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Curse You Steam Holiday Sale

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Steam, why do you do this me?! In the past 2 weeks I have added over 40 games to my backlog just because of the Steam sale. Yes. FORTY. Games ranging from PB Winterbottom for a paltry 49 cents ($15 on XBLA) to the gargantuan Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition for the decent price of $24.99. Now you might probably be wondering why someone with a huge backlog would buy so many games and I think I can explain it to you in 1 sentence. This was the first Steam sale I took part in where I actually had a computer decent enough to actually run the games.

Up until this sale I was pretty much ignorant as to what these ďsteamĒ sales were. I thought they were similar to the Xbox Live Arcade sales where the prices were cut by 33% and everyone cheered because they saved $5 on a downloadable game. I was wrong. Steam absolutely destroys any other sales available out there in the downloadable market. For example, Itís not strange at all to see a game cut by 85% and bundled with every other game of that series. Why? Just because it sells a ton more copies and itís a bad ass thing to do, thatís why. It also makes it a lot easier to take a chance on a smaller indie game that you might not have bothered picking up at a higher price (See: Crayon Physics Deluxe for $1).

Today is the last day of the Steam sale and I still have a few more games that Iíd like to pick up. I guess it all comes down to determining what games are going to eventually be at a lower price and what games are at the lowest price that theyíre ever going to be (the Indie bundles). Tomorrow Iíll post a rundown on what the total damage to my bank account was and what games I came along with it. Itís frightening, in a good way (I think).
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About KFidone of us since 12:12 AM on 08.18.2010

Hey Destructoid!

My name is Kim Fidler, I'm Canadian, and I've been playing video games for over 25 years. Yes, you can calculate that and you'll probably realize that I'm kind of old. Not REALLY old but old enough to have 1 or 2 gray hairs (around 10 at last count). I'm 30 and even though I should be bogged down by all of the bullshit that comes with being an adult, I still love games and the gaming industry.

I don't really know what it is about games that I like so much but I think it has a lot to do with the community that surrounds them. I'm not talking about the fanboy jerk offs that populate every single gaming website, but the great people that keep this hobby a viable way to spend your free time. Take a look around at all of the people making community blogs on Destructoid and I can guarantee that every single one of those people is a great person in their own distinct way. They all have something to say and while you might not always agree with it, we as gamers are always willing to listen to different opinions.

That is why I have decided to start a blog on Destructoid. Over the past decade I have written for several gaming websites but it's come to that point in my life where I no longer want to be a member of the gaming press. It's a cool job but I have a career that I absolutely love and, well let's face it, I can't hang with all of the big names in the gaming media. I'm looking at you Jim "Big Comfort" Sterling.

So that's me. I'm a pretty normal guy that probably likes a lot of the same things that you do. I have a shaved head because it makes me look tough and I run about 25 kms a week. That's about it. Thanks for visiting my blog!
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