For example: When X-com was on sale (Steam) for 33$ it was also on sale in Gamersgate for 25$ and GMG for 21$ (with discount code) and it was still the No. 1 selling game for that day on steam.
And it wasn't even a good sale price to begin with.
Being semi-serious - I reckon all that crazy discounting has gotten Steam into a position where they sell a tonne of stuff and 'any' discount - so why over-discount stuff?
I miss the interactivity stuff more than the silly prices tbh - there was a real sense of occasion, some use of the community etc. with those things. Valve talk about engaging their community all the time - but they actually don't do that at all. At best they use us to fill surveys (the whole of Greenlight is one massive survey - basically) and keep their shop looking busy :)
It's like the Humble Bundle - it outsells other bundles 100s or even 1000s:1 despite not always being anything like as interesting as other bundles. It's just "known" - people see it and think "that's always a bargain - I'll have it".
Meanwhile, struggling sites like Gamersgate have 'sales' which contain items not on sale, reset their timer without changing their content and give away games for pennies and then claw it back from their customers and Valve must think "easy life".
I didn't think that GMG would become the main alternative to Steam but in terms of doing some great deals and having pre-orders/new titles at the lowest prices, they're right there.
Haha, wow. Quake actually made it as the community's choice deal. I wonder how many people buy it and fail to figure out how to run/mod it. That would be unfortunate.
I did consider buying Q3/Arena, but I'm a bit disappointed only the original Quake is 75% off.
Flash sale thoughts:
NFS: Hot Pursuit - Great open world racing game, with some great terrain and routes to drive on. Well polished and fun. Looks fantastic, okay soundtrack. If you've been interested in it, definitely do get at that price. (Also note that all the other NFS titles are similarly discounted, a fact well hidden.)
Psychonauts - Fantastic action/platforming game, with excellent characters and dialogue. That said, this game isn't exactly new, but I would say its praise is more than justified.
BIT.TRIP.Runner - Platformer that's really a rhythm game, but that's okay. Great visuals and audio, with sufficiently challenging levels. It actually gets rather difficult very quickly. I wouldn't say it was for everyone, but there are plenty of vids around that you can look it up and decide if it appeals to you or not. I enjoyed it, but I did buy it on a whim and it was only when I started properly getting into it that I began to enjoy it more. Completing it was mostly a relief, even if I did enjoy the journey.
I'm kinda in the mood for some arcadey racing and probably would've gotten it for five bucks ... but then racing games are pretty much hit or miss for me. What's the closest comparison to Hot Pursuit regarding the handling? Is it similar to Criterion's Burnout series? Also, did they get the sense of speed right?
I haven't played a NfS game in ages (except Shift 2, which is atypical for the series) so I really don't know what to expect.
I think they got the sense of speed just right, where going fast has that whole "I'm barely in control of it, but I am" satisfaction. The drifting/handling is supposedly a bit odd, but I never found any problem with it whatsoever. Being made by Criterion, it certainly feels like the only other Criterion game I've played, Burnout Paradise. Honestly, I really liked it. I put a good bit of time into it, and that was on the 360 with a capped 30fps (and I'm sure it dipped in places).
That said, yeah, it has gone back down to 50%. It obviously has been cheaper, so wait on it now. In the mean time, have a look at some videos to get impressions. I know Giant Bomb did a quick look, not sure on anybody else. I don't remember NFS having a daily deal, so as it presumably will, you could make a further decision then.
Hot Pursuit can be pretty bloody hard (the single player timed stages are designed for repeat play I think) - and the whole package can get VERY samey - and the online play is riddled with hackers - it's still worth the cash tho, if for nothing else for the Lamborghinis in Police Colours :)
No game has come close to the sensation of speed that Shift had in cars like the Veyron - it was INSANELY fast, uncontrollably fast - races were demolition derbys!!
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Damnit I want Shivering Isles by itself. I already have Oblivion. Will the Oblivion GOTY ever dip below $5?
No DLCs are listed when I look under downloadable content in my library. I hope they're there...
Wasn't it exactly $5? I missed it anyway. Wanted Shivering Isles so i could play some mods that require it.
The Fable games are back up (if you're interested, 3 is good but PC controls suck) and I was wondering is there any difference between the Fable: Lost Chapters I bought at release on disc and the version on Steam?