Steam stays true to its tradition. The game client has begun its annual Summer Sale and hundreds of titles from indie games to triple-A will be available with discount.
Also true to annual tradition, users have gathered to the site in such a number, it has reached the point where browsers cannot load the page anymore. An achievement worthy of praise as, with every successive sale, Valve goes to a lot of trouble to ensure this exact thing will not happen.
The Steam Summer Sale will be around from June 23rd to July 4th, and it boasts with an unbelievable 5.199 discounted titles. The quantity, however, will not be this Summer’s main attraction. 2016 is officially the first year to have Virtual Reality Games on sale, thanks to the launch of HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
While not all VR games on Steam are on sale, a lot of tried and tested picks are. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, Final Approach, Audioshield, and Space Pirate Trainer are just a few of the good VR titles on sale right now.
Top Sellers have titles like The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (currently half off), Fallout 4 (also currently half off), Grand Theft Auto V (at 40 percent off). Releases from earlier 2016 have also slimmed down their prices for the Steam Summer Sale. Darkest Dungeon, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Dark Souls III, and Doom are all on sale. Bethesda is even giving Doom a 40 percent discount, even though it was just released on May 13th of last year.
Steam Curators have also paired up several titles into cutely themed and named bundles. The package discounts are cumulative with the discounts the actual games have as well.
This Summer Sale seems to be presenting a new story as well. The theme of the story appears to be camping, and hopefully Steam will be able to outdo itself and make a better story than the one it had during 2015’s Winter Sale.
Trading Cards and Badges have also returned, motivating collectors to start another bout of heavy trading and badge crafting. Selling the trading cards on the Steam Marketplace is also becoming an increasingly profitable affair. Several professional traders were able to gather quickly up to $300 in the last days of the Winter Sale.
In previous years, the Steam Summer Sale had Daily Sales which as the name implies changed every day. Flash Sales were also present adding extra discounts to titles every four hours.
Dedicated gamers had to grind out the sales and the “-75% or do not buy” mentality was formed. Steam users would end up lying in wait and not buy games until they hit the 75 percent discount mark. If the game did not hit the discount mark during the sale, sadness would ensue, but people kept the faith.
The attitude was truly unhealthy, especially for game developers. Steam realized it and changed the way it managed its sales. With the Summer Sale scheduled to end July 4th, our wallets are bound to see fireworks.
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