Note: Steam is a digital download service which allows you to buy games online and then download them, but unlike some of the other more unscrupulous download services (Electronic Arts (EA)'s is AWFUL), you can download the game anytime you wish, not just once - I've had my account for almost 5 years now)
Examples of Games on Offer:
£6.99 - Team Fortress 2 (An Amazing Online Multiplayer game, so addictive!)
£5.99 - Trials 2 (A strange motorbike puzzle game that's strangely fun)
£5.99 - Multiwinia (A Strategy game that had a little bad press but has been updated and improved)
£5.99 - Audiosurf (A strange and challenging game that lets your ride on your music - I know this isn't the best price it's ever been, but it's still not bad!)
£2.99 - Civilisation 3: Complete (It's still one of the best Strategy games, but Civ 4 is still better, but at this price, why not :-)
£5.99 - Psychonauts (A fantastic game from an independant publisher)
£5.99 - The Longest Journey (One of the best adventure games around)
£8.99 - Jade empire: Special Edition
And onto how:
Yesterday while looking at the Weekend Deal, I noticed a new feature on Steam in the top right hand corner called:
'Enable European Currency'
which is in Beta. Essentially this lets you pay in Pounds instead of Dollars (which can incur various additional charges via your credit card) - also the figure listed in pounds includes VAT.
At the moment the exchange rate is approximately 1.5 dollars to the pound so take the example of Team Fortress 2:
Price: $9.99 excl VAT
Price Inc VAT: $11.49
Assuming a perfect exchange rate and no card charges- Price is: $11.49 / 1.5 = $7.66
UK Price on Steam: £6.99
I think that's a result for us all, especially as we don't know what the bank will charge us for it's conversion as it's rates always fluctuate greatly and some credit cards/debit cards can charge us upto £1.50 for a single transaction. This was especially nasty as Steam only let you purchase 1 game at a time... ugh!
So, just letting you all know there's some bargains to be had at the moment (though if the exchange rate changes so the dollar is weaker, I'm hoping we can purchase in US dollars :-)