My confirmed haul for the sale is A-Train PC Classic and the latest western release version of A-Train 9 (upgrading from v3.0). And then thanks to the ‘Railway History Bundle’ essentially had A-Train 8 thrown in for free, once you compare the cost of buying individually to the cost of the bundle.
So, it turns out 66% off was my threshold for taking the plunge finally.
Command and Conquer Remastered so I’ll stop looking at it and thinking “maybe…”. Annoying of me. I just pulled the trigger, now I’ll get to scratch that itch and and call it good. For ten bucks.
I just this morning grabbed Stars in Shadow, a very good looking 4X space game that @rhamorim posted a link on Twitter to a review about that got me interested, so I watched some footage and figure, at $7.50 for the game and DLC, why not? So that’s something I’ll try at some point.
And not on sale, but I pulled the trigger on the Warhammer 3 pre-order. Nothing on my Wishlist looked like a better investment.
Yeah, I think I turned a bit of a corner, didn’t buy a single thing, looked at my backlog, how just the Humble Bundle and Epic free stuff is adding to it faster than I can play, didn’t care how great the discounts are.
I saw the Lunar New Year Sale was much reduced in size, scope and promotion this year and figured they were adjusting things to put a bit more room in between sales.
Of course, that said:
That’s all of three weeks between “big Steam-wide seasonal sales”. If you’re going to have your Spring Sale in March and your Summer Sale in late June/early July, then why not have your Autumn Sale in late September / Early October? You can still do a smaller Halloween Sale at the end of October, then your Winter Sale at the holidays. I assume because they want to make sure they’re having a “big” sale centered around Black Friday.
I always figured they approached sales like JCPenny, looking to always have one at any given point because people are more likely to spend if they think they’re getting a deal even when they aren’t. Steam sales haven’t offered really great pricing for many years.
IIRC, there was an EU change that requires 30 days between sales for companies to be able to advertise prices as “sale” prices. I think that’s a major motivation of the spreading out that’s planned for this year. If Steam can organize major sales with enough space between them, then individual publishers don’t have to pay as much attention to whether or not they’re eligible to participate.