Surviving the Steam Summer Sale with your wallet intact
Hey you there, do you have a moment to talk about our savior Gabe Newell? The good guy who brought us Valve, and Steam but kept his mouth shut from talking about Half-Life 3 for years? Word is, he already begun blessing us this time of the year with the Steam Summer Sale! If you’re new to the Steam’s Summer Sale, then you’re missing the perks of being a PC gamer!
For refreshment purposes, or for those who wish to embark on the great PC gaming adventure, Steam’s Summer Sale is usually a 2 week long Sale from Valve, offering Daily Deals, and Flash Sales as early as June to July. It’s a great time to spend some hard earned money, but is also… undeniably not a great time for ours wallets since you might experience the unbearable urge to buy any of the games on sale, which is… not good. I learned Steam’s Summer Sale the hard way, but you don’t have to! So, without further ado, here’s our simple guide on how to maximize your hard earned cash with Steam’s Summer Sale!
1) DO NOT BUY A GAME IF IT’S NOT A DD, FS, A CC OR BELOW THE 60% SALE MARK… YET
What the heck does those letters stands for? DD is Daily Deals, FS is Flash Sale, and CC is Community Choice. Basically, these sales or deals have the highest percentage to grace the 60% sale mark club and above or watch out for your favorite games to be included on the list.
2) BUY GAMES AS GIFTS
You saw a game. It’s 80% Off. You bought it. Then you just realized you do not want it and just bought it due to panic buying. Well, that’s where the Gift feature of Steam comes in. If you don’t want to experience buyer’s remorse, or you’re 50/50 about your purchase, buy the game as a gift. That way, you could just sent it to a friend in need (yes we have friends), trade it for your desired game or in-game items, or sell it for yourself. Whatever you wish. Do not, I repeat, put the game on your library first hand.
3) DO NOT PANIC
Do not panic. Do not panic. If you missed a game on a daily sale, there’s a chance that it’ll be on sale again on the next or even the last day. Same thing applies to the games that you wish to buy – If you think that you could spend the money on a better game, hold on and do not buy that tempting game yet. Unless of course, that’s the game that you’re waiting for.
4) USE THE WISHLIST
Steam has a wishlist feature on it, and it’s there for a reason. Once the game you always wanted is on sale, Steam will notify you through your dashboard/mail if that game is on sale. Also list your games according to your liking, or favor-ability, so you’ll know your priorities. Damn priorities.
5) BUDGET WITH STEAM WALLET
Prep a budget, and put yer funds in that wallet. That way, your credit card wont charge you up multiple times with your purchases. With the Steam Wallet, you could also stop yourself from spending too much. Think about it as your Steam Summer Sale allowance. Just do note that once you’ve put those funds in, you cannot transfer them back.
6) INTERROGATE YOURSELF
Is this game worth buying since it’s 75% off? Is this game a triple A title? Am I going to play it in the near future? What about DLCs? Am I actually going to enjoy it? Those are the little things that you need to ask yourself. If you’re lets say, the norm steam user, think about them a lot. They’ll certainly help you shape your library with fantastic games.
7) MAKE USE OF THAT DAMN TRADING CARD
Steam had this little feature called trading cards. These cards rewards users with game bonuses, enables you to craft game badges, and gain Steam XP. They could be acquired on many different ways but they could be mostly obtained through buying the games on sale, or by participating on Community Choice Sales! That said, look out for the games that comes with badges. Mostly, those games with trading cards are the triple A titles. And oh, you could also trade them to other items, or even put them on the market to earn extra bucks, and buy yourself another game if you have collected a good amount of funds. Thy’re that nice, but don’t rely on them much. Check your priorities again.
8) HAVE FUN! LOTS OF IT!
Steam Summer Sale is undoubtedly stressful just by thinking about the games that you wishes to buy and the budget that you have to limit yourself. But, if there’s a game that you really wanted to buy, go ahead! Buy it! Don’t hinder yourself from spending if the game you want is not on of the top of the discount chart. Remember that you’re buying games to have fun. Just be… Considerate. :)
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