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The best Steam Summer Sale deals: Day 11

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Steam's sales traditionally end with the most popular offers from previous days being resurrected for a sort of victory lap, and this year is no different. They've put most of the daily deals on offer again, so if you missed out on Dragon Age or Skyrim or XCOM and you've been ruing your indecision ever since, now's your chance to make up for it. It's also your last chance to pick up any other games on offer in the sale, now that there's no chance of them being reduced further in a daily or flash sale.

Don’t forget to check out GOG’s summer deals, too, which coincidentally will be ending at around the same time. GOG have resurrected all of their previous daily deals, along with a ton of flash sales refreshing every couple of hours.

The best Steam Summer Sale deals: Day 10

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It's always a bit weird seeing how quickly game prices depreciate, particularly when a Steam sale is involved. The pick of today's deals - Wolfenstein: The New Order - is only a few weeks old, but it can now be had for a delicious 50% off. The question is, with only a few days left of the summer sale, what other surprises lie in store? The other question is: can your wallet take any more of this? If the answer is 'yes', join us after the break.

The best Steam Summer Sale deals: Day 9

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There aren’t any big surprises in today’s Daily Deals (how many times has GTAIV been discounted?), but cheap games are cheap games and there are some good ones today. There are also some holdovers from previous days, such as the BioShock Triple Pack, which has only lost 8% of its discount since Wednesday. Peek at our picks from previous days to see if any former Daily Deals are still discounted.

New Steam tools allow developers to set their own discounts, plan sales

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Steam has announced new Steamworks tools for developers that will allow them to discount their own games when and how they like. Developers can choose to participate in weeklong deals, add custom discounts, and schedule sales up to two months in advance.

Duke Nukem 3D adds multiplayer, co-op modes on Steam

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Grab your 56 kbps modems and triple-barreled machine guns. Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition has just been updated with multiplayer and cooperative modes. The Megaton Edition, which includes the original game and three expansion packs, is also discounted by 60 percent on Steam until Friday, down to $4.

Passage developer Jason Rohrer makes the case against Steam sales

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Indie developer Jason Rohrer has confirmed that his “massively-multiplayer game of burglary and home defense,” The Castle Doctrine, will be available on Steam on January 29. The game will cost $12 for the first week after it hits Steam, and then go up again to its full, final price of $16. There will never be a Steam sale for the game, however, because Rohrer thinks the sales “screw fans.”

PixelJunk Eden's Steam Winter Flash Sale doubled its income

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Q-Games' Dylan Cuthbert confirmed on Twitter that the Steam Winter Flash Sale of PixelJunk Eden, which slashed the price down from $10 to $1, doubled that game's income. In other words, with front page placement and the deeply discounted $1 price tag, PixelJunk Eden earned in just 8 hours what it previously earned over a little under a year. Q-Games and Cuthbert have not shared specific figures, but needless to say they seem enthused.

Steam hits 7 million concurrent users, more than 1 million playing games at once

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It's great when Steam and other online stores go head-to-head, because stiffer competition for them means lower prices and better service for consumers. One problem with this kind of competition-following, though, is that it disguises how truly lopsided the fight is: Steam is way, way ahead. Over the holiday weekend, the digital download service report it had seven million users logged on at the same time.

You Don't Know Jack franchise turns 18, celebrates with Steam sale

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In case you guys weren't quite sure, Jack (of You Don't Know Jack fame) is a difficult person to get to know. You can ask him where he’s from or what his hobbies are, only for him to ignore those questions ask you trivia questions. It’d be more of a problem if his trivia games weren't so clever, and now they've never been so cheap.

Torchlight is free as part of GOG's DRM-free summer sale, starting today

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Indie hit Torchlight, the action RPG that pushed all of our kill-loot-kill buttons in the decade between Diablo 2 and Diablo 3, is now available for free from GOG. The DRM-Free Summer Sale launched early this morning, and it'll run for 17 days and feature over five hundred games on sale.

Bit.Trip discounts games for May'hem sale, hopes you see what they did there

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Just in time for the weekend, Bit.Trip has put a number of their games in a collection on Steam for 75% off. Bit.Trip Runner, Bit.Trip Core, Bit.Trip Beat, and Bit.Trip Void are available for $2.49 individually, or grab the entire collection to get the soundtracks as well.

Steam grows hungry for wallets, introduces Week Long Deals

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It seems the daily deals, weekend bargains and bi-annual sale armageddons weren't enough. Steam has now introduced new Week Long Deals. If you haven't guessed from the name, they're a selection of discounted games (or "deals") that last for seven days (or "a week").

Listen, Steam: can we just skip to the end? To the inevitable future hell of rolling, hour-long sales that force diligent deal-hunters to quit their jobs and dedicate their life to continuously scouring your catalogue in the hopes of nabbing a 50 pence discount on an unnecessary costume pack for Sleeping Dogs.

Face Off: Should you buy games at launch?

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The hurricane of savings that's swirled over PC gaming in the past few years has been tremendous. Deep discounts seem to pop up weekly on digital stores like Amazon,, and Steam. But should the ubiquity of sales fundamentally change our buying habits?

In this Face Off debate, Logan argues that waiting for a sales gets you get a more refined product at a cheaper price. But Evan thinks that waiting too long denies you the best-possible experience, especially in multiplayer games.

EA Senior VP criticizes Steam sales: “I just think it cheapens your intellectual property.”

Evan Lahti at had a chat with EA’s David DeMartini, Senior Vice President of Global Ecommerce. DeMartini talks about the state of and future of Origin, EA’s digital distribution service, which has apparently been downloaded 13 million times, and generated more than $150 million in revenue.

Things get interesting with GI’s interviewer asks if Steam’s regular “deep discounting” is something EA plans to mirror, and DeMartini says no and explains why.

Weekend Game Deals - Save big on TOR and Interplay classics

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Weekend Game Deals - Free Fallout!

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Weekend Game Deals - Orcs and Zorks

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Weekend Game Deals - Square-Enix savings

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Weekend Game Deals

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Steam app coming to iOS and Android

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Valve have just announced that a Steam app is incoming for iOS and Android. It'll support chat, groups and screenshots. You'll even be able to purchase games when on the move.

Lord of Valve, Gabe Newell seems keen: "Seeing which of your friends are online and playing a game, sending quick messages, looking at screenshots for an upcoming game, or catching a sale - these are all features customers have requested. Mobile is changing way people interact, play games and consume media, and the Steam app is part of our commitment to meet customer demands and expand the service functionality of Steam to make it richer and more accessible for everyone."