Steam Summer Sale Psychology
Every year the Steam Summer Sale brings in to question a handful of troubling ideas:
- Do I want to spend money on a bunch of games I might not play simply because I like to buy games on sale?
- Why do I ever pay full price for a PC game?
- What type of games do I really enjoy?
The first one is something I know many of you share. I think we can all identify with buying several games during a Steam Sale thinking, “aw heck yeah I’m going to play this one finally!” … then we never even remember we bought it. Happens to me every year. Not this time! Not 2014! This year I proudly declared:
That lasted until 20 minutes after the sale began.
I bought Game Dev Tycoon and Don’t Starve + DLC 2 pack (me and Graev). But that’s it! I swear! I’m not spending … who am I kidding?
Game Dev Tycoon seems pretty fun so far. I’m currently in the 3rd building you can get with about 5 million in cash. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong because sometimes I’ll make a game and get a great review, but I make it again (not twice in a row) and critics hate the game. I think this whole experience is some kind of message from an indie dev studio on the state of the gaming industry. It’s like one big documentary on the sad state of affairs. Regardless, it’s addicting and I find myself wanting to start over with the hoe that I do better each time. I’m still proud of making WarCraft 2 in my garage and making 2 million on it.
Don’t Starve has to be one of my favorite types of games ever. I can’t believe I went this long without playing. It’s like Island Troll Tribes, the custom map from WarCraft 3. I love these survival games! Something about getting wood to make a fire and having to eat before you die; So pure. Add the depth that Don’t Starve has and suddenly this is a game I can lose hours to in tiny sittings. Graev and I are REALLY looking forward to ‘Don’t Starve Together’ which is the co-op experience coming this summer free to those who own the game.
The second point is just life. Things drop in price. Understanding that point doesn’t make it any less bitter.
The third point is really what brought me to the blog this evening. I think I have more ‘fun’ playing little games in bursts. Games like Don’t Starve, Game Dev Tycoon, etc., are starting to be more fun than these massive games like MMOs. That’s not because I’m changing, etc., etc. turning into a filthy casual blah blah. I truly believe game developers are forgetting what it means to make fun games. It’s not just MMOs either. A lot of “AAA” games just aren’t fun. They aren’t games. They feel more like “projects” or “work.” Some also like to hide the fun and make the player hunt for it or wait until later. HORRIBLE IDEA! I should be having fun the second I boot up the game or else I already have one foot out the door.