That dastardly PC gaming cultural event known as the Steam Summer Sale has begun. As ever, the summer sale is as much about being excited about video games and shared experiences on the PC platform as it is about the sales themselves. Though it certainly helps that these sales are the best anyone will find for such a wide variety of games across all platforms.
As always, on top of the sales themselves Valve has built a meta-game of sorts implementing their crafting system of cards and badges, tied in closely with the purchase of actual games as well. This year's theme is the "Summer Adventure" and through playing the meta-game everyone can acquire an assortment of in-game goodies... should they have the time and money.
The way it works that by doing the things I mentioned above, Steam users earn cards. Earn enough cards and they can be crafted into a badge. Crafting badges earns pints for your randomly assigned team (go Team Pink!) as well as goodies. While just crafting a badge in general earns one of the assorted unlockable items, a Steam emoticon, a and a Steam profile background, everyone's goal will likely to be to help their team win. When a team wins, a random selection of players from that team earn games on their wishlist!
Of course, the meta-game is all a bogus, boring lottery system with little reward. The price of entry is essentially preposterous. Still, for folk like me who won't be spending a dime (and will probably actually sell their Adventure Cards for a profit), it's fun to watch and enjoy. Or, for folk who see an item they really want for a game they love, theres even more value to be found.
Go look at the individual sales yourself! They change so fast that listing them off is an effort in futility anymore. Consider this notice that the Summer Steam Sale has begun and how it's significant to PC gaming culture in its own way. GO TEAM PINK! DOWN WITH TEAM RED!
PS, buy The Witcher 2 for $4, you noob.