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Steam Sales - Steam Clear Sky Delay

Steam News announces the latest of what seem like regular weekly sales, saying they are offering all id Software Games for 50% off. This offer ends September 8. In other news for bargain hunters, Steam is also now offering sales of Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, offering Funcom's MMORPG for 10% off until September 11. Finally, Steam News announces they are taking preorders for the Steam edition of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, offering 10% off of purchases before the release date of September 15. This has caused some consternation on the Steam forums, as the game supposed to be available for online purchase when it arrived in stores (story). Thanks theyarecomingforyou.

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20. Re: id super pack = killer deal Sep 6, 2008, 08:57 DG
Yeah it's due to publisher's retail agreements. The publisher agrees with the Euro distributor that online sales will be sold at no less than RRP in those countries. It substantially negates the benefit of Steam.

For me in the UK, anything "published" by "independents" like Valve or Id tends to be priced at whatever they feel like charging, and at the US price to boot (just adding VAT). This means they can price to the market and pass on savings. Every time I've looked at this, steam has been considerably cheaper than physical stores and usually better (but always at least competitive) with etailers, even if this is largely due to US "RRP" being considerably lower than the UK's.

Other publishers are usually the same prices on steam as at physical UK stores at launch. At first glance this seems neutral and in some respects fair, if annoying.

However in practice Steam is singificantly more expensive than physical stores. Stores can discount their stocks whenever they want, etailers are usually notably below RRP at launch. CoD4 for example is still $69.99 [40] on Steam, or 30 on (35 in stores). And CoD seems to be holding up it's price unusually well, I was expecting 20-25 on Play by now.

If all games were sold on steam like Valve and Id ones, I'd buy all may games through there. Frankly I resent that half of my money goes on expenses that could be eliminated via a modern distribution system like Steam, and doubly resent that I'm supposed to pay double the price that is charged in the US for the same product.

So I'll buy the occasional superb PC title, the occasional Steam bargains but otherwise just rent for the 360.

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