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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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7. No subject Sep 6, 2008, 00:01 Nuclear Watchdog
 
Not a bad price for the id superpack. Throw in all the cool mods that work with these games (doom legacy, doomsday, dark places, quake2dotnet, etc) and this isn't bad at all.  
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6. ... Sep 5, 2008, 23:04 theyarecomingforyou
 
I do not get it? It comes out in NA on the 15th when it is released on Steam on the 15th?
The European release was pushed back because of the incompetent US publisher (forgot to include serial keys). The game is available at retail here but we can't buy it on Steam for over a week.

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5. Conan for 10% off? Sep 5, 2008, 22:32 Umbragen
 
Wait a another month or two and you'll be able to pick it up for the cost of shipping. By the end of the year the major brick and mortar's will be dumping their stock on Ebay.

 
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4. No subject Sep 5, 2008, 22:22 Bone43
 
This has caused some consternation on the Steam forums, as the game supposed to be available for online purchase when it arrived in stores.

Last I checked it was recalled from 9/3 until 9/15 at retail
stores. any one seen it on the shelf in the US yet?

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3. Re: ... Sep 5, 2008, 22:21 Enahs
 
I do not get it? It comes out in NA on the 15th when it is released on Steam on the 15th?


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2. Re: ... Sep 5, 2008, 22:17 xXBatmanXx
 
Yeah, I find my game buying 50/50. I can't justify the prices on Steam when gogamer is 50% of that.

(But I did get the id package....cause well, I can't pass up a good deal - and I don't know where half of my discs are)

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1. ... Sep 5, 2008, 22:05 theyarecomingforyou
 
I'm thoroughly tempted to just buy Clear Sky at retail and give up on Steam altogether. The same sort of thing occurred with Bionic Commando Rearmed, except instead of being delayed it was announced it wouldn't be release at all on Steam.

Call Of Duty 4 is twice the price on the Steam Store at it is buying a physical copy. For the price of Clear Sky on Steam I could get the Limited Edition at retail - not only that even if I order it now I'll still get it long before it's available on Steam. Bioshock is and was more expensive. Most games are more expensive, while games like Far Cry 2 aren't even available in the UK.

I want to support digital distribution but I don't understand why it is more expensive, more restrictive and more trouble than it's worth. At least if I give up on Steam I can end my boycott of Ubisoft games.

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