Video Game Deals Catch-All

Natus wrote:
Baron Of Hell wrote:

Don't forget to grab your free twitch games.

I'll play the fool. I know how to view games on Twitch (obviously), but I have no idea how to install the gaming interface. Anyone have any ideas?

You have to install the Twitch Windows client.

Lunar New Year sale on Steam, with tokens and badges and stuff.

You get tokens for every dollar you spend, and if you’re buying gifts you get more tokens per dollar.

doubtingthomas396 wrote:

You get tokens for every dollar you spend, and if you’re buying gifts you get more tokens per dollar.

The tokens aren't useful for much.

I got 5000 "based on my Steam spend" (which is quite a lot - be interested to hear if any of y'all got more)
You get 100 per $ spent during the sale (slightly more for gifting)
You can redeem 15,000 tokens for a $5 voucher.

Which means I'd need to spend $100 to get 10,000 tokens to add to my 5000 for a $5 voucher.

I ain't spending that during this sale, so I blew them on badges and emoticons.

I got 4500 tokens. So would only need to spend €86 to get the $5 voucher...
Most likely they dont want people to get those $5. Because that might totally ruin Valve.
You would likely save more than $5 by buying those €86 of games outside of Steam
On the positive side, they actually didn't do the usual $1=€1.

Yeah it is a bit lame. That said there is also five bucks off if you spend 30. Might be worth it. Especial if it works with steam credit.

Also I only got 4000...

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is coming to Xbox Game Pass on the 7th. I think the deal to get your first month for $1 is still active.

I got 4500. Which I promptly spent on buying a shiny badge for my profile page.

I bought a game at full price seven days ago, not thinking that there would be another sale so soon after the winter sale, and desperately wanting to play this game. In the last seven days, I have put a whopping 24 hours into Graveyard Keeper, and I'm constantly thinking about wanting to play more. If you enjoyed Stardew Valley and Harvest Moon-style games, you would probably like Graveyard Keeper. Lucky for you all, my full retail purchase enabled a 30% discount.

Graveyard Keeper is also part of Xbox Game Pass, in case you're an Xbox One owner who hasn't heard the good news yet.

So what I am hearing is the $5.00 voucher is way to expense for what it is so buy the badges. But if any of you really want that $5.00 off you can always buy me skin packs for fighting games... Only $75.00 for most but not all costumes.

No takers...Yeah I can't spend that much on skins especially since I don't want half of them but it is a pack.

Cool idea for a steam sale poor implementation.

merphle wrote:

I bought a game at full price seven days ago, not thinking that there would be another sale so soon after the winter sale, and desperately wanting to play this game. In the last seven days, I have put a whopping 24 hours into Graveyard Keeper, and I'm constantly thinking about wanting to play more. If you enjoyed Stardew Valley and Harvest Moon-style games, you would probably like Graveyard Keeper. Lucky for you all, my full retail purchase enabled a 30% discount.

How does it compare to Stardew in terms of activities? I really enjoyed the gathering and farming aspects of Stardew, but I did not care for the combat or social manipulation elements.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is coming to Xbox Game Pass on the 7th. I think the deal to get your first month for $1 is still active.

But is Darksiders any good?

Darksiders is also on Xbox Game Pass!

Dyni wrote:
merphle wrote:

I bought a game at full price seven days ago, not thinking that there would be another sale so soon after the winter sale, and desperately wanting to play this game. In the last seven days, I have put a whopping 24 hours into Graveyard Keeper, and I'm constantly thinking about wanting to play more. If you enjoyed Stardew Valley and Harvest Moon-style games, you would probably like Graveyard Keeper. Lucky for you all, my full retail purchase enabled a 30% discount.

How does it compare to Stardew in terms of activities? I really enjoyed the gathering and farming aspects of Stardew, but I did not care for the combat or social manipulation elements.

Bearing in mind that I haven't completed the game yet. Spoilered for game mechanic details, no story spoilers:

Spoiler:

There's a defined end-goal in the game that you get right at the start. In the process of discovering how to accomplish that quest, you meet around 20 NPCs who will operate as vendors (buying and selling) and/or offering additional quests for you to perform. These quest-giver NPCs each have a relationship meter that you advance by completing these quests. It's nowhere near as in-depth as the relationship manipulation in Stardew. There is combat in the game; there's a finite dungeon you will gain access to at some point, and you'll need to collect something as a loot drop from fairly early in the dungeon, in order to progress one quest line.

As far as activities go, the vast majority of the game is spent gathering resources, building upgrades for your home base (e.g. a chopping block), crafting components (e.g. chopping wood logs into flitch), maintaining the church that's on your property (gotta make it look nice inside, as well as the graveyard outside), and running the morgue (preparing bodies for burial... or maybe do something else with them). There's a good-sized tech tree for unlocking new skills and things to build, spread out across a few different categories.

The game has a rather strong sense of dark humor to it -- that's the one thing I might caution a potential player about; the first thing the game has you do is prepare a fresh body for burial by cutting a chunk of flesh out... flesh which could be grilled up and eaten to regain some stamina, or sold to the innkeeper. You get over it after an hour or two.

I'd suggest checking out a YT video from early on in a game to see if it grabs you. Obviously some spoilers there, but it shouldn't be too bad.

merphle wrote:

Bearing in mind that I haven't completed the game yet. Spoilered for game mechanic details, no story spoilers

Thanks for the details I'll check out the video you linked.

I went to claim Axiom Verge for free on the Epic Store, but it looks like I may have to wait a few more hours for the store to update so that I can actually claim it. However, the store now shows that the next free game, from 2/21 - 3/7, will be Thimbleweed Park (which I have wanted to play for a long time but haven't gotten around to paying for, so yay!)

eta: Axiom Verge now available for real

epic store worked a bit ago for me!

Nice. Looking forward to Thimbleweed. It's been on my watchlist for a while too. It will be interesting to see if Epic Store ends up splitting the market away from Steam, but it looks like they'll have a good shot at it if people end up owning a bunch of decent games on it

Buzzrick wrote:

It will be interesting to see if Epic Store ends up splitting the market away from Steam, but it looks like they'll have a good shot at it if people end up owning a bunch of decent games on it

And miss out on trading cards? You monster.

Spoiler:

I wish there was less of a grain of truth to this

I still don't get steam trading cards. Can you do anything with them, apart from sell them for 4.6 cents? Does something happen when you get a full set of something or others?

fenomas wrote:

I still don't get steam trading cards. Can you do anything with them, apart from sell them for 4.6 cents? Does something happen when you get a full set of something or others?

Yes! If you get a full set, you get a badge that means even less than the cards themselves, and you get XP to level up your Steam level, the primary benefit of which is to get you EVEN MORE CARDS!

Upping your Steam level also increases the number of friends you have, but let's be honest, you're not going to have a lot of friends if your idea of a good time is collecting digital tchotchkes.

It's an Ouroboros of pointlessness.

Spoiler:

So if you could explain to me why I'm quite so addicted to it, that'd be great.

fenomas wrote:

I still don't get steam trading cards. Can you do anything with them, apart from sell them for 4.6 cents? Does something happen when you get a full set of something or others?

If you get enough from a single game/sales event, you can trade them in to 'level up' your steam account. If you go to your profile, you can see the number in a circle at the top right hand of the screen. I'm not aware of it actually doing much, thought.

And sometimes if you get a game close to launch, you can sell them for 20-30 cents a pop, which can add up to a free cheap game or DLC down the line.

Weird with a beard. Is "convert to gems" the mechanism by which you convert cards to experience, or is that something else?

fenomas wrote:

Weird with a beard. Is "convert to gems" the mechanism by which you convert cards to experience, or is that something else?

I think gems can be used to purchase booster packs. If you want money, you have to sell them on the steam marketplace.

One year I sold so many cards that I got a notification that I was approaching the threshold where I’d have to get tax documents to claim income from the card sales. That’s when I stopped selling them.

Jonman wrote:

It's an Ouroboros of pointlessness.

I would love to see pyxistyx's take on what an Ouroboros of Pointlessness looks like.

BadKen wrote:
Jonman wrote:

It's an Ouroboros of pointlessness.

I would love to see pyxistyx's take on what an Ouroboros of Pointlessness looks like.

Well for one, the snake is vegan.

fenomas wrote:

Weird with a beard. Is "convert to gems" the mechanism by which you convert cards to experience, or is that something else?

"Convert to gems" is what you do with all those pointless emoticons and profile backgrounds. Then you use the gems to get MOAR CARDS by making booster packs for them.

"Craft Badge" is what you do with a full set of cards, and crafting a badge gets you XP.

it's e-peen

I like crafting badges for games that I really like, and I sell the rest.

Also, I like increasing my friends list capacity.

BadKen wrote:
Jonman wrote:

It's an Ouroboros of pointlessness.

I would love to see pyxistyx's take on what an Ouroboros of Pointlessness looks like.

I, for one, loved Ouroboros of Pointlessness' last album.