The 2016 Steam Summer Sale Has Started

Steam’s summer sale is now on. It will run until July 4th at 10am PDT (6pm UK time). A great many video games have been discounted greatly. No flash deals, no minigames, no achievements, simply a whole load of discounts. Well, and some virtual trading cards and a virtual badge you can collect through those cards. But mostly discounts!

I don’t know what more you need me to say. Go on, git!

Oh, and buy Deadly Premonition because it’s worth gambling two quid.

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  1. CarthAnne says:

    Now to wait for the servers to start working, as usual…

  2. Vacuity729 says:

    And so the Pile of Shame grows ever larger.

    Nice quick work with photoshopping that screen into place Alice!

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      The Almighty Moo says:

      Dont be cowed by the things you own (or by the rocks that I got), I refuse to refer to it as a pile of shame and always internally refer to it as a promise pile- therein lie the games thay could change my life and my outlook, or simply bring many hours of joy as and when I play them. Those are the games that hav have been bought on the recommendation of friends and trusted sources like this ere website. Relish your collection, but don’t feel the need to keep up with it lest ye be swamped.

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        boundless08 says:

        You have let the shame consume you and you no longer have control over your own words. It is the shame itself forcing its acceptance upon you. Don’t struggle. Let it fully consume…

      • Vacuity729 says:

        For all that I appreciate boundless08’s entertaining response, in all seriousness, I look on my Pile Of Shame almost more as proof to myself that I have donated money to people making amazing things that I think should exist in this world. Thus I am a proud owner of many games that I have never played and am not completely sure I will ever get around to playing, but I am happy that I have given some kind of pecuniary support to the people who have made these wonderful creations.

    • AngoraFish says:

      Just going to log in to say the same thing – nice work on the phoshopping!

  3. Themadcow says:

    There she blows!

    The site that is.

  4. sicanshu says:

    I know a lot of people hated the flash sales and mini-games, but I honestly kind of miss them. They made the sales seem more like events than, well, just sales. . . Sheesh. Talk about a first world problem.

    • Jalan says:

      I don’t miss the games at all. No doubt there’s a surprisingly large amount of people who keep holding out hope that they make a big return but for the rest of us, good riddance. Now the only sense of disappointment to be had can come from potentially wasting half our life savings on crap we’ll probably never get around to playing before it’s time to lay down and die, being sure to dictate that our epitaph read “I wish I had more time to clear my backlog.”

    • walrus1 says:

      It did add a sense of urgency and drama to the sales. I also think the discounts were better too. Alas, how I miss the good old days of Steam sales.

      • Vacuity729 says:

        Urgency and drama are all well and good, but really, I’d much rather spend my spare time playing real games than trying to connect to the Steam store for the sixth time today to check what the latest deals are.

        As for the discounts; I really do think this is a false memory; we’ve simply become inured to deep discounts. It’s also normal now for any and every game that’s a few years old to be sold at a fraction of its original asking price, so when it “only” has a 50% discount, it’s actually something like 85% off the price it sold for when it was new. Put simply, the sales now are the best they’ve ever been, it’s just you (and most everybody else) have already bought everything you wanted that’s dirt cheap, and you’re completely used to picking up games for pennies.

        • malkav11 says:

          I’m not saying none of that is in play, but if you look at tracking stats many of the prices in this sale are higher than the lowest price that’s historically been available on Steam (mostly in shorter-term sales), and one of the features of Steam sales used to be shockingly low prices – 50+% – on recent releases. I think the deepest discount I’ve seen on a recent release this sale is DOOM’s 40% and most of the newer games on my wishlist are hovering in the barely-worth-mentioning 10-20% range. They’re also not infrequently starting out higher in raw price than previous years because back then $40-50 was the usual brand-new PC title price and now we’re firmly in the console $60 land for most anything from a major publisher. And of course there’s weird things like Dead Rising 3, which is closing in on three years old now and still $60 before the discount.

    • malkav11 says:

      Most of the minigames were terrible (although I did enjoy the scavenger hunt one(s) back at the beginning of the minigames that encouraged you to actually play games that might have been languishing in your library for years). But not having daily/flash sales means I pop onto my wishlist, see if there’s anything at a price I’m willing to pay (mostly no, but still enough to ding me for over $100 if I bite) and then ignore the store until the sale’s over and we’re back to our regular rota. Doesn’t seem great for prompting ongoing attention or impulse buys. And the discounts are definitely slighter since the format shift. (Though they’ve been getting less exciting for years.)

    • BlueTemplar says:

      Heh, so GoG’s Summer Sale was perhaps more “gamey” than Steam’s one is? That would be a first!

  5. Scelous says:

    I love how she’s screaming at the rainbow.

  6. aliksy says:

    I liked the achievements and flash sales. They made the sale something exciting to look forward to. Now it’s just saving a few bucks. I can do that anywhere.

  7. stuw23 says:

    The absence of mini-games is a shame, but by Jove am I glad that the flash-sales are gone. Much prefer this format of consistent discounts.

    • Dolgoch2 says:

      I’m with you. Flash sales were definitely frustrating but the minigames/activities made the whole event much more special and memorable. Though admittedly I didn’t much care for the monster thing last year- it had none of the charm of previous games or even overall themes, so maybe that’s what killed it.

  8. HefHughner says:

    I wonder if someone ever managed to buy something during the first minutes of a Steam summer sale. That would be a good summer sale achievement.

    So if I understand this correct: This year we can only hope for discounted games to get even more discounted in form of a daily deal, right?

    • Vacuity729 says:

      There are no daily deals in the current format; they have daily highlighted deals, but the discounts remain flat from start to finish.

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      Nauallis says:

      Doesn’t look like it – just that some deals become “highlighted” and appear as the top 15 for the day / time interval. Supposedly the same deal for every deal for the whole deal.

      • HefHughner says:

        Thanks for clearing that up. At least it gives me a reason to buy everything right now…want want want. Now!

  9. Missing Cat says:

    Time to pay patronage to our merciful Lord Gaben of Thrones!

    link to

    Or I would, if Steam Store wasn’t 503 down. *sigh* same ole :)

  10. Kefren says:

    35MM, £2.99. Cool, almost straight after RPS covered it! Resident Evil 0 is also down a few quid, time to buy.

  11. King in Winter says:

    Ah, of course. That’s why Steam was flaking out hard, should have guessed.

  12. Dudeist says:

    I love big discounts on free to play games! That makes sense to me :D

  13. Coming Second says:

    Ah, good old screaming-at-computer-screen-whilst-holding-a-joystick lady. I have come to know her like a mother.

  14. Jetsetlemming says:

    1. 35MM
    2. The last Skyrim DLC that I don’t have, the Morrowind-set one, so I get the visual upgrade that they announced.

    Preeetty sure that’s it for me. Going to try to avoid temptation.

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      Aitrus says:

      I can’t believe Morrowind is still only going down 40%. I mean, it’s a great game, worth every penny, but games a year old are 50%-75%. It’s just strange to me.

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        Aitrus says:

        I read your comment too quickly and just realized you weren’t even talking about Morrowind. -_-

        • Darth Gangrel says:

          A Gamespot commenter said something about a dick move by Bethesda, so perhaps that’s it, the lack of large discounts. Either way, I have Morrowind GotY on disc, but haven’t got around to playing it yet. That is partially because it’s so big and partially because of the innate backlog intertia which prevents you from playing new games.

      • Cockie says:

        It’s especially strange because I got it at 55% off on steam 3 years back.
        Maybe Bethesda didn’t get the memo there wouldn’t be flash sales?

  15. Derpkovsky says:

    I’m very curious to see next week’s Steam Sale Charts

  16. walrus1 says:

    So many discounts are either the exact same price as previous sales or actually smaller discounts. One of the games I really wanted to pick up was Homeworld Remastered. Its lowest ever price on Steam was $12.74 USD it is currently $17.49. What kind of summer sale is that?! Each sale is more disappointing than the last.

  17. Ejia says:

    My rule is to buy only things that have a discount of 75% off or more, but The Last Federation is at 70. Good enough!

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      DelrueOfDetroit says:

      66% seems to be the new 75%.

    • Kaeoschassis says:

      I payed full price for TLF and I absolutely do not regret it at all. 70% off is a steal, I do hope you grab it and love it.

  18. celticdr says:

    When will Alice not find a use for that girl screaming at the computer screen whilst holding a joystick? :)

    Finally getting around to Dishonored now that it’s only $11 with all the DLC! Go Corvo!

    • Dolgoch2 says:

      Dishonored is a bonkers brilliant game. $11 for everything is a hell of a steal, so enjoy! :D

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    DelrueOfDetroit says:

    I have been waiting for this day for at least 3 weeks so I can save a couple loonies in Duskers. Oh baby!

  20. Freud says:

    I don’t know if Steam are trying to push up the prices but many of the discounts were disappointing this time around.

    • Warduke says:

      Yah, I noticed that too… a few really good prices and many prices that are pretty average based on previous sales

  21. walrus1 says:

    Several are in fact worse than previous sales.

  22. UglyDave says:

    So should I be using a joystick to browse web pages like this lady ?
    Do they load quicker that way ?

    • fish99 says:

      Based on her expression, browsing with a joystick is apparently a somewhat frustrating experience :p

  23. Jaykera says:

    It’s unclear to me : Do they still offer new deals every day or do they just highlights different games ?

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      Lars Westergren says:

      No more daily sales, prices stay the same.

      • Jaykera says:

        Ok thanks. It’s a little less exciting but heh, it’s just sales after all, I’ll keep the excitement for actual games. :)

  24. TeePee says:

    I really struggle to get enthusiastic about Steam Sales these days, partially because as I get older and more cynical, fewer and fewer games appeal to me, and therefore the ones that do, I tend to own already.

    I’ve actually got £18-something sitting in my Steam account courtesy of a refund (thanks, Dead by Daylight!) and I had a bit of a browse yesterday and couldn’t see anything that tickled my fancy other than Darkest Dungeon, which I know I will enjoy right up to the point it brutally skullfucks me the first time and then I’ll quit in a huff.

  25. fish99 says:

    Dat super-generous 15% off DayZ Standalone.

  26. Glacious says:

    I haven’t been through many Steam sales yet and there’s still one thing I’m not sure of.

    So there’s no daily deals. Got it. But will more games come on sale over time, or is everything that will be on sale discounted already? I’ve looked around the links in the main post, but can’t find an answer.

    • fish99 says:

      There won’t be more deals, they just highlight particular deals each day.

    • Jalan says:

      If anything else happens to go on sale late, it’s likely the fault of the developer(s) or publisher(s) of the game not having a discounted price set up before the sale began. It seems safe to assume that if a game doesn’t have a sale price by 2-3 days after the sale begins then it probably isn’t going to have one at all during this particular sale (at least).

    • Glacious says:

      OK thanks. Now I can prioritise accordingly.

  27. engion3 says:

    I own 15 of the 16 topsellers currently. I need a new hobby.

  28. MisterFactoryNewPotatohead says:

    Who the **** buys games with a joystick?