Steam: The Bane of My Marriage

Sweet Ambrosia...

If Steam was setting out to destroy my state of marital bliss, mission accomplished.

I’m guessing that anyone who follows a gaming blog probably already knows about the “Perils of Summer” sale currently running on Steam. There are some truly amazing sales going on, both for entire packages of publisher’s catalogs, as well as daily sales on select titles. To say the prices are astronomical is an understatement.

Since it started, I’ve picked up some crazy deals – both new titles in which I’ve had a passing interest, and backfilling some of my favorites that have either gone MIA or I had abandoned the media. Including:

  • The Deus Ex Collection (Deus Ex and Invisible War) – $4.98 (!)
  • X-COM: The Complete Collection – $3.74 (!!!)
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition – $7.49
  • Zeno Clash – $3.75
  • Defense Grid: The Awakening – $9.99
  • King’s Bounty: Gold Edition – $9.99

X-COM and Deus Ex, well, those are just classics from a Golden Era in gaming (at least, it was for me…). To have unlimited access to those for less than the cost of lunch, that’s just a no-brainer.

The rest – those are a testament to the genius of Steam’s strategy. They lured me in with insane prices on some of my favorite games EVER, and when it came to checkout, I figured I’d take a look at what else was out there. I spent a little more on each transaction, and everyone wins. Steam gets a bit more of my money than they would have, and I pick up some titles I’ve always wanted to check out for prices that are well worth it, even if I hardly ever play them.

Man, loading up Deus Ex a few days ago; I’d like to say there’s no price you can put on revisiting something like Deus Ex. It was pure, undiluted nostalgia hitting me right in the gut, both barrels. I used to hear that song in my sleep, and that game honestly warped my perceptions of the Real World for a few weeks.

I’d like to say you can’t put a price on something like that. But Steam did. Exactly the right one.


2 responses to “Steam: The Bane of My Marriage

  1. For me, I got The Witcher and then Tropico 3. I was considering King’s Bounty as well since a handful of people have told me how good it is and you’re not the only one I’ve read who’s picked it up. Arrgh, temptation.

    • Temptation is not something I’ve been particularly good. At fighting this week. I mean, really?? Both Deus Ex games for under $4?

      I don’t care how old they are, that’s a steal! The first is a classic, and Invisible War, while not a classic, is certainly underrated. And I’m not going to spend just a few dollars per purchase…so why not pick up others that are on equally good sale. For 5 bucks, even if I only ever play for an hour, it was a good purchase!

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