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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
by emceng
Steam summer sale is here. I didn't really see any big deals. I picked up Portal 1+2, and the Halflife series. I already owned both, but Portal was on console, Halflife 2 was on a different steam account. Not bad for $6 I think.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:28 pm UTC
by poxic
I may need Portal 2.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:19 pm UTC
by Ranbot
emceng wrote:Steam summer sale is here. I didn't really see any big deals.

The deals change daily during the sales, so I try to check in once a day. For example, a game that's 50% all week might be reduced to 75% off on a specific day.

FYI the Steam Summer Sale's Saliens [boring] mini-game is only worth playing if you care to collect cards/badges or random cosmetic items. Don't get your hopes up that you might win a drawing for a free game, because Valve isn't bothering to try to limit/ban scripts. Chances of winning a drawing will be infinitesimally small without a script to play the game for you constantly, and even with a script there are tens of thousands of other script users doing the same. The electricity to constantly play Saliens in the hope of winning a game would be better spent mining for bitcoins. :roll:

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:09 pm UTC
by Deva
Do they still change deals daily? Sees Terraria at 50% off today. Seems standard. Says highlighted deals (and filtered by preference) at the top too. Implies no extra amount off.

Awards games based on time spent on a planet, not number of games played or score. Requires fighting one battle on the planet, though.

Steam wrote:The Giveaway will be available during the 2018 Steam Summer Sale. Standard entry is accomplished by playing the Steam Salien game while logged into a Steam Account that is not limited. Prizes will be awarded for each ‘planet’ completed by all players in the Steam Salien game. Each eligible Steam user who has played at least one battle on a given planet will be included in the drawing. Each entrant’s odds of winning will be determined by the time the entrant plays on the planet, as a fraction of the total time all entrants play on the planet prior to completion. The Steam Saliens game will be available during the Giveaway Period until all planets have been completed.


Remains a low chance, of course.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
by HES
Ranbot wrote:The deals change daily during the sales, so I try to check in once a day.

They haven't done that in a while since there was a backlash. Discouraged people from buying in case the price dropped further, and 8-hour sales upset people in the wrong timezones.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:19 pm UTC
by Ranbot
Deva wrote:Do they still change deals daily?

HES wrote:
Ranbot wrote:The deals change daily during the sales, so I try to check in once a day.

They haven't done that in a while since there was a backlash. Discouraged people from buying in case the price dropped further, and 8-hour sales upset people in the wrong timezones.


Huh... guess I just assumed and never looked closer. Sorry for the bad info.

It's silly to me that people got bent out of shape over a missing a brief promo "super" sale... the "regular" sale was still good, and I doubt they walk into a brick and mortar store and demand a past sale. Whatever... it's the interwebs where everyone complains.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:42 pm UTC
by Zohar
It was just a very confusing sort of thing, and it made people not want to deal with the deals as much.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:55 pm UTC
by Jorpho
Quite the decent proportion of my wishlist is on sale, but my backlog is just so massive right now, and bundles are just so inevitable.

Hadean Lands is kind of tempting - it's a little too obscure to go on sale very often.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/3762 ... _4_1400_46

Fantastic review at Slate:
http://www.slate.com/articles/technolog ... tiful.html

ETA: Istheranydeal.com says it's even cheaper at itch.io at the moment. So much for that.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:41 pm UTC
by SecondTalon
Ranbot wrote:It's silly to me that people got bent out of shape over a missing a brief promo "super" sale... the "regular" sale was still good, and I doubt they walk into a brick and mortar store and demand a past sale. Whatever... it's the interwebs where everyone complains.



I see you've never worked retail.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:25 pm UTC
by rmsgrey
Jorpho wrote:Quite the decent proportion of my wishlist is on sale, but my backlog is just so massive right now, and bundles are just so inevitable.


Likewise - 12 of 16 games on my wishlist are on sale (and one of the remainder is free-to-play, so 12 of 15 is probably a better count), but none of them at compelling discounts - there's one at 60% off, a handful at 50%, and the rest below that (lowest is 22% off)

The Steam Link is currently at 95% off, making it £2 + shipping.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
by HES
rmsgrey wrote:The Steam Link is currently at 95% off, making it £2 + shipping.

I guess it's a fairly niche bit of hardware, as it often ends up ludicrously reduced - I think I picked mine up for something similar. But shipping is still £7 or so - Amazon Prime has spoiled me.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
by Ranbot
rmsgrey wrote:The Steam Link is currently at 95% off, making it £2 + shipping.

Yeah, Valve practically giving Steam Link away to focus on streaming via the Steam mobile app. If I didn't already have a Steam Link I would get it. There can be benefits to hardwire connections. Steam has ton of fun platformers and there's a surprising number of party games suitable for the living room.
SecondTalon wrote:
Ranbot wrote:It's silly to me that people got bent out of shape over a missing a brief promo "super" sale... the "regular" sale was still good, and I doubt they walk into a brick and mortar store and demand a past sale. Whatever... it's the interwebs where everyone complains.

I see you've never worked retail.

Grocery store long ago, but I see your point.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:55 pm UTC
by emceng
HES wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:The Steam Link is currently at 95% off, making it £2 + shipping.

I guess it's a fairly niche bit of hardware, as it often ends up ludicrously reduced - I think I picked mine up for something similar. But shipping is still £7 or so - Amazon Prime has spoiled me.


Yeah, I have one, and was considering picking up a second for use in the living room. $2 is a great price, but I balked at $8 in shipping. Plus I'd need a second steam controller, and not going to pay what is it $35-40 for one when I hardly play video games anymore anyway.

Would also be nice if they fixed the problems I see. I use my link every day, but don't think I can go more than 3 days without having issues with it.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:37 pm UTC
by pseudoidiot
I almost never play games on my PC anymore thanks to the Steam Link. 24 inch monitor and computer speakers compared to my 60 inch TV and nice surround sound entertainment system makes it an easy choice. I play it on a nearly daily basis and very rarely have problems with it. I really don't like the Steam Controller much, so sometimes use an Xbox controller, but most often I just use a wireless keyboard and mouse. I think I bought it for 50% off a couple years back and definitely consider it worth it. I'd have been happy paying full price honestly now that I know how much I like it.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:14 pm UTC
by Ranbot
emceng wrote:....Plus I'd need a second steam controller, and not going to pay what is it $35-40 for one...

pseudoidiot wrote:...I really don't like the Steam Controller much, so sometimes use an Xbox controller, but most often I just use a wireless keyboard and mouse...

I had the Steam Controller for almost a week, I hated it, and returned it. I felt like I was stabbing blindly at the touchpads and I struggled too much with the rear trigger soft vs hard press "feature". I switched to a Xbox controller and have been happy, and it was cheaper than a Steam controller.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:28 pm UTC
by HES
For fully controller supported titles I use a 360 controller, but where the steam controller comes into it's own is managing partial support or mouse-heavy titles. The drawback is that it does need calibrating to each game, which can take a while to get right. It's not really made for FPS.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:39 pm UTC
by pseudoidiot
Yeah, that's why I prefer to just use a mouse/keyboard most of the time. Had too many issues getting the Steam Controller to work right with some titles no matter how much I tried playing with settings suggested by other people. Plus it's rare I play anything where a controller is required or I think it'll be better than using a keyboard & mouse.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:53 pm UTC
by emceng
Ranbot wrote:
emceng wrote:....Plus I'd need a second steam controller, and not going to pay what is it $35-40 for one...

pseudoidiot wrote:...I really don't like the Steam Controller much, so sometimes use an Xbox controller, but most often I just use a wireless keyboard and mouse...

I had the Steam Controller for almost a week, I hated it, and returned it. I felt like I was stabbing blindly at the touchpads and I struggled too much with the rear trigger soft vs hard press "feature". I switched to a Xbox controller and have been happy, and it was cheaper than a Steam controller.


XboxOne or 360? The steam controller is on sale right now, ~$12 cheaper than a XBO controller.

I dont mind the steam controller, except for some lag issues, which might be related to interference and not the controller itself. Thought about using a 360 controller, but don't really want to spend money on the required dongle. I need it to be wireless, so can't use a wired controller or just plug it in. Wireless mouse and keyboard are not options for me.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:25 pm UTC
by Ranbot
emceng wrote:XboxOne or 360?

360 (wired).

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:52 pm UTC
by Deva
Found a boss, for anyone playing the Steam Saliens game. Popped up with approximately ten remaining unconquered tiles. Appears as a ! in a triangle on the grid map. Stands out.
Saliens Boss 1.png

Salien Boss 2.png

Entered with the boss around maybe 40%. Jumped from Level 6 to 9.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:02 am UTC
by techblogger911
emceng wrote:
Ranbot wrote:
emceng wrote:....Plus I'd need a second steam controller, and not going to pay what is it $35-40 for one...

pseudoidiot wrote:...I really don't like the Steam Controller much, so sometimes use an Xbox controller, but most often I just use a wireless keyboard and mouse...

I had the Steam Controller for almost a week, I hated it, and returned it. I felt like I was stabbing blindly at the touchpads and I struggled too much with the rear trigger soft vs hard press "feature". I switched to a Xbox controller and have been happy, and it was cheaper than a Steam controller.


XboxOne or 360? The steam controller is on sale right now, ~$12 cheaper than a XBO controller.

I dont mind the steam controller, except for some lag issues, which might be related to interference and not the controller itself. Thought about using a 360 controller, but don't really want to spend money on the required dongle. I need it to be wireless, so can't use a wired controller or just plug it in. Wireless mouse and keyboard are not options for me.


Why are wireless mouse and keyboards not appreciated by a lot? Latency issues or what?

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:18 pm UTC
by emceng
techblogger911 wrote:
emceng wrote:I dont mind the steam controller, except for some lag issues, which might be related to interference and not the controller itself. Thought about using a 360 controller, but don't really want to spend money on the required dongle. I need it to be wireless, so can't use a wired controller or just plug it in. Wireless mouse and keyboard are not options for me.


Why are wireless mouse and keyboards not appreciated by a lot? Latency issues or what?


I'm mainly playing when working out. keyboard and mouse does not work for that.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:35 pm UTC
by SecondTalon
While wireless devices have come a long way, there is a lot of ill will left from the early attempts that were plagued by latency, frequent disconnects, and devouring batteries.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:04 pm UTC
by CorruptUser
Speaking of, just got a laptop/tablet/2in1. Have to install Steam on it, but can theoretically play any game I own. Just not anything heavy like Stellaris of course. Or Fallout 4. Or, actually, nearly all the games in my library.

So... hmm. Any suggestions for games that are low demand on the system, can be played without too much trouble on a train or plane, but still massively fun?

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:26 pm UTC
by Zohar
FTL
Into the Breach
80 Days

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:37 pm UTC
by CorruptUser
FTL: Already Own
Into the Breach: Already on wishlist, never got around to buying
80 Days: That's new to me, checking out now


EDIT: 80 Days for sale for $3.49, 93% user review? Just might get...

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:14 pm UTC
by Zohar
It's basically an adventure game with a shitload of replay value. I got it on my phone and it was fantastic.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:34 pm UTC
by emceng
CorruptUser wrote:Speaking of, just got a laptop/tablet/2in1. Have to install Steam on it, but can theoretically play any game I own. Just not anything heavy like Stellaris of course. Or Fallout 4. Or, actually, nearly all the games in my library.

So... hmm. Any suggestions for games that are low demand on the system, can be played without too much trouble on a train or plane, but still massively fun?


Do you have a desktop that can run those? Check out the steam app (steam link app maybe?) - supposedly works like a steam link, so can play games on your phone/tablet/whatever streaming from your desktop, if you're on the same wifi.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
by CorruptUser
Yeah, built my desktop. Can definitely play Stellaris and Fallout 4 on it.

Are you saying I can have the game run on my desktop but through my laptop/tablet?!

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:26 pm UTC
by rmsgrey
CorruptUser wrote:80 Days: That's new to me, checking out now
EDIT: 80 Days for sale for $3.49, 93% user review? Just might get...


I have 32 hours logged by Steam. Each run takes something like 2 hours, so I've done 10-15 runs at least.

Things are considerably easier than the challenges faced in the original Verne novel, though I have missed the 80 day deadline once or twice - I've yet to break the 40 day barrier, but I can get by in under 60 days without trying.

Much about the game made sense when I discovered it was a port of a mobile game, but it's a competent port of a good game.

Gameplay alternates between cities and journeys, and between real-time and choose-your-own-adventure (so all 4 combinations are possible). In cities, you can plan your next leg, explore the local story, buy and sell souvenirs and utility items, visit banks to arrange loans, and spend nights in hotels. Staying overnight, visiting a bank, or exploring the city each advance the clock a set amount but pause while you navigate a CYOA section; otherwise, the clock is always ticking, and you need to be mindful of your intended transport's departure time - and luggage capacity. If you're not careful, you can find yourself frantically selling and rearranging items from your luggage in order to get down to the maximum the vehicle will carry as the seconds tick down before departure and you have to wait another few days for the next. During a journey, each day typically brings a timed choice to (usually) get a simple benefit, and an untimed CYOA section. The timed sections offer the majority of the strategy, while the CYOA sections carry the majority of the story, and, not infrequently, offer surprises - new routes, new souvenirs, diversions and delays to your current journey, gain or loss of money, and some unique opportunities and adventures.

The world is not the realistic world that Verne's Fogg traveled - this is a steampunk world, where the automatons of the Artificers' Guild can be seen in every city; where long-distance journeys can be made by dirigible, or by submersible vessels; where Captain Nemo lurks in the oceans' depth; the world is hollow and can be entered; a mysterious ancient site can teleport you elsewhere in an instant... Some of my more recent runs have been more about exploring different corners of the world than about simply trying to lap the globe more efficiently.

There's also a good mix of fixed and random content - the CYOA from exploring a given place or during a given journey seems to be mostly fixed, with some branches gated by your inventory, or by your previous actions and itinerary - for example, if you accept someone as a traveling companion, they'll be present for events until and unless you part ways. On the other hand, the precise items available in any given market appear to be randomly determined - which in turn may gate off particular options by not letting you buy the key items.

Anyway, if the game sounds interesting, I strongly recommend it.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:49 pm UTC
by Zohar
The options available to you also change slightly between games. You won't be able to go down some paths at all in your first playthrough, whereas the second or third would allow you to do things you couldn't have done previously.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:08 am UTC
by cephalopod9
I finally scooped up Undertale
also got The Stanley Parable, and Beginners Guide bundled, and it was about $10 all together.
I like Beginner's Guide
Spoiler:
first time playing I kept expecting it to be scary, but it's just chill and kind of sad

there's also Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist for free.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:59 pm UTC
by SuicideJunkie
Roller Coaster Tycoon 1&2 are on sale at GoG at the moment. 2/3rds off in case you haven't gotten them already.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:22 pm UTC
by New User
Orwell is currently free on Steam.

GOG.com is celebrating their 10th anniversary by announcing a free game sometime today (you can vote on which game you want to become free) and also they're having a big sale, including a few bundles that look like great deals.

EDIT: Shadow Warrior 2 got the most votes, so you can get it free on GOG.com.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:27 pm UTC
by Jorpho
Full Throttle Remastered is free for the next day or so on GOG.com. It won't take up too much of your time.

ETA: Also free Lego The Hobbit on HumbleBundle.

ETA2: Also free Subnautica with the new Epic Game Store app.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:40 pm UTC
by Jorpho
Jorpho wrote:ETA: Also free Lego The Hobbit on HumbleBundle.
Gosh darn it to heck, I checked the game out on the Humble Store, and then forgot to actually get the key! And now it's too late! I don't suppose anyone still has a key they didn't use..?

Anyway, Lego Lord of the Rings is now up for free.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:53 pm UTC
by Dason
Jorpho wrote:Full Throttle Remastered is free for the next day or so on GOG.com. It won't take up too much of your time.

ETA: Also free Lego The Hobbit on HumbleBundle.

ETA2: Also free Subnautica with the new Epic Game Store app.


Damn. I loved Full Throttle as a kid. Wish I would have seen this earlier.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:13 am UTC
by Pharad
This thread needs more activity! Gamers live for gaming deals! As for myself, I just got Resident Evil 7 for 7.39 Euro when the same game is 29.99 on Steam. Seems like a bargain to me. Here it is: http://TOTALLYLEGITIMATESITEANDNOTATALL ... ru.123.xxx

P.S. I know it is not the newest game in the franchise but I already finished RE2 and this is the next best thing

User was banned for this post and URL changed. I left it as a "What not to do" thing, but realize I wasn't clear on what I was doing.
My mistake. -ST

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:54 am UTC
by New User
Risk of Rain 2 just released on Steam. It's $19.99, but you get one extra copy if you buy it before the 30th. It's early access, but I'm a huge fan of the first game so I thought the price was good for two copies.

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 12:25 am UTC
by Deva
Offers Sims 4 for free on Origin for the next week. Gave in and downloaded the client.