Things that are not supposed to happen over the course of a Steam Summer Sale; have your Steam Left number go down.
Before the Steam Summer Sale 2015, my count was:
Here, at the tail end of the sale, with the counter running down, my tally is:
Somewhere in between the start of the search for the summer game and now, I played 12 hours and didn’t buy anything. And I am not even sure how I played that much, as the only game on Steam I played much of was War Thunder. Well, time adds up.
Meanwhile, things like Steam Left and the long list of games in my Steam library has trained me over the years to not buy games unless I am going to play them right then and there. And so I ended up buying nothing from the Steam Summer Sale.
Not that there were not things on sale, often at very attractive prices.
There were a number of items on my wishlist that I had my eye on. Earlier in the year Cities: Skylines seemed to be the rightful heir to Sim City, given the praise it got. Likewise, Project CARS seemed to be the driving sim of the year, getting high praise from those who purport to know best, with both local and online play available. Something to replace the soon to depart Need for Speed World maybe?
But I wasn’t on the edge of my seat ready to play either title and the discounts, while good for somewhat recent releases, were not too good to pass up.
Not that discounts levels sold me on anything either. I had one game on my wishlist that was marked down to $1.24 for the sale… and I didn’t buy it. I guess that means I ought to take it off my wishlist, since I don’t think it will ever get any cheaper than that. To be fair, it did have mixed reviews and I put it on the list more to remind me to look into it again than because I was going to buy… but still, at $1.24 you think I’d just buy it.
Then, of course, there was the sea of titles that interest me a bit, but which are not really my thing. I am tempted to get Alien: Isolation because I have heard such good things about its atmosphere… and it was 75% off at various times… but in the end it seemed likely to just sit in my library unplayed.
And I always get excited when the Traveller’s Tales LEGO games are on sale… until I remember that they really play like crap on the PC unless you have a game pad… and even when you have a game pad it still feels like an awkward port. The definitive experience for those games is on a console, in your living room, with a controller.
So I ended up here, at the end of the sale, having purchased nothing. Which is fine… I hardly needed any more unplayed games in my library. But it is amusing to consider how things have changed, how the Steam Summer Sale used to be such a big deal and how I would buy things just because they were priced so damn attractively. Steam has trained me over the years to hold off and only buy things that I am sure I will play.