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    Things I've learned from the Steam Summer Sale

    1 - the 'Steam Community' has shockingly poor taste in games - 50% of people choosing Age of Empires - NFS: HP beating Driver:SF etc. etc. - Wut?

    2 - having "only" 10 games on your wishlist will in no way stop you buying 18 games and still having 4 games on your wishlist at the end

    3 - reading this forum is expensive

    4 - YS games are actually very much my cup-of-tea

    What have YOU learned...

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    Lesser Hivemind Node Velko's Avatar
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    Call of Duty 2 will never go below €10.

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    I won't be purchasing anything from steam unless there is a sale, I'll just save up money for a year and then at the next sale, I go banana's.
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    That I'm prone to spend a lot of money if it's in small doses.
    I should pay more attention to the total amount of money I spend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trjp View Post
    1 - the 'Steam Community' has shockingly poor taste in games - 50% of people choosing Age of Empires - NFS: HP beating Driver:SF etc. etc. - Wut?
    Personally, I voted for all kinds of reasons. I voted for the best game, the only game of the three that I didn't own, the game I wanted other people to play, the underdog.. it wasn't exactly a scientific poll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trjp View Post
    3 - reading this forum is expensive
    This. So much this, and not only during a sale.
    RPS should engrave that one sentence and put it on top of the forum in gigantic letters in the most eyeball destroying colour they can find.

    Seriously. My wallet hates you all.

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    Also, people seem to generally vote for the biggest discount and/or most well known game, even if it has been on sale just the day before and there are vastly superior games to vote for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravelle View Post
    I won't be purchasing anything from steam unless there is a sale, I'll just save up money for a year and then at the next sale, I go banana's.
    Even then I'm only going to buy a couple of games.

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    Patience is a virtue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trjp View Post
    1 - the 'Steam Community' has shockingly poor taste in games - 50% of people choosing Age of Empires - NFS: HP beating Driver:SF etc. etc. - Wut?
    People often vote for the most-wanted game they don't already own. So I would expect the second best game of the three (already own the best game and don't want to own the worst game) to usually win.

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    It's not over when you had enough - it's over when you hate yourself.
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    I learnt that some forward planning, playing of demos in advance, and most importantly stopping and thinking about what I am considering buying can help me stop wasting money on games that I don't really want or won't enjoy.

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    Skyrim is perhaps the only 8+ month old game that can still demand $30 as its lowest sale price.

    Maybe because the first DLC pack will be released very soon for $20, and they want the base game to be worth more than that. Or maybe just because it's Skyrim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TillEulenspiegel View Post
    Skyrim is perhaps the only 8+ month old game that can still demand $30 as its lowest sale price.

    Maybe because the first DLC pack will be released very soon for $20, and they want the base game to be worth more than that. Or maybe just because it's Skyrim.
    It took 8 years for Oblivion to see any decent discount and 9 for it to be truly 'cheap' (post Skyrim of course) - so it might be a while before Skyrim sinks under 18!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthile View Post
    It's not over when you had enough - it's over when you hate yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthile View Post
    It's not over when you had enough - it's over when you hate yourself.
    I didn't know I had learned this until just now. Something to cherish.

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    1. There are no more games.
    2. Except Duke Nukem Forever, but I'm not buying that.
    3. The Xmas sale is going to be a cruise.
    My actions are in no way born out of some sort of Darwinist offensive
    I just get a bit fidgety times
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    That Steam sales have the peculiar effect of causing me to spend more money other places than Steam. When all was said and done I spent $25 on Steam games, but $40 on Gamersgate. This is not the first time this has happened, in fact it's a regular pattern. Funny.
    Last edited by vinraith; 23-07-2012 at 07:33 PM.

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    I have so many RTS games that I bought on sales and ended up barely playing like the complete stronghold collection. I was addicted to the demo but when I bought the games I stopped playing after a couple days. Somehow most of the missions were poor compared to the demo. I was pretty sad. I barely open Steam or Impulse or my list of GoG downloads more than once or twice a month. I think my Impluse account has over $1000 of games that I have spent less time on combined than just playing Civ 3.

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    I learned how to finally handle it properly.

    1) Set a max amount you're willing to spend during the whole sales and stick to it.
    2) Only buy games that are on your wish list
    3) Don't buy if it's not a more than 50% sale.
    4) Only buy one game each day.

    I did that and only bought Fallout New Vegas GOTY edition, The Darkness 2, Trine 2, Legend of Grimrock and Metro 2033. All of that for less than 40 €
    Last edited by Drayk; 23-07-2012 at 08:26 PM.

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