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  • ~LanceR. - December 19, 2013 10:23 p.m.

    I hate how every time there's a steam sale; IT'S ALWAYS THE SAME GAMES THAT GETS THE DISCOUNT. Makes me think the real price of those games are squat + there's no refund = the sale price should be the regular price. They make it like a big deal so everyone would jump at it. That's business 101 but that made "Steam" not as amazing as it initially is.
  • Eightboll812 - December 19, 2013 10:23 p.m.

    The only thing worse that going to buy a game on Steam and finding out you can't because you already own it, is buying it on Steam and realizing a few days later that you already own it from a previous GOG sale.
  • Eightboll812 - December 19, 2013 10:19 p.m.

    Thank you for the article, because it reminded me to start checking Steam!
  • Sinosaur - December 19, 2013 7:17 p.m.

    Why do I have so many 100 hour games?!
  • Shigeruken - December 19, 2013 7:15 p.m.

    Two huge problems living in New Zealand, regional markup and sleeping through flash sales. 'Bioshock Infinite is 75% off! Oh wait, it's still 20 USD, which I can't afford.'
  • brickman409 - December 19, 2013 6:15 p.m.

    I approve of the use of Nicholas Cage in this article
  • slimjim441 - December 19, 2013 5:59 p.m.

    This article. Too great. Although I'd like to add another: Deciding whether or not to contact steam friends whom you haven't talked to/played games with in months/years just to see if they'll trade you their event cards. I do really want that badge...
  • larkan - December 19, 2013 4:50 p.m.

    Never had any of these problems, it's called playing your backlog of games and waiting for the deals. Spend $60, get a dozen games, keep yourself busy for awhile, save money, laugh as everyone else pays full price on consoles.
  • jedisamurai - December 19, 2013 4:23 p.m.

    Didn't Valve say once or twice that if their servers ever went offline they'd forward you a code to unlock everything you own to permanently play offline or some such? Digital distribution is frightening in that aspect. I worry more about my PS3 and Xbox 360 libraries. Because if the hard drive ever goes south, I can't just copy everything to another drive before it fails like on a PC and then reopen Steam and all is good. No, no no. I'd be spending days, if not weeks, trying to get back my downloaded game collection. If Xbox Live for 360 and PS Plus for PS3 are ever phased out...how would I re-download my games? Scary stuff. And don't even get me started on re-downloading Wii downloads to a new console...
  • Eightboll812 - December 19, 2013 10:13 p.m.

    I don't think so. At least not in anything "official" that would require them to keep their promise. The thing is, if they go out of business, there's no incentive for them to help anyone out. And if they get bought out by someone else, that someone else probably doesn't care about paying out to keep a promise made by someone else when they have no legal requirement to do so. It is scary. I think in the near future, we are going to see some major digital system go under and prove that digital purchases aren't necessarily that great of an innovation for consumers.
  • jedisamurai - December 19, 2013 10:41 p.m.

    Sadly, it will probably take a large class-action lawsuit by consumers who are left in the lurch when such a system goes under to make some kind of legal precedent...simply to make distributors provide what before has always been obvious...an actual usable product for your money.
  • Eightboll812 - December 20, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    Yeah, but who are they going to sue? Only a government bail-out would solve this. Think about it. A company that files Chapter 13 is protected from creditors. "Customers" are some of the lowest creditors in the food chain. A company that exits Chapter 13 can only do so with a plan to resolve existing creditor claims. And if they don't exit Chapter 13, they get liquidated and never operate again. Any concrete assets go to their investors and other creditors as resolved by courts. There really nothing in that process that says, anyone has to unlock your music or games or whatever. In fact, it would be very likely that the publishers would be among the creditors of such a bankruptcy, and why they would then give away music/games, to "customers" in such a situation is beyond me. I think they would just say, "tough luck", because otherwise they would be on the hook to give away to anybody claiming to have a claim. I think it is possible that the court procedures might demand unlocking content if there was an easy "switch" that could be flipped to do so. But do you really think Steam or anyone has already spent development on such a contingency effort? If they were ordered to do so and didn't already have that anti-kill-switch, they have no employees left to develop one. It becomes a hollow order. As ugly of a situation that it could be, I just don't see how it works out for customers of that company. I think people just get screwed and it spawns a brief renaissance toward physical media. And maybe it spurs some legislation that digital distribution must make future contingency plans for such eventualities. But the past is still screwed.
  • StrayGator - December 19, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    Having one third of the deals greyed out / not available in your area.
  • antiAntag0nist - December 19, 2013 3:26 p.m.

    I definitely agree with number 4. I have enough games in my Steam Library to last me at least 6 months, but I know full well that I wont make enough time for them. As far as Terraria goes, I got that because it was like a buck, and I never touched it again after 3 minutes of playing...
  • Shayz - December 19, 2013 3:21 p.m.

    When you see a game you want on sale, but know that it won't run well on your computer.
  • GR_LucasSullivan - December 19, 2013 3:22 p.m.

    Cot dang, that's a good one
  • The_Tingler - December 19, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    "When a game you really want is part of Steam Early Access, so you know there won't be a price drop" http://store.steampowered.com/genre/Early%20Access/ - There's a lot on offer there. Double Fine's Spacebase DF-9 and the already great Sir, You Are Being Hunted to name two. "Thinking, if only for a moment, about how much money these developers would've been making if everyone was actually paying full price for their game." Then again, then you remember if it wasn't reduced they wouldn't get any money at all! And $25 for Space Hulk is WAY too much. "Realizing that if Valve ever goes out of business, you will literally have NOTHING to show for all the thrifty bargains you bought" Yes, I realise I'm nitpicking about a comedy article... but to add to this anyway, how much did you spend on Xbox Live or PSN you're not going to be able to play or trade on PS4 or XBONE? "When you realize that you're living life as little more than a series of meaningless events spaced out between Steam sales" Okay, fair point.
  • Frieza - December 19, 2013 2:46 p.m.

    I really hate it when there's a super big sale where every big name game in existence gets a price drop except the one you want.
  • bang1221 - December 19, 2013 2:30 p.m.

    24. Seeing your favorite game on sale and not having any money to buy it or just, ya know, not having any money in general to take part in the sales :(
  • GOD - December 19, 2013 2:19 p.m.

    Although I don't really PC game, I'm sure you could add "Getting games for so cheap, that you don't feel obligated to play them" Buy a $60 game, and you Will play it. Buy 10 games for $4.99... and you think because you got such great deals that if you at least play half of those games you won't have buyers remorse.

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