Steam Summer Sale 2020

Can’t go wrong with QT3 darling Sid Meier’s Starships (it is pretty enjoyable, especially for the price).

I’m thinking of picking up the BattleTech DLCs. I liked the base game, but never got around to them. Are all of them worth it, or am I better off picking and choosing? I’m mostly interested in the Flashpoint one, but figure getting the others couldn’t hurt (or could it?).

I am trying not to fall for the obvious bait of spending more to get the discount, having just removed half a dozen games from my cart, but there is still work to do to get it back to zero!

This happens every time there’s a sale: ooh shiny -> cart full of shit -> oh no my monies -> mostly empty cart -> procrastinate some more -> realise I missed the end of the sale -> return to whatever I was playing before. :)

So I’m now at the “mostly empty cart” stage, which is thus:

I suspect the first three will go before this is over.

Steam says I played Periodic Deliveries for 93 minutes. I enjoyed those 93 minutes and I have no desire to ever play it again. So, you decide if that’s worth $3 :)

Mooncrash is incredible. If you keep one…

I vaguely recall someone saying it had similarities to the structure of Void Bastards, a game I loved. Plus I really enjoyed Prey, so it’s pretty likely it’s going to stay on there. I should just hit the buy button a few times with my eyes closed and be done with it.

Doom 64 is on Steam?

Weird.

I only bought it because I got Prey on the cheap and wanted to give the devs some money; by description alone it didn’t appeal, and it was a while before I even tried it out. It shouldn’t work but it does. Personally I think it’s the equal of the main game (though admittedly it may be just the exact combination of gameplay elements that works incredibly well for me).

I think I’ve bought enough. You’ve probably heard of some of these:

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Walden, a game
Half-Life
The Orange Box

I’ve started this a few times but always stop when I’m trudging around in the snow and trying to kill a bear or something. Does it become more Tomb Raider and less janky survival game? Is the entire rest of the game in a snowy environment?

The Orange Box?

Are you surprised I only just now bought it, or do you not know what it is?

It contains:
Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2: Episode 1
Half-Life 2: Episode 2
Portal
Team Fortress 2

I think it may be how they convinced everyone to use Steam in the first place.

This is a correct understanding of history.

Valve have fallen a long way as developers in my estimation since that was released, but if you’ve never experienced it before that’s a lovely little run of gaming, enjoy!

Yep, the Orange Box was also my introduction to Steam.

Yes, it does become less survival and more like the first game (though the new TR don’t have as much actual “tomb raiding” as the earlier games. And there is a further mix of environments later on, but you will be in the snow until maybe midway (?) through the game? Can’t remember exactly.

For me, Half Life 2 was the introduction to Steam. But there wasn’t much on Steam in those days. By the time HL2: Episode 1 came out, there was some other stuff on Steam. By the time Orange Box came out, they had quite a bit on the Steam store I think.

Yep, needed Steam for HL2. A lot of people installed it for that. But like many, I didn’t buy any other games there for years afterwards.

I guess a bit of both. Its been a long time.

Just checked my email archives for shits n’ giggles. I bought HL2 “bronze” in Nov 2004, and my next purchase was The Path in March 2009.

Never played it, so my long history of building a useless Steam backlog started right away.

Now this is a fun game and might warrant its own thread:

First Steam purchase was the Half-Life 2 + One Pack in April 2007 (for $15, apparently).

Second was the Orange Box in October of that same year.

First non-Half-Life Steam purchase was, Peggle Deluxe a few days later.

There’s substantial friction to buying in to a new platform, as we know from Epic and Origin and such. My guess is 2009 is when Steam started running great sales. I can’t imagine I bought The Path at full price then didn’t bother playing it. I paid $8.99 for the game in 2009 and it’s $9.99 right now.