When the Steam Summer Sale didn't hit at the end of June, many agonized over when it would finally come around.
Valve finally decided to roll out the red carpet for the sale today, with a few changes. The company has apparently taken a leaf out of GOG's book and implemented Community Voting, where customers can vote on which games ought to receive a discount. At the time of this writing, today's vote was asking users to choose from Saints Row: The Third, Batman: Arkham City, and The Witcher 2.
Other pre-selected discounts for today include Portal 2 for $5 (usually $20), COD: Modern Warfare 3 for $30 (usually $60), and Terraria for $2.50 (usually $10).
There's also packs from several publishers, including PopCap, Activision, THQ, and id Software. With discounts ranging from 50 percent to 88 percent, all packs are now priced at $49.99. The Activision Bundle, for example, includes Blur, Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty: United Offensive, Gun, Prototype, Singularity, TimeShift, Transformers: War for CyberTron, and Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. Normally these would cost you $164.90, so Steam's $49.99 is saving you $114.91 or 71 percent.
The third annual summer sale will continue for another ten days, when it ends on July 22, 2012. Head over to Steam's virtual shelves and get ready for your bank account to hate you.
Be aware that due to the heavy load, Steam is experiencing some issues, so you may have trouble getting your purchases through.