The new year has been rung in, we’ve had a day off, and now it is January 2nd and reality has to kick in for some of us. Not me. I’m not going back to work until Monday. But not everybody has that luxury or that much vacation time back logged.
And so it is with Valve. By the time this posts another Steam Winter Sale will have come and gone.
Lots of things were on sale. I got the traditional email letting me know that just about everything on my Steam wish list had been marked down. And yet I got through almost the entire sale without buying a thing. It looked like another dry year for me. I didn’t even log on to play the store event game, which seemed pretty dry… dry enough that they had to revise it mid-way through to drum up some interest. You think Valve would have that nailed down by this point.
The reasons for my lack of interest in buying new games are not much different than most years. That something is on sale at Steam is no longer reason enough to buy it. The novelty is gone there. I have a list of unplayed games in my Steam library which acts as a deterrent. And I am invested in playing something at the moment. When I am not logged into WoW Classic I am logged into EverQuest II and playing the new Blood of Luclin expansion. Expect posts about that to start next week.
So until yesterday it looked like my only purchase was going to be a Steam gift card for my daughter’s boyfriend as a Christmas gift.
And then we binge watched The Witcher, wrapping it up on New Years Eve, which got me to check if the original game was available on Steam. And, sure enough, there it was, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition, in the store and on sale for $1.49. So I bought that.
So op success for Steam? I guess. I didn’t even end up paying the $1.49. Because I bought that gift card I ended up with a $5.00 discount, which I applied to the game.
One more item in my library. We’ll see if I end up playing it. But now it is there.
As usual, Steam had its own lists and such to share. There were the top revenue earners of 2019.
The ranking… since there are no numbers… include in-game purchases, which is how the aging Warframe and Grand Theft Auto V stay up with the newer titles. Warframe making the top spot is quite a coup.
Then there are the most played games, which has its own ranking structure. Still, there is some overlap between revenue and being played.
You can find more such lists on the Steam Blog entry about 2019.
Then there were the Steam Awards, the user nominated and elected “best of…” designations. It wasn’t a surprise to even me that Beat Sabre won the best VR game, since it is literally the only new VR game I can recall hearing about. VR isn’t dead, but it is a lot more aspirational than real still. And Grand Theft Auto V crept into another winning position. How does that game keep going? I guess I might know if I played the copy I bought during the Steam Summer Sale.
And so it goes. I have one new game in my Steam library and six months to go until the summer sale. (I don’t count the spring and autumnal sales, they don’t get nearly as much press.)