Should You Buy That Game on Steam? This Flowchart Can Help

The Steam Summer Sale is out there, destroying wallets with its deals, even as you read this. But for the true bargain hunter among us, Steam Sales often lead to many additional purchasing decisions: should one buy a new game on Regular Steam, or wait for the sale? Should one buy a game on sale, or wait for a flash bargain? Should one opt for the Steam version or make the arduous trek to a brick-and-mortar trading post, should the deal and opportunity present itself?

Some time back at GameFront, we attempted to automate this decision process by means of the ever-useful flowchart. Here now is your handy guide to choosing if and when to buy a game on Steam: The Anatomy of a Steam Sale Flow Chart.

You can also find some great deals from non-Steam places on the Internet (yes, those exist!) with the help of this handy Dealzon guide.

Good luck to you, potential game purchaser. Tell us about your very best summer Steam Sale time deals in the comments (so that we can cherrypick your glory and save money ourselves, naturally).

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5 Comments on Should You Buy That Game on Steam? This Flowchart Can Help


On June 26, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Class of the Battle planets II sounds alright


On June 26, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Hate Steam
Love the ” Never play this this game and forget you own it” leading back to browsing the shop lol
I have a load of games on steam that are uninstalled and never to played again and placed in a category of CRAP(loads), Ok(not so many), GREAT(Very few), and yes I buy outside of Steam at all times if possible. being first stop.
I think steam does not deserve its monopoly and that many have tried to copy but they have forgotten its just a shop browser tool with a stale chatroom and a pathetic reward system. but we are forced to use it in majority of cases as Steam holds us to ransom by holding contracts that forbid game devs from using nothing but its stupid tool.
And yes we are the TOOLS.


On June 26, 2014 at 6:42 pm

ricshaw steam works and thats that all other platforms have little to offer save for gog


On June 26, 2014 at 11:22 pm

@ rickshaw – I wouldn’t say Steam has a monopoly on digital gaming. There is also Uplay and Origin as well. Hang on, yes these programs are terrible. But that has more to do with the incompetence of the company that owns these programs than it does to do with Valve holding them down.

GoG Galaxy should be debuting soon. As long as it’s not a terrible program to use, that alone will put it miles ahead of Uplay and Origin. Add in the fact that GoG has a 30 day refund and a no-DRM policy. Oh and no Early Access titles, that alone makes it a series competitor to Steam. GoG makes it a point to ensure older titles work properly before selling them. Valve doesn’t. So many years at the top has made Valve fat and lazy. If other development companies will follow Ubisoft’s example and abandon DRM, we’ll start seeing more current mainstream titles on GoG. If that happens, then Valve will have a full on crisis on their hands. There will be no reason for new incoming users to stay with Steam.

So in conclusion, Valve doesn’t have a monopoly, it’s just their current competitors are idiots and their reign at the top might be coming to an end within the next couple years.


On June 26, 2014 at 11:24 pm

I seemed to have said “that alone” a bit too often. I apologize for that.