Steam Winter Sale 2012 - Seriously Guys, It Was Over Two Months Ago! Move Along!

Many thanks to Bonus_Eruptus for the gift it's so nice of you :3

Citizen86 wrote:

It's part of the "mature" content of the game. Actually comes off more juvenile, but obviously that's true, a lot of people like it.

And then of course the whole thing is subverted by your encounter with the princess, who unabashedly uses you as her sexual conquest. It's quite a bit more subtle and well-thought-out than most people realize. And of course, the "blue" stuff is completely side-quest-y -- you have to really, really try for it if you want it. Regardless, there is much less of that sort of thing in TW2, where it would be out of place given Geralt's personal situation.

The reason that both games are popular and extraordinarily well received (and not "instantly discredited") is that the girly stuff is like 0.01% of the first game and 0.001% of the second. They are both amazing RPGs and this aspect neither adds nor subtracts from that. In contrast, I personally found the Mass Effect series's "half space opera, half dating simulator!" relationship bits to be far more juvenile and difficult to avoid than those in the Witcher games.

Anyway, this all should be very, very low on your list of criteria of whether the Witcher games are worth your time. In my opinion, if you like RPGs at all, they are.

And in other news: Happy Steam Sale everyone! See you in June! =)

My turn! I haven't totaled any of this up, because really, why leave that sort of 'evidence' lying around

Damage Inflicted on Others - 35 (plus an undisclosed amount of Rats)
The Longest Journey, Dreamfall, Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble, The Bard's Tale, Legend of Grimlock, Psychonauts, Dead Island GOTY, Unmecanical, Limbo, World of Goo, They Bleed Pixels Collector's Edition, Section 8, Containment, Home, Awesomenauts, Home, Orcs Must Die 2, Awesomenauts, LA Noire, LA Noire DLC, FTL, FTL, Driver: San Francisco - Deluxe Edition, Miner Wars 2081, Snapshot, Atom Zombie Smasher, Hero Academy, Hero Academy, Awesomenauts, Hack Slash Loot, Civ IV: The Complete Edition, Thief Bundle 2012.

Self Harm - 10
Magic 2012 Gold Game Bundle, Dawn of War Franchise Pack, They Bleed Pixels Collector's Edition, Section 8, Awesomenauts, Snapshot game and Soundtrack, FTL Soundtrack, Closure, Awesomenauts Soundtrack, AVSEQ, Star Wars TCW: Republic Heroes, Aaaaaaa! Awesome.

Received with gratitude from all below, and the community in general, that supports and encourages such random acts of kindness!

BulletStorm - Bonus_Eruptus,
Shad'O - SaintFaucet,
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet - NSMike,
The Walking Dead - TuffaloBuffalo,
Thirty Flights of Loving - psoplayer,
Batman Arkham City: GOTY - Bonus_Eruptus,
Home - Cobble and JillSammich,
McPixel - Cobble,
Containment - Cobble, Aztaka - Growat,
Hotline Miami - Jarpy,
Castle Crashers - Ahrezmendi,
Spirits - captdomano,
Jet Set Radio - Badkenbad,
Half Minute Hero - GT Chris,
Magical Drop V - FeralMonkey,
Bad Rats - Duckilama,
Unmechanical - Mortalgroove,
Rocketbirds: Hard Boiled Chicken - Duckilama,
MTG: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 - Cragmyre,
Q.U.B.E. - Eldon of Azure and Eleima,
FTL - Aristophan,
Flight Control HD - Garden Ninja,
The Oddboxx - The Counselor

I pledge that all of the items 'received' will be played in the next 12 months. There are many here I want to rip into straight away, but I am having 'issues' thanks to the last PC patch labeling my Windows7 install as 'non-genuine'. I now have to prove to Microsoft that I actually own the physical hard copy of the OS I installed in good faith when I set up my Mac as a dual boot unit.

Spoiler:

What a f*cking terrible business practice that is MS, well done…

m0nk3yboy wrote:

I pledge that all of the items 'received' will be played in the next 12 months. There are many here I want to rip into straight away, but I am having 'issues' thanks to the last PC patch labeling my Windows7 install as 'non-genuine'.

Holy cow, that's one heck of a pledge there!! In the pile thread, I simply said "I will try to". And I'm going to do my damndest, don't get me wrong, but always leave some wiggle room!

Eleima wrote:
m0nk3yboy wrote:

I pledge that all of the items 'received' will be played in the next 12 months. There are many here I want to rip into straight away, but I am having 'issues' thanks to the last PC patch labeling my Windows7 install as 'non-genuine'.

Holy cow, that's one heck of a pledge there!! In the pile thread, I simply said "I will try to". And I'm going to do my damndest, don't get me wrong, but always leave some wiggle room! ;)

"Played", not "completed".

Spoiler:

Wiggle wiggle wiggle...

m0nk3yboy wrote:

"Played", not "completed".

Spoiler:

Wiggle wiggle wiggle...

So I'm guessing "I launched it at least once, even if it was for 5 minutes only" counts, then? You sly little...

I suck at FTL..... that is all.

BlackSabre wrote:
Mr GT Chris wrote:

The Witcher and Pokemon, together at last!

Witchemon!

Pokeawitch!

Cobble wrote:

I suck at FTL..... that is all.

Me too... 20 hours in and I still haven't beaten it on easy.

Gifts Purchased
Sleeping Dogs
Orcs Must Die 2
FTL: Faster Than Light x2
Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
Assassin's Creed Revelations

Gifts Received
Hotline Miami
Ys Origin
Ys The Oath in Felghana
Sleeping Dogs
L.A. Noire
Orcs Must Die 2

Personal Purchases
The Walking Dead
Spec Ops The Line Retail
Doom Pack 2012
Doom 3 Pack
Driver: San Francisco - Deluxe Edition
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Pack
FTL: Faster Than Light
Tropico 4: Modern Times
Tropico 4
Dead Rising 2 Complete Pack
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II
Tomb Raider Collection
Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package
Max Payne 3
Hitman Absolution

That is a lot of games I have to play. But thankfully I have already completed Hitman Absolution last night and I believe I am half way through Max Payne 3 and Saints Row the third.

And thanks again to all those that sent me games! You guys rock!

I am a couple days late with a THANK YOU to Liquidmantis for his Ace of Spades gift. You are a kind and generous lot!

I didn't gift out nearly as much as I expected to, as I was a bit more selfish this sale--luckily getting a steam gift card helped to ease my more expensive complusive purchases. Either way, here's the final tally:

Gifts Purchased
Dark Souls x2
Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy
McPixel
Wargame: European Escalation

Gifts Received
Cricket Revolution - non-GWJer
Hero Academy - furtivespy
Miner Wars 2081 - m0nk3yboy
Natural Selection 2 - shoptroll
Sine Mora - carrot

Personal Purchases
Digital Combat Simulation: A-10C Warthog
Doom 3: BFG Edition
Far Cry 3
Football Manager 2013
Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy
Prince of Persia Complete Pack
They Bleed Pixels Collector's Edition
THQ Complete Pack
Unity of Command, Unity of Command - Red Turn DLC
3DMark Vantage Advanced Full Package (because why the eff not?)
Crusader Kings II Complete

Thanks to everyone who gifted anything during this sale--seriously the best group of gamers a fellow gamer could ask for.

sheltered, fearful, puritanical people, more common in the US than most everywhere else

So you're sheltered, fearful, and puritanical if you object to the game issuing trading cards for women you've f*cked?

Only in gaming could we be having this conversation, I think.

Late to the party to say thanks to MrDeVil909 for his awesome awesome gift of StarWars KOTOR. It had been sitting in my cart just waiting to get bought and boom, suddenly it's mine. Bought the one in my cart for my son.

You people are amazing.

My turn!

Bought for myself:
The Gamersgate Bethesda pack - Skyrim and Dishonored alone made this crazily worth it
Orcs Must Die 2
Hotline Miami ($2.50 from Amazon)
Kings Bounty Collection
Cherry Tree High Comedy Club
The Walking Dead
Skyrim DLC - Hearthguard/Dawnfire

Gifted:
Orcs Must Die 2
Agricultural Simulator 2011
Sims 3

Gifted to me:
Civ 5: Gods and Kings
Chaos on Deponia
Tropico 4
Dark Souls
Insecticide: Part 1
Endless Space
Universe Sandbox
Arkham City (just before the sale, but it might as well count )

I was light on the gifting this sale; I'll have to make up for that next time out.

Looks like I'm keeping the Bethesda bundle. Just got this from GamersGate:

GamersGate wrote:

Over the holidays we had a few problems with our site that affected you and your purchase of the Bethesda New Year Collection or the Borderlands 2 Four-Pack. We mistakenly advertised these packs at a price much lower than intended.

As difficult as it is for us, we will be honoring the price that we advertised – we´re currently waiting on serial keys to complete your order and will deliver them as soon as possible.

We want to apologize for our mistakes and the amount of time it has taken to resolve everything. Please be aware that due to these issues, our support team is under heavy pressure – we will be answering all tickets we receive, but it may take longer than usual until things calm down.

We hope that you can be pleased that this issue has been resolved, and that we can continue to deliver fantastic deals and some exciting new releases as we move forward.

Best regards,
GamersGate Team

Was just coming here to post that, Bonus

Per their website, if you didn't get any keys, they're refunding you; if you got even one (yay Skyrim!), you get the whole pack, eventually.

Ok, I suppose I'll add to the mix here and post what damage this sale wrought.

Bought for Myself:
Quantum Conundrum
Anno 2070 + Deep Ocean DLC
They Bleed Pixels
LEGO Lord of the Rings
Magic the Gathering 2013 Expansion Pack 1 and both Deck Packs
Sleeping Dogs
King's Bounty: Platinum
Galactic Civilizations II (monkey see, monkey do... all your fault, Crhis)
To The Moon
Dead Pixels
Distant Worlds (curse you, Veloxi)

Gifts to Non-GWJers (I know, hard to believe they're out there)
Worms Revolution - the fiance wanted it
Legend of Grimrock
Borderlands 2
FTL: Faster Than Light
Orcs Must Die 2
Awesomenauts

Gifts to GWJers
Wargame: European Escalation
FTL: Faster Than Light
The Witcher 2

Gifts from GWJers
Bioshock
Bioshock 2
Cave Story+
Dota 2 Pass

Thanks to this community for it's inclusiveness, generosity, and overall awesomesauce. Looking forward to getting more involved in 2013!

Pretty light sale for me here, there's still so much I haven't touched or barely touched from the summer sale.

Orcs Must Die pack
Torchlight 2 (already several hours into this and playing a melee, I never play the melee in these type games...)

was going to be done there, but then the crazy sleepy dawgz price went up, so I grabbed it, and to ease my conscience I also grabbed XCOM, which I've also gotten a bunch of hours into already. So the plan to only buy stuff I will play soon is 50% working?

Tanglebones wrote:

Was just coming here to post that, Bonus

Per their website, if you didn't get any keys, they're refunding you; if you got even one (yay Skyrim!), you get the whole pack, eventually.

I got the same email. Luckily I'd already claimed all the TES titles, plus new Vegas. Just a waiting game on the others. I have two friends that both claimed no keys, and have been given a refund - they were less than chuffed, even though it was a pricing error.

I got that GG email as well, very happy to have snagged most of the keys while I could (Still waiting on Fallout 3). That's good of them to honor the price.

Gave a bunch of gifts, received a bunch of awesome gifts, you guys are awesome. I lost track of it all. I know I bought too much for myself and y'all, can't wait until pay day Wednesday and my pile of riches is humbling.

All that said, I would like to let everyone know that eveb though the sale is over, I'm still accepting gifts. Thank you.

CptDomano wrote:

Gifts Purchased
McPixel

PRG013 wrote:

Gifted
Analogue: A Hate Story Game and Soundtrack Bundle
DETOUR
TRAUMA

Thank you to you both for these. My pile of interesting indie games grows! Now to carve out some gaming time...

I can't keep track of it all, but I got some amazing gifts and deals this time around. I'm quite happy. And thanks to everyone who gifted me a game.

bighoppa just gifted me Borderlands 2! Holy sh*t!

Less than an hour to go on the Encore! I even failed in resisting the last day of the sale.. sigh.

Anyway, will be sad to see the normal Steam store-page again..

trichy wrote:

bighoppa just gifted me Borderlands 2! Holy sh*t!

No one wanted to buy in on that last copy of BL2 I had from the four-pack, and as I scrolled through my friends list and saw you had it on your wish-list that damn song popped into my head. You know which one. I had to gift it to you to get it out of my head.

Quick someone enable me on Torchlight 2. That is the only one I would conceviably bend on.

...damn, I broke. At least it was only $10 (Note: please repeat this statement until your credit card breaks).

Budo wrote:

Quick someone enable me on Torchlight 2. That is the only one I would conceviably bend on.

It is the better Diablo 3. TL2 is to TL1 what D2 was to D1. Plus mod support, meaning there is and will be user created content. Mods like Synergies are already providing additional items, more levels, an additional class etc. An incredible value for $10, if you are partial to that type of ARPG at all.

Budo wrote:

Quick someone enable me on Torchlight 2. That is the only one I would conceviably bend on.

...damn, I broke. At least it was only $10 (Note: please repeat this statement until your credit card breaks).

I almost pulled the trigger on that one but Cragmyre was nice enough to disable me on it. In 40 minutes, it's not going to matter anyway!