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Steam Summer Sale goes live today

Amid quite a bit of speculation about whether or not there would even bea 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: