The holiday season is over, and there were tremendous sales on Steam, GamersGate, Direct2Drive, GOG, and Impulse. Now that the smoke has cleared and the new year’s here, I figured I’d take a tally of the damage to my wallet.

Steam did the most damage, I think. It has to do with the fact that their sale went on longer than any other. The daily sales didn’t hurt either. Though the sale was shorter than Direct2Drive and GamersGate, it was more intense, with more deeply discounted games appearing each day. I had to restrain myself at times; I know that I’m not going to actually play most of them, in any case, if history is any indicator.

  • Borderlands
  • Killing Floor
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
  • Sniper Elite
  • Star Wars: Battlefront 2
  • Torchlight
  • Battlefield 2
  • Act of War: High Treason
  • Crysis Collection
  • Darwinia+Multiwinia
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
  • X3: Gold

Quite a list! It would be more impressive if I actually had the time to play them all. Sigh. So far I’ve only played Killing Floor- if that’s any indication, they’ll be on my virtual game shelf as eyecandy only.

Impulse’s offerings didn’t really impress me- I didn’t buy anything from their sale!

Surprisingly, I didn’t get anything here either. They had become my game site of choice, but their sales were just underwhelming- as were their ways of disseminating them.

Another hit to the wallet, I also purchased one game here that I purchased on Steam- but that one for my son (Star Wars: Battlefront 2). In addition, I purchased Republic Commando, and Need for Speed: Pro Street.

GOG had a decent sale- and several times I put things in my cart, but never followed through on them. I think the fact that your sale cart was different than your regular cart had something to do with it. Having to move items to my cart every time I considered buying was definitely detrimental to the will to purchase.