And it has started:
Since everyone is sitting by the computer waiting eagerly by the computer with our wallets ready, waiting for the magical refresh, waiting for some strange notification or email, and waiting for the sale to overload the site and cause temporary delays…
I thought to pose a few questions regarding sales and game buying habits. If anything approaches topics/subjects too personal, feel free to ignore.
Do you have a specific budget that you have in mind going into the sale? If there are too many good deals, are you going to cut yourself short or are you planning to go all out and buy everything you think you might want to play in the next 6 months before this cycle refreshes? Or do you have a hard line, at which point you decide enough is enough. If so, is this hard cut off predetermined prior to the sale? Or you decided it after the sale began and you didn’t want to destroy your bank account altogether?
Do you have specific games that you are hoping to see on sale, and looking to buy? Are these games newer or older? And what kind of a discount would amount to no-questions-asked type of purchase?
Are you planning to buy any games outside of your usual comfort playing zone? Anyone looking for deals for games because they are unsure that they would like, but the Steam trailer or ratings are so high that you feel almost obligated to try them out? If so, what genres and what games. For these games that are outside of your comfort zones, what kind of sales would persuade you to make that purchase?
With the Summer Sale, of course there are other sites with sales too. Are you more likely to purchase directly from Steam or off site and activate with a key? Do you have stronger ties to other third-party retailers? If so, why do you choose them? And is there any of the popular sites that you would advise not using? I use mostly Humble, Fanatical, and Steam primarily. Other sites I use rarely are IndieGala and DIG. I really don’t have accounts anywhere else.
Of course after the sale starts, I hope we can share all of the good deals and finds with each other, whether that be here, or the other Must Play Games While On Sale Thread is reasonable too.
That’s all for the questions now. These are things that have been running through my mind. As of right now, I still haven’t finalized my Steam Summer Sale budget yet, and I am afraid that I will go way over because of my trigger-happy tendencies. I am hoping to keep some semblance of sanity and reason.
I am usually quite compulsive, if I see something I like, I will jump in head first, not always best practice. Let me know how your minds work, since I am clearly not in control. Perhaps I can learn a thing or two from you all and help strengthen my own resolve, or fall apart to my own gluttony!
Thank you all in advance!