Steam figured out a way to get you to look at games that you might not have ever noticed before.
It’s the virtual experience of walking through the old computer game store (remember the computer game store? Good times) and just picking up a box. Hey, just walk through the store. Maybe you’ll see something.
And, see something I did. Oh! It’s a first person shooter! Oh! It’s an action slasher with RPG elements! Oh! It’s a board game! Oh! It’s resource management! Oh! It’s a puzzle game that helps you relax! OH MY GOSH IT’S AN RPG WITH BRANCHING STORYLINES!!!
And, next thing you know, you’ve added over 50 games to your wishlist.
And then… it’s time for the Steam Sale.
This is where the rubber meets the road, isn’t it? Here’s how I got my game queue down under 20 (and I didn’t do it via the “buy everything!” route). I looked at each game and asked myself “would you buy this game if it were 50% off?”
And if the answer was “no”, I removed it from my queue. There ain’t no point in having games in your wishlist that you would only buy if it were on 90% off sale. If it’s a $10 game and you wouldn’t pay five bucks for it? What is it doing in your queue? Get rid of it. Heck, it might even be an exercise worth doing for 66% off. If it’s a $15 game and you wouldn’t pay five bucks for it? Why is it in your wishlist at all?
And it was with that insight that I got the number of games in my wishlist down under 20. I recommend this to anybody.
As for what I *DID* get, I picked up Dawn of War: Game of the Year edition for $3.24 (I enjoy Warhammer and this is a starcrafty take on Warhammer 40,000 and for $3.24, how can you go wrong?) as well as Grim Dawn for $8.74 (I was still somewhat confused by how poorly Blizzard responded to the whole backlash to the Diablo phone game thing and saw a number of people suggest Grim Dawn as an excellent “spiritual successor” to Diablo II). Both games are in the “Overwhelmingly Positive” ballpark (one is “Overwhelmingly Positive” overall and “Very Positive” in recent and the other is vice-versa).
And so that’s what I’m going to be playing.
So… what are you playing?
(Image is “Christmas Candy Store” by Wilson Hui. Used under a creative commons license.)