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The Steam Deal Thread V2 - Dig into those holiday games. V3 thread coming soon!


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#1 eastx

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 04:29 AM

Welcome to the Steam Deal Thread V2! You can find the V1 thread (2010-July 2011) here. Read post #2 of this thread for Steam FAQs and more.

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Steam Games and DLC on Sale - Updated 2/12

Preorder Deals - Updated 2/12


Group Buys - Updated 07/23

Several multiplayer Steam games are available in 2-packs or 4-packs. These packs offer a discount over buying multiple copies of a game separately. We also maintain group buy trade threads for several games, so please use those threads if you're interested in setting up a group buy.

Free Stuff


There are several free games and mods on Steam. These are a few choice ones; you can find a full list here. Note that free games are not permanently attached to your Steam account like actual purchases would be. You'll need to manually download a game again from the website if you uninstall it.
Past Special Sales


Visit www.steamgamesales.com to check previous sale prices on Steam games. We do keep track of some older sales here though:
Steam Retail Key List

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#2 eastx

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 04:30 AM

This information is taken from the CAG Steam discussion thread. Please visit it to talk about Steam in general and Steam games!

Steam features

  • Play from anywhere: Games you buy on Steam are permanently tied to your account. Download them again on other computers! *See DRM bullet point for exceptions
  • DRM: Most Steam games only use Steam's DRM. If a game uses another form (such as Batman: Arkham Asylum), the store page will say 3rd-Party DRM.
  • Play offline: Most Steam games can be played offline. When an internet connection isn't available, choose to start Steam in Offline Mode.
  • Steam Achievements! Many games have exclusive Achievements that you and your friends can keep track of. Get a Steam card graphic for forum signatures here.
  • Steam Cloud! Many games like Torchlight offer Cloud support. Your save file is hosted online and accessible from wherever you play the game, so no need to manually transfer it to other computers. Look for the Steam Cloud Posted Image image on a game's store page.
  • Automatic patching: Steam automatically downloads updates for your games whenever they are released. If you'd rather patch manually, click on that game's Properties/Update from the Library menu.
  • Friends list: The Steam friends list is also an instant messenger. Text message friends, voice chat, and easily invite friends to most games. You can also see which friends own the same games as you and compare Achievements from the Library menu.
  • Gifting games! You can buy games and then gift them to other people. Wishlists make this easy; maintain your own and view your friends' lists, too.
  • Incredible sales! There is a sale virtually every weekend, Black Friday, during the holidays, and more.
  • Steam Play: Purchase a game once and play it from both Windows and Mac! Look for the Steamplay icon Posted Image on games' store pages.

CAG Steam Groups

By joining a CheapAssGamer Steam group, you'll be able to find CAGs to play with, participate in group events, and more. This is a list of all known CAG groups. If you start a new group, please PM me with details. Note that while most of these groups are public, the private groups require an invite to join.

FAQ

I bought a retail copy of a game.
OR
I bought a game from another downloadable games provider besides Steam.

Can I download it from Steam without rebuying it?


You can do this for some games (especially those whose retail versions automatically use Steam). Most games don't support the feature though. See the full list here.

How do I add non-Steam games to my Steam library? Why would someone want to do that?


From the Library menu, choose Add a Game and then Add a Non-Steam Game. Select the game's executable file and you'll now be able to launch it directly from Steam. This is a good idea for two reasons. One, launching all of your games from the same place is convenient. Two, when you launch a Non-Steam Game from your Steam library, people on your friends list will be able to see what you're playing.

Why is X game more expensive on Steam than other retailers? Is buying from Steam not a good deal?


Steam generally offers games at their current MSRP. That means if Capcom wants to charge $30 for Street Fighter IV, that will be the regular Steam price. Yes, you might find the retail version on clearance at Target for less. But that's clearance, which you can't expect every other retailer to match. However, Steam has tons of sales which usually beat everyone else's prices.

When are the big Steam sales?


During the big Steam sales, Steam sells multiple games (sometimes hundreds) at large discounts. There is always a sale on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and an extended holiday sale (starting December 24 and lasting until the beginning of January). In 2010 and 2011 there have been extended summer sales too. If you're not in a hurry to play a game and want the best possible price, it's a good idea to wait for these large sales.

Do all Steam games work with controllers?


Just about all PC games can be controlled with mouse and keyboard. But some people are more comfortable with controllers, AKA gamepads, and some games just play better that way. The Xbox 360 controller is the default gamepad for modern PC games. Many games support it, but not all. Most games with controller support have a Controller Enabled graphic Posted Image on their store pages. If a game doesn't have that graphic and doesn't mention controller support in its text description, assume it doesn't work with controllers. There is a partial list here. If you'd like to use a controller with a game that doesn't natively support it, the XPadder app works very well.

Edited by eastx, 23 July 2011 - 06:19 AM.

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#3 eastx

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 04:31 AM

Expired Sales (2011-onward)

Summer 2011 Sale
Daily Deals
6/30


7/01
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7/04
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7/07
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7/08
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7/09
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#4 ShadowSx

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 04:45 AM

yay new thread! the old one always made me double post on accident :(

#5 crzyboy88

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 04:46 AM

So nice and clean!
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#6 lito88

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 04:54 AM

nevermind

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#7 moojuice

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 05:16 AM

New car smell

#8 gunstar808

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 05:20 AM

O.o I wanna get in on page 1. :D

Looks like some of the Summer Sale prize DLC is up for sale now.

#9 foreinter

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 05:20 AM

Now I will pay more attention to the Steam thread.

#10 georox

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 05:23 AM

Maybe I can keep up with this one.

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#11 jimbodan

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 05:24 AM

Anyone have any opinions on Pride of Nations?

#12 Phasher99

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 05:27 AM

YES A NEW THREAD! And I'm on Page 1 too!
Wish they had 4-packs on the other pre-purchase games..

#13 Frithsblessing

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 05:27 AM

It depends on the game. For example, VtMB only requires you to download and run an .exe file, telling it your game directory. On the other hand, something like Oblivion, even with the mod managers available, is a pain in the ass because of things like loading order and compatibility between mods if you use more than one (and you'll want to use more than one).

On the plus side, every game I've seen with a large mod community also has great support to help you get them up and running, and mods really can make a game leaps and bounds better than it was.


I appreciate the response. Nice to know that I can find help if I'm having trouble or general questions about mods. I've been putting off playing VtMB because I've read that it requires mods to run properly.

#14 wilflare

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 05:28 AM

get Civ5 if you haven't!
-was just a post to get on page 1-

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#15 mramazing

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 05:46 AM

1st page

#16 killerthrust

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 06:09 AM

Steam needs more sales to fill up the pages again :)

#17 Indignate

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 06:32 AM

It's about time.

#18 Khamous

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 06:39 AM

Aw, I actually enjoyed the huge thread we had going :p

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#19 Skizye

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 06:41 AM

To 1000 pages!

#20 NeoGutsman

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 06:56 AM

Thanks for setting this up, eastx!

#21 mrsilkunderwear

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 07:27 AM

Aye, good job man. Lets just hope Steam lays off the good sales, my wallet needs rest.

#22 Versafied

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 11:18 AM

Haha, nice thread topic there eastX. But it does give CAGers and/or spouses heart attacks when they see the bank account. :D

#23 Momouchi

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 12:28 PM

I'm surprised the old thread didn't break CAG.

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#24 utopianmachine

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 12:56 PM

Game Informer likes Dungeons of Dredmor. Gave it an 8.0.

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#25 utopianmachine

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 01:01 PM

I'm surprised the old thread didn't break CAG.


It kind of broke the Steam thread itself. There was incredible lag when posting.

#26 DPsycho

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 01:46 PM

It's amazing what a difference a fresh thread makes. It was at the point where it would take 20 seconds to load a page telling me that I had to wait 45 because it was trying to double post.

#27 cgarb84

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 03:06 PM

Nice a new thread. Although it was kind of awesome of many posts and especially how many views the old thread had. That thread was on pace to break CAG haha!
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#28 slofton

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 04:42 PM

Damn. Missed the first page! :(

#29 Zipomatic2

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 04:51 PM

oooooh shiny...
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#30 cRodz

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 04:57 PM

Suddenly..Spam on the 1st pages of the thread