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Ok, so there was one new Near a Tomato giveaway hiding in this most recent batch of leftover bundle keys.
Also, just for fun there were Pink Floyd lyrics on the first and last characters, it didn't mean anything: thereisnodarksideofthemoonreallymatteroffactitsalldark and thetimeisgonethesongisoverthoVghtidsomethingmoretosay - there's no U in Steam keys, sorry about that.
But the double-struck i.e. funny-looking characters spelled out maybethesekeysarehidingonemoretomatogiveaway6541343134 --> "Maybe these keys are hiding one more tomato giveaway 6541343134" --> 65 41 34 41 34 -> eA414 --> One More Tomato Giveaway. The was no secret encoded in the position of those funny-looking characters, that's just where they ended up. If you have enough Steam keys you could certainly use that method for something in one of your own puzzles! :)
Thanks for playing, and good luck next time! :)
Yeah, I forgot to explain where the tomato giveaways were hiding. Sorry about that.
But first, for the people who don't care about explanations, here's some junk I was too lazy to make a puzzle with:
Bayonetta, Level 3
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, Level 4
Gal*Gun: Double Peace, Level 5
House Party, Level 6
I had more stuff in my cart, but the Humble Store didn't want my money until after their Winter Sale had ended, so that's all you get. And you thought Steam support was a disappointment? Oh well...
Ok, time for the puzzle explanation? Hmm, yeah. But before that, since nobody reads explanations, why not race the bots to redeem this fresh batch of consolation bundle leftovers:
Ok, guess that's enough stalling. If you really want to know, I cleverly deleted my notes for this puzzle, so umm... Let's see if I can remember... Fortunately it's not a complicated one or I'd be screwed...
Hints and stuff were hiding in the keys. The first batch had 2B, then 9S, then A2, then NEARRA, then some ascii thing, then NEARRA, then some ascii thing again, then NEARRA, then NEARAA. Anyway, NEARRA / NEARAA were supposed to give you a hint to the itstoohard thing, i.e. Near A Tomato. Ha ha. If that didn't work, 2B, 9S and A2 are characters in the game, which means if you already owned the game you probably got it right away. And if not, umm, I dunno. So, http://www.itstoohard.com/puzzle/Vc7KnXax -> https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/e7TVU/nierautomata - hooray!
The ascii thing was hiding the second giveaway, i.e. 64 6f 6b 59 37 -> dokY7 -> https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/dokY7/nierautomata - dunno how you were supposed to notice that. Guess it was a dumb puzzle...
Good luck! :)
What are you doing? Making another dumb puzzle? Guilty... :)
Turns out reaching "Level 10" on Steamgifts accomplished nothing. I couldn't find the secret clubhouse, the "Click here for a free pony, courtesy of cg" button, the cake, or well, anything. Guess I should have used that money to buy gift copies of removed games for profitz. Sigh...
Sooooo, since making giveaways would be pointless now, how about making a dumb poll instead. Everyone loves those! Screw giveaways! And don't forget all those memes and things. You can't go wrong with that crap.
And, to distract you from the puzzle, here's a pile of leftover bundle keys! Parentheses to slow down all those clowns with their thousands of bots...
Oh, and all of them are sure to be used before you notice this discussion, so don't waste your time looking at them!
And, as a secret bonus for people who can read all the way to the end of the page, here's some bundle giveaways! Woohoo!
Tomato Jones, Level 1
Tomato Jones 2, Level 1
Tomato Way, Level 1
Something else... Hmm... Oh, you know, it's a puzzle... You have to figure it out...
p.s. Umm, don't tell anyone, but I've never actually played any of those Tomato Games. If you have, and want to talk about them, that will let me disguise bumps as replies to your comments, so that's cool. :) Just don't expect me to know anything about the games... :( Maybe I'll check them out over the weekend, though... :)
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What's the best Tomato Game on Steam?
3 minutes ago and almost half gone. LoL. Thank you for the gibs!
Dang, someone must be redeeming them fast... :) Oh well, I will need to add some more later... :)
Or maybe that's !redeem-ing... :)
nah, I just craved for tomato ramen, so you know, I needed those (t)(o)(m)(a)(t)(o)(e)(s)
Aha, thank you! :)
no idea what for :) but you forgot the Tomato Jones Adventures! and everyone know, that Polandball is best tomato game!
Was afraid I'd overlooked a Tomato Game, but checking on Steam reveals Tomato Jones Adventures is just a bundle of Tomato Jones + Tomato Jones 2 ... :)
I doubt Tomato can into space, either. Suppose it's a Portal 2 spoiler to wonder if Potato can... Oh well... And it was his sled! :)
Oh, I wanted to be first but failed :/
Don't feel bad, I forgot to be first myself... :)
But at least you can imagine the fun you would have had, playing all that bundle crap someone else's bots are currently idling... :)
Ah I never add any random key to my Steam library so it's ok. I wanted to be the first to comment but failed #SADFACE
I leave random key adding to all the billionaire card farmers and +1ers, oh how happy their lives must be.
And now I'm just flooding you thread with replies to myself!
I wonder if anything bad can happen by redeeming a random key... Guess someone could be trolling with stolen credit cards / chargebacks / whatever, just to mess with a random internet person? No clue...
Steam AIDS! Not intended to offend or make light of the situation for anyone that has the disease, it's just a joke.
As far as I know there aren't any real consequences, the only thing that could happen is that the key gets revoked. I'm just one of the very few people here who likes to only add games that I want to play. I even dislike if things get added by Steam to my account for free because of that reason. But no disrespect to collectors, I simple don't see the point in it, but if you take enjoyment from it, all the better for you :)
Don't think I've ever seen a collector of Steam games, maybe it's just semantics but the word I would use is accumulator... :) Since there's no curation, decision, saying hmm no, I don't want that one. Just every random thing in the store, no matter what it is... :)
Like "removed game collectors" - that used to be a big deal, having games people could no longer buy. But the way Steam is today, you can hardly buy a single bundle without getting a new piece of soon-to-be-removed garbage in your library. :)
Hmm, I see what your saying but I would disagree, in my opinion most collectors do not curate as long as the item is related to the thing they're collecting. Even though the dictionary says accumulating and collecting are synonyms I feel like accumulating is more related to collecting the same item (e.g. wealth). But if it makes you happier I'll call you an accumulator instead.
Hmm, you're probably right... :) It's just that I don't feel like I'm collecting anything when I add one more piece of bundle garbage to my account. :) It feels more like... Hmm...
Some person with a house completely filled with random things, packed to the ceiling, that you can barely walk in. :) If that has a name. :)
I believe that's called hoarding :p Or you could indeed use accumulator, or amasser, collector just seemed like the friendliest word to me to address them. But who am I to choice what you call yourself!
Also this puzzle, I don't get it (again) (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻
Probably bundle trash anyway. This is a joke, yes another one! OP is just that lucky!
Also is A0ZQL-R55TH-RP5(O)(O) supposed to be R0ZQL-R55TH-RP5(O)(O)? I hope that's not a hint to a puzzle, if there even is a puzzle ;)
Hmm, since it's surely been used by now, it's safe to try redeeming it both ways, and see which one's a valid key. The valid key is the way it's supposed to be. :) So that's a no. :)
Curses, so close to cracking the code :O
I'm going to feel terrible if you don't manage to find this thing, it sounds like you're thinking too hard... :(
Someone had a clever idea: just give up. Don't try to figure it out, just guess every game in your wishlist. If it doesn't work, then who cares what the game is since you'd never play it. :)
But that would only work if your wishlist is "the only games I want to play on Steam" - and I suspect most people don't use it that way... Oh well...
Ah my mastermind has cracked your ingenieus code! Yeah I only use my wish list for games I'm certain I will play at some point, I try to keep it as small as possible because I want to cut back on my gaming. But there are other games I'm interested in which I enter GA's for or could buy at some point, though not necessarily.
Nice job! :) Hope you like tomatoes! :)
Not really, but I do I like ketchup!
Aha, that looks familiar, must be an old one... :)
Yeah it's an old Simpsons episode where Burns loses all his wealth and has to deal with the real world. Ketchup or Catsup, indeed a hard choice to make.
What are you doing? Making another dumb puzzle?
What are you doing? Making another dumb puzzle?
I managed to grab one. Thanks!
Congratulations! Which one was it? Hopefully something worth playing, or at least something with trading cards... :)
Football Mogul 2014. Not really my type of game, but oh well ;)
Probably not worth playing, and no cards, either. Sorry about that! :) But at least that's a precious +1, better than nothing... :)
No worries :)
I believe there was a Steam group called 'Glitter and Gold', or something like that, which is exclusive to level 9 and 10 members.
Oh, that's interesting, thank you for the info... :)
Hmm, I should probably mention all that "Level 10" nonsense was a lie. I haven't entered any giveaways for a few years now, already got enough games to play... :)
🍅 Have a bump 🍅
Cool, tomatoes! How'd you do that? Is there some sort of goofy emoticon thing list somewhere?
Don't know how it exactly works but it's a feature of ESGST 🙂
Interesting, thank you! :)
It's a subset of unicode characters called "emoji". You even don't need any tool for that, because you can easily just google it like "tomato emoji" and just copy&paste.
Thank you! :)
I finally solved a puzzle ;-;
Congratulations! :) And condolences... :)
What bothers me most is that Cjcomplex was able to solve it and I can't QQ
Well, I have to get back here, when I have just eaten tomatoes, my brain can't figure this stuff out at midnight...
Good luck tomorrow then! :) But don't use too much brain, it's pretty dumb... :)
Well, still no clue, guess I'll try again later, again.
You've got a week, no need to rush... :) Maybe the answer will just hit you out of nowhere in a few days... :)
Too many tomatoes!
I dunno, it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick... :)
We need to get Captain Tomaday onto Steam!
Interesting, I've never even heard of that game... :) Guess I'd need to update the poll though... :)
It's an old Neo-Geo game with cute graphics 🍅
Aha, that would explain it, I never knew anyone with one of those, too expensive... :) Thank you! :)
Potatomato hybrid? Delicious!
Dunno what that is, but thank you! :)
I must be stupid or missing some kind of inside joke for the puzzle.
Well, it's a puzzle, but it's a pretty dumb one, so don't feel bad for not solving it yet... :)
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I said something here that turned out to be the correct answer. It was up for a minute and I apologize if anyone managed to slip through. I am prepared to face my punishment.
No problem, I mean either way someone's going to win the giveaway. :) This isn't what I'd call a "real" puzzle, it's more of a lazy thing since making real puzzles is too much effort... :)
And feel free to try your luck if it's your sort of game... :) Can't have too many tomatoes! :)
Looks like me after several unsuccessful attempts to solve the puzzle
I guess spherical fruits are too difficult... Should have tried a banana... :)
I think that I'm making it too hard.
I see the thing. No, really, I see the thing. But every pattern I try to apply to it fails.
Well, forget this. I'm going to just go play one of my gazillion games. :D
lol...Indeed, just like me.
I wonder if you see something that's not even there, that's the trouble with piles of leftover bundle keys... :(
But good luck if you get bored with your gazillion, and try to find gazillion + 1... :)
I like tomatoes!!! :D
(No, seriously, I cannot get enough of them. I have a theory that I can eat an infinite amount of tomatoes and never feel like I've eaten enough. Unfortunately I still haven't gotten the funds for the swimming pool full of tomatoes to test that theory.)
u need to consider visiting La Tomatina festival in Spain xD
I don't think people would be too happy with me eating all their snowball tomato fight ammo. XD
too busy they won't notice! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
I think they are good, too... :) But if I were a real Tomato aficionado I would have made some fun Tomato event stuff, instead of this dumb puzzle thing... :) Oh well... :)
Hmm, the swimming pool idea sounds a bit messy... :)
I don't intend to swim in the swimming pool full of tomatoes, silly- it's just for storage since where am I gonna find a dish big enough for that many tomatoes.
But, yeah, I guess you're right- who knows how dirty a swimming pool is. I need to find a better way to store all those tomatoes that keeps them nice and clean. :D
I still really like tomatoes so random bump for solution. :D
damn these ninja's are fast
Well, after six hours... :)
And I think a lot of so-called ninjas are just sending every key to "ASF" in 1 second or so... Maybe I'll add some more junky keys later, but I doubt it... Pretty lazy here, sorry... :)
I'm disappointed it's not Trixie Tomato Toss or The Big Fat Tomato Game.
Other than that - I don't know bump :)
Wow, that looks terrible... Or, I would have said that a few years ago... :)
Maybe we will see an update to Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar, something like Steam Greenlight: Burning the Bar with Fire and then Burying the Bar in the Depths of the Earth...
Tried few more titles, but it seems you have something very specific in mind. There is way too many options, and after last time (where after 3 days it turned out there was a mistake in the puzzle), I'm not gonna give it more than 2-3 min. Thanks for the tips though :)
Well, yeah, this puzzle has one specific game in mind, since that's the one I made the top secret puzzle giveaway for... :)
Oh, I hope there's no mistake in the puzzle, wouldn't want anyone to spend 3 days working on an impossible one... :( I suggest always checking someone's profile for the Invite Only giveaways, since that reveals if anyone's managed to solve it.
Good luck if you keep going on it, but maybe wait for some random brain wave or a new batch of pity hints or something... :) Or maybe do something fun instead, and screw dumb puzzles... :)
I'm not saying this one is impossible this time (I've checked for entries even before I started). I'm saying I've exhausted my allotted puzzle time for games-that-I-probably-wouldnt-even-enter-and-even-if-I-did-I-wouldnt-win-them-anyway for the next year at least. ;)
I may try going through my WL games later. If it's still nothing, it means I'm not interested in the GA in the first place ;)
maybe do something fun instead
maybe do something fun instead
That was the plan. That's why the 2-3min limit after I move on :)
Bump for tomatoes!
Just some dumb puzzle, don't worry about it. :) I mean, who really wants to play a Tomato Game, even the best one on Steam? :)