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I loved this picture posted on Reddit's /r/gaming subreddit today and it made me honestly sit back and realize the relation here. My wife loves clothes on sale as it offers her the ability to utilize a style otherwise not afforded to us; similarly, crossing genres and the boundaries of our gaming comfort zone can be difficult when looking at the incredibly hefty price tags that follow. The Steam Sale has given the gamers an occasional digital Black Friday that allows gamers of every tier and sect to set their foot into territories otherwise never ventured.
Gamers usually have a niche and fading out of it is a process that requires a certain mood, afforded time and the ability to retrain the mind to either slow down or speed up normal gaming cognition. So to cough up $60 to TRY an RPG for the first time? $25 to give a platformer a chance when I only play RTS? [If you have a PC at least slightly capable] the Steam Sale is the bargain bin of actually top-quality games and gives all of us a chance to play games that never would have made it into our library otherwise.
I got to really give the "story only" games like The Stanley Parable and Gone Home a try thanks to Steam making them temporarily cheap enough to purchase on a "I guess I'll give these a go" type basis. I didn't love the game type, but it afforded me the chance to support the devs and actually get my hands on these games that are so highly praised. For the price of one retail game, I was able to pick up and play to completion ~5 games this last month and it was amazing as a gamer to really get my hands on what the rest of our community is so passionate about. I believe it's important for us to understand how the rest of the gaming world games to be able to communicate clearly our reviews, stances and opinions without down and dirty fanboy-ism.
On the flip side, this [Steam Sale] also allowed LAN party fuel to flow like milk and honey with games like Chivalry, CS:GO and Torchlight 2 all coming into the fray once we could all go together on the infamous 4-Packs Steam offers. Now we're looking at games we've always wanted to play together, but respect the devs too much to ever break DRM and could never afford for all of us, sitting at the ready for us to fully experience. This makes us feel as though we can make more educated decisions on our future group and solo purchases thanks to the ability to a la carte games at a sale price allowing experimentation.
As far as digital distribution goes, Steam has the market down and will always be my go to whether I'm paying full price or not. If you've ever wondered why MMO gamers are so avid about their games or twitch gamers think they're the most hardcore - don't argue aimlessly, give it a try and understand why they're so passionate. Can't afford it? Wait for the Steam Sale, trust me...you will be a better gamer for it.
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