That’ll Teach Me

There I was, minding my own business, writing end-of-year recap posts. SynCaine points me towards a game called Monster Train, which is sorta like Slay the Spire. It’s on sale for $18… and why not? Let’s splurge by buying a game on Steam, like the good old days.

This is why not:

Yep, I paid $18 on Steam for a game that arrived on the Xbox Game Pass like three days later. Hell, it could have actually already been there before I bought it. Forgot I had to do homework before making game purchases. I mean, I don’t have to, but it gets a bit silly the lengths I go to save $5, let alone $18.

In any case, I played Monster Train for three hours before finding it on the Game Pass. Submitted a refund request through Steam and it was rejected. Did some research on whether you can appeal your initial rejection. The consensus is that, despite appearances, each request that falls outside the automatic approval conditions (< 2 hours played within 14 days) is looked at by a human. New request, new human. Obviously that only goes so far, of course.

My second refund request was approved. I think the winning argument was changing the Reason from “Game wasn’t fun” to “Game was not what I expected.” As in, I was not expecting the game to be free elsewhere. I didn’t write that part in the box though. Monster Train is billed as similar to Slay the Spire, but it’s not really. I’ll have more to say on it later on, assuming I play more of it via Game Pass.

I’m just glad to have my $18 back in a Steam wallet that hasn’t been used in a year or two.

Posted on January 6, 2021, in Miscellany and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. That much time/effort to save $18 (less since game pass isn’t free, but lets say it is the full 18), you are a weird bird.


  2. You must be new around here. Welcome!

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  3. Haha, its more that with his time more limited with the kid, and the natural progression of age (generally more money but less time), I’d figured some of this silliness would decrease, hence the surprise at this particular example.


    • I think the episode with GTA5 was peak silliness. Downloading a VPN proxy program and an auto-clicker to power through the errors, all in service of saving $5.

      Two Steam refund requests for $18 is not even close, especially since I already subscribe to Game Pass.

      In any case, a kid has made me even more price sensitive than before. Just spent $14k on daycare last year, even with the lockdowns. I’m not even sure where all that money came from, but there it went. When I’m spending $5 on organic freeze-dried whatevers, I sure as shit ain’t throwing away $18 on something I could literally get for free.


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