Steam is offering a Great Gift Pile

By on December 20, 2011

And also goes on sale.

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And here we go again. Steam, Valve’s popular online distribution service, has once again put itself on sale, causing worldwide budget despair and wallet lockdown.

As usual, there will be a new set of deals everyday. Currently, there is a massive 75% discount on games like Singularity, Fable III, Orcs Must Die, Portal 2, the Left 4 Dead series, Metro 2033, Amnesia, Sam and Max, Bunch of Heroes, Just Cause 2, and the Max Payne series.

There are, of course, ‘pack’ deals as well, with a select few publishers offering their entire collection of games for a huge discount. For instance, you can buy every single 2K Games’…err, games for $74.99. THQ and Paradox Interactive are offering their collection for the same price as well. There are also a 10-game-each Mega and Awesome Indie bundles for $19.99.

And, of course, there are the publisher deals, with them offering discounts on a number of their games. Rockstar, Activision, Warner Bros., Ubisoft, Square Enix, Codemasters, etc, are all offering their wares.

But it wouldn’t be Steam if that was all there was to it. No, sir. Valve has introduced a new ‘program’ called ‘The Great Gift Pile’ that offers grand prizes for completing objectives.

Here’s how it works: Everyday till Jan 1st, Steam will put up a list of objectives to complete. These will mostly (probably) consists of scoring in-game achievements. Of course, it’s not as easy as it sounds – you will have to buy those games to score the achievements and complete the objectives. The objectives are also ‘time-based’, so not only you have to buy the games and play them, but play them in a specific manner to get the achievement! Thankfully, the games are all on discount, so it won’t hurt the wallet that much.

For completing the objectives, Steam will either give you a gift or a coal. Gifts could be any game of their choice, or a discount coupon. Coals are…just coals, but not entirely useless – seven pieces of coal can be traded in to receive a gift from the Great Gift Pile. You can also choose to save the coals up till Jan 2 and gain an entry into the Epic Holiday Giveaway.

Wait, so what is the Epic Holiday Giveaway now? It is exactly what it says it is: based on the number of coals remaining in their inventory, users will enter a draw to win truly epic prizes. 1,000 winners will win the Valve Complete Pack; 100 winners will win Top 5 items on their wishlist; 50 winners will win the top 10 items on their wishlist; and 1 winner will win every single God-blessed game on Steam. Every. Single. Game. On. Steam. Let that seep in. Feel it. Every single indie game, RPG, shooter, racer, RTS, etc., released in the past decade, all yours free of charge.

As an introductory push to the challenge, Steam is offering a game, or a coupon, or both as ‘gifts’ for your dispose – only because you are in. This writer received Portal 2 and a 50%-off coupon on any Valve game as gifts. Our Tech Editor Taimoor Hafeez received Half Life 1 as a gift. Go here to get started and receive your gift.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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