Last week I was reminded that the Steam summer sale would be kicking off soon, and I inwardly groaned…and got a little jazzed up. The Steam sales are legendary for getting amazing deals on PC games. But, one thing I’ve noticed in recent years, is that the Steam sale seems to inspire other outlets to throw some of their games on sale as well. Case in point: today I saw that there was a Sony flash sale, and I immediately popped onto the PlayStation store to check it out.
(For the record, I was only tempted to buy Mad Max, but then I reminded myself that I don’t love driving in games, so I talked myself out of it.)
As you might expect, I love these sales. I love that they get games into more hands that can enjoy them. I love that a game that might not have been affordable before, can now be enjoyed by someone who probably really wanted to play it but didn’t have the means to.
Games, for me, are all about getting to experience new worlds, and these sales make it a little easier for that to happen. It makes me smile that this weekend a lot of people are playing games they might not have otherwise been.
I wish I could take better advantage of the Steam sales, but my laptop struggles with Firefox at times, so I highly doubt I’d be able to run a game without it chugging to a painful halt. I’m trying to resist the urge to even go over to Steam to look at what’s on offer. Temptation can be awfully strong.
This weekend I will be diving in to the Resident Evil 7: Biohazard demo (finally!), playing as many matches of Overwatch as I can (I bet it’s a lot!), and hopefully starting in on Oxenfree or The Evil Within. The other day I started in on Trials of the Blood Dragon and WOW. I am not good at that game. I think my highest grade on any level was a B and that was only two out of a dozen or so levels. I actually did so poorly on two other levels that I didn’t even finish before the timer ran out! If I didn’t love the aesthetic so much, I’d be tempted to take an indefinite hiatus from it, but I am a sucker for the saturated colors and the over the top premise.
It calls to me. And my inner ’80s child. I remember growing up during that decade and the styles never left me. I have a super rad puffer jacket that looks like it’s straight from that era, and last Christmas when I wore it, my uncle was like, “What IS that?!”
It was pretty great.
So, with that random trip down memory lane, I ask: what do you think of the summer video game sales? Do you partake? Or do you resist temptation? Also, what are you playing this weekend? Are you staying with old favorites, or diving in to something new?
Stay safe out there, friends! Cheers!