Bloody Steam is at it again with their sales and mission to empty everyone’s bank accounts1. I still remember the Christmas sale last year, which set me back quite a few hard earned euros and to outlook for the outcome of their one and a half week summer sale is not better.

So far (which is yesterday when this entry is published – I decided to write a few entries and schedule them when I finally had the time to sit down and write a little) they’ve tricked me into buying the Hearths of Iron III expansion Semper Fi, loads and loads of downloadable content (seven to be precise) for the same game, Left 4 Dead 2 and Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising. All this for; wait for it… €26. Will I ever get time to play all these games now? No, I won’t. But they are so cheap! I need them! And even if I don’t have the time to play Hearths of Iron III now, I will some day and of course then I need all the DLC and expansions to really enjoy the game1).

The best thing about how Steam works is not their insane sales (well, yes, it is), but that my games will always be available for download on any computer, at least as long as Steam is in business. Since they’re not drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, they will probably be around for a while still. Knock on wood.

Today the Steam sale might also trick me into getting a game: ARMA II. But it’s quite “expensive” at €14,99 (50% off the retail price). I’m really not a fan of the run-around-and-shot-everything-that-moves-FPS-genre because I suck so hard at those games, so games like ARMA II and Operation Flashpoint are more up my alley. The game has received good reviews with a few complains about serious scripting bugs, but those might have been sorted out in the version on Steam. I’m download the demo now, we’ll see how it turns out.

Footnotes

  1. Someone compared the Steam sales craze to women and their shoes and I do see that it’s a valid comparison.