1. Leave it to the last day of the sale to buy something you want unless it is a daily or flash deal. This reduces the chances of you missing out on further savings.
2. Before you buy a game, ask yourself if you’ll actually play the game. A game that is bought for 75% off but never played is a waste of 100%.
3. Make sure the game matches your value, not necessarily the price given. Remember, a game will always be cheaper in the future, or at the very least the same price. Given how long it takes to get to these prices, what are a few more months of potential waiting?
Also consider this incredibly important point:
Do you have a backlog? How about how many active games? Chances are yes and “quite a few”. With that in mind, are you actually going to be playing the games you get any time soon? If not, it’s not really worth getting them right away when you have other things you’ve already invested in (which in turn could shape what you want to purchase).
How Long To Beat – Users of the site enter the time it took them to complete and the time is then averaged. It can be used as a rough guide to let you know how long it’d take to complete a potential game if you’re concerned about length.
Steam Game Sales – Compares prices between various sites and Steam to find the best price. Also lets you see the games heavily discounted that are otherwise not on a time-determined sale.
CheapShark - Alternative to Steam Game Sales. I quite like the presentation of this. Also, it has a shark, which surely makes it stand-out above the rest.
RPS’s Advent Calendar – A potential buying guide for the best games of the year, as determined by the rulers of Castle Shotgun.
If you think there are other useful links, please let me know and I’ll add them in here.
General thread stuff:
1. Please ask about games you’re interested in. There’s a whole forum out there of people, many of whom are likely to have played the game you’re thinking of getting.
2. Feel free to post impressions of games that are on sale so that people can see what they’re getting involved with.
3. Keep general bargains from other sites in the bargains thread.
3a. Unless it’s because they’re doing a better offer than something on Steam. Amazon US seem to be attempting to price-match (or beat) Steam, so look out for that too.