Games bought in online sales during December 2013
Steam: Number of games 6, Total Expenditure €31.84
Amazon: Number of games 4, Total Expenditure €11.64
Others: Number of games 30, Total Expenditure €24.87
Grand Totals: 40 games, €68.35 spent
(Others include Green Man, Gamers Gate, Get Games, Uplay, Humble and Bundle Stars. None of these got more than €10 from me but there are three bundles included which explains the large number of games. )
Notable purchases include "Brothers a tale of two sons", "Crysis 3", "Far Cry Blood Dragon", "Sleeping Dogs", "Metro Last Light", "Fallout New Vegas" and "Xcom Enemy Within" all of which have been on my wish list for some time. A lot of the rest were impulse purchases which I may or may not get around to playing.
Surprisingly the game of Christmas for me was definitely: "Dragon Age Origins Ultimate Edition" picked up for $5 from Amazon. This is despite the fact that I had already spent well over a hundred hours playing Dragon Age origins when it was released a few years back and I have even played the sequel Dragon Age 2. This ultimate edition contains all the DLC for the game which includes one full campaign and several mini chapters that I have not played before easily adding up to more than 50 hours of additional content on top of the base game. Dragon age is my favourite RPG of modern times and replaying it again after several years has confirmed that for me. I love the party control mechanics and I love the tactics system which allows you to get inside the AI of your party members. The system does have serious limitations and in any challenging battle you still need to micromanage your party but it is still far beyond anything I have seen in any other game.
Also noteworthy is the fact that while Steam is clearly dominant it gets less than 50% of my gaming euros. I love Steam but I am happy to see money spread around to ensure a bit of healthy competition in the marketplace.