I saw a lot of people complaining there weren't enough great deals during the Steam Summer Sale, or that they already owned most of the games they wanted. First World Problems, eh? But focusing on the sale misses what was really going on: the biggest Free-to-Play game release ever, automatically on 50+ million people's game systems whether they wanted it or not.
Female protagonists rule! Deal with it!
When I wrote that article back in December about Steam being a "game", I still meant more a "meta-game". An upper layer. Frosting on the goodness that were the real games in your catalog. I never thought I'd find myself saying "I played Steam all day." But that's exactly what I did this Sunday. So far I'd give it an 8/10. Quite addictive, though for a free-to-play I sure spend a hell of a lot of money. Yeah, I didn't need that Companion Cube emoticon, certainly not for $3.00. But but but but…. I caved.
It could be worse. I managed to resist spending $3 on poop.
Anyway, you can see how busy I've been on my nicely decorated Steam Profile. Steam has sucked up more of my time today (Sunday) than any "real" game has in a few weeks. It's all quite fun, and part of the attraction with the cards for me is that most expand into beautiful 1080p wallpapers – usually either new art, or high-resolution versions of promotional art and concept art. By the way, even if you turn your cards in for a badge, you can still go back to the empty spot they were at and access their wallpaper. Plus some folks are creating a Google Drive with all of the wallpapers, so you can actually get a lot of wallpapers without buying their cards. There are a few broken wallpaper links on Steam itself, hopefully those get fixed soon.
Valkyl's trading card wallpaper from ARES, a game I hadn't given much attention until the cards.
Anyway, the game isn't over by a long shot. I know the guys from Fly'N are doing a series for that game, and I'm sure we'll see cards rolled out for a few games a week - and many new games will probably have them to start. I'm sure we'll see "Series 2" sets coming out soon as well. And we wonder why Valve hasn't had time to finish Half-Life 3...
On to your C-blog Recaps!
Dr. Girlfriend can top off my sauce any day. And I don't even know what that means.