Shameless Gaming Week 3: Steam Powered

Shameless Gaming Week 3: Steam Powered

What is Shameless Gaming? Well, I’m glad you asked! Shameless Gaming is Kotaku’s version of Dry July, a month where we ignore new releases and play through our video gaming pile of shame together. We take all those unfinished, ignored games, the ones we cast aside, and we give them the attention they deserve! Join in!

Gabe Newell, you magnificent bastard.

Steam sales are back. These sales are a double-edged sword for Shameless Gaming Month. On one side, people are able to pick up games that they have been wanting to play for incredibly low prices. On the other, people are able to pick up games that will end up in their pile of shame for a long time for incredibly low prices.

Self-restraint is a must when walking through the minefield of daily and flash deals. I’ve managed to hold out so far, only buying a few games that I plan to play very soon. Not buying everything on offer can be difficult when there are games on sale for prices so low it doesn’t even register as buying a game.

This is truly one of those times where your wallet will fly from your hands and crash into your computer repeatedly, like a moth drawn to a flame. Only once it is emptied will it relent.

Most of my Steam purchases this week have been gifts. When a game like Mirror’s Edge goes on sale for $2.50, it’s hard not to buy a few copies to give to friends.

With the sales trying to break my will and being sick a few days this week, I haven’t managed to get as much gaming done this week as I have during the rest of the month. Despite that, I have managed to finish Half Life 2: Episode 2 and Costume Quest.

On a more personal note, there’s something that I have to get off of my chest.

It’s not me, it’s you. We had some fun and I do like you but you just make things too difficult. Everything has to be done your way and your way is not always the most intuitive, or enjoyable.

Also, you’re kind of old.

I can’t do this any more. We’re done. It’s over.

Sorry StarCraft but you’re going back into my pile of shame. Maybe Company of Heroes can scratch my RTS itch.


  • Since I lost a lot of time to work and family committments this month I haven’t finished anything since Walking Dead episode 2 on 30 June.

    I’ve decided to change my shameless gaming objective to actually playing the games I’ve bought in the steamsale, finishing them is possible.

    I’ve made good progress on Mirror’s Edge and Broken Sword 1. I am planning to play through Monkey Island 1 & 2 Special Editions on Sunday – I’ve finished the originals before, of course, but not the special editions. I also hope to finish Broken Sword 2 & 3, and at some point get to the Binding of Isaac. I do have Civ IV and Civ IV: Colonization and have played through one game of each. One barrier to progress if if my wife doesn’t feel like playing or watching something, she gets bored by me playing games on the PC because she can’t watch as easily. If that happens this weekend, I may find myself actually finishing Prototype 2, something I promised myself I’d do over 2 weeks ago.

  • I’m holding up incredibly well with the Steam sales so far. I’ve bought Payday: The Heist ($4.99) to play with a mate of mine and a few Killing Floor DLC packs for $2.00 each.

    I’d buy more but I already own the majority of games on sale that interest me. I mainly use my Steam account for multiplayer gaming (so stuff like L4D2, Killing Floor, Counter-Strike) and big hit indie titles like Super Meat Boy, Braid and Limbo.

  • Damn you steam. I asked for RTS advice and i settled on company of heroes. Got it for $6. then it went on sale for $2.50 and I was sad. I mean it was only 4 bucks and by all accounts its worth the money, but that 4 bucks hurts man!

    Also, I should complete my 4th game tonight.. RAGE.. then I think its Quantum conundrum but i might leave it a little while longer and play another older game in the spirit of Pineapple week? Not sure.

    • Which version of it did you get? I think the vanilla version (which only lets you use Americans and Wehrmacht in multiplayer) was on sale for $2.50 but the Gold Edition (which includes the expansion with the Brits and Panzer Elite for multiplayer) was around $6.

      I bought a gift copy of the Gold Edition for $6 earlier this week. That’s the only reason I know this.

  • Picked up Terraria for myself and 3 friends. Since that time none of us have time for anything else. Best $8 I’ve spent in a long time.

    This weekend I have to try and finish off the Borderlands DLC but I can alsready tell that it’ll be a weekend of who can build the biggest castle, who can kill Cthulu first, who can dig down into hell first. Terraria is the most fun I’ve had playing a game in ages.

  • So far my philosophy of restricting my Steam purchases to a) something on my wishlist and b) currently in a daily, flash or voted sale has been working out. There are a few titles I bought using rule (b) that weren’t on my wishlist mainly because they weren’t “I want” but more “I would if they were ever on drastic sale” items. I haven’t compromised on my Shameless July targets though. Anything I get from the sale isn’t going to be played until after July.

    As a side note, it’s funny how many indie bundles I’m passing up (read: All of them) on because I already own more than half the games.

    • I’ve tried using rule A, unfortunately games pop up and I say to myself, “That should be on your wishlist, you just completely forgot about it until right now’…. and it is true, the problem with keeping up with pretty much every piece of gaming media is that my wishlist is really probably a good 200 games long, my brain simply can’t recall that information on a moment’s notice.

      On the upside, for every game I’ve bought during the Steam sales I’ve finished something on my list, not sure whether that counts as progress or not…

  • Maybe shameless gaming should go from the middle of June through to the middle of July, so as to avoid the Steam Sale.

    • This works better as a calendar month. At least in my head.

      It’d be nice to do this while the Steam sales aren’t on but it seems like they happen to coincide with the best time to do this (when no new games are coming out). It’s probably not a coincidence either. Just like it makes sense for us to play through our pile of shame while nothing is coming out, it makes sense for Steam to heavily discount a lot of games at the same time.

    • I just have a permanent pile of shame that I work through whenever there’s nothing else to do, (I assume this is what most people actually do? No one really restricts games in their backlog to one month a year? Right?) don’t really see that need for a specific month to be devoted to it, suppose it’s a fun concept for a site like Kotaku to use for the community, and that’s cool!

      • No! People must only ever deal with their backlog in July!!!!111

        The point here is to have a bit of fun making a concerted effort to deal with your backlog. Not to only deal with your backlog this month or ignore everything not in your backlog this month.

  • After clearing some multiplayer acheivements in Max Payne 3 (since I won’t touch Rockstar games with foreign hosts again) I can now fully focus on Skyrim some more. I’m almost done with the Mages questline, then I can move onto the main story and finally finish it.

    At least for that playthrough. I’m planning on starting again for the Thieves and Brotherhood quests and maybe a third playthrough as a magic user.

  • Im waiting for ARMA 2 to go on sale for 50% or more thats when ill pick it up, atm its only on 20% off hopfully they will put it up to 50% or more 😛 i just want to play the DayZ mod lol

  • I quite liked Costume Quest. Got it for free on PSN Plus and liked it so much I bought the DLC for it. Fun, short and addictive. Just what I needed in a game at the time.

  • Is good bye SCII or BW?

    STEEEEEAAAAAAMMMM! (Think about it in a way Kirk is screaming out Khan! 😉

    So many sales, so little resistance ^^

    • The original. I didn’t even get to the end of the Terran campaign, let alone Brood War.

      I really enjoyed playing SC2’s campaign last year, have had a fair bit of fun on the ladder (including the time I tanked to Bronze league and then tried dumb things like taking every single expansion on Metalopolis and only making Queens and Spine Crawlers or rushed Carriers only to have to deflect someone’s Reapers with cannons and then just sending 6 Void Rays into his base to finish him off).

      MLG Summer Arena is on this weekend, really hoping that Stephano wins.

  • I was cleaning up around my desk the other day and I found under some junk my DS lite, I got Pokemon White for it when it came out however long ago that was and I made the mistake of having another crack at it. 90 hours in game later and I have completely buggered my shameless gaming plans.

    Maybe next year Assassins Creed.

  • I’ve bought a crap-ton of Steam games this sale (like 15 so far) but luckily I’m still on track to finish my Shameless Gaming. Superbrothers is almost finished and Tactics Ogre is still addictive despite my new Steam library.

  • I am a dirty dirty steam whore and i should be ashamed at what i can’t stop buying even though i already have a very high shame pile

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