Originally Posted by Ribozyme
For anyone interested in the card economy and speculation if prices will go up again: http://steamcommunity.com/discussions/forum/7/864973760876779278/
And also a question, is there any difference between the summer and winter sales? This is my first steam sale it's why I am asking. So technically the only time you should be buying games is 2 times a year
? Won't that hurt a lot of developpers if most of the pc gaming community started doing this? Cause honestly, sometimes I am offended by the low prices
Steam has 4 big sales a year, one for each season. The Winter and Summer sales are longest and offer the most games.
But I don't know why people geek out over the Steam semi-annual sales. A few years ago their sales were truly unique and offered unrepresented discounts on top games. But now there are maybe a half a dozen websites that offer as low or lower prices than many of the Steam best sale prices. And most now offer Steam keys as the default.
As for publishers, it's up to them how they price their games. I doubt Valve dictates the prices much, if at all.
I've never seen any analysis on this but I would imagine it's a net benefit for publishers/developers. Since more people are buying due to the lower price points and can be exposed to their brand and thus more likely to purchase similar games they offer now or in the future. The downloadable game model definitely creates a longer tail than the retail physical box model.
I know I've purchased more PC games in total in the last 2 years than I have games in last 20 years. Edited by Castaa - 7/19/13 at 7:46am