I am sure that some of you notices that I hadn't been posting with the same frequency or depth as I usually do the past couple of weeks, and there is a good reason for that. I was playing around at the Steam Summer Camp.
You see, when I have a little money and a sale... well, I can really stretch those dollars.
I knew there was a summer sale on Steam coming up before I got a new video card, so I squirreled away some money for that eventuality. They happened to call the sale the Steam Summer Camp, and I certainly had a lot of fun.
This is what I ended up getting with the funds I had set aside (which truth be told, wasn't a huge sum of money).
Oblivion GOTY Deluxe
Knights of the Old Republic
Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition
Fallout 3 GOTY
Fallout New Vegas's DLC
Batman Arkham Asylum GOTY
Neverwinter Nights 2 Platinum
Left 4 Dead
Anomaly Warzone Earth
Killing Floor Bundle (minus the newest DLC)
The Magicka DLC
Half Life 2: Death Match
Beat Hazard Complete (which was the game I've enjoyed most during this sale)
Flight Control HD (stupid messed up achievement)
Atom Zombie Smasher
Garry's Mod + Counterstrike Source
X-Superbox (I am looking forward to getting wrist deep in X2: The Threat soon)
Post Apocalyptic Mayhem
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! and The Wonderful End of the World
Just Cause 2 and its DLC
Poker Night at the Inventory
APOX and its DLC
Gratuitous Space Battles and its DLC
And I was gifted copies of Stubbs The Zombie and Sanctum. I don't know about you, but that ended up being a really good haul.
There were also prizes tied to getting a particular number of specific achievements, and I ended up getting 8 additional prizes (mostly DLC for games). I spent a lot of free time working on getting those tickets (and helping other people get theirs), and I really enjoyed the community aspect of the sale. A lot of the fun came from knowing you were in the middle of a communal struggle to get tickets with other people. So I think I ended up playing about 30 hours of games during the 10 day sale to get those wonderful golden tickets.
I already miss the Steam Summer Camp and I sort of hope that the Steam Holiday Sale has that same kind of community feel. It isn't the deals I miss... it is the camaraderie.