Steam Summer Sale goes live today

Amid quite a bit of speculation about whether or not there would even be a Steam Sale this year, Valve has officially launched the discount extravaganza of our dreams.

As usual, the sale is being unfurled in stages with today being just the first of many stages of the big sale. The headliners this year include 75% off Shogun: Total War 2 and Portal 2 as well as 50% off Modern Warfare 3, and a $10 indie bundle that includes Edge, Anomaly: Warzone Earth, Cave Story+, The Baconing, and Lone Survivor.

As you can imagine, the biggest annual sale in gaming has bogged down the Steam website pretty badly, but if you keep at it you'll eventually get in to browse the selection. The sale is especially significant this year as it comes on the heels of a verbal sniping match between Valve and EA over the effect of such sales.

We can't wait to see what else Valve has in store for us. In the mean time, here's a justly exuberant celebration to mark the beginning of the Steam Summer Sale:


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  • robotdickens - July 12, 2012 3:50 p.m.

    Too bad they never warned me this was coming. Seriously I found out like a week ago. I get paid every two weeks Steam, not one.
  • ObliqueZombie - July 12, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    And I was supposed to save up my money...
  • buttfaceninja - July 12, 2012 11:21 a.m.

    I tried to hide my wallet in the freezer, but then I realized i use Paypal... On a more serious note im thinking of getting Shogun: Total War while its so g-darn cheap. Ive not really been into strategy games since the original Starcraft, but would this still be a good start, or maybe a Civilization game... SO MANY CHOICES!
  • Andrew Groen - July 12, 2012 1:22 p.m.

    Yeah, I'm getting Shogun too. And go buy Civ 5 and StarCraft 2 you monster.
  • InFeRnOg - July 16, 2012 3:12 p.m.

    I'd highly recommend not wasting money on StarCraft 2. The RTS genre has grown and evolved so much since SC, that the game feels so simple and boring compared to contemporary RTS games like Dawn of War, World in Conflict, Company of Heroes, etc.
  • Markoose16 - July 12, 2012 11:16 a.m.

    I've been waiting for this all wetmer. I was hoping that ARMA 2 would be a lot cheaper though, especially for a 3 year old game. Only 20% off which will probably be 40% off at most if it goes on a daily deal. Even Activision haven't been that greedy this time, MW3 with 50% off. Yes I know I'm complaining about a good thing.
  • Andrew Groen - July 12, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    Yeah, I was hoping for better on ARMA 2 as well. But with the new success of DayZ they can practically name their price. So we're lucky to get a sale at all.
  • TheVoid - July 12, 2012 10:59 p.m.

    Keep in mind that you also need the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack for Arma 2 to play DayZ, which is currently fetching the same price as the original (the collective Combined Operations for $30 (or $24 @ 20% off) definitely being the way to go if without the core game). I'm fortunate enough to have bought Arma 2 for dirt cheap back when no one gave much of a shit about it (and was and still am forcibly blown away by even the "vanilla" game's scope and ambition, warts and all). But I don't have Operation Arrowhead, and thanks to the fever-pitch buzz on DayZ I'm steadfastly waiting to see if Valve graces it with a better discount during this sales stetch. Of course, if it doesn't get any further spotlight treatment by the end you can bet your ass I'll be dropping the $16 in the final hours. I'll take 20% over full price rather than hold out until the next time it goes on sale. I want my... I want my... I want my Day-ay-Z In the meantime I just scooped up Stellar Impact and The Ship to keep me busy. Both have looked intriguing enough that all of $8 for both ("complete" versions in each case in fact) seemed a no-brainer. Two more games for the collection that I probably would have passed on otherwise. Take that EA. Thanks Steam! Expect more of my dollars over the next 10 days, you beautiful bastards! I'm sorry EA, what's that you are saying now? Origin who?
  • Malakie - July 12, 2012 11:01 a.m.

    and along with it.. major load on the servers.. having lots of problems connecting.. constant error page saying servers are overloaded.
  • robertpopovic - July 12, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    Good thing it´s payday already. Goobye money!
  • Corsair89 - July 12, 2012 10:43 a.m.

  • SentientSquidMachine - July 12, 2012 10:35 a.m.

    servers are currently taking a beating
  • Andrew Groen - July 12, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    Just watch that video a few hundred times. Get yourself amped. The servers will cool down a bit later, and the savings will be just as magnificent as before
  • SentientSquidMachine - July 12, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    yeah, its always like this in the first hour, but I just dont want to miss any of those flash sales. I feel like a junkie waiting for a dealer to come by with the goods lol

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