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I've seen users that their last giveaway was over a year ago but they are still active on the site. What happened to make you stop gifting?
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i just actually came back after a few years of being elsewhere actively
been giving away games on twitch, twitter, etc...
Your last giveaway was 2 years ago but in these 2 years you have won some giveaways so it looks like you were active. I am not judging now, just curious.
oh i don't judge your questioning, i assume you must feel some type of way about something, having created a thread
which is fine, i can assure you i have been active in other communities, helping content creators build their platforms
but i am back, i will start making some giveaways as i transition away from other roles i had been filling
it's a great time of year to relax and just give...
I am not judging
I am not judging
[enter snarky comment about winning more giveaways in the last month than I have in my entire time here]
I am not judging.
can i ask you why you came back? what does SG has that, say, twitter doesn't?
(for me is the smaller size, it feels more like an actual community)
as long as it's not too small...
i am wherever i feel like being when i feel like being there for as long as i feel like staying...
Great answer :)
Edit: Please hit me up and leave a message as soon as you start doing giveaways again on a regular basis. You'll be whitelisted then
okay, will do for sure
I didn't fully stop, but it got too frustrating to check the region restrictions for every purchase :(
Same reason tbh.
the nice poll
can't answer for technical reasons, thou i'd guess it's cause of reaching of a certain level (and it also sounds reasonable, imo)
just one thing: what do you mean by "still active"? they're still entering -and winning- gibs or active on the forum? cause the latter is something more "precious" than a big bunch of giveaways -imo again-
Yeah, i know it's probably autojoiners and bots but I'm talking about active users on the forum as well. P
this forum is one of the best i have seen for as long as it has been running...
I have felt like stopping on numerous occasions for various reasons such as having not won very many games, or people not at least saying thanks when they win something from me, or when I make a discussion with a giveaway and half of the comments are people giving me shit for having them blacklisted (and to you people I say: duh, there is a reason you're blacklisted, and you just proved it by being an arrogant prick with your comment).
And then I realise, STEAMGIFTS doesn't owe me anything. This site couldn't care less if I give away all the games and get nothing back, because it's not a person. This site might host the giveaways, and discussions, and inevitable petty arguments that we have, but that's it. We make of the site what we want. We don't have to like everyone here, but when we let the giving part of us act like others are just taking from us, maybe it's time to move on.
I've been away for 9+ months, I came back because cg sent out a mail inviting to the holiday event. And I already know I will be gone again pretty soon, here's why: the site triggers all the wrong feelings in me. Many positive ones, too, but still... Greed (entering the giveaways even though I already have more games that I can play in my lifetime), FOMO (constantly checking the site for new GAs), guilt (I still haven't played half of the games I won), more guilt ("I really should be doing something else than browsing the forum and solving the puzzles"), frustration ("what, why has my CV dropped... again?"), anger ("that guy won hundreds of games while only giving away a few shitty ones, and he didn't even say thank you... it's probably a bot anyway!"). Positives? The warm feeling when winning a wishlisted game, the joy when someone is genuinely happy after winning my GA, the abso-lutely fantastic /deals forum that I've been visiting daily even when logged off... to name a few. But still I hate my negative feelings and I instantly regretted logging back in. But that's on me, not on this wonderful community. Sorry for a block of text, peace out.
Feeling you here.
Mix of difference on currency rate and i don't buy bundles anymore. But mostly currency rate it's almost doubled in the last couple of years. Also I don't really enter giveaways unless i will play immediatley. So i just lurk around the forum because gaming is still a hobby of mine and i like this forum.
I'd like to thank you all for your answers, i was genuinely curious about this.
I've been away for 2 years+, a few months ago someone threw a game i wanted into a message fourm group, i entered and won so that got me back in. I'm actually in a much better place financially now but i do have more bills so I still can't go too crazy on the gib's.
welcome back without prejudice...
I haven't taken such a big break yet, but I've slowed down, and I'd say my main reason would be the cancer mindset of "gifters OWE stuff to winners". We're already giving stuff, but if there's a problem with the key, it's on us. If the winner reveals the key, uses it, and pretends they already had the game, it's on us. If the game was misidentified due to there being 2 games with the same name and the bundle chart thread picked the wrong one, it's on us. If the dev had a change of heart and revoked the key, its on us. Gladly most people are cool about it, but some are also real douchebags (you know who you are... 👀), and that's quite a turn-off.
My secondary reason would be that I've throttled down on bundle buying for financial reasons, so I don't have that many leftovers nowadays.
I'm not sure why you have such feelings of being being under pressure as a giver. Maybe your experience differed greatly from mine (only had one issue with a GA once and the winner agreed to delete) but even if I should get to meet some "douchebag" winner, I'd simply take the "not received" hit, instead of playing into the hands of such people and letting them ruin my SG experience.
Basically what he's saying, is "don't bite the hand that feeds"
My intention was not pure.
I'm active because I'm an addict.
And the Deals threads (Rachel, Shakti, Ales & co) which are nicely formatted.
Depression. Paranoia. Pessimism. And probably a bunch of other pretty words.
Nothing quite ruins the creating-a-giveaway mood than your inner logic voice talking about the odds of the game you genuinely like and want to share with as many people as possible ending up as nothing more than a cards generator. Or trying to come up with a humorous giveaway description and ending up with existential rants. Or just feeling empty and completely devoid of energy. Fun stuff.
Or it might just be because I'm stingy and the games I wanna giveaway don't go down to my overblown expectations of discounts that make them "affordable". ^_^'
(And, yes, I know I've never gone a full year, but for me even 3 months doing nothing feels like... well- doing nothing. :P )
Lvl 2 enough for me :D
I just lost my job and got broke. I literally have only enough to pay the bills and get a little food every day.
Funnily enough, since I stopped making GA's, my chances of winning drastically dropped.. I used to win almost 2 games per month, since I stopped I only won 3 games a year. Funny coincidence, huh? ;-)
Used to gift a lot more. Then the Steam gifting system changed. Because of local prices, I'm a lot more limited in where I can gift to through the Steam store, and I also get locked to a time limit to finish the giveaway and getting the game out, rather than buying gift copies and sitting on them for six months like I used to. Doubt I'm the only person dealing with that change.
Most of my gifts were purchased from Steam but after that update, none of them are. Been using Fanatical mostly nowadays. I dislike when Valve is so keen to downgrade their services.
For a long while now, finances. Also +1s to region restrictions being annoying for gifters, Valve making life difficult for the honestly generous, and having to focus elsewhere for various things taking me a little farther from the community. Also, bundle trash and "dev" giveaways making CV even more pointless than it was. And I prefer to attach a little challenge to my giveaways most of the time, and haven't had the time or inclination to set that up. And the community in general has changed -- not for the worse or better -- it's just not the family I "grew up with."
Oh, also, keys being revoked by asinine devs. And going through a backlog of bundle purchases taking a while.
Entering is much easier than creating... :-/
At least the finances thing is finally reverting for me now. Still have things to pay off for a bit, but there's a light. Hope to make some nice giveaway(s) at some point as a result.
Do not care anymore, as I don't like how this whole thing works. Especially with snobistic users, who thinks they are super cool, because they earn so many money and are able to giveaway better games. They are not any better than people who are not that rich. So I just stopped caring.
I signed here to win games. But all I win are small games. I literally have given away more valuable games. Like Dark Souls 3 from Humble Bundle. But now I don't see the reason why would I car. Don't like politics of this site and of the users.
sucks you have had a bad experience...
it hasn't been a year since my last giveaway but i mostly lost interest in this place.
there's no novelty any more, no hope of seeing people enjoying their wins, even my selfish incentive of getting more cv to balance my ratio is lost. 🤷
not that the community and myself are the only parties to blame. sg doesn't do anything to motivate me, and i'm not talking about creating lv11-20 so people can keep farming cv. that's dumb, but maybe we could get additional tools to create giveaways (like scripts), a dark mode so we don't need to rely on userstyles, a more dedicated support to solve tickets, or get rid of closed groups so elitism drops a bit?
A long longgg time ago, someone made a cool SG script that had badges for the site that were community/CV related which was pretty neat.
One thing I always wished for was some kind of way for people to show off beating their won games or something. After I beat a game I won here. I always try to rethank the person.
Because Value changed their rules so I cannot buy games and store them for later gibs. Killed me internally for fun events as I hate planning around potential sales.
Edit: Also the blasted Region pricing
Not that I have "stopped", but it's become a much larger hassle so I stopped bothering.
I've got a 6 year gap in my giveaways. Part of that was because I stopped coming here for a few years, partly because of my selfishness. The only times I make a giveaway is when I get a key for a game I already own. Trading keys is not something I enjoy, so I give the key away because getting CV means I'm getting something in exchange.
That's how I'll keep doing things. Maybe it will cause a multi-year gap in my giveaways in the future, maybe it won't.
The region restrictions are what pretty much killed my gifting on this site. Plus I started going back to school and stuff.
Now I pretty much just lurk.
I do miss the community and throwing community events for people. Had many good times here.
I don't buy many games these days, and although I have quite a few old keys, I don't feel like dealing with the hassle of the case they won't work.
Tacos > Giveaways.
People who haven't won a giveaway for over a year, why?
When here are users who winning game like every week?
i giving only random leftovers i will get somewhere (like GMG extra free keys.. ehm still same sht over and over every "giveaway") i gave away 350 games (99% of them years ago) and stopped coz am totally unsatisfied and do not feel happy about giving away. Seeing users who winning at few days basis and i have to wait like 10 months :D if i spend effort of clicking for 10 months to work i will get enough money to buy game at full price xD 0% feels to give something. So thats my why i dont make giveaways (if we skip keys gotten at random coz i never asked for them)
Eh, for me it's a combination of couple factors. Financial struggle is what I voted for because my money situation got worse from what it was when I was actively buying bundles just to create giveaways. Only in these last couple months have I felt comfortable buying bundles with something in them that interested me, so I've not really been buying games in general. Another reason why I 'quit' being an active gifter was because I ended up feeling unfullfilled by it. For couple years during my stay I liked doing trains where I posed random questions for those looking through it. I was always looking forward to reading people's answers so I could mimic intimacy from those encounters, but increasingly often people just wouldn't indulge me in my game of "please interact i'm lonely." And when that was coupled with at least half the giveaways from these trains being redeemed without any acknowledgement from the winner, I just grew too tired to put in the effort. I joined this site to give away the extra games I don't want for myself, but I still didn't really want to just throw everything out for the idlers.
That being said, I've very recently started making some giveaways again because I wanted to give something back after winning, so guess I'm not entirely out of the 'business' yet. :P
Financial restrictions and lack of mental and emotional strength to organize it. Haven't been buying bundles or even games for myself much, too scared to play most games I want to in case my computer, which I need for work, dies on me or something. I even procrastinate on important things because I'm just so tired and constantly stressed.
So just giving myself time on many things, hoping they get better and I can rest a bit some day, maybe have more money and just ability to bother with more things. And I always think "If you're not giving games right now or playing them, you shouldn't enter giveaways either." Feels unfair to still win things at the moment. Guess it's the small joy of getting a wishlisted game that does it. I might limit my entries to my most wanted titles or something. Still not sure. On one hand that feels ungrateful to folks who are happy giving to those with less. On the other it feels like benefiting without paying it forward.