. We’re normally ~20% higher than the US.

      …the EU is being screwed by a publisher thinking € is just a funny way to write $ again.

  17. guygodbois00 says:

    “Which games have you been holding out for? ”
    Unfortunately, games not on Steam.

  18. mukuste says:

    Dunno why the article says Monaco for a fiver, I just bought it for €2.79. Nice.

    • dE says:

      As usual probably late price adjustments. The two rules of steamsales:
      1) Don’t buy if it’s not on flash/community or daily sale unless you want to or it is the last day
      2) Always wait at least an hour for the prices to settle in, unless it’s unbelievably cheap and most likely an input error. In which case, duke it out with your conscience.

  19. Turkey says:

    It’s kinda sad, but my biggest criteria for buying games on Steam sales right now seems to just be about how big of a game I can be bothered to download. The only reason I don’t get like critically acclaimed AAA games even when they’re 75% off is because I’d have to wait a bit to load a youtube video.

  20. Thoma says:

    Metal Gear Rising is included as well! Merry Chirstmas to me! ^^

  21. Astiahl says:

    For me probably Borderlands 2…late to the boat I know but hey, first year it’s been GOTY edition during a Christmas Steam sale. Sort of a required waiting period (at least for poor, stingy bastards like me) for games that are prone to heaps of potentially good content DLC.

    Other than that mostly the odd assortment of impulse buy indie titles that sort of shuffle to the back corners of my mind until I see them on sale.

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    strangeloup says:

    Oddly, I’m holding out for a discount on software releases (or just saying ‘fuck it’ and getting them for 50% off or whatever) more than games. That being said I am rather looking forward to the no-doubt-impending TF2 Smissmas update.

    Edit: I guess I’d kinda like AssFlag, if it goes cheap. Other than that, not a lot.

  23. Keyrock says:

    Seems like they have these big sales ever 25 seconds. There isn’t much I want that I don’t already have so I’ll try not to let GabeN rope me into buying anything that will just sit on the backburner forever.

    • Shuck says:

      That’s the problem I’ve been having for a while – my back catalog of unplayed games is so large that anything I buy now will sit around for at least a year or two, by which time it will have gone on sale several more times, and probably for a lot less.

      • CookPassBabtridge says:

        Nowadays I am usually playing a few games at a time. At the moment I have X3, Wargame Airland Battle and Men of War on active rotation, and games of Civ5 and Homeworld sizzling in the background. Thanks to steam sales its rare I will just sit and play one game exclusively, though XCom EU did jet to the top of my list for aaaages

        • Shuck says:

          I have more than three dozen games installed that I cycle between. Unfortunately that just means I finish them even more slowly and take up more hard drive room. And I still have a huge backlog of unplayed games…

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        jezcentral says:

        Same here. I now have hundreds of games, so I keep a massive wishlist. If anything on it hits under £5, I buy it, and it gets added to my Forever Unplayed pile.

        • Shuck says:

          I was doing that – if a game on my wishlist hit a price that it was unlikely to drop below, I’d buy it. As my game backlog continued to grow many times faster than I was playing through it, even that started feeling somewhat foolish…

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      Chaz says:

      I would love to see statistics of un-played games there are just sitting in peoples Steam accounts. Must be at least 20 in my own account. Globally there must be millions of dollars spent on unused games in Steam.

      What I’d like to see is all game purchases come to your account as gifts by default. That if left unused you can either give away or trade on the Steam trading forums.

  24. TheGroovyMule says:

    At this point in time it might be easier to tell people when there’s NOT a Steam sale…

  25. Nim says:

    But I still haven’t played half the games I bought from the Summer Sale!

    • Shuck says:

      Heck, I still haven’t played most of the games I bought in the summer sale… of three years ago.

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        RedViv says:

        I am slowly approaching the stuff from the last Winter Sale. If time off and will to play align nicely, I might actually be done with my backlog in… Late summer. Yay!

        • kalirion says:

          After seeing unplayed games I bought years ago on sales for $20 later go for $5, I decided to prioritize my “more expensive” purchases to avoid that feeling of frustration. So just last week beat Shadow Warrior 2013, and now on Tomb Raider 2013. Oblivion, Dragon Age and Fallout 3+NV can just wait in my backlog for another year or two :)

  26. SkittleDiddler says:

    GameFly’s recent digital sale ate all of my seasonal budget this year — they had some fantastic discounts. Sorry, Steam, you’re a week too late, and from what I’ve seen of your sale so far, the prices have been pretty underwhelming.

    I’ll eat my words if Valve somehow manage to get Dishonored GOTY for less than $10 or the Mount & Blade collection for $5.

  27. Kinch says:

    Just bought “Teslagrad” – though it’s not really on sale and has just been released.
    I’ll most likely get “Papers, Please”, “The Stanley Parable” and “Guacamelee” once they’re on a bigger discount. Possibly also “Gone Home” since I missed that on Humble Store.

    The only thing I really really want is “Rayman Legends” but I’ll probably get it for 360 because I can’t stand the Uplay/Steam combo. Was hoping GOG would have it DRM-free, boo.

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      Mitthrawn says:

      If you just set uplay to offline mode its mostly harmless. Rayman Legends is properly brilliant and regardless of platform, definitely get it.

  28. kud13 says:

    hmm.
    2 major AAA releases i’d be interested in (Bioshock: Infinite, and Arkham Origins) both doing the season pass thing. so skipping those untill there are GOTYs

    other than that, looking for some B-titles, once they drop below 10 bucks.

    Mars: War Logs
    Of Orks and Men
    Game of Thrones RPG
    Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
    Remember Me
    DARK
    Demonicon

  29. derbefrier says:

    Hmmm nothing i really want badly this time around but i am sure i’ll find some game i want I forgot existed.

  30. Neurotic says:

    Silent Storm 2 Gold for 5 EUR – best TBS I’ve ever played. Worn out so many discs over the years, great to have a Steam version at last!

  31. lomaxgnome says:

    Wait for the dailies you bastards!

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      Mitthrawn says:

      My rule is to wait for the dailies unless its 75% or below. I figure for that much off, I don’t care if it drops lower (and it usually doesn’t). Also, a lot of the time unadvertised games will drop in relation to dailies, for example right now chantelise and fortune summoners are both on flash sale, even though only recettear is on the front page, as they are made by the same company. Also anyone who likes bit.trip- unadvertised 90% off sale, or all of them for 10$.

  32. CookPassBabtridge says:

    Thanks to RPS’er RedViv I picked up Europa Universalis IV over at ParadoxPlaza for $10. There’s also CKII for the same. The site is bloody shonky though, and accessing from the UK it gets confused. First it wanted to charge me £8.75, then $10 (£6.10) as it gets confused with region. I picked it up for $10, and its now happily downloading to steam.

  33. Stochastic says:

    Steam sales have kind of lost their impact for me now that there are sales year round. Unless you have something 90% off it’s hard to get me too excited anymore.

    It’s also funny how sales have changed my purchasing threshold. I only buy games now if they’re ridiculously good values. For instance, a few years ago I would have leapt at the opportunity to buy Assetto Corsa for $30. Now that seems pricey for me.

  34. CookPassBabtridge says:

    OH

    X-Rebirth

    For 50p. Just to find out if it really is that bad but also oooh pretty for 5 minutes

  35. iainl says:

    According to the stats thing, exactly half of my 172 games have never been played. So it seems madness to spend more money.

    • CookPassBabtridge says:

      Sometimes it feels good just to buy more games. I’ve never been a big shopper, but I definitely get a retail hit from Steam sales. “I have accumulated THINGS” says my hunter gatherer limbic system. “Oh NO another TUTORIAL” says same, now frustrated, system, thirsting for virtual achievement. So yeah, buy stuff, feel good, play game, feel frustrated. Eventually I force myself to sit and learn it and its usually awesome.

      In fact lately I have started trying to play games without knowing much about the ‘right’ way to play them, to just figure them out and get the slow-burn reward of discovery and learning. I am trying to teach my brain Delay Of Gratification in my mid-thirties. Thats going quite well, thanks for asking (The DoG, not being mid-thirties)

    • kalirion says:

      Pshh, lightweight. I’ve forgotten more about even “owning” more of my Steam games than that!

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        Jalan says:

        When the bulk of your library consists of bundle purchases it’s easy to say that.

  36. aldo_14 says:

    Proteus, as the advent calendar suggested my toddler might like it.

    Iron Brigade, possibly.

    And, er, dunno. That Sonic kart game, if it’s ridiculously cheap. Um…. are there any good (open) space sim games out there?

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      melnificent says:

      Proteus is good for teaching young children basic 3d navigation with a joypad or mouse and keyboard. The style is relatable (It’s like a childs painting) and it can proceed at their pace.

    • iainl says:

      If you mean Sonic Transformed, than (a) yes it is cheap, and (b) it’s absolutely marvellous. Not least because you can co-op the campaign mode, so my son doesn’t get frustrated with the difficult bits.

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    Chaz says:

    Arma 3, I know it’s down to £30 right now, but I want it even cheaper. Hopefully it’ll pop up in a flash sale.

    But already picked up a 2 pack of Chaos Engine HD and Rise of Flight: Channel Battles.

    • CookPassBabtridge says:

      Especially considering its incomplete, I think that’s far too much. I wish I had picked it up at beta price, but once it jumped up to that much I sort of wrote it off until a decent sale price popped up.

  38. kalirion says:

    The “core” BIT.TRIP games are with an un-advertised 90% off discount, $0.99 each. You can pick them out of this: http://store.steampowered.com/sub/31547/

    I enjoyed BEAT and RUNNER enough to get CORE, VOID and FATE.

  39. Jeremy Laird says:

    CS:GO for £2.99. Yay.

  40. Scumbag says:

    Skyrim DLC, just so I can make some of the nice visual mods not go totally batshit on me. Installed a lot a new birds into the world and they sent the wolves and bandits crazy.

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      Chaz says:

      Ah yes I have that mod installed too. Yeah basically any aggro mob or NPC just go nuts trying to kill the birds. I haven’t found it too bad yet but then I also have SkyTEST – Realistic Animals and Predators which modifies the animal behavior. It’s quite good too.

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    Carra says:

    I’m interested in Assassin’s Creed – Black Flag. Maybe the new Batman one… then again, still haven’t played City.

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      MajorManiac says:

      I’d definitely recommend Batman Arkham City GOTY edition. Especially for just £5.

      Its basicly like the first game with an added open-world city to mess about in. In the style of Assassin’s Creed.

      I’d also recommend the seemly overlooked ability to play as Catwoman. She isn’t allowed to do Batman’s missions, but its good fun to stalk through the open world as her. I think she plays as if she were the alien from Alien.

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        jrodman says:

        Does it have GFWL?

        • iainl says:

          New Batman (i.e. Oranges) just has Steam DRM from the off, and the first two have both had GFWL removed (which stole my save on its way out, natch), so you’re all fine.

          • Phil says:

            If you have the original GFWL save files you can strip the GFWL header off with a hex editor and they should work. A quick net search ought to turn up the necessary details.

  42. Frank says:

    Just got Miasmata. Looks like they couldn’t be bothered to fix game-breaking UI bugs in the past year since it came out. Thanks for that. Maybe next time make your game 2% less shiny but actually functional, eh.

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  44. ahmedabdo says:

    GOG sales are much more exciting to me. I have one game only wishlisted in steam.

  45. TWChristine says:

    Saints Row IV! I noticed the Steam sale says it’s going until Jan 3rd..but SR says it’s on sale until the 2nd..does this mean it will then go even cheaper on the 3rd? Either way I think I’m going to wait until the 2nd to see if it goes cheaper in between as a daily/weekly deal.

  46. Richard Burton says:

    IL-2 Sturmovik Cliffs of Dover at £4.99? Yes please. Then apply the mod that finally fixes this game into the best WW2 flightsim currently out there? http://theairtacticalassaultgroup.com oh, ja bitte mein Führer! :)

  47. Jams O'Donnell says:

    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is the one I regret not snapping up in the Thanksgiving sale the most, so when it inevitably comes up this time around I’ll surely grab it. Other than that I’m not sure if I need anything.

    Famous last words.

  48. almostDead says:

    That Hector, we negotiate with terrorists point and click.

  49. bill says:

    Is bioshock Infinite really so expensive that at 75% off it is still $17?
    Or am I suffering from some regional pricing shenanigans?

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      Samuel Erikson says:

      Shenanigans, sadly. It’s 10$ in the US, though none of the DLC is discounted.

      • bill says:

        Crap.
        Steam used to mainly ignore Japan (where PC games are INSANELY overpriced*). A few things weren’t available, but those that were available were at US prices.

        If they start mirroring local prices, that’s the end of steam for me. Luckily it seems to just be a few titles so far.

        Seriously, I saw CoD2 and Rome: Total War (1) selling for about 70 dollars, and that was about standard.