The Hitchhiker’s Guide To Steam’s Summer Sale

It’s that wonderful time of the year again where the whole family gathers together and shares a nice meal with their friends and loved ones, exchanging small conversations, gifts, and celebrating the spirit of, well, something. Wait, what do you mean there’s no holiday coming up? I beg to differ, my dear misguided fellow human, Steam’s Summer Sale is coming up! It’s not a cause for celebration? Seriously? Oh what do you know anyway, silly human.

What is Steam’s Summer Sale?
In a nutshell, every summer for the past two summers, Steam has made extravagant discounts on a large array of games and even publisher catalogs under the moniker of a summer sale. Moreover, every summer sale has started by roughly last week of June to the first and second weeks of July, so in other words, it’s very, VERY soon. We just have no idea when it will be yet.

Personal tips and tricks to surviving the summer sale without having to sell a kidney:
This is what I personally intend to do to avoid spending way too much on games, especially since an entire publisher catalog can go from $250 to $50, which is alluring to say the least.

  1. Make a list of the games you absolutely need to have in your life, you can browse Steam now and add those games to your wish list for easier access, or you can go my personal favored archaic route of a pen and paper. Give those games a rating from “Would rather wrestle a grizzly bear naked than not having it” to “Would let the grizzly bear win than actually buying that crap”. (It’s a good rating system, trust me on this)
  1. Decide how much you’re willing to spend during the entire sale and stick by it. Now this can be very tricky since you can always say “Holy crap, this game is down from $50 to $5, I must have it”, but do you really want it? I mean, sure, the discount is very nice indeed, but is this game going to make you achieve absolute happiness and bliss? Probably not. You probably even have never heard of the game yet are attracted to the discount! I’m here to tell you, we’ve all been there, and we’ve all made that mistake before. Moral here is that $5s accumulate really fast, especially if you have a low budget to begin with, since for example I’m not yet graduated from college I can’t spend much on games, so my budget will be somewhere between $50 to $80, and there are other games I really want.
  1. Wait for the daily deals. Sometimes you can find a game you really want at 25% off, but it’s on a weekend deal, should you get it? I say no, wait, chances are this game may be featured on one of the daily deals for up to 80% off, thus saving you more money.
  1. Don’t be fooled by the developer or publisher catalogs on sale. Be realistic, when will you get the time to play 20+ games? Hunt game packs instead, for instance, if you want the Half Life series, get the Half Life Complete pack instead of the entire Valve catalog. Not to mention that these catalogs break through your budget like a walrus dancing on a Saturday afternoon.

With all that said, I’d like to share with you folks my wish list. For some very odd reason I never got around to playing any of the Half Life games, and with all the – admittedly annoying – “Half Life 3 confirmed” comments on every single social networks, I feel that I should give this a go. Also the first Portal, Mirror’s Edge, and Borderlands 2’s Season Pass and Psycho DLC.

Share with us your tips, tricks, and wish lists in the comments below and let us know what you think of Steam Summer’s Sale!

Most of the tips come courtesy of this guy’s video right here.

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