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Steam 2012 2013 Holiday sale

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The Steam holiday sale is just about over; when this article was posted there is only about 23 hours left.  There were some good sales, there were some crap sales and some games did not even go on sale.

L4d/L4D2 – went on sale for 75% off.  But then again, that package goes on sale all through the year.  I bought the L4D/L4D2 package a couple of months ago, stored it in my game inventory, then gifted it to a friend.

ARMA 2 – went on sale for 50% off a couple of times.  I finally bought it just to play Day Z.

Fallout Series – it sucks that the Fallout bundle did not go on deep discount.  I ended up buying Fallout: New Vegas from Green Man Gaming.

Witcher / Witcher 2 – went on deep discount, I almost bought Witcher 2, but decided not to at the last minute.

The Elder Scrolls – Morrowind and Oblivion both went on sale at 75% off, while Skyrim went on for 50% off. To me, that is a good deal. Skyrim is well worth $29.99. I was lucky enough to catch it on sale a few months ago for $19.99.

Quake Package – Quake I went on sale, but the Quake package did not go on deep discount. What pissed me off, when a game goe son sale, the game package usually goes on sale as well. When Quake won the community vote, the Quake package did not go on sale. I started a thread on the sale at the steam community forums, but the thread was locked by a heavy handed moderator.

Unreal Package – one of the biggest letdowns of the Steam sale was Unreal did not go on sale. None of the Unreal games went on sale, nor did the Unreal pack go on sale.

Borderlands – Borderlands I went on sale for 75% off, while Borderlands II went on for 50% off, which is inline with Skyrim.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R Series – went on deep discount; I think the package reached 75% off? 75% off is a great price for Shadow of Chernobyl and Call of Pripyat. Clear Sky on the other hand, I would not waste my time or money on it.

Torchlight – went on sale for 50% and 75% off. Torchlight for $3.74 is a good deal. I just wish Torchlight I had multiplayer.

THQ package – The THQ package was probably the best deal of the holiday sale. The entire package of 22 games was on sale for $24.99, which is an amazing deal. THQ is having some financial problems and is on the edge of bankruptcy. I suspect the package is an attempt to get some money into the company.

For the past few years the Quake package and the Unreal package have gone on sale, so why didn’t they go on sale this year?

Borderlands 2 Review with Gameplay

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boogie2988 has posted another outstanding video, this time it’s Borderlands 2.

When I first heard that Borderlands 2 was under development, I was a little optimistic.    The original Borderlands was good, but not great.  There were a lot of little things left out of Borderlands, such as push-to-talk in multiplayer.  You either had to leave your mic on all the time, or turn the mic off.

As usual Steam had its prepurchase discount, but I decided to wait until the reviews came out.

Even with the good reviews, is a game worth $60? I do not think so, especially with the economy the way it is today.

I think I am going to put off buying Borderlands 2 for a couple of months. The Steam holiday sale is just 2 months away (mid – late December). I am going to wait until the 2012 – 2013 Steam holiday sale to see if borderlands 2 gets a price break. If Borderlands 2 gets at least a 25% price break I might pick it up.

On the preorder of Borderlands 2

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As much as I want to preorder Borderlands 2, I just can not bring myself to do so. I have been burned so many times when buying a game, I guess I am trigger shy.

Quake 2 was a major letdown, at least to me anyway.
Doom 3 was a joke. It did not come close to being as good as the original Doom.
Quake 4, how many times do we have to find a key to open a door? Talk about terrible level design.
Left 4 Dead 2 crashed on start up for 2 weeks after release. The problem came down to left 4 dead 2 would not work on the Fat32 file system. Valve did not fix the problem until 2 weeks after release. Nobody knew what was causing Left 4 Dead 2 to crash until right before the fix was released.
Homefront, 70 metacritic rating.
Brink, 70 metacritic rating. And Brink had video card driver issues on release day.
Duke Nukem Forever, 54 metacritic rating.
Rage, 79 metacritic rating.
Diablo III and its always on internet requirement.
Dead island and all of its release day bugs – like uploading a developer version to steam.

How can a game go through years of development, and still be released with bugs that should have been found in play testing?

Why should I have to wait weeks after a game has been released for patches to make the game playable?

The day Left 4 Dead 2 went on steam for pre-order I bought it. Release day, game crashes on start up. Raging in the Steam forums along with thousands of other people do not get a fix for 2 weeks. Two whole weeks? Really?

Brink had video card drivers on release day. Really? Video card problems? Why wasn’t that fixed in play testing? When the public buys a product, we expect that product to be finished, unless other wise noted.

There have been some good examples over the past few years – Skyrim is one such good example.

For every good game, there are probably dozens of bad games.

I have the original Borderlands, and I think its a good game. Hopefully Borderlands 2 will be better then the original. But I am going to wait a few months for patches to be released. I do not want to go through the same frustration like what happened with Left 4 Dead 2.

I am going to hold off on Borderlands 2 until it has been patched and it goes on its first sale.  $60 for a game is a bit much, especially in todays economy.

About the Author:

has been playing video games for over 30 years. He first started playing arcade games such as Donkey Kong and space Invaders in the early 1980s. From arcade games he moved to an Atari and Super Nintendo.  Kevin currently uses Steam as if primary gaming platform.

My favorite video games

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I first started playing video games in the early 1980s.  My buddies and I would ride our bikes to a corner store by the name of Cecil’s grocery in Bridge City Texas. Cecil had put in a Donkey Kong arcade next to the front door. My buddies and I would buy a coke, then spend what felt like hours pumping quarters into that machine.

Shortly after Cecil put his Donkey Kong arcade in, Howards grocery store in Bridge City put a Space Invaders and I think a missile command arcade game. The bike ride to Howards was long then the ride to Cecils. for some reason, riding the bikes all the way to Howards made the games less enjoyable then going to Cecils.

I guess it was somewhere around 1981 or 1982 mom and dad bought my brother and I an Atari. We must have played Pong and Pac Man for hours on end.

Fast forward 10 years. I got married, had kids and bought a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).

Between 1995 – 2000 is when gaming really got interesting. My family and I bought a Packard Bell computer with windows 3.11, 75mhz processor and 8 megs of memory.

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Steam Summer Sale Saturday July 14

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Third day of the Steam Summer sale (Saturday, July 14, 2012), and finally some games go on sale that I have been watching – Dead Island, Skyrim and Left 4 Dead 2 is the community puck for 75% off.

A few weeks ago I created a steam account for the grandkids – it sure beats buying console games at full price. The steam sales are when I stockup on the games. Why pay full price, when you can wait a few months and get the games on sale?

Even though Steam has a great sale every 6 months or so, I still buy new games when they come out. I preordered Left 4 Dead 2, and I am going to preorder Borderlands when it becomes available on Steam.

The games on sale on Friday July 14, 2012:

Indie bundle III – $9.99
Dirt Showdown $24.99
Skyrim $29.79
Tropico 4 – $7.49
Two worlds – $7.49
Orcs must die – $3.74
Borderlands – $4.99
Frozen Synapse – 44.99
Dead island – $10.19

Payday the Heist – On Saturday July 13 Payday the Heist was on sale, so I bought the four pack for $15. I already have Payday, the extra copies will be gifted out to my kids.

Dead Island – I want to buy the 4 pack of dead island to gift out to my kids, and Left 4 Dead 2 to gift to the guest account.

Left 4 dead 2 – goes on community choice sale of 75% off in a couple of hours. I want to gift a copy of Left 4 Dead 2 to the guest account.

For the guest account, I want a mix of multiplayer games, and a couple of single player games. It would be nice for the kids or grandkids and I to play games over the LAN.

Video about Skyrim, not actual gameplay

Skyrim gameplay trailer

Steam 2012 Summer Sale Day 1

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Steam launched its summer sale today at 12 noon central time. As usual there are a lot of game packages ranging from 50% off – 77% off.

7/12/12 Thursdays Deals:

Indie Bundle 1 $9.99 75% off includes below
Anomaly Warzone Earth $4.99 50% off
Cave Story+ $5.99 40% off
Edge $3.99 50% off
Lone Survivor $6.49 35% off
The Baconing $14.99

Shogun 2 Total War Collection $19.99 71% off includes below
Total War Shogun 2 $7.49 75% off
Total War Shogun 2 Rise of the Samurai Campaign $2.49 75 %off
Total War Shogun 2 Fall of the Samurai $14.99 50% off

Total War Shogun 2 DLC $0.95-$2.99 40% off each

Might & Magic Heroes VI $24.99 50% off
Might & Magic Clash of Heroes $3.74 75% off
Might & Magic Clash of Heroes DLC $0.74 75% off
Heroes of Might & Magic V $2.49 75% off
Heroes of Might & Magic V Hammers of Fate $2.49 75% off
Heroes of Might & Magic V Tribes of the East $2.49 75% off
Dark Messiah Might & Magic $2.49 75% off

Legend of Grimrock $5.99 60% off
Terraria $2.49 75% off
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 $29.99 50% off
Ridge Racer Unbounded $24.99 50% off

Portal Bundle $6.24 75% off includes below
Portal $2.49 75% off
Portal 2 $4.99 75% off

Crusader Kings 2 $9.99 75% off
Crusader Kings 2 DLC $0.49-$2.99 each 75% off

Bundles/Publisher Packs:

1C Collection $49.99 85% off
2K Collection $49.99 77% off
Activision Collection $49.99 71% off
Cyan Worlds Collection $14.99 50% off
Kalypso Collection $49.99 50% off
Meridian 4 Complete Pack $24.99 75% off
Novalogic Everything Pack $17.49 75% off
Mumbo Jumbo Collection $34.99 56% off
Paradox Collection $49.99 82% off
PopCap Complete Pack $49.99 50% off
Rockstar Hit Collection $49.99 58% off
Sega Hit Collection $49.99 88% off
Square Enix Hit Collection $49.99 79% off
Strategy First Collection $49.99 50% off
Star Wars Collection $49.99 50% off
Super id Software Pack $49.99 50% off
TellTale Collection $51.99 60% off
THQ Collection $49.99 84% off
Ubisoft Collection $49.99 50% off
Valve Complete Pack $49.99 50% off

Even though there are some great deals on sale, there are also some letdowns.

Bethesda Collection contains Brink, Fallout New Vegas Downloadable Content (DLC), Fallout New Vegas the main game, and Skyrim.

Why the hell would anyone in their right mind package Skyrim and Fallout New Vegas with Brink? Brink was probably one of the most overhyped games of all time. Plus, its not a Role Playing Game on the epic scale like New Vegas and Skyrim. Its like Bethesda is trying to get people to buy a crap game bundled with 2 epic games.

If you want to bundle something with New Vegas and Skyrim, bundle Fallout 3 or Oblivion. At least then the buyer would have 3 epic games instead of 2 great games and 1 junk game.

There is no Elder Scrolls collection bundle. Why cant I get Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim in a single package?

The 2K Collection contains the regular version of Borderlands and not the game of the year edition.  The game of the year edition has some add-ons that the regular version of Borderlands does not have.

Forum thread about the Steam 2012 Summer Sale

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