Merry Christmas: I was one of Steam's Lucky 30 Today

    

OK, so let's recap. After bundling $60 worth of quality indie games into $5 packages for the last week or so, Steam gives me five games, kind of my choice, for free. 
 
I'll be the first to say that these indie packs have been pretty good the last couple of days. Even if you only see one game you want, it's still only five bucks. I mean, some of the Midweek Madness stuff was hard enough to avoid. Men of War, for example, found its way into my library on an impulse buy, as did Killing Floor. And though that might seem all well and good, any indie pack that has And Yet it Moves, Machinarium or World of Goo that costs even less than those games, while they were on sale, is a winner in my book.
 
OK, so I've been buying a lot of these indie packs. What else? KOTOR for $2.50 seemed like a good deal, Poker Night at the Inventory for a scant $5 (not on sale, but whatever) seemed decent, World of Goo I actually bought ala carte for an incredible $2.50. It's a shame I only jumped on the Steam band wagon only a year or so ago. These deals are almost as good as all the stuff I got for free. 
 
Now, I didn't do the best job keeping my list organized, so my choices might seem a little strange. Allow me to explain: 
Three things contributed to this list: The fact that my primary computer is a Mac, I kept buying games on my wishlist as they went on sale, so I was constantly replacing things, and I thought I wouldn't win anyway, so why bother.  
But, in essence, I got what I wanted. 

 My email client (Sparrow) apparently comes with an aura of +1 black opacity.
Civilization V was the only one I really wanted, so its good I managed to keep that on the top of the list and, for the love of god, not purchase it before I won the contest.  
 
Anyway, if you can take anything away from this crazy, scattershot blog, please consider buying games from indie developers. They're usually priced competitively and come with great support, and in the case of games like And Yet it Moves, are innovative as all hell.
32 Comments
33 Comments
Posted by Skald

    

OK, so let's recap. After bundling $60 worth of quality indie games into $5 packages for the last week or so, Steam gives me five games, kind of my choice, for free. 
 
I'll be the first to say that these indie packs have been pretty good the last couple of days. Even if you only see one game you want, it's still only five bucks. I mean, some of the Midweek Madness stuff was hard enough to avoid. Men of War, for example, found its way into my library on an impulse buy, as did Killing Floor. And though that might seem all well and good, any indie pack that has And Yet it Moves, Machinarium or World of Goo that costs even less than those games, while they were on sale, is a winner in my book.
 
OK, so I've been buying a lot of these indie packs. What else? KOTOR for $2.50 seemed like a good deal, Poker Night at the Inventory for a scant $5 (not on sale, but whatever) seemed decent, World of Goo I actually bought ala carte for an incredible $2.50. It's a shame I only jumped on the Steam band wagon only a year or so ago. These deals are almost as good as all the stuff I got for free. 
 
Now, I didn't do the best job keeping my list organized, so my choices might seem a little strange. Allow me to explain: 
Three things contributed to this list: The fact that my primary computer is a Mac, I kept buying games on my wishlist as they went on sale, so I was constantly replacing things, and I thought I wouldn't win anyway, so why bother.  
But, in essence, I got what I wanted. 

 My email client (Sparrow) apparently comes with an aura of +1 black opacity.
Civilization V was the only one I really wanted, so its good I managed to keep that on the top of the list and, for the love of god, not purchase it before I won the contest.  
 
Anyway, if you can take anything away from this crazy, scattershot blog, please consider buying games from indie developers. They're usually priced competitively and come with great support, and in the case of games like And Yet it Moves, are innovative as all hell.
Posted by ESREVER

Congrats! 
If I had known I could add games that aren't released yet, I would've put Portal 2, BRINK, and Deus Ex on mine. 
 
Didn't matter though, I didn't wins :( 
I found some entertainment looking at what was given away though. 
Turns out 2 copies of League of Legends and 1 copy of APB were given out. GG Steam.

Posted by Dejkrigeren

I want to stab you, but since I don't know who you are I'll just congratulate you.

Posted by Darko

Wow, grats dude. Looks like I'll have to buy Witcher 2.

Posted by Vitor

I wish to join the throngs of (jealous) users in congratulating you. Awesome stuff.

Posted by BeachThunder

Awesome. You picked some nice games too ^__^

Posted by Scrumdidlyumptious

You bastard!

Posted by Capum15

I hate you.

Congratulations though.

(Actually, no hate, just jealousy).

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Posted by Tordah

That's awesome. Congratulations!

Posted by HaroldoNVU
@BeachThunder said:
" Awesome. You picked some nice games too ^__^ "
Yeah, congratulations. Hope you like the Penal Zone and decide to invest in the full season eventually.
Posted by countinhallways

Congratulations friend.

Posted by Skald
@HaroldoNVU
@BeachThunder said:
" Awesome. You picked some nice games too ^__^ "
Yeah, congratulations. Hope you like the Penal Zone and decide to invest in the full season eventually.
The email is actually a bit misleading. I have the full season, contrary to what the message might say.
Posted by JJOR64

Lucky bastard.  Grats!

Posted by beej

Nice! Hope you enjoy the games. Civ V is super, enjoy wasting all your time. That being said It's super cool that a community member won.

Posted by dankempster

Congrats, man. Hope those games bring you a lot of enjoyment - both the free ones and the ones you picked up in the sale.

Posted by HaroldoNVU
@extremeradical: even better. have fun with those.
Posted by Brake

That's awesome. Congrats bro.
 
I was wondering in anyone would come forward with winning the 'stakes. The Steam forums had a huge thread about that as well.

Posted by HitmanAgent47

I didn't think it was possible to win. Congrats.

Posted by oatz
@HitmanAgent47 said:
"

I didn't think it was possible to win. Congrats.

"
Does your profile lead you to a 500 error page for you too? 
 
Clearly the work of the illuminati.
Posted by HitmanAgent47
@oatz: yes
Posted by Azteck

I hate you in the most un-hateful way possible. I wanted Civ5 too ):

Posted by probablytuna

Damn, congratulations dude!

Posted by LordAndrew

Woo! I was wondering if a Giant Bomber was going to win. :)

Posted by ch13696

Wow, glad to see one of our Giant Bombers actually win this great contest. Congrats. You better play the hell out of Civ V.

Posted by TwoLines

Grats dude!
*JEALOUS!*

Posted by yinstarrunner

Congrats. Good choices too.

Edited by Skald

Interesting fact: I have thirty times more Steam games than I did one year ago. 
 
All my games are loaded by now, except for Civ and, for obvious reasons, Super Meat Boy. One issue I have with Steam for Mac is that it constantly, for no reason whatsoever, crashes. 
 
Oh, and your jealousy totally nourishes me.

Posted by AlisterCat

Awesome! Well done, you're very lucky.

Posted by Claude

Oh man, I like your picks. I'm drooling for Civ V.

Posted by White_Silhouette

Awesome. Congrats.

Posted by hmmisee

Me Too! 
 
Hi hmmisee:

Congrats! You are among the thirty winners of the second day of Steam's Give & Get Wishlist Sweepstakes. You can learn more about it at Steam. Here are the games you won from your wishlist:

Mafia II
Prototype
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
Portal 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops

If there are unreleased games on there, we'll add those when they become available. Please check your Steam account in a few hours to see that the games have been added.

Thanks for taking part in this! Happy Holidays from the Steam Team.

Jason Holtman
Steam Team  
 
I'm a happy camper :)

Posted by Wuddel

Great. Congrats!

Posted by PenguinDust

Wow, congratulations!  Looks like you stepped in something good.