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Monday, July 08, 2013
 
Finding deals on games

I was somewhat annoyed at Steam recently. I have a wish list with them, and signed up for e-mail notifications in case a game on my wish list goes on sale. It turns out that function isn't working 100%, but they only told me that after I made a support ticket complaining that I had seen a game from my wish list on sale but not received any e-mail. While I do like the Steam promotions, it isn't actually all that easy to check which games are on sale. So I was quite happy when a reader sent me a link to a website he runs called Killer Game Deals.

Killer Game Deals is based on an app that crawls Steam, Amazon and a lot of other digital (and some physical outlets) for daily/weekly/general game deals. You can then see all those deals on that website, put on filters by system, vendor, or type of game, or even sign up for an e-mail alert if you are waiting for a specific game to go on sale. I haven't tried out the latter, but the rest seems to work perfectly well. It was easier to find Steam promos on Killer Game Deals than on Steam!

Comments:
There are a ton of those kind of web sites nowadays.

Personally I'm using the following:

http://isthereanydeal.com/

It can import your Steam wish list. I've set it up to sometimes send me an e-mail when something on my wishlist comes up cheap.
 
I am a penny pincher when it comes to game purchases so I always look around for the cheapest deals. Over the last couple of years I have noticed that the amount of stuff I buy directly from Steam has fallen to almost nil. There is almost always better value available elsewhere.

I guess this makes sense given Steam's market dominance. There is no need for them to try and compete on price any more. Also the competition has gotten cleverer. Have you noticed how every one else now holds their Christmas or Summer sale a few weeks before Valve?
 
Someone on a car forum linked a site called fasttoplay.com.

They sell Steam keys. Not tried it yet but it looks legit and users on the car forum swore by it.

Seems to have a number of games far cheaper than advertised on your readers site.

Maybe he can update it or maybe he knows something I don't about that key site!
 
The emails still seem to work for me. If you view your wishlist on Steam, it will show you if any of the games are on sale. That's what I do sometimes in between the big sales.
 
CheapShark.com is one I use.
 
I would be wary of lesser known sites selling cheap Steam keys. You may be breaking the Steam subscriber agreement by installing a game that was intended for a different market for example a web cafe. Its not like you can hide if Valve decide to crack down.
 
I would be wary of lesser known sites selling cheap Steam keys. You may be breaking the Steam subscriber agreement by installing a game that was intended for a different market for example a web cafe. Its not like you can hide if Valve decide to crack down.
 
I also use this site a fair bit: http://www.steamprices.com/au/topripoffs

Always good to see what the 'actual' price of a game is, instead of the Australian (overpriced) tag. I believe the site has settings for Europe, too.

There are actually a handful of rare cases where we get a better deal than the Americans, so it's good to know that too.
 
Just to add to my own post, there is one site specific for Steam sales, in case you're not even considering other vendors.
 
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