The folks running Steam, in my opinion, are marketing geniuses. “The Perils of Summer Sale” that’s been going on for the past week or so has swept the gaming community like a wildfire, robbing us of our money (or do we give it willingly?) while making us dance in excitement over what tomorrow may bring. They not only drummed up some insanely great deals, but did so during the summer gaming lull (when folks like myself are a bit restless in their gaming habits) and created a funny, memorable campaign around it. “Stay inside, lest summer kill you” is the tongue-in-cheek theme of the sale, and man if it doesn’t make you smile.
So while I haven’t bitten at every deal that’s come along, I’ve certainly partaken of this sale. Here’s a list of what I’ve nabbed:
- Birth of America – Okay, it was cheap and I thought it looked a little interesting, but it turned out to be a big dud. Oh well.
- Ghostbusters: The Video Game – Four bucks, not too shabby, except that the mouse controls are so wonky that I can’t really play it without the world spinning me into motion sickness. I need to fiddle with the settings, perhaps.
- Borderlands – I was really hoping this would go on sale, and it did, dropping from $22 to $11. So far it’s a lot of fun with a great personality, and I love the visuals.
- Torchlight – I actually bought this last year but lost the download info and receipt… so, hey, it was $5 and I never gave this game as big of a shakedown as I should’ve. I created an alchemist and am really enjoying short gaming sessions with it here and there.
Four games, not too bad. I won’t see the final day, being out of town and all, but I’m pretty satisfied. I just wish they had more MMOs go on sale (SWG and Champions fans were in heaven this past week, tho).