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Why I love PC Gaming, Steam and the Great Gaben

So it's been over a week now since the great Gaben blessed us with the Steam Summer Sale and I must say I've made the most of it even with the few games I chose. This is the privilege we have of being pc gamers: the ability to make the most of digital distribution and bask in the awesomeness that is Steam. As of today I've picked up Shogun 2 Total War, LA Noire, Sword of Islam DLC (CK2) and Trine 2. A select few no doubt but the money I saved has been immense.

For background here is how much they costed on launch day:

    • Shogun 2 Total War - USD $49.99
    • LA Noire - USD $49.99
    • Trine 2 - USD $14.99
    • Sword of Islam DLC (CK2) - USD $9.99

Grand total: USD $124.99

And here is how much I paid for them during the Steam Sale:

    • Shogun 2 Total War - USD $7.49
    • LA Noire - USD $3.74
    • Trine 2 - USD $3.74
    • Sword of Islam DLC (CK2) - USD$2.49

Grand total: USD $17.46

So had I bought these games a few months ago to a year, I would have spent USD $124.99. By waiting I saved about 86% of that money I would have spent and only shelled out an extremely reasonable USD $17.46. An absolute bargain. Such is the power of the great Steam Summer Sale.

May the gods bless our great Gaben and may his reign be long and everlasting.

PC gaming is stronger than ever - sales up 230%

I came across an interesting article on the business side of the pc game sector with some interesting factoids;

According to industry analyst NPD Group, sales of video-game hardware -- a.k.a consoles -- software and even accessories fell for a sixth consecutive month in May, tumbling 28% from a year earlier to $517 million. And with the release of Blizzard's (ATVI) Diablo III, May also saw the first time since July 2010 that the top-selling game was a PC-only title. That boosted PC video games sales up year-over-year to 230% or $80 million.

I'd like to think we're all big pc gaming geeks here so this news comes as no big surprise to most of us but it's great to see the mainstream media report the reality of gaming as we see it, through the eyes of a pc gamer. With the advent of Steam and digital distribution, we have seen a steady rise of the relevance of pc gaming, indie developers and cheaper, more accessible games for everyone.

You can check the original thread on reddit which has some pretty interesting comments as always.

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