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So who abused the Steam Christmas Sale?

BrunoNoMedals

LE
Kit Reviewer
#1
I probably should have brought it to your attention while it was still on, but anyone here who uses Steam can't have failed to miss the obscenely good offers that have been going on day after day since December 20th. I think I bought about 10 new games in that period, and spent no more than £20-25. As well as some dodgy casual games (Plants vs Zombies, anyone?) and the odd indie title (EYE: Cybermancy) I got some classics. For instance, my eyes are currently being decimated by the ridiculous aesthetic choices in Borderlands (£4.99), my brain is being equally decimated by Portal 2 (also a fiver), and I'll soon be restarting my love affair with S.T.A.L.K.E.R (all three games in the franchise for, I think, £6.99). Perhaps my favourite, though (in a guily pleasure kind of way), is Blood Bowl - the computerised version of Games Workshop's Warhammer-based rugby/American Football board game. It's getting on a bit, but well worth a punt (no pun intended). What did you buy while Steam went price-chop-crazy?
 
#2
Nothing,,,Steam is a total rip off,,and it keeps crashing/hanging.I prefer to buy a 'Game' not just the right to play it.....
 

BrunoNoMedals

LE
Kit Reviewer
#3
I've never had Steam hang or crash, it always updates my games to the latest (most fixed) version so they don't crash so much either. The prices they charge are generally on the cheaper side of competitive, and absurdly low when they have a sale (which happens surprisingly often - although not to the extent of this last fortnight in my experience). Owning a CD is all well and good until you lose it or your CD key falls out of the case... and most games, even when given to you on a disc, only give you the right to play it. That's why they all make you agree to the EULA before you install. So all your points are entirely moot, before we even begin to consider the amazing work Valve have put into making Steam an outstanding resource for indie developers looking for a publishing platform, support network and recruiting tool. Did a Valve developer shag your wife or something, or have you simply never used it and just read some bullshit licensing argument from a student blogger?
 
#4
I've never had Steam hang or crash, it always updates my games to the latest (most fixed) version so they don't crash so much either. The prices they charge are generally on the cheaper side of competitive, and absurdly low when they have a sale (which happens surprisingly often - although not to the extent of this last fortnight in my experience). Owning a CD is all well and good until you lose it or your CD key falls out of the case... and most games, even when given to you on a disc, only give you the right to play it. That's why they all make you agree to the EULA before you install. So all your points are entirely moot, before we even begin to consider the amazing work Valve have put into making Steam an outstanding resource for indie developers looking for a publishing platform, support network and recruiting tool. Did a Valve developer shag your wife or something, or have you simply never used it and just read some bullshit licensing argument from a student blogger?
Are you on commission?,,no wonder you get your games cheap.......
 
#5
I'm not exactly a fan of DRM and all that, and go a long way to avoid it ... but I can't fault Steam for the way they work. Try as I might, it just keeps on working, it's easy to use, I can play offline with a minimum of button pushing and it made recovering from a HDD failure a breeze.

Now, EAs equivalent and GFW Live ? The coders need executing in a spectacular fashion. Thats how much they suck.
 
#6
I picked up a few just because they were dirt cheap:
Op Flashpoint: Dragon Rising and Red River Expansion
Left 4 Dead 2
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valour

I was sorely tempted by many more.

However, having picked up Star Wars: The Old Republic a few days back I've played nothing else (and probably shan't for a while!). ;-)
 
#8
I probably should have brought it to your attention while it was still on, but anyone here who uses Steam can't have failed to miss the obscenely good offers that have been going on day after day since December 20th. I think I bought about 10 new games in that period, and spent no more than £20-25. As well as some dodgy casual games (Plants vs Zombies, anyone?) and the odd indie title (EYE: Cybermancy) I got some classics. For instance, my eyes are currently being decimated by the ridiculous aesthetic choices in Borderlands (£4.99), my brain is being equally decimated by Portal 2 (also a fiver), and I'll soon be restarting my love affair with S.T.A.L.K.E.R (all three games in the franchise for, I think, £6.99). Perhaps my favourite, though (in a guily pleasure kind of way), is Blood Bowl - the computerised version of Games Workshop's Warhammer-based rugby/American Football board game. It's getting on a bit, but well worth a punt (no pun intended). What did you buy while Steam went price-chop-crazy?
no i bought 4 of the monster collections giving me 130 games for under 100£ though XD

tbh i probably had a few from a previous year but like anyone who uses steam on a pc i like the fact i can shove it on any pc, or better yet on my NAS and allow anyone in the house to play, the downside though is i have to be carefull how much i D/L in one go or i fall foul of the crappy fair use policy and get my internet speed capped (surprising how fast 100Gig disapears when you have more than 20 games to download at an average of 8gig each including DLC, never mind my affection for watching movies over the web)
 
#9
My son bought me Empire Total War for Xmas as i like those sort of games, but i can't for the life of me get it to load, it would appear my Steam acct/ steam download isn't working or downloading properly.

I have tried it several times so getting abit frustrated with it. The game loaded once and allowed me to play but next day it just froze and has done this everytime since. Any advice appreciated.
 
#10
My son bought me Empire Total War for Xmas as i like those sort of games, but i can't for the life of me get it to load, it would appear my Steam acct/ steam download isn't working or downloading properly.

I have tried it several times so getting abit frustrated with it. The game loaded once and allowed me to play but next day it just froze and has done this everytime since. Any advice appreciated.

vista or windows 7 ?

if so go into account settings turn on user account control (UAC) and then add steam ot the allowed list, also check the firewall settings arent blocking the program, if your using smart filters then change the setting to always ask and change any block entries in the list for steam

theres a whole list of stuff to try on the steam forums, theres even some on various other sites google for steam not working and OS name/number you'll be surprised how many tweaks to make it work in the past no longer work because of updates ot steam that you arnt taking advantage of, if all else fails uninstall steam and then reinstall it or if possible download /install it on another pc (same o/s) and copy it across (works with 7 and sometimes with vista), best bet is to install steam and change its default settings to make it sit on a network drive.
 

BrunoNoMedals

LE
Kit Reviewer
#11
Tuffy, not on commission, it just grips my shit when people spout off like "experts" when they quite clearly have no knowledge, experience, or indeed intelligence. Drifter, the fact that the game has run at least once suggests Steam finished the download and has "done its part". Have you considered the issue being more with the game itself? Total War games are usually beasts in terms of computational resource. I have Empire and my PC struggles with it; I've also found it to be a little buggy. Check out the system requirements and the technical FAQs on the game's website (or click on the "Forum" link from the game's library entry in Steam to see community discussions on the subject) to see if other people have the same issue as you.
 
#12
Tuffy, not on commission, it just grips my shit when people spout off like "experts" when they quite clearly have no knowledge, experience, or indeed intelligence. Drifter, the fact that the game has run at least once suggests Steam finished the download and has "done its part". Have you considered the issue being more with the game itself? Total War games are usually beasts in terms of computational resource. I have Empire and my PC struggles with it; I've also found it to be a little buggy. Check out the system requirements and the technical FAQs on the game's website (or click on the "Forum" link from the game's library entry in Steam to see community discussions on the subject) to see if other people have the same issue as you.


just had another thought, if your mediaplayer is in in network sharing mode then half the time it fucks up the networking ability of everythign else, disable it or restart the pc each tiem a program closes, (for some reason one of my pc's always re enables the facking process) its a bit odd but its a problem microshite are aware of they just cant fix it yet it seems
 
#13
Tuffy, not on commission, it just grips my shit when people spout off like "experts" when they quite clearly have no knowledge, experience, or indeed intelligence. Drifter, the fact that the game has run at least once suggests Steam finished the download and has "done its part". Have you considered the issue being more with the game itself? Total War games are usually beasts in terms of computational resource. I have Empire and my PC struggles with it; I've also found it to be a little buggy. Check out the system requirements and the technical FAQs on the game's website (or click on the "Forum" link from the game's library entry in Steam to see community discussions on the subject) to see if other people have the same issue as you.

Far from being an 'expert' on anything to do with Gaming,,I do however have a vast experience on computers ever since the old ZX days,,I am allowed my opinion and I have stated that previously...Thank you for strengthening my views on Steam Users and I wish you all the best in the coming Hacking of Steam....
 
#14
To be honest i haven't really spanked it but did buy killing floor for about £1 because i saw it on offer. As for steam being shite or hackable. Everyone has an opinion. I have found steam to be the place i buy most of my games for me and the kids. No point in buying a boxed copy. Just pay for download and go. Always up to date and easy to find youre mates for an online mess about. 10 out of 10 i say.
 
#15
Far from being an 'expert' on anything to do with Gaming,,I do however have a vast experience on computers ever since the old ZX days,,I am allowed my opinion and I have stated that previously...Thank you for strengthening my views on Steam Users and I wish you all the best in the coming Hacking of Steam....
steam is no ,more or less secure than any other sales sight, everything can be hacked and corrupted, if someone where serious about being able ot cause harm they would go after paypal, going after a games company just annoys customers and is only beneficial if your aim is to promote some other similar provider, oddly when they went after paypal only small scale 3rd party hacking was available largescale wasnt an option due ot the multinational multi data center nature of the true global trading groups.

and funnily enough steam uses paypal for payment collections (there customer center advises people not to use card payments directly with steam) i wonder if perhaps your talking about the account hacking of there forum, which just like every other gaming company has happened at least once in the past and no boudt will do so again, oddly it only happens to companys who dont have a heavy facecrap presence
 
#16
Nothing,,,Steam is a total rip off,,and it keeps crashing/hanging.I prefer to buy a 'Game' not just the right to play it.....
When you go to the shops or buying a CD online all you are doing is paying more for exactly the same game because you pay for all the packaging etc. You are also only playing for the right to play the game, you still dont actually own it!

I have been using Steam for years and never had a problem with it, its cheap and convenient, if you want to pay over the top for the same product be my guest.

As for the sales, I got:

Portal 2 + DLC
Solar 2
Rock of Ages
Fallout 3: New Vegas + DLC
All orcs must die + DLC

All for under £30.
 
#17
I was going to purchase Red Orchestra 2 via Steam until I saw that I could purchase a physical copy of the game from Amazon for literally half the price. Haven't checked out any other games Steam have on sales though.
 
#18
My son bought me Empire Total War for Xmas as i like those sort of games, but i can't for the life of me get it to load, it would appear my Steam acct/ steam download isn't working or downloading properly.

I have tried it several times so getting abit frustrated with it. The game loaded once and allowed me to play but next day it just froze and has done this everytime since. Any advice appreciated.
Right-click the Steam icon, select Library, highlight your game and right click. Select Properties, then the Local Files tab and click on Verify integrity of game cache. Follow the instructions and let it do its stuff (may take a while). When complete, restart Steam and run the game.

Games sometimes get out of sync with the local cache after an update and refuse to start.
 
#19
I was going to purchase Red Orchestra 2 via Steam until I saw that I could purchase a physical copy of the game from Amazon for literally half the price. Haven't checked out any other games Steam have on sales though.
the studio or publisher pack sales they hold for christmass can be seriously cheap, a few years ago i got the thc one (there entire collection at the time for 30£) one oif the packs i got this year was the eidos pack(47 quid for what sells elsewhere for 4>600 quid) it gave all the games and dlc's, even if i was buying for my kids it certainly was 10x cheaper than sticking with traditional shopping mediums, then again i used to use d2d before steam and i'm not really intersted in having a few hundred game cases cluttering up the house, when i can have a several thousand games on my storage device..

its one of those horses for courses things though even my kids prefer everything digital (no physical products) since its easier for them to keep clean in there area, and theres no looking for discs when you want to go to the next level....
 

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