Friday, July 20, 2012
Sometimes I wonder about Steam...
I've been through more than a few Steam sales, and as a result my library is quite literally massive. Right now I have probably around 120 games in my Steam library. So you can imagine why, at the beginning of this sale, I didn't think I'd be putting down much money. Not because I didn't want to, but because I didn't need to. Steam's already sold me most of the games I wanted. What more could they entice me with?
I was naive, and there was always this voice in the back of my head telling me so. I've already bought Sanctum, The Walking Dead, Alan Wake, and Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai. I'm also having a hard time convincing myself not to pick up the aforementioned Splinter Cell: Conviction. Not to mention I fully intend to pick up both Ys games (Origin and the Oath in Felghana) before the end of the sale.
But I sometimes wonder if this is...healthy. I can't imagine Valve doesn't know what they're doing, but occasionally I wonder if dumping all these games on people for peanuts is the right idea. Steam sales have become such a regular thing that people anticipate them now. It's one thing to buy something and be surprised when it's on sale later on. But it's hard to buy a game on Steam in an offseason without feeling like a sucker, because you know there will come a time (and sooner rather than later) when that game will come down in price in a big way. It's not just something you suspect. It's something you know for a fact.
To me, I feel like this kind of devalues the game in some way.