Steam Holiday Sale Has Begun, 'Arkham Origins' Half Off


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During this year's Black Friday holiday shopping weekend, PC gamers were treated to this year's Steam Autumn Sale. As expected, this sale was a small taste of the much larger sale that was to come.

Today Valve launched its 2013 Steam Holiday Sale. Prices on a huge selection of PC games are at the lowest level they will be at until next year's Steam Summer Sale begins. The sale will continue throughout the holiday season, ending on January 3, 2014.

Like other big Steam sales, this year's holiday sale highlights a selection of nine daily deals that feature heavily discounted popular games. These games will rotate on a daily basis, while four other flash sales will rotate every eight hours. Gamers can also vote for the community's choice sale, which will change every eight hours along with the flash sales.

The first set of daily deals includes big games from this year such as Batman: Arkham Origins, BioShock Infinite, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

This year's holiday sale also shares a particular feature that debuted in this year's Steam Summer Sale. By purchasing games, voting for community's choice sales, and crafting game badges gamers can earn snow globe trading cards. Ten snow globe cards, in turn, can be crafted into a snow globe badge that will provide players with a special in-game item, an emoticon, a profile background, and Steam level XP.

Like the Steam Autumn Sale, today's date matches the one given in a leaked memo from October that purportedly gave the dates of this year's autumn and holiday Steam sales. By matching the correct dates and the correct names of this year's end-of-year Steam sales, the memo has all but been confirmed as a legitimate leak.