Saturday, January 10, 2015

Steamrolling the Holidays

It's been a week since the Steam holiday sale has ended. How are you Steam gamers doing, got anything good? Beaten any of your new games already yet? I hope you're holding back, because that would be a lot better since another sale season won't be around pretty soon. Besides, your wallet and/or your credit card need their well earned rest.

The almighty Lord was pleased with thy generous offerings

For those who are not aware, for some reason, Steam is an internet-based digital distribution, digital rights management (DRM), multiplayer, and social networking platform developed by Valve Corporation. Steam provides the user with installation and automatic updating of games on multiple computers, and community features such as friends lists and groups, cloud saving, and in-game voice and chat functionality. Basically, it's one of the best ways to fight piracy by selling game softwares with no physical form, in cheap prices.

Which is an even better method compared to the futile attempt at permanently sinking the Flying Dutchman

Now, the Steam sale periods are the times when several games that are being sold at steam gets a very high discount rate, ranging from the Indie games up to the AAA games. It is a period that gamers would look forward to, yet fear at the same time; it could be a deviously unintentional trap if they're not careful. Here's some of the reasons why.

Firstly, there are the Early Access people; the guys who would always try to buy new games as soon as possible. The problem is, new games that got discounted are still expensive, with the discount only ranging around 10-20%. Sure, some do get a discount up to 50%, but their original price was around $50 to begin with, and if you wait longer the price might actually go down to the same range. So the decision on whether or not you should buy the game should be entirely be based on if the game was really worth it to begin with.

If they're some game of the year material or simply highly recommended by people, then by all means, go ahead and buy it if you have the money to spare. If they're not, or you just think that it would be a waste to throw your entire saving for your children's school just to buy one game, then you should probably not do it.

"I'm sorry, son, but you still have years to go, while Shadow of Mordor can't wait anymore"

And then there's the sense of belonging that we as a human being has; the soul of a collector. Although this time it's not in the form of cards, Pokémon, or cute anime girls, it doesn't even have form at all anyways.

There are people who wait for that time of the year to buy games that they have beaten or owned before just for the heck of it, and they would feel a great amount of pride for doing so. Just like, you know, a collector. Also, the nostalgia they'd feel when playing old games that they loved will be worth the money spent.

Then there's the type of people who has the same reason for waiting the steam sale as the Collector type mentioned above, but with a different purpose; they do it for Redemption. These people finally come to realize the guilt of playing games made by people who worked so hard for it without giving them any money.

Just admit it, every one of us has played pirated games before, each to a different extent on their own. We do it because we couldn't afford to pay for the original version of it, or there's just no easy access to get one in our area. With the steam sale and its low prices, we got offered the chance to cleanse our sin by buying the games that we once pirated.

Without crawling through a river of shit in the process

And finally, there's the type of people that are so prone to the steam sale that they'll drain their money just for the heck of it; the Impulsive Buyers. The ones that would just buy anything as long as it's cheap, even though deep down they know that they probably wouldn't be able to play any of the games that they bought in the near future.

If we try to reason with them, they might claim that they won't get another chance to buy games with cheap price again. Unless, I don't know, waiting for another year for an even lower price? But then they might also say that they probably wouldn't be able to spend as much money as they could this year, so they just have to do it now.

Which means, only male Steam users can understand this anomaly

But I can't see any of these people having wrong purposes, all of them are just normal human traits, although they do have bad potential if they were left unchecked. And since that was my first experience with the Steam holiday sale, I also did several things that I mentioned above without proper planning beforehand.

I hope you enjoyed your new year holiday with all the new games that you bought!

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