Used to be, back in the day, that I'd buy something on Steam only if it was a great sale price. "I prefer to own the disc-in-a-box version, 'cause that's just the kind of guy I am," I'd say. But I did pick up a few digital titles here and there as time marched on. As my Steam library grew slowly, fire-sale after fire-sale, I'd still dip into other stores for great prices here and there, Direct2Drive, or its new owner GameFly (not to mention the DRM-free GOG, which will always be my favorite - and whose holiday sale starts tomorrow by the way). When the Steam Thanksgiving sale ended I kinda regretted not picking up X-Com for $25, but didn't think too much of it 'cause I figured it would go on sale again after Christmas.Then it happened.GameFly has it on sale right now for $25, and I own a few other games from them, so it would hardly be lonely, but I still found myself hesitating to buy it because it wouldn't be on Steam. Which led me to one inescapable conclusion.I'd become a Steam elitist.JT,going from distrustful curmudgeon to "with the times" has some unanticipated pitfalls
Yeah, Steam has made itself pretty much indispensable, chiefly because it's so user friendly. You can delete and re-download games with a single click if you're low on HDD space, the sales are great, the achievements are fun, and the friends list is fantastic.I buy 90% of my games on Steam, and most of the other 10% I get from Humble Bundles or something else I can register on steam!
or something else I can register on steam! That's another element (registration on Steam, like for Steamworks, even when you buy the disc version) that has transmogrified a bit in my mind from "Ugh, no reason to buy the disc now, so I won't buy it at all until it's a fire-sale Steam price" to a grudging "Yeah, ok, that's kinda nice". Examples are buying Portal 2 for $5 on GameFly but it consisted of a Steam code rather than an actual download (so although it's still listed in my wannabe-Steam GameFly client you don't actually do anything with it from there), and buying Skyrim on GreenManGaming (same thing, just a Steam code).GMG has some awesome deals and coupons so it's become a "check-them-first" destination before I buy anything, and most of what's there consists of just a Steam code - so it's kinda like a second Steam that's got different stuff on sale.Case in point: GMG's current "use it once" coupon is WINTR-SRVEY-42012 good for 35% off any one game, good through sometime Friday, and the 24-hour deal is Batman: Arkham City GOTY for $7.50. That and X-Com ($32 if you use the coupon) are both Steam codes.JT
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