Up For Debate - What Steam Sale Deals Did You Get And Do You Still Like Steam Sales

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, Jul 10, 2019 1:30 PM
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The Steam Summer Sale is now over and lasted from 25th June through to 9th July. Since it began it became quite a serious game cost slashing game finding event for us PC gamers. To such degree that it quickly turned from a once a year event (Christmas time) to a twice a year event (Summer and Christmas time).

The reason for this is that by having all the PC games in one place and building up enough hype by telling us that almost all the games are going to get a price cut, even big AAA titles, whips us gamers up into a buying frenzy. Taking an innocent interested look would often become a "crap look how cheap it is for ??, and its only at that price for 1 day" leading to a quick splurge of cash, loading up our library with obvious deals for games we dont always have time to even play.

The developers love it because even though they make less per digital unit sold, they sell way way more in those few days than they do over months.

But, as these sales happen a couple times a year, like clockwork, and a lot of us have enough games in our library to keep us busy until the next sale, is it more likely that the routine sale mechanic is cannibalising the developers profits in the long term? As we all sit by at a new game release time, thinking to ourselves that we could wait until it comes on sale later in the year.

We have enjoyed a few years now of Steam Sales and it brings me to question whether this still works for gamers today, what parts do we like about the routine Steam sale process, and what would we like to see that could improve on it?

So the first question is, how did you guys find the sale this summer? Did you pick up anything and was it a  good "deal" or perhaps you have seen it better before? Place your vote in the first poll.

Secondly, I was interested in their meta game mechanic that they applied this year. The Steam Grand Prix. I started to take an interest but very quickly got confused and bored with trying to fathom out what it all meant. I think if I boiled down what I thought was happening I would say, if you bought something on Steam then you were in with a chance at winning something else. But I dont know and happy to hear what you guys understood it to be below. So the next part of the poll below is to find out if you liked their Steam Grand Prix and if you understood it.

Also it seemed that you could win games from your wishlists and so people were deleting indie games en-mass from their wishlists. Which hurt the indie devs of course. 

Word on the street is that developers felt that the Steam Grand Prix detracted from what was important, and thats the selling of their games and that this Summer Sale was something of a mess. However, I get the idea that this meta game inclusion into the Steam sales is likely to keep returning. But what do you guys think?

Did you buy a bargain during the Steam Summer Sale?

Did you understand the Steam Grand Prix And Enjoy it?

Our favourite comments:

I didnt even turn on steam xD

Andrej997

Grabbed a couple of VR games. I did participate in the grand prix even though I didn't fully understand it. At least I levelled my steam acc to 80+ lol.

XxMineJoshxX

I bought Borderlands: Handsome Edition, Far Cry 3, Broforce, AC:Origins Gold, Total War: Rome 2 Emperor, Stranded Deep and Baldur's Gate.

I will enjoy these games for a long long time but honestly the Grand Prix was borderline insulting. It was mostly broken especially for the first few days, it destroyed the Steam trading cards economy, it was blatantly rigged despite Valve's bs promise and I could go on and on.

Ozone9012

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13:19 Jul-12-2019

Well I bought witcher 3 game of the year edition for 15$, definately best 15 bucks I have ever paid. I also bought nioh: complete edition since I love souls borne games and a couple of some of the older games including sleeping dogs definitive edition for 2$,the portal bunlde and Metal gear Revengence (the only metal gear that I haven't played yet)

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02:37 Jul-12-2019

COD Blackops 2, COD MW 3, Rainbow 6 Siege, and Metro Last Light Redux

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10:22 Jul-11-2019

Sudden strike 4 one of the best RTS games of all time.

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08:12 Jul-11-2019

Max Payne 3, Ravenfield, Deep Rock Galactic, Superhot + the Expansion, Megaton Rainfall, Universe Sandbox 2, Assetto Corsa Ultimate Edition was what i picked up and had Project Wingman as my Rank1 game

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08:09 Jul-11-2019

I only bought Assetto Corsa. Just got the Logitech G29. This game was super cheap and everyone loves it so it was a buy for me.

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08:57 Jul-16-2019

i was gonna get F1 2019 to enjoy the G29 i got last November currently on F1 2017 but damn i am really enjoying AC. super hard to drive with the assist turned off so i shamefully turn TC ABS AMT-GS but dammit i love the Nordschleife current

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08:59 Jul-16-2019

currently trying to clock it under 10 mins with an F1 2017 and 2004 Ferrari and Macleran F1(i am terrible i know but i am new to sim racing )

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07:15 Jul-18-2019

The game is amazing. There is so much realism settings. I can see why people call it the ultimate racing simulator.

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10:41 Jul-18-2019

and with the ability to mod it as easily as mentioned by others (haven't done it yet) this game is literally timeless unless kunos themselves release a sequel of the game with an inbuilt Map/Track Editor and inbuilt Car stats modification

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07:42 Jul-11-2019

Friday the 13th for 3.50 euro's was a great price. Play it with my friends now.
Also the borderlands handsome collection was a buy too, the price drop on that one

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02:34 Jul-11-2019

got like 41 or 42 games in total but i got to admit i did not understant a thing in the event until day 3 but i enjoyed it after that anyway the only regret is spending the 15k tokens on 5 dollars discounts instead of leveling up xD a mistake i only became aware of 2 days before the sale ended haha . my top 3 purchases are dragon's dogma , neverinth and southpark the stick of Truth . got a lot of other indie games and mostly couch party like battleblock theater and

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02:36 Jul-11-2019

and move or die and castle crashers , another game that surprised me was vanquish these are the only games i tried so far due to my limited download speed , for the rest they will have to wait for their turn in my backlog for god knows how long xD

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02:40 Jul-11-2019

ohh forgot to mention the masterpiece Hollow knight , definetly my best buy during the whole sale

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16:36 Jul-11-2019

Literally had to give you a like for Hollow Knight...one of the best games out there.

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17:40 Jul-11-2019

yep , first time i started it i played for 6 hours strait and did not feel how the time passed until i looked at my watch lol . it's amazing and has alot of content that's worth the full price

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16:57 Jul-12-2019

Yeah,it's worth all the money.

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02:27 Jul-11-2019

Grand prix was trash, I didn't know what was going on and didn't care. I did buy some great games on sale though.

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00:00 Jul-11-2019

Finally jumped on the Celeste train and tbh i was pretty tempted to refund it


and then rebuy it after the sale for full price

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22:03 Jul-10-2019

Yes, I bought few games. I bought few. Shenmue 1 and 2, to see what fuss is about, Crash Bandicoot, better late than never I guess and few Yakuza games, because I am curious why they are popular, plus few minor games, I was curious about. As for race, didn't even bother understanding it. I pretty much knew corgi would never loose due to sheer numbers, so I joined the team.

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22:05 Jul-10-2019

I got general idea of how it worked. But I just didn't care. I even knew how to exploit whole quest system. But I just couldn't care less about it, because I generally got few games I was curious about, but didn't want to pay full price for and that is all I wanted out of the sale.

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22:07 Jul-10-2019

And it kind of was funny how Valve was disconnected from community. With things like whole wishlists getting purged excessively, because people thought they were getting random game from wishlist due to poor wording, to that soda exploit to harvest EXP,... finalized by Valve not predicting cute dog would win against random animals... :-D

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20:47 Jul-10-2019

Nothing my steam is already so full of backlog games i just ignore sales honestly xd.

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20:37 Jul-10-2019

I only bought one game in The Witcher IIi: GOTY. Honestly, the sale was a joke as many of those games were at those prices in the past. Nothing amazing in regards to pricing this year. Hopefully the Black Friday sale will be better.

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20:13 Jul-10-2019

That Grand Prix was pretty f*ucked to be real. Didn't see a deal good enough to take from the sales side either

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19:43 Jul-10-2019

Loved that Steam Sale, got 2x 5€ Coupons out of it! Way better then the last ones ;)

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19:28 Jul-10-2019

Brawlhalla all heroes pack to co-op when friends are around

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19:00 Jul-10-2019

Oxenfree and Dead Cells, that's about it.. Don't know, games nowadays are missing the "WOW" factor that I can bargain for, though I hope CP2077 accomplishes that - if that fails than future is looking rough for gaming..

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17:58 Jul-10-2019

Bought the Borderlands Handsome Jack collection for my brother so we can play together.


For myself I bought the Quake collection, worms collection and PoE 2

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17:57 Jul-10-2019

All I did was pickup the blood pack for Total War Warhammer 2, and that wasn't on sale. Nothing else really interested me all that much.

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17:42 Jul-10-2019

Grabbed Katana Zero and a couple of others. I dont think it hurt indie devs though, you can shuffle your wishlists and only top 3 games were potential giveaways, though the chances of being 1 of the lucky 5000 are pretty slim anyway. rather it was 15,000 folk with their top game!

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16:36 Jul-10-2019

Battlebrothers, shadow of war, strange brigade, tw:rome 2, darks souls remaster

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