Welp. That was a relatively uneventful Steam Summer Sale. The last day was today and it looks like the event is going out with a whimper. We don’t even get the usual recap day but then again, everyday during the entire sale event, there was at least one or two repeat deals.
There were plenty of opportunities to acquire more games like BulletStorm or RAGE but they never jumped out at me. I feel like I can get those at any time for that price. I was hopeful for a return of SSFIV:AE or the appearance of a drastically reduced Rayman: Origins though. Needless to say my wishes did not come true.
Oh well, maybe during the Holiday 2012 sales event.
This year’s Steam Summer Sale started a bit late. It had people worried but for the next week or so, folks will be far too busy refreshing Steam on a daily basis and then some.
Valve introduced 8 hour Flash Sales and Community Choice sales that have people checking the site more than once per day for new deals and new opportunities to give them more money. I’ve visited multiple times in hopes of something new and exciting but I only came away with: 1) Trine 2 and 2) the Alan Wake Collection.
Who’s surprised by this news? 6.3 million units sold already and the month isn’t done yet. I did my part and ordered two copies (one for my brother).
I’ve been trying to play more Diablo III. Not because I really enjoy it, but so I can give it a fair shake. The Diablo III beta didn’t ignite a craving for loot that most fans of this game, franchise or sub-genre have.
I can see why it sold so many units — it’s ridiculously polished when the servers are up and running — but it takes a lot more than just loot lust to keep me playing a game so I hope Act II and beyond kick it into high gear.
At the time of writing, I have 35 iOS games and not a single iOS device to play them on.
I’ve been taking advantage of iOS sales throughout the year and I’ve amassed quite the collection. Most of these games or “apps” were free thanks to daily deals or other promotions. I’ve come through with a couple of observations on the iOS app market and its deals over the past year:
Never, ever pay full price for an EA title - If you thought EA games go on sale fast for consoles and PCs, you haven’t seen their iOS titles. During any holiday, Apple event or just because it’s a weekend, EA will put on a sale of some kind for their apps. Newer titles may not be included in the nearest round of sales, but if you wait until the next deal? It’ll be on sale.
Popcap is stingy with the deals - PopCap games do not go on sale frequently despite them being owned by EA now. Whenever you see a sale for a PopCap title, it’s best to jump on them sooner rather than later. Otherwise, you’ll be waiting for quite some time.
If you’re patient or observant, there’s a lot of iOS gaming to be had without spending a dime.