Well my birthday is coming up on 12/25, and it's usually a drag. To cheer myself up, I'd like to do some giveaways for the community, but I'm curious what kinds of giveaways are most popular/exciting to everyone. For example, if I have $50 USD that I wanted to spend, how best to share that with all of you? Also, be sure to comment as well (a) so I can add you to my whitelist and (b) if you have any particular requests or suggestions for titles (otherwise I'll just pick something that I want to play or have played and love).

Edit: I just want to say how awesome everyone is, and also that as I have been whitelisting y'all, I'm both humbled and inspired to see how generous a lot of YOU ALL are. The numbers on your profiles show lots of time, money, and quality invested in this community <3

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What kind of giveaways does the community prefer?

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One single awesome game (new/sought after/expensive)
A couple good mid-tier games
Lots of giveaways of lesser / varying quality/price

I was gonna link you to the community wishlist as a starting point, but looks like someone already beat me to it.
As much as I wanna say "go big or go home", I ACTUALLY recommend doing a handful of mid-priced games. Keep in mind, price =/= quality. You can get a lot of value by stretching $50 over 5-6 games. They'll be equally appreciated and overall you'll be able to give games to more people. Also, the winter sale is coming up. Brand new games likely won't be very highly discounted, but older games of equal quality will. #FoodForThought

P.S. A game I recommend every chance I get is Toki Tori 2+. It's a pretty solid game that flew under the radar for a lot of people. I have other suggestions if you'd like them, but didn't want to bombard you. :D

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A fantastic by-poduct of this conversation is that I'm getting lots of new games to check out/wish list/play

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I would recommend going with multiple games as well. There are many cheaper games around $10 that are on many people's wishlist. Something like Stardew Valley or Kynseed would make a lot of people, including me, very happy. I'd love to see what games you enjoy playing as well, as I can find some new titles to try out :)

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Yes this is becoming a very clear winner- well-received games from the mid tier, especially ones I like or want, across multiple genres

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I think mid tier games are prefered because the games are still good and this way more people might win the games, which equals more people happy instead of just one! ^^
There are some very nice and wishlisted games by the community that aren't too expensive like Rakuen, Life is Strange 2(ep. 1), Finding Paradise etc.

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Yes, spreading the love around seems to be popular here hahaha

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For Christmas this year, I am giving away a top-tier game that has meaning to me. Other times, I give away mid-tier stuff that is just really great. And often I give away low-tier stuff that I just acquire. Steam is a mixed bag of people and even though some people may complain about certain games they don't like or whatever, someone is always happy to enter the giveaways.

In a major giveaway, where you're looking for maximum happiness, I can see where a few mid-tier quality games make sense though in what looks to be people's preference on this poll.

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Good to hear that all three options have their merits, but also that mid-tier "maximizes happiness"

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I didn't vote yet. But I think it just depends on how much you want to spend? I say wait to see a deal. If something amazing comes along then get it. Maybe a bunch of nice titles all within your budget will pop up on as deals too. You got plenty of time until Christmas to decide :).

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Current ballpark is ~$50 USD. But I am hoping winer sale might let me read that out just a little bit more.

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That is what I am thinking. Lots of good sales will happen during that time. It is best to wait it out.

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i guess a few mid tier games would make most people happy

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Seems to be the case!

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Ah, Nice to see you again Bobisbadat:).
I recommend a train with multiple openly wishlisted games with reasonable price and quality. You can try to find them on https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaways/wishlist .

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/wave sounds like a mid-tier train is laying down some tracks. (realizes the train creation steps have to be learned now lol)

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Hi Bobisbadat,
I would suggest you to make a little train that runs for at least 1 week with a couple of well rated indie gems like "Don't Stave / Don't Starve Together", "Cuphead", "The Forest", "One Shot" etc.
I assume you want to buy the games in Steam-Store so I would recommend to select previously unbundled games, just like the ones I mentioned. During the "Winter Sale" you can get them cheaper, too. :)
Here is a list of high rated indie games.

Are you familiar with the browser extension "Enhanced Steam"? Just give it a try, if you don't know it yet. It enhances the information given on the respective game pages. With it you can quickly figure out historical lowest prices and how often the game was bundled before.

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That you for the indie ratings list, but as for Enhanced Steam, it's not Safari compatible but ty!

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Games like Tomb Raider an NieR:Automata are pretty cool ^^ A lot of peeps would enjoy those titles, me included :D

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I should've grabbed a second copy of Nier when I got mine on sale ><

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If I have to choose between those 3 options then I would take the couple of mid tier games. There are many great which are not too expensive and if you giveaway several of them the chance is higher that the winner appreciates his win and plays it.

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That's a good point about folks being more likely to play, though in this case while of course we all hope folks play the games they win, if it makes someone happy to collect games I can't fault them for that, either. After all, the majority of us have stuff in our steam libraries we have't touched and probably never will, sadly.

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With 50 bucks during sales you could do some very nice giveaways. A suggestion for one of these games could be Ori and the Blind Forest, I rarely see giveaways for it. Game looks really nice, I managed to play once and the gameplay was very good. I hear it has a great story as well.

I see you're quite new, welcome to the site! and have a <3

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Yay <3's ! Oooh, Ori is a good suggestion. It's SO PRETTY. I don't own it, but I have it in the hared library and I've seen my partner play several times. Thanks for the suggestion and the welcome (yes, I'm very VERY new)

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I think that I'd opt for some games I've loved (so for me personally that'd be The Secret of Monkey Island, Dead Space, Skyrim) and some games that I've not seen often given away or Bundled (like The Witcher 3 GOTY, Sunset Overdrive). Ultimately, I'd want to give away things that made me happy to give and the recipient receive, so possibly not just lots of little things, although I'd probably want as many people as possible able to enter, so maybe level 0 or 1 giveaways.

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Sounds like you have similar gaming tastes to my partner, as I don't own your loved games, but they are in our shared library. And yes, I don't like the idea of doing giveaways above one/zero really. I am super new here, and while it's relatively easy to get at least level 1, it can be intimidating at first. I feel like most people who show up and win a game end up sticking around and wanting to contribute. That could just be naive optimism though lol

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You know, I was gonna say keep your money and do something for yourself, but that sounds a bit selfish, even if it is FOR YOU to enjoy YOUR BIRTHDAY.

Lovely sentiment that you'd like to give on a day where it's ok to be selfish (this is getting weird because christmas not selfish, birthday selfish, ok I've gotta stop).

Personally, I love the idea of gifting something that you really enjoyed playing or feel very strong about. Spice it up with some reasons as to WHY you picked what you did to entice people a bit more. Just the act of giving in kindness itself is great!

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Exactly. See in our house, we don't celebrate Christmas or any other holiday by giving one another gifts. But we LOVE birthdays, because doting on someone just for existing is wonderful. However, it's often tough to make a big deal out of my birthday because of the timing, so the most selfish thing I can think to do is just blow a little money on something frivolous. In this case, I'm just choosing for it to be sharing something that brings me joy (gaming) with other folks who share the same joy. So it is selfish, just also... positive? (also I like where you had to stop...that is the quintessential reality of overlapping birthday/holiday lol)

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the most selfish thing I can think to do is just blow a little money on something frivolous.

My brain is so fried, I thought I read "the most selfish thing I can think of is to do a little blow"

I've known people with birthdays on and around major holidays and it's pretty bumming even from an outsiders point of view. Though, like you described with your family, you just need to get a little creative :) I always like to tell people (whom are usually very 'put everybody else first' type of people, people who like to help others) that they need to be selfish every once and a while, even if for their own sanity. We all need a break!

Your post inspired me for something :) Well, a couple of things actually, but something too (⌐■_■)

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So...you're either doing a giveaway or blow?

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or either and

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Do blow, blow money, make giveaways, repeat!

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my hands are so clean from all the rinse/repeating I've been doing!

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Nose, not so much

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A great choice at the moment is the fanatical kingslayer bundle for $5. Many good games in there. I'd buy it but I only really want Age of Decadence from it.

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Hah, I am considering picking it up for myself anyway since I think I'd like to try out Styx.

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The Styx games are really fun to play. :)

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any anime game will be appreciated in steamgifts community or not? ;)

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I'd say a couple good mid-tier games. Probably the most balanced way to do it would be a mixture between the community wishlist and some games that you personally enjoyed. Thanks for wanting to share, if you have any questions just ask :)

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Yes, I think what I'm leaning toward is sifting through the community wishlist, seeing if anything on there is a favorite of mine or is something I'm looking forward to playing already, and cross-referencing that with good indy games (because I always prefer to support them if I can) and some of the excellent suggestions I've gotten here. Then I'll have a nice list for the giveaway / things to watch for winter sale. Hit as many of the good ideas in one as I can!

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Here are some ideas that you may be able to pick up a few of on sale.

Stuff I'd like to play;
Resident Evil 7
Two Point Hospital
Dead Cells
Frostpunk
Sonic Mania

Stuff I've already played;
Axiom Verge
Subnautica
Stardew Valley

You do have an unfortunate date for your birthday. If you give anything it'll be nice.

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A lot of those are also on my wishlist (or should be, sometimes I'm terrible about updating all the wishlists everywhere lol) and I see some solid suggestions, ty.

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I take quality over quantity any day.
So as far as I'm concerned, one great game would be more valuable than many average ones.

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I think the mid-tier folks are still valuing quality, but also value and happiness. I was surprised actually that folks have been leaning that way, as I probably would vote for one game myself, but that's because I'm pretty likely to buy a $10/15 game I like, but less likely to buy a $50 game and winning one I want just seems super awesome. I think that what I will likely do is whichever poll wins, I'll do that this time and then my next giveaway will be the second choice! Plus then all you fine folk will already be whitelisted ^_^

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They're right! Quality > Quantity

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I shall endeavor to pick quality regardless of the number of titles!

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yeah, sharing your special day with other special day can be bit humm demotivating at times!
do not worry and just enjoy your way :)
as for the [b] - the best way is ''I'll just pick something that I want to play or have played and love'' - especially if it is small gem, bit less known :)

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Yeah I thought more people would have specifics but, as usual, the community surprises me in a good way and is like "No, give us games that YOU care about" and I'm like "TOO PURE". Also, I really enjoyed that gif, thank you!

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Happy early birthday! This community is pretty awesome, most of the time. I'm sure with whatever you decide, they'll be happy with. :)

I'll throw this in as well: It's pretty unique that your birthday lands on Christmas, if you wanted to you could volunteer down at your local shelter/ or organizations similar to KARM. They could always use help this time of year. I've done this in the past when my depressive moods have gotten the better of me. It helps knowing you're doing good and helping those in your community!

Stay safe and Happy early birthday again!

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So interestingly enough most of the shelters and such in our area actually request that we not volunteer at this time of year because they get TOO MANY lol. I usually try to do it in the "off-season" when they can really use the help. Volunteer work s a great suggestion, and I'm a fan. Usually I just try to make sure no one I know is alone (unless by choice), and we go out for Chinese food and a movie most Christmases and try to bing others along.

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Picking something that interests you or more particularly something that you have played and loved is a great way of doing it. The community wishlist is definitely another way of doing it too.
As for one large gift, a few medium or several small gifts... Perhaps you should weight it against how much you enjoyed the game. Giving many games may appeal to a larger amount of people, but if its something no one really enjoys it may be wasted. The best value would probably be picking up several medium gifts that have great value. For example, your 3rd most played game is Pathfinder Adventures, which is in a bundle for $8 so you could get a few copies of that and some other games and probably make several people quite happy with it and the other games. Another strategy would be to wait for Christmas sales. You could also try using the SteamDB Calculator and check out the value/hour of games you, or anyone, played. You can certainly wow a person with a large gift, you also risk it only being a +1 for someone's library or they ultimately don't like it for whatever reason even if they were initially excited by it.

Also, in case I forget, happy birthday and happy holidays.

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Excellent points, thank you so much!

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Something I will jump over to on a whim and study: The steamgifts community wishlist on the top-left can be sometimes helpful on a tenuous pulse for what might be of interest. As misleading as it can be, wishlist can mean many different things to many different people, unfortunately. So not the best piece of advice, but it can help I guess.

It depends on genre. I'll mention a few more appropriate ones I played recently though, or am working through now: A twin-stick I have played some recently that I like has been The Walking Vegetables. I've played a few good VNs lately, which I happen to end up with a lot lately, due to the nature of a couple of themes I am involved with from a curation aspect. For something not-too-lewd... I found Hob was a fairly decent game. I liked Recettear, so Moonlighter was good up until the little glitch, and kind of reminded me of it. I plan to replay the first dungeon again and see if the same problem happens soon when I have a little less of a queue to go through.

For P&C I also played through TSIOQUE, and enjoyed it and wrote a review yesterday or day before.... Pretty cute game, but short... There are a lot of nice open world games, but they tend to be higher in price compared to others. Smaller and simpler game I thought was pretty good for an EA game was Deiland - wrote a review on that one too. I liked the Final Fantasy games back in the SNES and PS1 days especially (FF 6 - 10 the most). I can't speak for the ports - only played parts of 9 so far. It's fairly well done though. Heard bad things about a few others that were brought over. I played parts of 7 also... and it could've been a bit better.

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What about things that are not not-too-lewd lol. This is a progressive sex positive house and WE LIKE OUR LEWDS. Also, thank you for your insights as well!

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This is a progressive sex positive house..

lol!

As far as recent ones that might fit: Working on My Magical Demon Lover (yaoi style), and Sakura Sakura right now. I can't really comment on those since I'm fairly early into them, but I don't have much negative to say about either right yet. For something simpler, I am running some giveaways for Slappy Ass. I like it! Short and simple. It's basic... but it offers what it shows pretty well! More content coming out fairly soon for that one... I enjoyed Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds so far for something without the nudity elements, but still good otome reading. Good story, and I ran a second route on a whimthe other day. There seems to be a lot of possible story arcs on it though, and it added a decent bit more to the conclusion for that particular route - at least another hour or so from the first go-through. I think overall one could spend a good amount of hours finishing that up. I don't really watch/read much anime/manga, so I cannot compare it to the actual show. Still, good game thusfar!

Boobs Saga is one I will be toying with soon too - looks a bit more extreme and not as serious as some others - out tomorrow or so, I'm also working on Hentai Legends, which looks like a kind of Mirror-esque style match-3 game (need to get back to Mirror, but a good one for only $2 USD). Speaking of Match-3 lewd, I also thought HuniePop was great! Really expanded on the genre, and also had the extra hybrid elements with other genres too. I don't know if they're going to uncensor Hentai Legends or not yet... Lucy Got Problems was fun to complete, for a more comical ecchi, with some borderline elements at play, but it was still completely playful in story/theme. I enjoyed Sabbat of the Witch, the first game I reviewed on my own curation once I actually decided to kick it off right before Halloween.

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Aren't your giveaways a good way to be blacklisted?

Also thanks for so much info! HuniePop was great and Lucy Got Problems might be right up my alley.

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Yep! Funny you mention that. I'm fine with the blacklisting, and I welcome it! I have my own strangely genius event going just for such a purpose of my own, in the reverse. Saves those users a precious spot on their own list, if they also plan to fill theirs to capacity. Oh, and there's a chance they could win something along the way as a nice bonus! I have a review of Lucy Got Problems - and I thought it was very awesome! Not a super long game, but then again, it made getting all the achievements a little more fun being shorter. Not too short either... Definitely better than the average game I've played out there on Steam!

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Oh, no, I specifically meant every time I go to click on on of your giveaways, it reminds me you'll blacklist me for your event hahaha.

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Ahhh! The rest is fine - just that one little experiment for now on the one game involved for now... more tempting games to come, I think.. :D

Yeah, I'm not really sure how that whole event is gonna play out, which "secret custom rules" I will decide on for each round, etc. Ways around it, but tough to figure out what they could be...

Oh, and I whitelisted you, so you're safe now... if you read this edit!

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It all depends on your whim, Sir Whims-a-Lot. :D

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I will shamelessly butt in. XD

You liked Recettear! That's great, because I like it too very much! :D
How far have you been in the game? o.O

Okay, that's all I wanted. Continue. XD

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Well, I never finished the full game if I remember correctly. I unlocked all characters (or was maybe missing one?), and got the bonus dungeons I think... but I never actually finished all the extras. I think I decided to start a new game at some point because of something I missed earlier I think...

It's been a while, but almost certain I got each character, or was on track to have all of them, and had the extra dungeons, or almost all of them. I unlocked some kind of bonus mode, so I think it was like a New Game + sort of thing. I'm kind of foggy on the whole thing though.

I feel like I'm hijacking the birthday giveaway thread here, but at least it is getting some extra bumps! Oh, and the butt in part would have been funny if you interrupted the further discussion on the not not-to-lewd part. XD

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So you are like me. ;D Few times I got very far in the game, but I just enjoy starting over from the beginning. ;)
I think there is 7 main characters you need to collect to open the secret one. So it can get really long and tiring as you have to run through the game eight times. XD But I liked the characters and graphic, also the merchant part was fun. I have elaborate sheets of stuff with prices and to whom I should sell it. :D

Stop pretending, I know you wanted to hijack it from the beginning. :P Sorry for hijacking it Bobisbadat! :3
Haha, I thought that it would be too much not not-to-lewd part. XD

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Do as you wish!

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Yakuza 0 es only 20 bucks but I'd rather play it again (If I already hadn't) than any other 50 bucks AAA

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