If you've been focusing on the actual games being featured in the Steam Summer Sale, or if you simply haven't maximised your Steam window in a while, you might've missed the mini-drama that's been playing out on the store page's background image. It's an adorable and beautifully understated comic, in which Valve's community mascots Tappet and Sir Roderick Bodkin are building a treehouse. But a jealous Cyl is attempting to sabotage their efforts - the devious black cat is currently constructing something inside Fort Friendship. But what's he building in there?
UPDATE: It was an awesome LAN party treehouse for his friends, the full story of Fort Friendship can now be viewed below!
We're into the final hours of the Steam Summer Sale. It's been a hell of a ride, for us, for our wallets, and hopefully, for you. Here's our pick of today's deals. And remember: the Steam Sale survival guide still applies.
As they say 'in the business' it's STEAM O' CLOCK. Today's sale is a bit of a mixed bag; some great bargains, but some stinkers, too. Read on for vital product recommendations. Remember that yesterday's deals are still in place, and that you before you plonk down cash, you should read our Steam Summer Sale survival guide.
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Uh oh. You and your credit card need to have a chat. A long hard chat about what you really want from life. Is is a mortgage, food, water, rent? Or is sweet gaming deals. Because behind this link are bargains. True, brilliant bargains. Before you venture forth, remember that you should read the Steam Summer Sale survival guide, and that yesterday’s deals are still active.
Following its inclusion in the Steam Summer Sale, minimalist bleakness simulator Dear Esther has sold over a quarter of a million copies. So tweets grateful co-director and composer Jessica Curry. That's a phenomenal amount of attention paid to an experimental Source mod gone retail, and a reassuring indicator of a demand for gunless, thoughtful, edifying game experiences. That, or people really like the outer Hebrides set to piano music.
Oh dear. So Ubisoft's Uplay servers, which hold up the mandatory DRM hoop through which your Ubisoft games must jump before you can play them, went offline for most of Sunday. That meant that Ubisoft games such as Anno 2070, Assassin's Creed Revelations and Splinter Cell Conviction were inaccessible to customers. The timing wasn't wonderful either, with the outage happening right in the middle of the Steam Summer Sale, through which Ubisoft had been selling a discounted Anno 2070, as well as a popular Ubisoft bundle. The Uplay service has since come back online, the games you excitedly snapped up in the sale are once again playable, and Ubisoft have apologised.
Now this is interesting. If you're in the USA and you've got a pile of old console games just sitting around gathering dust/breadcrumbs/thin layers of bacon fat, you can convert them into Steam funds by trading them in at physical videogames retail bazaar GameStop. Do it during the Steam Summer Sale and you'll earn a 30% bonus to your bartering skill. That is to say, you'll receive an extra 30% in-store credit towards Steam voucher cards. Death to physical media!
As I enthused yesterday, I’m really quite excited by the addition of Templar Assassin. She ticks my buttons, being a balls-to-the-wall kind of ganker where you can pull off some insane moves if you’re cheeky/lucky/skilled/desperate enough. She’s moved from the test server to the official client, and brought a whole bunch of goodies with her.
IT STARTS. The first day of Steam’s summer sale are available right now. And they are, as ever, ridonkulous. Here’s what we think you should spend your hard-earned pennies on. Before you rush in, don’t forget to take a look at our Steam Sale Survival Guide.
Valve have just added Steam Badges to Steam profiles. How? Using computers! Why? We don't know! They're essentially achievements for using Steam itself - for example, by commenting on your friends' profiles, posting screenshots and recommending games you work towards unlocking the 'Pillar of Community' Steam Badge. Other badges spotted include 'Years of Service' (which levels up with each year you've been a member of Steam), as well as Steam Badges for past events that are now impossible to acquire: 'Steam Holiday Sale 2011', 'The Great Steam Treasure Hunt', 'Steam Summer Camp' and 'The Potato Sack' (which seemingly replaces the Golden Potato item awarded for finding all 36 potatoes in last year's Portal 2 ARG).
Could this really be the complete, unfettered list of games and bundles set to appear in the Steam Summer Sale? It certainly looks like it might be, as a Reddit user has lifted it wholesale from the Open Steamworks Content Description Record database, which lists every Steam game and subscription provided by Valve. Hmm! We've got the full perusable list right here, if you hate surprises.
Green Man Gaming are tired of waiting for the Steam Summer Sale to start. They are so tired, in fact, that they've gone ahead and started their very own Green Man Gaming sale - and it's a doozy: they've knocked a generous 25% off their entire catalogue.
Their voucher code is quite the thing, too: 25OFF-ALLTH-EGAME. You can use it as many times as you like until 1100 UTC on July 9th, which, for Irish and British readers currently enduring the most miserable summer in recent memory, is midday on Monday.
Where's the Steam Summer Sale? Where is it? Who was the last person to see it? Have you checked absolutely everywhere? Look, if we all share our clues and work together we'll get to the bottom of this. Here's a Steam Summer Sale clue. It's a good example of what clues look like. VG247 spotted it: "We are planning a sale sometime this summer. Hope that helps!" posts Valve's Mike Blaszszak on the Steam forums, as if we don't know that already, as if we aren't all waiting. It is, at least, confirmation that this year's Steam Summer Sale hasn't merely been a figment of our collective imaginations, and that it's definitely coming soon. If another Valve staffer breathes, or raises a finger in a way that might suggest they're about to tap out an announcement, we'll be first to let you know.