Steam Holiday Sale – Between Discounts, Freebies, and Coals

Steam Holiday Sale is Steam’s annual event. It takes place every December to celebrate Christmas, New Year, and of course, holiday. In this period, nearly all games available in Steam are discounted for the sake of gamers happiness. This year’s Steam Holiday Sale does not only include skull-shattering discounts, but also a contest that involves freebies and coals. Freebies are great, but good-for-nothing coals? But, it turns out that the coals are the keys to enter the realm of eternal joy.

Steam Holiday Sale

Steam Holiday Sale

The Great Gift Pile is the name of the contest in Steam Holiday Sale this year. This contest is free for any Steam member to join. Every day, starting from the 20th of December 2011 through the 1st of January 2012, you will receive 6 objectives each day. The objectives could be community objectives or in-game objectives, consisting of 1 freebie objective that does not require any money to complete and 5 in-game objectives that require you to buy the game. Every objective you complete, Steam will happily reward you with a gift or a lump of coal. You can get games and discount coupons from the gifts. And the coals are used as a ticket to the contest, the more coals you have, the more likely you will win the contest. Alternatively, you can craft a gift from 7 coals. Trading is possible guys! If you don’t like the game you got from the gift, you can opt to trade it with other game or coals with other members. The winners of the contest will be announced on the 2nd of January 2012.

The prizes of The Great Gift Pile contest are indeed mind-blowing. If I got the grand prize, I could cry. The grand prize is all the games in Steam! Play whichever you like, download all of them, and spend your days confused on choosing which awesome title will you play. I can’t imagine it! The first prize is Fairy Godfather Steam will grant you 10 games in your wishlist! The second prize is you will get 5 games in your wishlist! A thousand gamers will get the third prize that is Valve complete pack that is worth whopping $200! Why are you so mean, Steam Holiday Sale?

Don’t forget the discounts. When I see the store every day, the devil always whisper to me to buy all of the discounted games. I cannot endure the temptation, it is too amazing to be true! Can you imagine Mass Effect 2 at only 5 bucks? Both S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl and Call of Pripyat bundled at 8 bucks? I cannot resist such inhuman discounts!

Now, talking about today’s Steam Holiday Sale, I suggest you to nab Killing Floor, the great gory zombie game since it is still less than 4 bucks. You can play the role of the playboy, high-tech, earth-trembling hero, Batman, smacking bad guys in the Arkham Asylum for only 5 bucks. Hear my advice, fellow gamers. Grab it now while the discounts still last so that you won’t regret it. I regret that I did not buy Audiosurf when it was only 2 bucks. And now, Audiosurf is already at 5 bucks.

I wonder, what crazy surprise will Steam bring on next year’s holiday sale? Well, forget it. Let’s just enjoy this year’s Steam Holiday Sale since it has not end yet!