As was announced prior to the Halloween sale, the end of year Steam sale will be approaching on the twentieth of December
, right before the end of the world. So, let's use this thread to discuss our hopes and aspirations, our dreams and reveries, our deepest darkest secrets regarding the upcoming sale.
Personally, I'm hoping for the return of sale achievements/ticket system, the one that they has last year.
BTW, Some useful tips from @Rhaknar:
1 - The most important Rule of Steam Sales...ONLY BUY DAILY / FLASH DEAL GAMES, these are the ones that show up prominentely on the main page, with a timer. On recent sales Steam has had "Flash Deals" which usually last for less than the 24hours that the daily deals do, but offer the same sort of discounts, so go ahead and buy those. There are exceptions tho, as follows:
2 - The "75% off" Rule. Common sense people, if a game is already 75% off (like many indie games usually are during the whole sale) go ahead and buy them, they will NOT get daily/flash deals for bigger discounts. Never happened, never will. The ones at 66% off, a number Steam is using more and more, is more ambiguous, as it might go a bit lower. the 50% ones do NOT buy, and use rule number 1 for those.
3 - The "surely this is a mistake" Rule. This is a big one that a lot of people miss, if a game's price is too good to be true... thats because it probably is and you should snatch it up quickly before they fix it. Capcom used to be famous for this, they had DMC4 for 5 bucks for a few minutes before changing it to 10, and they had SSF4 75% off mere months after it was out (with further discount if you owned SF4 too lol), and it was quickly changed to 50% back then. So yeah, if you think a game shouldnt be so low because its too new or a big seller or whatever, its probably a mistake so ACT ON IT.
4 - The BIG BUNDLE Rule. If there are huge bundles with tons of games, like a 2K pack, a Valve Complete pack...a Nancy Drew pack (come on Valve gimme it!), go ahead and buy those if you want, they are NEVER going to be lower than that during the sale. The individual games inside the bundles might get daily / flash deals, but the bundle itself is a fixed price.
5 - The "This game is too new or sells too well" Rule. Again, common sense, if a game is either too new or has been selling like hotcakes (like Far Cry 3 for example, which fits boths categories), or every latest Call Of Duty ever, will NOT get a big discount during the sale, so dont get your hopes up only to be crushed when you see 33% off or something. These games might / usually are daily or flash deals, but like I said, for lower discounts. There are examples of games being 2 months old and getting 75% off discount, and that means it bombed HORRIBLY in its initial run :) Duke Nukem Forever for example. Or if its a mistake, as pointed in Rule #3