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Examining the damage as the 2013 Steam Summer Sale ends

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Whew, that’s another Steam Summer Sale come and gone. The 2013 Steam Summer Getaway Sale ends July 22, 2013, which means it’s back to business as usual for the rest of us. No checking the site every 5-7 hours, to see if there’s anything to vote on or a promising Flash Sale. No more last minute collecting and selling of Steam trading cards to get the last few cents needed for a game we didn’t know we wanted. We can relax again.

Earlier, you may have seen my Steam Sale veteran lament. Basically, I was wondering what I would do, since I didn’t figure many of the games on my Wishlist would experience a price drop and that I thought I had everything I wanted. Well, about that.

I caved. I thought I had everything I wanted. It turns out, I didn’t. There were games that weren’t on my wishlist and I forgot I wanted, not to mention some games I didn’t think would go on sale, did. Basically, I did it again. The Steam Summer Sale helped me created a backlog that will carry me through to the Steam Winter Sale, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. The sales have a way of pulling you in like that.

Which means it’s now time for a little retrospective. I dipped in a bit more than I thought I would. I didn’t keep track of prices, but with a few exceptions, everything I bought was either a Daily Deal, Flash Sale or Community Pick item. I’m going to go ahead and justify my purchases for you, and let you see what the fallout from a Steam Summer Sale looks like.

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  • Anno 2070: I’ve been eying up Anno 2070 since last year, ever since I grabbed Civilization V during the last Steam Summer Sale and learned how much this genre appeals to me. I want to control worlds, people. You can’t put a price on that.
  • Dungeons of Dredmor: It was $1.24.
  • Faerie Solitaire: Don’t judge me! It… it looked cute! And it was cheap! Besides, I’ll be a good daughter and install it on my Mom’s laptop.
  • Fez: I’d wanted it for a while, due to its colorful characters and interesting world-shifting dynamic.
  • Final Fantasy VII: I’m pretty sure that sometime in high school, I sold my soul to Square Enix. Which means I’m practically obligated to own Final Fantasy VII on every possible platform. I wanted it and a 30% discount brought it down to a price I was comfortable paying.
  • Prison Architect: This is my biggest buy, and the one I was most conflicted about. I was hoping for a 50% price drop, but that didn’t happen. It’s daily deal brought it down to $19.79 and I waited until Sunday night to finally buy it. I’m hoping this ends up being a good decision. I take solace in the fact that I really, really wanted it.
  • Starseed Pilgrim: I’ve heard good things and I’ve recently started getting into artsy games. It was under $3, so I figured I’d go for it and experience it for myself.
  • Surgeon Simulator 2013: Everybody needs a little Surgeon Simulator in their lives. When it showed up as a Flash Sale, I couldn’t resist its charms.
  • Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack: Basically, it was cheap and in the right place at the right time. I had about $2 left in my account, and it was less than that, so I bought it.
  • Under the Ocean: It reminded me of a bit of Terraria, with its crafting, and I’m a sucker for that mechanic.

There you have it, my impulse buys have done me in and now I won’t be buying any games for at least two months. So, how did you do? Did any of the games you really wanted go on sale? Did you stock up for the next few months as well? Personally, I was really surprised by the Final Fantasy VII and Prison Architect sales. I didn’t expect either of them to get a price drop, but sometimes a Steam Sale will surprise you.

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