Steam Summer Sale 2019 Spend-All

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That's right folks, Steam Sale is coming... Again... The 2019 Steam Summer sale (or Winter if you hail from below the Equator) is around the corner (estimated start date of June 25th). Remember to use the flow chart:

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Let's start things off with the usual questions: Any particular games you plan to get? Budgets you intend to (try to) abide by? And the usual question... How many games did you buy during the last sale and haven't played yet?

I'll start!! I was gifted seven games/software last sale (Assassin's Creed: Origins, Nimble Writer, Prey, Tabletop Simulator, Return of the Obra Dinn, Life Is Strange 2 - Episode 1, Vampyr), and I regret to say I've only played 3 (though Nimble Writer has seen some extensive use). Obra Dinn, AC: Origins and Vampyr are definitely on the short list, but I'm holding out for the full season of LiS2.
As for what I want to get... I'm going to keep an eye out for Everybody's Going to the Rapture and Contradiction - Spot the Liar! which are both candidates in the GWJ adventure game club. Might get Tropico 6 if it gets a decent discount, but it's still rather recent, so we'll see. Alternatively, Two Point Hospital might scratch that city-building itch. Will probably keep an eye out for visual novels.

Does the chart still really apply these days? I thought the last couple years all of the deals had lasted the duration of the sale rather than daily or flash sales being a deeper discount, with the "daily" and "flash" deals just being whatever Steam chose to highlight for that period. Have to admit it makes the sales slightly less fun.

Middcore wrote:

Does the chart still really apply these days? I thought the last couple years all of the deals had lasted the duration of the sale rather than daily or flash sales being a deeper discount, with the "daily" and "flash" deals just being whatever Steam chose to highlight for that period. Have to admit it makes the sales slightly less fun.

True, but makes em less of a time sink. Turn up on whatever day is convenient for you, buy the ones you want, done.

Eleima wrote:

Any particular games you plan to get?

For the first time in a long time... probably nothing.

If there's a good sale on Shenmue I and II or Two Point Hospital, maybe. Really not particularly hopped up for anything to go on sale though.

Apparently 1,300 games is the point where I look at my Steam account and say, "hmm, I think I have things to play now".

Is it time already.
I mostly want Resident Evil 2, Return of the Obra Dinn, Baba Is You.
Oh, and Blackwell games, nearly forgot.

Last sale progress is not outrageously bad, imo.
Into the Breach - Played
Surviving Mars - Played
Endless Space 2 - haven't touched
SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics - haven't touched
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak - haven't touched

Middcore wrote:

Does the chart still really apply these days?

Yeah, it doesn’t really apply anymore, if we’re going by the last few sales, but it’s still fun to post, and I figured posting the image I used for the Winter Sale might be in poor taste, considering how everyone’s feeling... but if you insist.
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My long serving Logitech mouse has broken recently and haven't had a sale online where I can pick up a cheap but decent replacement. I bought the Surviving Mars season pass so I'll probably terraform Mars later this year.

Aside from that I've not played much Stardew Valley.

Games I'm hunting are Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (for the boy), Total War ROTK (Fanatical has it quite cheap but the base price is so damn high), Thea 2.

First Steame Sale with a new PC since 2008.

Possible purchases, depending on sale price.
RE7 (especially since I've been replaying the entire series lately)
Astroneer
Mutant Year Zero
All three The Room games (which I already own on Android, but I want to support the creators)
Other than that, probably not much. My wishlist is long, but the desire to get any of the games is small.

Well, here's what I'll be on the lookout for:

Skyrim SE (all the mod guides I want to try are using it now and I want to start from scratch)
Prey
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Ace Combat 7
The Witcher 3 GOTY (I have never played this, shamefully, because I was ashamed of never finishing Witcher 2... now I'm over it)
Shadows Awakening
Prey (probably won't be discounted enough yet for me to pull the trigger)

The only thing I might get is No Man's Sky as a chill out game, but I already have three big RPGs in the queue plus a handful of others, I don't know that I can really justify it. Maybe if it hits $20.

I don't plan to buy anything. But that doesn't always stop me.

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"I will try to only buy games I don't already own"

I will try to only buy games that are on my wishlist.

And I will try not to add games to my wishlist during the sale.

I nuked my wishlist from orbit before last year's sale. I've since resisted repopulating it, and without the constant nagging of "XXX is on sale" notifications, I'm finding that I'm buying many fewer games that I'm not playing.

I think my wishlist contains fewer than thirty games so it’s not as bloated as some. Some folks have hundreds of games on their wishlist. I’m not quite there yet. as for the notifications, I don’t even look at them, I just trash them immediately.

Sooooo maybe I’m doing something right?

Spoiler:

Not fishing for cookies, here, we all do the best we can.

Shadout wrote:

"I will try to only buy games I don't already own"

This suggests I should responsibly (1) read my entire Steam library list from top to bottom and (2) have some sense for what more than 10% of those titles are.

...yeah, I'm going to take the low path there and just sort the sand at the beach and call it a day.

Eleima wrote:

I think my wishlist contains fewer than thirty games so it’s not as bloated as some. Some folks have hundreds of games on their wishlist. I’m not quite there yet. as for the notifications, I don’t even look at them, I just trash them immediately.

Sooooo maybe I’m doing something right?

Spoiler:

Not fishing for cookies, here, we all do the best we can.

thing is, i mostly use my wishlist as a way of keeping track of games that are reasonably interesting that might be worth looking at one day, rather than "must-have's". 'Cause frankly their shop is so filled with daily garbage, the games would otherwise just get lost in the noise and i'd probably never remember to go back and take a look.

pyxistyx wrote:

thing is, i mostly use my wishlist as a way of keeping track of games that are reasonably interesting that might be worth looking at one day, rather than "must-have's".

This is how I use mine as well. It was basically acting as a second backlog of games I wanted to buy and play. Now I just put anything that looks interesting on there, and if I decide I want to buy something new, I can just look at this big list, see what's on sale, and pick something new. It's much less anxiety-inducing that way.

Eleima wrote:
Spoiler:

Not fishing for cookies, here, we all do the best we can.

Spoiler:

Help yourself, I can bake more :)

beanman101283 wrote:
pyxistyx wrote:

thing is, i mostly use my wishlist as a way of keeping track of games that are reasonably interesting that might be worth looking at one day, rather than "must-have's".

This is how I use mine as well. It was basically acting as a second backlog of games I wanted to buy and play. Now I just put anything that looks interesting on there, and if I decide I want to buy something new, I can just look at this big list, see what's on sale, and pick something new. It's much less anxiety-inducing that way.

I use it this way too. I will sometimes cull my list to keep it around 100 things so it is "manageable".

pyxistyx wrote:

thing is, i mostly use my wishlist as a way of keeping track of games that are reasonably interesting that might be worth looking at one day, rather than "must-have's". 'Cause frankly their shop is so filled with daily garbage, the games would otherwise just get lost in the noise and i'd probably never remember to go back and take a look.

This is exactly how I used to use my wishlist. But eventually, I had over a hundred reasonably interesting things on there that "might be worth looking at one day", and with a giant backlog that's largely full of things that were actually interesting, I eventually realized that I was a making a list that I'd never get to, and what's the point of that? Losing them in the noise turned out to be a good thing.

Honestly, haven't missed it in the slightest since I nuked it. I've stumbled across a few games on sale that used to be on the wishlist, and I've picked them up. But the lack of the giant nagging list feels like a weight off my gaming shoulders.

Especially with cards or badges the last few sales tied to discovery queue, my wishlist keeps growing every sale.

Probably time to cut it down again.

pyxistyx wrote:

thing is, i mostly use my wishlist as a way of keeping track of games that are reasonably interesting that might be worth looking at one day, rather than "must-have's". 'Cause frankly their shop is so filled with daily garbage, the games would otherwise just get lost in the noise and i'd probably never remember to go back and take a look.

I do this as well. And when I add something after not having added anything for quite a while, I'll audit the list and remove the stuff I'm no longer interested in. I just removed a couple games that have been on there forever... Foxhole because it looked interesting after watching a Youtuber play it (and at this point I've just completely lost interest) and Bomber Crew which, while it looks entertaining, I'd probably never play because it looks too micro-manage-y. I stay right around a dozen games or so on the wishlist, any more than that and I'd probably be getting constant notifications about sales.

I'll add myself as someone else who uses their wishlist that way. I don't necessarily want the game at the moment, I just want to remember that it is there.

And I've really only bought two games so far in 2019. One was an itch.io bundle that included Darkside Detective (which I wanted to play and just happened to come with a few other things in the bundle) and the other is Close to the Sun (which I bought because I was out of town and wanted something new that would run on my laptop).

The only other games on my "to-buy" list for the year are Outer Worlds and Control (and the latter I suspect will go on sale pretty quickly, so I probably won't buy it at launch).

This Steam Sale I'll *probably* buy a couple of really cheap games that are on my wishlist just because Steam Sale, but that's likely to be it. The magnitude of my pile is starting to hit home to me. I'd rather spend more time playing games that I've learned I have fun with (Elite, CK2, Destiny) than keep grabbing the "new hotness", not getting to it, then feeling guilty about having it hanging there in my games list.

What time I have for games right now is dedicated to the pile, so short of an irresistible, and deeply unlikely, price for Dishonored 2 or Prey I am sitting this out.

I'm kind of hoping for a very significant discount on Monster Hunter World. I probably shouldn't because I don't have time for that sort of game, but we'll see. Although Dauntless has just been release and is allegedly the poor mans Monster Hunter, so maybe I'll just play that.

I don't have any big plans since my Pile is pretty epic right now. I'll probably bottom-feed anything unusually cheap or that I might be able to play with my 8yo. My wishlist is too long so if something becomes dirt-cheap and I don't buy it, I'll probably remove it from the Steam list and just keep it on the isthereanydeal list which is easier to curate and less intrusive.

qaraq wrote:

I don't have any big plans since my Pile is pretty epic right now. I'll probably bottom-feed anything unusually cheap or that I might be able to play with my 8yo. My wishlist is too long so if something becomes dirt-cheap and I don't buy it, I'll probably remove it from the Steam list and just keep it on the isthereanydeal list which is easier to curate and less intrusive.

This is a solid strategy. I've used it for a few years and my wishlist is pretty small. Its much like the Facebook birthday strategy. If someone's birthday pops up and you can't be arsed to push the cake button, they probably don't belong on your friend list.

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