1. …and like 7 minutes after I posted that, the main steam page is updated with sale details.

  2. The metagame they’ve built around ‘special’ sales is… interesting, I’ll say that much. It doesn’t do a thing for me in terms of incentivizing, because I just don’t have enough time in the day or the spare brain power to give a shit. Much as I love Valve it’s just the tiniest bit distasteful (which was my minority reaction to the Portal 2 prerelease ARG as well).

    I know that a big percentage of users like this stuff, though, and I do think it’s (as usual) very cool and creative and above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty (tiny joke there), but… it squicks me out just the tiniest little bit.

    I’m conflicted, but maybe I just have trust issues.

  3. What’s distasteful about it?

    I think the free-to-play road is paved with the potential for exploitation and I think if Valve can’t stay the right side of evil then I doubt anyone can, but the Summer Sale tickets thing seems fairly neutral to me.

  4. Nice. Just picked up the Penny Arcade combo pack for £1.35.
    Anyone got any recommendations for games in this sale that work well on netbooks (both in terms of screen size and lack of mouse)?

  5. fullerine said :

    What’s distasteful about it?

    Eh, it’s a mild thing that niggles at me a bit — hard to articulate clearly. Somehow the idea of making spending money a Big Funtime Game just triggers some very deep and quiet alarm bells.

    But I am also much a reluctant Valve fanboy — you made me love you! — so… conflicted.

  6. Why is it a meta-game? (/noob)

  7. Well, it’s a game whose context and subject and mode-of-play is at least in part the playing of other games, so: meta.

  8. Based on the reception I’ve seen on other forums, people have already made Steam sales into a metagame–first about how many games they managed to pick up, then about how many games they managed NOT to buy this time, then about how much money they’re going to budget for the sale and dammit we’re really not going over the limit this time. When you look at the prizes available (mostly tiny DLC packs and geegaws worth about $5 at most) it’s clear that anyone who goes out of their way to spend money on games just to get tickets to win DLC prizes is already touched in the head.

    If anything, I think the whole achievement tickets concept is genius because it actually gets me to play the games I buy, instead of leaving them to languish in my backlog. Turns out Jolly Rover’s got a neat sense of humour! And I’d forgotten how great Defense Grid is.

  9. Based on the reception I’ve seen on other forums, people have already made Steam sales into a metagame–first about how many games they managed to pick up, then about how many games they managed NOT to buy this time, then about how much money they’re going to budget for the sale and dammit we’re really not going over the limit this time.

    One forum I’m on has been on a “how many games can I gift to someone I only know by their internet username but is otherwise a total stranger” trip. It’s easier than you’d think even if you’re not a particularly philanthropic-to-strangers type of person to get suckered into participating. It starts with something like frozen synapse which gives you 2 copies of the game at the base price. Then you got 3 guys that can’t find a 4th to go in on a 4-pack of something. Next you’re the recipient of a gift and feel like you ought to give something back and hey there’s something on their wishlist that’s only $2.50 etc.

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