Steam Holiday 2010 sales chatter

WOW! AN UPDATE! (by the way this is my third edit - I'm an editin' machine!)

For those who like lists - check out this piece of hot fresh pie! (new titles are in bold)

1. AI War - Because it simulates our future where we fight the machines. In space.
2. Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers - All of the fun and none of the (actual) cards! Plus my wife likes it.
3. Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box - I got to destroy vehicles. I would appreciate the driver flying out the window when I head-on another car though.
4. The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom - I like pies.
5. Machinarium - Quirky, PC Gamer magazine liked it and it was cheap. UPDATE: I beat it.
6. Mirror's Edge - Gamesradar staff loved it and it was cheap too. Plus it's pretty to look at.
7. Greed Corp - Because my friend and I can play a quick strategy game whenever he is not strangling his kids.
8. King Arthur - The Role-playing Wargame - I am starting to dig Paradox Interactive games and this is one of several I have purchased from them.
9. Overlord (all of the games) - The gobbos make me laugh.
10. Shatter - It's breakout set to Techno music.
11. Europa Universalis III - This game has always intrigued me.
12. Amnesia: The Dark Descent - PC Gamer magazine editor-in-chief Logan Decker says it makes him pee his pants.
13. Delve Deeper - I was enabled by the game's Steam store page. Effin' Steam eh?
14. Super Meat Boy - I love platformers and to find a good one for the PC is... good. At least it will be if I ever get it to start. UPDATE: This game still doesn't work after a million solutions and a complete Win 7 reinstall. Insert sad smiley here.
JUST ADDED!
15. AaAaAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity - Addictive little number here.
16. Fallout: New Vegas - My friend gifted it to me. Ach. Now I would feel bad but I am taking some good drugs - so I don't.
17. Guardians of Graxia - It's a really hard game someone said and since I am into Paradox titles, eh, why not.

polypusher wrote:

Quick Poll: What steam games you got from the sale have you been playing for any significant amount of time since the sale ended?

I went on holiday right in the middle of the sale. Before I left, I'd put time into FEAR. Since I got home, I've been playing Mafia II. Put about 3-4 hours in so far.

polypusher wrote:

Quick Poll: What steam games you got from the sale have you been playing for any significant amount of time since the sale ended?

I've been playing Battlefield: Bad Company 2 plus Vietnam fairly seriously. Other than that, I've put a few minutes into Super Meat Boy, only to conclude that I really, really need a 360 controller to play it.

I've started up Mafia already, and I've put about 2 hours into PoP: Forgotten Sands. I also played Global Agenda a bit with some friends. I bought them the game. Does that count?

I've put three hours into VVVVVV. Half that time was spent dying 500 times in pursuit of a single trinket.

polypusher wrote:

Quick Poll: What steam games you got from the sale have you been playing for any significant amount of time since the sale ended?

Super Meat Boy! (title screen announcer voice)

Stele wrote:
polypusher wrote:

Quick Poll: What steam games you got from the sale have you been playing for any significant amount of time since the sale ended?

Super Meat Boy! (title screen announcer voice) :D

About two hours each on Alpha Protocol (last sale, but I started playing it during the current sale) and Amnesia. A few minutes here or there on Dark Forces and Recettear.

Stele wrote:

Super Meat Boy! (title screen announcer voice) :D

Same here! Just finished the light world last night. What an excellent, brutal platformer.

polypusher wrote:

Quick Poll: What steam games you got from the sale have you been playing for any significant amount of time since the 2009 Christmas sale ended ?

I'd be interested in hearing this too.

Poppinfresh wrote:
Nightmare wrote:

Star Ruler

This is why I like these threads. I've never even heard of Star Ruler. After poking around a bit, it looks like a really neat game. I'm not ready to pick it up right now, mind you, but it's something I may pick up eventually.

I'd hold off, it has some issues. Unless you are like me and pick up anything that's Space 4x.

Hell, I'd even pick up Quintin Stone if he had Space 4x tattooed on his forehead.

polypusher wrote:

Quick Poll: What steam games you got from the sale have you been playing for any significant amount of time since the sale ended? For me it's none, but I havent had much time. I would be playing Plants vs Zombies out of the 8-10 games I got.

Spectromancer, and then Burnout Paradise. My guess is BP is going to take a lot of time that I don't have; I sat down to play for 15 or 20 minutes last night and played for an hour and a half.

I'm such a sucker for good cinematic slo-mo.

This is the first I've heard of LogMeIn. Does it actually perform well enough to play a game?

Nightmare wrote:
polypusher wrote:

Quick Poll: What steam games you got from the sale have you been playing for any significant amount of time since the 2009 Christmas sale ended ?

I'd be interested in hearing this too.

Poppinfresh wrote:
Nightmare wrote:

Star Ruler

This is why I like these threads. I've never even heard of Star Ruler. After poking around a bit, it looks like a really neat game. I'm not ready to pick it up right now, mind you, but it's something I may pick up eventually.

I'd hold off, it has some issues. Unless you are like me and pick up anything that's Space 4x.

Hell, I'd even pick up Quintin Stone if he had Space 4x tattooed on his forehead.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

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This isn't enough? Wait, got it:

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Nightmare wrote:
polypusher wrote:

Quick Poll: What steam games you got from the sale have you been playing for any significant amount of time since the 2009 Christmas sale ended ?

I'd be interested in hearing this too.

Poppinfresh wrote:
Nightmare wrote:

Star Ruler

This is why I like these threads. I've never even heard of Star Ruler. After poking around a bit, it looks like a really neat game. I'm not ready to pick it up right now, mind you, but it's something I may pick up eventually.

I'd hold off, it has some issues. Unless you are like me and pick up anything that's Space 4x.

Hell, I'd even pick up Quintin Stone if he had Space 4x tattooed on his forehead.

I'm the same way. Hold off on Star Ruler. It looks like it has a lot of poential. As an alternative, I'd recommend Distant Worlds or even Master of Orion 2 from GoG. And avoid Armada 2526 at all costs.

The aliens in Quintin Stone are too homogenous for me to be interested in it.

polypusher wrote:

Quick Poll: What steam games you got from the sale have you been playing for any significant amount of time since the sale ended? For me it's none, but I havent had much time. I would be playing Plants vs Zombies out of the 8-10 games I got.

None yet. I'm still grinding out King's Bounty from last year's sale.

Nightmare wrote:

Hell, I'd even pick up Quintin Stone if he had Space 4x tattooed on his forehead.

Hint, it's not on my forehead.

Budo wrote:

The aliens in Quintin Stone are too homogenous for me to be interested in it.

It doesn't matter when it's Arcturian, baby!

polypusher wrote:

Quick Poll: What steam games you got from the sale have you been playing for any significant amount of time since the sale ended?

Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Europa Universalis 3: Heir to the Throne (though that from on sale over at Impluse).

polypusher wrote:

Quick Poll: What steam games you got from the sale have you been playing for any significant amount of time since the sale ended?

I...errr...installed a few of them? Does that count? I played Grotesque Tactics for about 10 minutes.

polypusher wrote:

Quick Poll: What steam games you got from the sale have you been playing for any significant amount of time since the sale ended?

I finished Machinarium, I finished one of the 6 Sherlock Holmes games in the collection, and I've played some coop of Killing Floor.

I got ME2 as a gift, but have never finished ME, so I've been playing that too - not gotten from this sale, but related to it

Anyone remember Mafia? That game is pretty damn hard. Not in that you need real skill to play it, just that it's unforgiving and sometimes a little random. Not sure if I will be able to get through the game this time

polypusher wrote:

Quick Poll: What steam games you got from the sale have you been playing for any significant amount of time since the 2009 Christmas sale ended ?

To be honest, I was surprised by how many I've played-- 9 out of 12. The 3 I didn't play were the Lucasarts Adventure pack (I'll get there eventually), Broken Sword Twin Pack (I was always kind of reluctant to start the series in the middle, and now this year I was able to purchase the first one from Steam,) and Majesty, which is the only one where I'm not sure if I should have bought it. I mean, I'm sure it's a good game and all, but I'm not sure when I'll actually get around to playing it.

I've put a good deal of time into both my purchases. I've gone through 3 or 4 scenarios in Railroad Tycoon 2, having to replay half of one to meet the deadline, and I'm half-way through FEAR. I've made sure my buddy, whom I gifted BFBC2 to, has put in some good time as well.

polypusher wrote:

Quick Poll: What steam games you got from the sale have you been playing for any significant amount of time since the 2009 Christmas sale ended ?

Oh I didn't see that. 2009.

Have to look at my purchases from Thanksgiving/Holiday sale...

Looks like I played and beat Dead Space, Trine, Mirror's Edge, Torchlight.

Played Osmos, Darwinia, Mr Robot, Jade Empire.

Only thing I didn't play yet was STALKER. It was only $2 though.

polypusher wrote:

This is the first I've heard of LogMeIn. Does it actually perform well enough to play a game?

Not feasible for live action or anything reaction based. Also the free version doesn't push the audio through to the client, but a turn-based mostly static screen? No problem! Playing Crack Heroin squares I can watch the grids draw in when the screen updates, but it's not like I'm trying to headshot fast-moving targets.
Beats getting fired for installing Steam on my work computer.

Stele wrote:
polypusher wrote:

Quick Poll: What steam games you got from the sale have you been playing for any significant amount of time since the 2009 Christmas sale ended ?

Oh I didn't see that. 2009.

Oh, purchases during the 2009 sale, played since the 2009 sale? Well, I purchased Shadowgrounds, Shadowgrounds Survivor, Mirror's Edge, Plants vs. Zombies and Torchlight in that time. I've played all of those games to their endings, and grown my tree in PvZ to 73' tall and played many levels of the endless dungeon in Torchlight. So, nothing to complain about here. I've gotten my money's worth. All $19 of it.

One thing I'll say about Darksiders, is that it's probably got the best art direction since Prince of Persia 2008 in terms of how good the world look for the horsepower outlay. Technically there's nothing too clever going on, but how well all the art works together looks gorgeous, everything has care and attention. And on PC great performance maxed out and practically no loading once you're in the game.

I didnt write 2009, some ninja did ><

polypusher wrote:

I didnt write 2009, some ninja did ><

Well both are valid questions. What new stuff have you played in the past 2 weeks, and what new stuff last year did you bother to play in 12 months since.

It gives some perspective and tells you whether you should buy more/less at the next Steam sale.

Stele wrote:

It gives some perspective and tells you whether you should buy more/less at the next Steam sale. ;)

The Horror!

Christmas Sale 2009 I bought:

* Crysis Complete
* Sniper Elite
* Star Wars: KOTOR
* Hitman: Blood Money
* Braid
* Medieval II: Total War

I played Crysis, Sniper, and Hitman but not the others.

This year, I bought:

* Mafia II
* Divinity II - Dragon Knight Saga
* Dead Space
* X3: Terran Conflict
* Altitude
* AI War: Fleet Command
* F.E.A.R.: Ultimate Shooter Edition

I'm worried that I won't play AI War or X3:TC because they're not the kinds of game I usually play. I typically don't like "scary" games, so Dead Space might not get much love, either. I am playing and enjoying Mafia II and FEAR quite a bit already, though.

Stele wrote:
polypusher wrote:

I didnt write 2009, some ninja did ><

Well both are valid questions. What new stuff have you played in the past 2 weeks, and what new stuff last year did you bother to play in 12 months since.

It gives some perspective and tells you whether you should buy more/less at the next Steam sale. ;)

I play a ton, and finish very few. I do tend to finish FPS for some reason. But I'll still buy a bunch this year too. Guess I have a problem