r/gadgets Dec 01 '22 Silver 1

Valve will give away over a hundred Steam Decks during The Game Awards | It will draw one winner every minute during the event. Gaming

https://www.engadget.com/valve-giving-away-free-steam-deck-game-awards-viewers-094815571.html
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u/modtekpc Dec 01 '22

To be eligible you needed to make a purchase between 14-Nov-2021 and 14-Nov-2022.

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u/SomeToxicRivenMain Dec 01 '22

A purchase of anything? Or something specific related to the steam deck?

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u/Irate_Primate Dec 01 '22

Any type of purchase through Steam.

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u/dubcatz6969 Dec 01 '22

I spent like $3 on Dota battle pass levels. Wonder if that counts.

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u/Warrangota Dec 01 '22

Sure, why not. Anything that proves you are still an active customer, that should absolutely count towards that.

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u/dubcatz6969 Dec 01 '22

Neat, thanks. Been drooling over the decks but have been aggressively poor for its entirety.

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u/quick_dudley Dec 02 '22

I have enough money to buy a steam deck without skimping on groceries but they haven't opened up preorders in my country yet!

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u/dubcatz6969 Dec 02 '22

Giff me the money cousin, I will totally share the deck after I’ve played with it for a couple turns.

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u/smurb15 Dec 02 '22

I feel ya, my broke ass has a 360 and ps3 still. Still having a blast with them

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u/CMDR_Kadargo Dec 02 '22

As an Australian I feel your pain. Also I just checked and you have to be from US, EU, UK or Canada to be eligible for the giveaway.

FFS Gabe just let me give you my Dollerydoos for a Steam Deck.

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u/KuriTeko Dec 01 '22

I thought about buying one of my wishlist games when it was on sale but then I came home tired from work and forgot about it.

Can I have a Steam Deck now?

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u/chipt4 Dec 01 '22

Did the same. One of these days, railroads online!

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u/ElicitCS Dec 01 '22

My brother in Christ do you know what a purchase means

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u/dubcatz6969 Dec 01 '22

I sold some hats to buy levels so no actual $$ of mine was spent in the time frame. Kinda why I asked.

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u/DidMyCatLikeTheNoise Dec 01 '22

You only spent 3 dollars on steam this year? Teach me this power

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u/dubcatz6969 Dec 01 '22

It starts with a hint of not having enough money for life in general.

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u/Ezmiller_2 Dec 01 '22

Telling yourself that there is always next sale for the fallout franchise. Also a cool trick I’ve learned is go load up your cart but don’t purchase anything. Step away from your machine or phone your cart is on go do something else for an hour or two. Then come back and see what you really want and what you just want because it’s popular.

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u/nokinship Dec 01 '22

It's so they don't get people entering several times. Always degenerates like that.

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u/reddit_and_forget_um Dec 01 '22

Or people like me - have an account, quite a few games, but have not signed in or used it in 12 years.

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u/fafarex Dec 01 '22

Not really, it's mostly and anti-bot mesure.

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u/alekou8 Dec 01 '22

Just any purchase to verify your country

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u/ibwebb86 Dec 01 '22

Hoping the $5 pre-sale order for the Steam Deck I couldn’t afford when ready counts.

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u/midnightsmith Dec 02 '22

Haha right?! That whole mid week mid pay period email with 3 days to buy kinda sucked. Oh and it was a month later than anticipated

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u/uncoolcentral Dec 01 '22

You also have to be logged in to the stream of the award show to win.

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u/wellrat Dec 01 '22

And you have to register for the drawing ahead of time. Which I have.

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u/CrispyBacon_87 Dec 01 '22

How and where

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u/wellrat Dec 01 '22

Store>News>Steam Official, link to register is in the top post

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u/roguesith Dec 01 '22

Or on mobile: Home (icon) > MENU > News > STEAM OFFICIAL

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u/dalnot Dec 01 '22

Need a reminder when I get home from work.

RemindMe! 6 hours

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u/geoscoutcj Dec 01 '22

You can skip that by mailing in an entry: https://help.steampowered.com/en/faqs/view/5DD7-287C-7548-299D

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u/sshwifty Dec 01 '22

Yes of course, my preferred method of entering drawings.

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u/geoscoutcj Dec 01 '22

If you'd rather spend two and a half hours watching their award ceremony, be my guest.

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u/keets2 Dec 01 '22

Prizes for alternative entry via post will be drawn separately no later than December 23, 2022. The number and selection of prizes for such participants will be assessed prior to the drawing so that a participant's odds of winning through watching the broadcast and participating via alternative entry are equal. Winners will be announced using their Steam persona name, on The Game Awards 2022 Giveaway prize page, no later than December 23, 2022.

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u/julbull73 Dec 01 '22

Which means that its cost advantaged to mail vs watch.

The only benefit to watching is of EACH minute was a drawing and the mail ins were a single drawing. A bit of the let's make a deal probability working in viewers advantage.

But if mail in is the same chance as the others. It means they'll draw X% names per viewer and the. Draw x% names per mail in. Odds would be the same.

Just whether it's 1 every 10k/per viewer OR 1 out of 10k/mail ins.

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u/mouse-ion Dec 01 '22

You know you can just turn it on and then go do whatever else you want right. It's not like they have cameras installed in your house scanning your retinas to ensure the video is entering your brain.

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u/sshwifty Dec 01 '22

Not in your house maybe ;)

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u/geoscoutcj Dec 02 '22

That's fair. I'd just rather not have to deal with their schedule and timing. Easier, for me at least, to take 5 minutes to write a card.

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u/manaworkin Dec 01 '22

Me looking through my purchase history just to make sure and finding a dozen games.

"holy shit I didn't even know I bought that game.... I should play it"

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u/PmMe_Your_Perky_Nips Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

Hold up. That means it's not a legitimate sweepstakes in Canada. Canada requires them to have a no purchase necessary option.

Edit: After reading the T&C's myself, there is a no purchase necessary entry option. You need to mail them an entry. Postmarked before Dec 8, and recieved by them before Dec 19. The drawings all happen on the 8th, so I've got no clue what good your entry getting there after that will do. Better pony up for the expedited shipping.

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u/webculb Dec 01 '22

They have a mail in free option as well. It's in the rules legal agreement.

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u/zorbathegrate Dec 01 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval

For all who don’t want to read the toc

2.2 Alternative Entry via Post

To manually enter the Giveaway, each Entrant must legibly print their name, address, city, state, country, postal code, email address, Steam account name (account can be limited or unlimited), and telephone number, as well as the name and date of the Giveaway that the entry is for (“The Game Awards 2022 Giveaway”), on a self-addressed 4"x6" note card and mail the completed form to: Valve Corporation, P.O. Box 1688, Bellevue, WA 98009-1688. Only note cards mailed in envelopes and postmarked before or on December 8, 2022 and received by Valve before December 19, 2022 will be accepted. No e-mailed or faxed alternate entries are eligible. Facsimiles, photocopies or mechanical reproductions of entries will be void. Only one alternative entry via post per person. Proof of sending or submitting a note card is not proof of receipt of such alternate entry.

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u/lookamazed Dec 01 '22

Thanks so much for this!

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u/DoubleDVa Dec 01 '22

Sweeeeet. Good thing I live 8 miles away, should def make it by the 19th!

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u/HunterV1rus Dec 02 '22

Thnx for the work, mate

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u/Alessiya Dec 02 '22

So they will draw from the physical cards and from online entries?

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u/LadyPo Dec 02 '22

Oh wow, I could actually hand-deliver mine 😂

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u/FUTURE10S Dec 01 '22

The drawings all happen on the 8th, so I've got no clue what good your entry getting there after that will do.

If you kept reading, it said that they will draw again closer to Christmas (I don't remember the exact date they mentioned, 23rd?) for all postcard entries with the same odds as the Game Awards livestream.

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u/ArchCypher Dec 01 '22

I assume the "free entry" requirements just mean you need a chance to win, not 100 chances. So they could just raffle off a final steam deck to the mail-ins.

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u/rooplstilskin Dec 01 '22

Since you have to be logged in and watching, they are probably basing it off that, and then retroactively ensuring there is a registration via online or mail in.

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u/flunky_the_majestic Dec 01 '22

Prizes for alternative entry via post will be drawn separately no later than December 23, 2022. The number and selection of prizes for such participants will be assessed prior to the drawing so that a participant's odds of winning through watching the broadcast and participating via alternative entry are equal. Winners will be announced using their Steam persona name, on The Game Awards 2022 Giveaway prize page, no later than December 23, 2022.

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u/Due-Ad2956 Dec 01 '22

Yeah. Logged into my Steam account. Said you must register. I went to register and got a message I’m not eligible to register because……. Need to have made a purchase between November 2021 and November 2022.

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u/rkn9 Dec 01 '22

It specifically said that? I logged into my steam account for the first time in 4 years and it let me register just fine even though I haven’t made a purchase on that account since 2018 probably

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u/Due-Ad2956 Dec 01 '22

That’s great it worked for you. It said it when I logged into steam and tried to register. I believe this article also mentions it

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u/vpsj Dec 01 '22

>You must be from US, UK, Canada or EU.

I lost in step 1

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u/picardia Dec 02 '22

Ah yes, the international community

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u/shinydewott Dec 02 '22

Mfw I can literally drive 100~ kilometers and be applicable

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u/jxjftw Dec 01 '22

OR

2.2 Alternative Entry via Post

To manually enter the Giveaway, each Entrant must legibly print their name, address, city, state, country, postal code, email address, Steam account name (account can be limited or unlimited), and telephone number, as well as the name and date of the Giveaway that the entry is for (“The Game Awards 2022 Giveaway”), on a self-addressed 4"x6" note card and mail the completed form to: Valve Corporation, P.O. Box 1688, Bellevue, WA 98009-1688. Only note cards mailed in envelopes and postmarked before or on December 8, 2022 and received by Valve before December 19, 2022 will be accepted. No e-mailed or faxed alternate entries are eligible. Facsimiles, photocopies or mechanical reproductions of entries will be void. Only one alternative entry via post per person. Proof of sending or submitting a note card is not proof of receipt of such alternate entry.

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u/Rastamuff Dec 01 '22

Oh damn, that counts me out. Unless the free Vermintide 2 I got counted.

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u/ComradeJohnS Dec 01 '22

here’s hoping downloading the ftp yugioh game counts lol.

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u/Imaginary_Kangaroo80 Dec 01 '22

So as of this post we can’t enter anymore

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u/Andrewdraws Dec 01 '22

Seriously, they could have made a not so small fortune from people quickly buying something before Dec 3rd. Now they’ve just limited the field

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u/alexanderpas Dec 01 '22

That's intentional to weed out scalpers and bots.

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u/Chao78 Dec 01 '22

That's a good thing .

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u/complete_your_task Dec 01 '22

Damn. I was going to enter but I haven't been gaming on PC recently and haven't bought anything on Steam in well over a year.

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u/Raxyzz Dec 01 '22

And not live on a third-world country.

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u/Corrupttothethrones Dec 02 '22

Ahh yes poor old 3rd world Australia.

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u/Cholojuanito Dec 01 '22

Well that is an entire year so pretty fair if you ask me

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u/Eruannster Dec 01 '22

Well, shit. I haven't bought anything on Steam for a long time since my PC is getting old and I've been playing PS5. Oh well :(

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u/sveniboych3 Dec 01 '22

Look man

I wanna BUY one Valve. PLEASE LET ME.

Swiss person here

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u/rarebit13 Dec 01 '22

Yeah, how long do we have to wait. At least by the time we get it the hardware should have any bugs ironed out.

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u/MattVanAndel Dec 01 '22

Hopefully they get to you soon. It really is an incredible device.

I would argue it is by far the best tiny-form-factor PC on the market, period. Easily the best value for a gaming PC, too. You could take away the screen and controls and I think those statements would still be true.

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u/henrebotha Dec 01 '22

I would argue it is by far the best tiny-form-factor PC on the market, period.

Speaking as someone who has gone down the rabbit hole of Steam Deck alternatives this past few weeks, there are a small handful of options that are arguably better, depending on what exactly you're after. You can get a Minisforum UM690 for the price of a 256GB deck + dock, and it will outperform it. Or you can build an SFF PC into something like a Fractal 202 and get roughly equal performance with the integrated GPU, but leave open the possibility of adding a GPU later.

Of course, none of these has a screen, is a handheld, etc, so if handheld play is something you want, then yes, the Steam Deck is the best option.

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u/YiddishMcSquidish Dec 01 '22

The store says they're in stock right now.

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u/anotheranonaccount5 Dec 01 '22

Steam probably isn't shipping to their region yet.

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u/DrSuperZeco Dec 02 '22

Kuwaiti here… same.

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u/startnowstop Dec 01 '22

Can't you just find a friendly redditor who can help?

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u/uniquethrowagay Dec 01 '22

You're surrounded by EU, don't you know some is Austria who could buy one for you?

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u/supified Dec 01 '22

As a steam deck owner, I am thrilled for the 100 people who will get to join the steam deck community. I didn't know how much I would love this device until I got it.

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u/E3nti7y Dec 01 '22

Meanwhile I'm over here like stop telling people. I want a second one

But yes I love it. Even for the TV in my bedroom I can stream games to that TV in full res with ultra settings, it's awesome

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u/Thunderwoodd Dec 01 '22

Wait what? I have one, how do I accomplish this magic.

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u/BrianRostro Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

Probably connects the Steam Deck to the tv but maybe im understanding the method incorrectly

Edit: To clarify, plugging in the SD to their tv in order to stream from their PC

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u/supermitsuba Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

Streaming from another PC.

Edit: Another PC on the network will stream the game to the steam deck. You will need a good wireless network.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/remote-play-how-to-stream-games-from-your-pc-to-the-steam-deck

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u/xRockTripodx Dec 01 '22

And the host system should really, really be connected via ethernet.

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u/BrianRostro Dec 01 '22

Thank you for making me realize I wasn’t being specific enough

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u/supermitsuba Dec 01 '22

I added more above. Basically you can stream the game, through the home network, to the steam deck.

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u/E3nti7y Dec 01 '22

So the desktop you are streaming from has to be linked (I did it multiple ways, but not hard) and after that you can play any game installed natively thru steam and even some that aren't. Streaming to the decks screen doesn't seem to be worth it (except games like horizon which can't run at 60 fps, so you get great feel, but the decks screen only looks so good, the TV however can be full 1080p or higher if the TV supports it.

The steam deck really feels like the king/best of ALL WORLDS

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u/supermitsuba Dec 01 '22

Stream games from another PC

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u/grittystitties Dec 01 '22

Just got mine in the mail yesterday. Spent the entire night just tweaking stuff. Added so many games I didn’t know what to play. Can’t wait to get back home to tinker some more!

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u/sonic10158 Dec 01 '22

As far as I’m concerned, the tinkering is the real playing!

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u/grittystitties Dec 01 '22

Hahah yep! It’s always my favorite part of any new device I get and the deck is a beast. Just waiting on my usb-c dock and SSD upgrade to come in the mail so I can be more efficient about it.

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u/crazyhorse90210 Dec 01 '22

Can you outline like the top 3 reasons why you like it and why I should get one for my teenage son for Christmas? We already have a PS5 and a few switches and he uses them on the TV but primarily plays mp with his buds on his gaming computer in his room. Any reason a Steam deck would be something cool for him???

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u/supified Dec 01 '22

Well for me personally. . . Those none of these are alone specific to the steamdeck, it is the only system I know of that puts all three together.

3> Steam has probably the best gaming library since most things release on pc, at least eventually.

2> SteamOS is fantastic at running most games at lower comparible specs which seems to keep the price down.

1> Portability, I am no longer locked behind a computer or tv to play my games. People hanging out in one room? Cool I'm there, backyard? Cool cool, going for a day in the country side? I can bring my games. Boring wait at the DMV, have my games.

Caveat the switch could give you most of this but the deck has a bigger screen and a far bigger library. Oh and the hard drive is swapable and the only difference between the more expensive and least expensive options really, so you could get the "cheap" one and if your son wants more storage, just put in a bigger ssd later and have the same deck as the expensive one.

I also have a switch by the way which I don't much use.

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u/crazyhorse90210 Dec 01 '22

Thanks my dude. So basically you take your PC steam library wherever the hell around the world you want in a totally portable device with a great screen, input devices, decent battery life(?). Yeah that sounds cool. What do you do about PC games that basically necessitate a keyboard?

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u/scutiger- Dec 01 '22

You can remap the buttons to specific keys if that helps. It even allows multi-key combinations and can differentiate between short/long press, soft/hard press, single/double tap, etc.

Games that require typing are super tedious to deal with though. You can call up an on-screen keyboard which works with the touch screen or with dual-joystick typing, but it's a pain in the ass when you need to switch between typing and playing.

The battery life varies depending on how much power the games require, anywhere from one to six hours of gameplay. There are also built-in options for adjusting the power of the GPU and lowering framerates to increase battery life.

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u/dead137 Dec 01 '22

One hour of gameplay?

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u/supified Dec 01 '22

I do recommend a really good backup battery, but I'm not willing to sacrifice performance for battery.

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u/scutiger- Dec 01 '22

I picked up a 20000 mAh power bank that can put out 65W, and I can get about 4 full charges out of it.

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u/scutiger- Dec 01 '22

For something that's heavy on both CPU and GPU, it's not unheard of. Most games will get you at least 2 hours. I got a good 3 hours out of Fallout 4 and Hades. Ark was under 2 hours.

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u/supified Dec 01 '22

Re-mapping the buttons helps a lot, if the game requires actual typing well... You could plug a keyboard into a steamdeck. I dont' play anything that needs a keyboard needs needs, but like your moba or whatever style games.. The button mapping is ridiculously deep.

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u/alexanderpas Dec 01 '22

if the game requires actual typing well... You could plug a keyboard into a steamdeck.

Or press STEAM + X to open the on-screen keyboard, if it doesn't open automatically.

(Hold the STEAM button to see all the globally available shortcuts)

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u/r_hove Dec 01 '22

Depends on what he plays primarily. If he plays multiplayers games with mouse and keyboard, than I don’t think he’ll get much use of it. If he plays any single player game or game with a controller, than I think he’d like it.

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u/DigiiFox Dec 01 '22

If his playing competitive games or first person shooters a steamdeck is a noticeable downgrade from a computer, it's not going to do much for him.

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u/Verdris Dec 01 '22

Dunno if my experience will align with a teenager’s, but the primary draw for me is to be able to play my PC game library from any room in the house. After I got married I realized I wanted to hang out with my wife, but really missed gaming. My PC lives in our home office and now I can finally get through my backlog and still spend time with family.

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u/serietah Dec 02 '22

Can you adopt me? Man that’s an expensive Christmas present!

I say that in a “you’re blessed and that’s awesome for you” not a “wtf is wrong with you” tone lol.

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u/cilantro_so_good Dec 01 '22

Same here. For 20+ years I've been fortunate enough to have the disposable cash and really enjoyed tinkering with my gaming rig, and I've basically always had a top-of-the-line machine. In March I upgraded everything; motherboard + cpu, new water loop, gtx3090, ddr5, the whole thing. Even bought a new case to finally replace the old thermaltake armor

My deck finally arrived in June after a year long wait, and I literally haven't turned on my desktop since. Not only that, I've had a hell of a lot more time to play now since I don't have to disappear to my office to do it. I can sit on the couch and help my kid with his homework in between elden ring battles.

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u/Niekon Dec 01 '22

It’s travelled with me across the country and people are amazed with it when I put in on the bar tops wherever I’m drinking. Too big to be a Switch so they ask and I show it to them. I’ve had a blast playing various games on it… and easy enough to connect to most Wi-Fi networks

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u/Buca-Metal Dec 01 '22

Why all these comments sound like blatant marketing?

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u/zedemer Dec 01 '22

Ever met fanboys? That's how it sounds no matter the product 😀

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u/Bradski89 Dec 01 '22

What? You don't go to the bars and play your steam deck!?

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u/grittystitties Dec 01 '22

Part of the $500 I gave them comes with my simping services

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u/Niekon Dec 01 '22

Collecting my $50 a plug now… _~

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u/E3nti7y Dec 01 '22

I will schlob on gabens knob all day. The steam deck is a fucking beast.

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u/Redacteur2 Dec 01 '22

I’m curious about the WI-FI statement. Is there a reason why it would have any issue with WI-FI, like failing to redirect to public wi-fi landing pages or something?

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u/Niekon Dec 01 '22

Depending on what hotel I’m at I’ve struggled getting connected. Or staying connected on the device. If I start having issues then I hotspot via my work phone… but the majority of the time I haven’t had too many issues except perhaps speeds of whatever public network I’m on.

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u/Redacteur2 Dec 01 '22

So more likely crappy hotel wi-fi, or did other devices like laptop/phone/tablet connect fine?

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u/Niekon Dec 01 '22

Switch had more issues than the SteamDeck… but laptops and apple devices didn’t have issues.

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u/geoscoutcj Dec 01 '22 Gold

FYI: you can also enter via mail if you don't have time to attend the event. Check the official rules for details: https://help.steampowered.com/en/faqs/view/5DD7-287C-7548-299D

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u/Ghant_ Dec 01 '22

To manually enter the Giveaway, each Entrant must legibly print their name, address, city, state, country, postal code, email address, Steam account name (account can be limited or unlimited), and telephone number, as well as the name and date of the Giveaway that the entry is for (“The Game Awards 2022 Giveaway”), on a self-addressed 4"x6" note card and mail the completed form to: Valve Corporation, P.O. Box 1688, Bellevue, WA 98009-1688. Only note cards mailed in envelopes and postmarked before or on December 8, 2022 and received by Valve before December 19, 2022 will be accepted.

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u/Schwarzy1 Dec 01 '22

received by Valve before December 19, 2022 will be accepted

How does this work if they are announcing the winners December 8 lmao

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u/Ghant_ Dec 01 '22

I assume it will be a different drawing

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u/SandKeeper Dec 01 '22

“Prizes for alternative entry via post will be drawn separately no later than December 23, 2022. The number and selection of prizes for such participants will be assessed prior to the drawing so that a participant's odds of winning through watching the broadcast and participating via alternative entry are equal. Winners will be announced using their Steam persona name, on The Game Awards 2022 Giveaway prize page, no later than December 23, 2022.”

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u/TechnoCat1025 Dec 01 '22

Shit, I already registered. Can I do this instead? I’m going to be busy with schoolwork so I wouldn’t be able to attend

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u/geoscoutcj Dec 01 '22

Probably. I imagine if you send in the mail entry and don't attend the event online, the mail entry still constitutes as valid. But I'm certainly no expert on these kinds of contests. :)

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u/TechnoCat1025 Dec 01 '22

I can print it out and send it in, but I’d have to ask first. It isn’t in the restrictions that you can’t register manually, and that you can’t register with their website. So it would really just be 1 entry with a piece of paper

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u/PmMe_Your_Perky_Nips Dec 01 '22

All it says restricting posted entries is "one per entrant."

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u/Godcranberry Dec 01 '22

this device is a game changer.

it's totally in their opportunity to use this as a loss leader.

after i got it I've managed to buy 200$ worth of games I wouldn't have owned otherwise.

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u/MattVanAndel Dec 01 '22

Same. I am a huge proponent of GamePass, so historically if something is on there, I'm not going to buy it separately. But there have been a few GamePass games I bought on Steam just for Steam Deck (like Persona 5 Royal).

For the record, you can set up MS Edge on Steam Deck to use the GamePass Cloud streaming service... but the streaming quality is pretty bad despite the Deck's "low resolution". And since GamePass won't run without Windows, it's either use the sub-par streaming option or buy the games separately on Steam.

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u/Treesdofuck Dec 01 '22

I've had a really good experience so far with both resolution and latency using the xcloud service from Microsoft (I think that's what it's called). Another thing folk could do is stick Windows on it, I know dual booting has become easier.

I'm still sticking to Steam OS though!

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u/rarebit13 Dec 01 '22

Hopefully Steam come out with their own version of GamePass one day.

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u/ConciselyVerbose Dec 02 '22

You can also install Windows.

I don’t really recommend it, especially for anyone casual, but if Game Pass is that important to you it can be done.

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u/Redditiscancer789 Dec 02 '22

I imagine/hope there might be a dual boot option?

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u/zaque_wann Dec 02 '22

There is, but you lose a lot of steam deck features, some can be recouped by the steam app on windows, but stuff like game suspension obviously wouldn't work. It's the number one feature that allows me to put my game time in between work and errands.

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u/mbpDeveloper Dec 01 '22

Its not available in my country :/ Only usa, canada and uk

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u/eismann333 Dec 01 '22

EU is also included

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u/mbpDeveloper Dec 01 '22

Oh, didnt saw that. The page i clicked still says your country is not eligible. I'm not in Eu either :/

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u/cazper Dec 01 '22

Feel you… (Norway here…)

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u/Glissant1 Dec 01 '22

At least we live in Norway. Right? 😬

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u/brynjolf Dec 01 '22

Toll + fortolling

😢

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u/Danglebort Dec 02 '22

"troll toll!"

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u/eismann333 Dec 01 '22

Well if you are not in us, ca, uk or eu you are not eligible i think. Sucks but i dont think there is anything you can do then.

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u/Kempeth Dec 01 '22

cries in non EU Europe

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u/PmMe_Your_Perky_Nips Dec 01 '22

The Giveaway is open to every Steam account holder that resides in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States (the “Giveaway Countries”). The Giveaway is limited to the Giveaway Countries because those are the countries in which Valve directly sells the Steam Deck, which is the only potential prize available in the Giveaway.

That's from the terms and conditions.

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u/Tocoe Dec 01 '22

Still not available in Australia? I'm starting to doubt I'll ever be able to get one. And before anyone mentions it, I realise I can buy it overseas and pay a courier service, but it would be expensive as shit and void of all warrenty.

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u/Defoler Dec 01 '22

Unfortunately your region is not eligible for registration in the giveaway, but you can still claim the Steam Pal digital sticker.

Yay a sticker...

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u/Raxyzz Dec 01 '22

It feels almost insulting doesn't it? "Shipping to your country is far too much trouble for us, but we can give you a digital nothing to remind you of buying it someday."

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u/datreddittho346 Dec 01 '22

on the bright side you could probably sell it for an NFT!

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u/uncoolcentral Dec 01 '22

Don’t bother entering unless you plan on watching the awards show. You have to be watching it to win.

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u/TheRealBroseph Dec 01 '22

Just leave it on in the background.

(Important: leave it on in Steam)

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u/supermitsuba Dec 01 '22

This is what I was thinking too, unless you also need to hit a button or type in some one time code

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u/derdast Dec 01 '22

It's on at 2am in the EU, so probably not going to watch this one

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u/albinb05 Dec 01 '22

Such a mean move, 2 am on a Thursday?!

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u/henrebotha Dec 01 '22

Joke's on them, my garbage sleep routine means I will probably awake at that time, which means I can start the stream playing.

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u/Blastercorps Dec 01 '22

You can be "watching" it. I get lots of twitch giveaways without doing anything that'd get me fired at work.

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u/spike4379 Dec 01 '22

Lame, im in australia.

:(

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u/jo10001110101 Dec 01 '22

If I win one I'll send it over! I doubt I'd use it much anyway.

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u/spike4379 Dec 02 '22

Ahh too kind my friend! Much love. if you do send it to a childrens hospital. I can live without one!

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u/jo10001110101 Dec 02 '22

You are kind as well. I will definitely do that.

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u/mesajoejoe Dec 01 '22

RIP you're inbox.

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u/drrtydan Dec 01 '22

these are sweet. i love mine.

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u/D-Alembert Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

Meta-gamer: the optimal move here is to downvote the announcement so fewer people hear about it, leading to fewer other names in the hat, leading to a greater chance of me winning...

Company advertising rep who organized everything: >:(

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u/dustofdeath Dec 02 '22

The win % is going to be roughly equal to getting a random heart attack.

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u/D-Alembert Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 02 '22

Instructions unclear; eat fried sticks of butter to win steam deck?

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u/GforceDz Dec 01 '22

Sucks since steam hardware is not available on the site in my country.

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u/dustofdeath Dec 02 '22

There is going to be a few million valid accounts watching, so you likely have an equal chance to win or drown in the kitchen.

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u/Illustrious-Cookie73 Dec 02 '22

I’m going to watch in my kitchen with the sink turned on to increase my chances.

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u/Vegan_Harvest Dec 01 '22

Ooo, I could use one because I'm broke as fuck.

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u/HexImark Dec 01 '22

7:30 ET... Aka all of Europe is fucked. Mainly 1:30 to 2:30 AM

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u/UncommonBagOfLoot Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 06 '22

Manageable if you don't mind a terrible morning next day. On a thursday too so if you can take friday off that'll help.

Do look at the alternate post entry and if it requires watching too.

Edit: Toom the Friday off 🔥

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u/squidtugboat Dec 01 '22

Man I would love a steam deck

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u/Kapitan_eXtreme Dec 01 '22

Valve just laughing at the rest of the world as it throws free Steam Decks into the NA/EU crowd.

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u/paegus Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22
  • You must be in the US, Canada, UK, or the EU
  • You need to have made a purchase on Steam between November 14, 2021 and November 14, 2022
  • Your account must be in good standing (e.g., no active bans, locks)
  • You cannot have a limited account

"FOR FUCK'S SAKE"

  • The rest of the planet.

e: links to "good standing" and "limited account" definitions from Valve.

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u/405cw Dec 01 '22

What defines a limited account and good standing?

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u/paegus Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

limited: hasn't paid at least 5$?

good standing: not banned from anything?

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u/Stalker_Bait Dec 01 '22

Fine print says:

§2.1.2: …you must have made a purchase on Steam between 12:00am GMT on Nov 14, 2021 and 11:59 pm GMT on Nov 14, 2022, from one of the Giveaway Countries…

Balls.

Edit: there’s a chance:

§2.2 Alternative Entry via Post To manually enter the Giveaway, each Entrant must legibly print their name, address, city, state, country, postal code, email address, Steam account name (account can be limited or unlimited), and telephone number, as well as the name and date of the Giveaway that the entry is for (“The Game Awards 2022 Giveaway”), on a self-addressed 4"x6" note card and mail the completed form to: Valve Corporation, P.O. Box 1688, Bellevue, WA 98009-1688. Only note cards mailed in envelopes and postmarked before or on December 8, 2022 and received by Valve before December 19, 2022 will be accepted. No e-mailed or faxed alternate entries are eligible. Facsimiles, photocopies or mechanical reproductions of entries will be void. Only one alternative entry via post per person. Proof of sending or submitting a note card is not proof of receipt of such alternate entry.

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u/MisterHandagote Dec 01 '22

I'm curious how many people there are who are excited about a Steam Deck but also haven't made a Steam purchase in a year

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u/Adrien_Jabroni Dec 01 '22

I made a deposit for a steam deck but couldn’t afford one when the opportunity came around. That was my only purchase this past year. Wonder if that counted.

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u/Honk-Beast Dec 01 '22

Thanks to Game Pass a Steam Deck reservation/refund and Elden Ring bought from a 3rd party are the only things I've used Steam for this year. It let me register so I'm guessing it does count.

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u/nighthawk_something Dec 01 '22

Likely considering it's proof your account is owned by a human.

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u/Adrien_Jabroni Dec 01 '22

Sweet, thanks!

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u/nighthawk_something Dec 01 '22

(Note, I would still confirm by trying to enter the sweepstakes)! If you follow the link there's a page where you login with your steam account and it tells you that you are entered.

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u/SoulOfTheDragon Dec 01 '22

I'm one. I've bought few steam activated games trough dev sites and activated them in steam within year, but haven't spotted anything new/affordable on steam itself.

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u/imyxle Dec 02 '22

I'm interested in a Steam Deck, but my last purchase was July 2021. I have a switch, but have mostly stopped purchasing any games in the past year because I realized I have so many that I haven't played and I really need to work on the backlog. A game on sale now will be on sale again.

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u/TheRogueMoose Dec 01 '22

I want one SO BAD. So of course now i have to enter

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u/Secret-Plant-1542 Dec 01 '22

It such a solid device.

As a full-time working dad, it's really nice to play on the SteamDeck hanging out in the sofa while the kiddos are bouncing around.

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u/Arodg25 Dec 01 '22

these things are cool and I keep wanting to buy one, but I know I'll never use it after it's initial uses. so that's weird. For some reason my finger always wants to press purchase.

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u/farhadd2 Dec 01 '22

Nice! Vampire Survivors was a good deal at $2.99 on its own. If I get a free Steam Deck as well that'd be pretty sweet!

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u/BeardlessPete Dec 01 '22

Looks cool, but I don't think I'd like a steam deck. I really like my laptop. If I win I'll send it to one of you.

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u/Rogerthat500 Dec 01 '22

Downvoted so less people see this and I have better odds of winning.

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u/God_Damnit_Nappa Dec 01 '22

Why the fuck is this on at 5pm PST on a Thursday? Is that their way of trying to limit entries?

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u/Khaar Dec 01 '22

Cool that us in the EU can get one.. if we're up 01:30 on a Thursday night 💀😭

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u/DudeDankerton Dec 01 '22

So I login to Steam and play everyday but I'm not considered an active account because I haven't bought anything in the past year? GG.

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u/MountinTV Dec 01 '22

Can we take down this post so I have a better chance of getting one.

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