I hate to sound like a hippocrite when it comes to Steam (I'm always praising Steam), but there's a weekend deal going on right now just begging for a little ridicule. Crysis or Crysis Warhead (for this weekend only) is 50% off. Crysis being $30 is now $15 and Crysis Warhead being $30 is now $15. Together, those total $30. Deal, right? Not so fast.
If you look closer, you'll realize that Steam sells both of these games together for a normal selling price of $40. They call it the Maximum Edition. 50% of $40 is....
$30? That's a mere 25% discount. More like Maximum Deception! I was excited to find out that I might be able to get the Maximum Edition for 50% off, but to my dismay, it's only 25% off. I realize this is a matter of technicality. The deal is for either game, not both. Comon Steam, you should know better than that. If you're going to sell either game for half off, you should at least do likewise for the Crysis Maximum Edition. Or, at the very least advertise the Maximum Edition as a 25% discount so there isn't any misleading.
Better yet, lower the price of Crysis and Crysis Warhead to $20 a piece. This would prevent people from accidentally buying both games separately at normal price, effectively wasting $20 when they could have bought the Maximum Edition for $40. This way, you can offer all Crysis products 25% off. On top of that, I wouldn't call Steam out for deceptive advertising. I'm sure I'm not the only one that looked at this weekend deal and thought, "Wait, what?"
Last Updated (Friday, 13 November 2009 20:17)