The MMOs of the Steam Summer 2017 Sale

    
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After some ups and downs this afternoon — everybody loves the “try again later” message, right? — Valve’s summer Steam sale is finally underway and stable. Here’s what we’re looking at in our corner of the gaming world.

On Steam…

Outside of Steam…

  • TERA has a wedding-themed sale running in its cash shop.
  • Champions Online is promoting its alien-themed lockbox.
  • Xsyon is running a half off sale.
  • Path of Exile has a big stash sale this weekend.

Please pipe up in the comments if you spy more your fellow readers might want to know about! Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go play in my virtual sticker book. Sticker books are serious business.

Source: Steam sale. With thanks to bomocho and Boom!

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Pivotal Gamers

Hello fellow gamers, Byron from Pivotal Gamers here!

In order to express our gratitude for supporting our efforts we are giving away a $30 Steam Wallet Code (Global) to one lucky winner from our community.

You can check the relevant announcement post at : https://www.pivotalgamers.com/2017/06/29/30-steam-wallet-code-global-giveaway/

You can find the Giveaway page at : https://www.pivotalgamers.com/giveaways/30-steam-wallet-code-global-giveaway/

Good luck and may the force be with you!

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CthulhuDawg

I bought the Defiance Gold Edition DLC because I recently rewatched the show and was bummed out it was canceled, gold dlc stacks with my standard edition bonuses so I guess I’ll finish the game’s story line and finally get the whole picture.. I also recently saw it was AO’s birthday. I tried as hard as I could to get back into my old account but I simply can’t remember that e-mail. I picked up the New Rubi-Ka settler pack because I wanted to jump back in, might as well do it in style.

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Nick Smith

Wild Terra is 50% off. Just saw that one.

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Armsbend

The sticker book is one of Valve’s all time worst ideas. A virtual sticker book for exploring steam. Collect them all by logging in every day for two weeks.

I wonder sometimes if during breaks a creative member or two takes a bathroom break, slowly closes the stall door and then sobs violently into his trembling hands. What’s that! The door! “No, no everything is fine in here Bill!” He holds his two hands tightly over his mouth lest Bill finds out that the desperation is infectious.

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deekay_plus

alot of people, primarily their core writers, have jumped ship from valve in the past some odd months.

pretty sure i read that valve no longer has any of the writers from any of their games that require writing, from half life to portal and even l4d.

and why would they wanna work there anymore? not like their area of game dev is being done at valve for years now. i mean what work have they done the past few years? twiddle their dicks and chat at teh water cooler and get passed over their ideas at meetings and strung along with the l4d3/etc leaks only to run into dead ends as valve abandons anything that can’t be hat economied into player funded esports events?

supposedly valve is working three whole vr games for vive. but at this point what are we expecting from them there? and the whole thing about them saying that in terms of their history of games they say they are working on, do we really even reasonably expect these game projects to go anywhere?

i mean this is valve we’re talking about. the multibilliona dollar company who profits off a walled garden but half asses linux support they could make happen over night if they wanted to but cba despite talking out their asses with FUD about the windows store, and will spends tens of millions on legal teams fighting laws across the world but say having a customer service department isn’t in their culture.

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Tobasco da Gama

I don’t think there’s ever been a Steam sale gimmick that actually grabbed any interest from me whatsoever. It’s just tedious busywork. All I actually care about is buying games for cheap.

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McGuffn

2 things are great about the sticker book: one, it encourages you to click on pages in the store when it is under heavy load and the pages won’t open, and two, you can’t move the stickers around, at least I couldn’t in the minute I tried playing with it.

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Armsbend

That is why it so dumb. What is the point of an adult using a sticker book if you can’t make everything perverse?

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guns of icarus alliance is also 50% off at $10.99 cad (sorry i don’t have the webapp that tells prices in different regions).

it’s only pseudo mmoish but it’s an excelent game worth checking out if you are a fan of steam punk air ships and crew based play!

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zoward

The only game with sales above that I’m interested in and don’t already have is the TESO packs, but I’m playing on the Xbone. I wonder if TESO will match these on the consoles?

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Xijit

Doubtful, but you never know … The summer steam sale is less about money & more about undercutting the competition to screw them out of customers and draw more playes into Valve’s walled garden.

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Armsbend

The publishers still have to agree to everything since there is no physical stock.

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tbh as shitty as steam is in alot of ways for game pubs/devs (especially now that it’s so saturated with trashware, and convoluted and easily gameable curation systems and such), they are still vastly superior to the gamestop paradigm.

price reductions and sales valve still only takes a flat rate of 30% supposedly (besides anypromotional programs that may be implied but are not fully known due to strict NDAs for pubs/devs), where as any discounts/price drops at gamestop never dent how much gamestop takes on every copy sold.

so while a dev reducing price of a game to say $20 from $60 over time on steam, they still get money from it, while the same price reduction at the point where the game copy is $20 only gamestop is making any money off it.

that and as bad as valve’s CS is, gamestop is generally much worse by the nature of the CS/sales paradigms they do have. XD

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Tobasco da Gama

To say nothing of GameStop’s extremely shitty trade-in/used game policies. They’ll give you a couple of bucks at most and then turn around to sell your game for almost full price.

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Armsbend

You didn’t like driving to some awful mall and then buying games for $55 with a missing manual and tiger claw scratches on the discs? Being told they are out of stock because you didn’t pre-order when there was a giant box behind the cashier that said, ‘Call of Doody Five – Not For You’.

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Tobasco da Gama

Oddly enough, no. ;)

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Armsbend

Yar I wouldn’t go back to the old gamestop route. My temperament towards Valve has cooled these past few years – because they haven’t done anything externally evil in a while. They are hovering just below neutral. Gosh if they ever decided to make a video game again I’d put them squarely in positive territory.

I spend prolly less $100 a year there now. I used to spend roughly 10x that. I look at all of the junk in my library and get personally embarrassed.

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Roger Melly

Killing Floor is free on humble bundle at the moment .

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Xijit

I caved and bought Elite, even though I will eventually be getting it for the PS4 too.

I have gotten lazy in my old age and gaming on the couch is just so much more appealing to me now.

That and I just bought a 60″ 4K Tv, so Elite should be amazing on it.

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rafael12104

60 percent off of The Division. Not bad. It is worth a look if you like shooter rpgs.

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squid

Has it gotten better? Got it for free with a gfx card back around launch–never installed.

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rafael12104

Yes. They resolved several issues with cheaters and exploiters. Imo, the single player experience is better now. But, multiplayer is still where the fun is.

Btw, this isn’t my main game, but ducking in every once in a while for a little run and shoot is worth the low price, especially if it is free.

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the leveling campaign has always been solid with a friend or three. but yes the endgame has been improved considerably and no longer has the same issues as d3 had at launch, adopting similar measures with regards to loot stuff.

that being said i heard the endgame balance paradigm is alot of nerfing w/e fotm spec players come up with.

i would say don’t bother with the paid dlc tho. the free dlc content updates are the best of the post launch development additions imo.

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bomocho

Perpetuum Online is on sale for $2.49 ( -75% )
Same for DLCs/packs

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mcsleaz

You beat me to it :)

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Nick Smith

Been meaning to tey this. Seems like now is a good time!