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By midian182 ยท 10 replies
Nov 3, 2017
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  1. In all likelihood, you’ll have spent an awful lot of money on Steam games over the years—you can find out exactly how much by using the Steam Calculator or Steam Gauge (turns out I’ve spent over $4200). But have you ever wondered what are the most expensive items on Valve’s platform? Thanks to Kotaku’s Nathan Grayson, now we know.

    It probably won’t come as much of a surprise to learn that the costliest product on Steam isn’t a game but an application. Technically a piece of DLC, Strata Spaces VR—Professional Edition Upgrade is designed for modelers and designers who want to see their creations brought to life in virtual reality. At $995, it’s not a cheap process. If, however, you were to buy all of a title’s available DLC in one go, the $4207.42 it would cost to own everything Train Simulator has to offer would make it the most expensive purchase on Steam.

    We know that microtransactions can quickly rack up large bills, but for a single punch to the wallet, nothing beats EVE Online’s package containing 15,400 of its PLEX in-game currency, priced at a whopping $500. Similarly, the most expensive custom character you can buy is RimWorld’s Pirate King upgrade for $370. This lets you enter a name and character backstory into the game, with skills, appearance, and special work requirements. Additionally, this character will appear as the leader of another faction.

    As they’re packed with numerous different titles, game bundles are understandably expensive. The priciest of these is the Rebellion Anthology. It includes games such as Evil Genius, Sniper Elite V2, and Rogue Trooper, though it's mostly made up of DLC packs for the Sniper Elite series. The collection usually costs $463.51, but it's currently discounted to $379.99

    People may mock Apple’s attempts to sell a $300 physical book, but it might not be as bad as Star Story: The Horizon Escape’s art book; a PDF that costs $200. In all fairness, the product is advertised as a way of supporting the game’s developer.

    Finally, there are the ever-changing Steam community market items. The top listings, which include trading cards and weapons for games like Team Fortress 2 and CS: GO, hover around the $1890 mark.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,270

    In the 13 years that I've had a Steam account, I've never spent a cent on it. I buy the game keys on the cheap and register them on Steam.
     
  3. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,560   +1,004

    Kinda what you can also do on Steam when there are big discounts, just from somewhere else :p
     
  4. NicktheWVAHick

    NicktheWVAHick TS Booster Posts: 103   +77

    I'm the one who spent $4,702.42 on Train Simulator. I love trains and always wanted to be an engineer. Now I'm broke.
     
  5. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Booster Posts: 157   +94

    A PDF for $200 lulz
     
  6. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 815   +828

    To think, if you went and became an engineer instead, theyd be giving YOU That $4700, and then some.
     
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  7. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 424   +203

    $2121 Current account value - Worth of all games listed on account
    $878 Total cost with sales - Account Value if all games were purchased at lowest price

    Now that right there is sad, $1200 in savings missed out on.
     
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  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,270

    Yeah there are some excellent discounts but I've always gotta fiddle about with converting my currency to USD. Once that's done, things often aren't always as rosy as I first thought and then I'm forced to pay via a special app because our banks are very wary of a lot of 3rd party payments and don't encourage them. It's a hassle, but probably for the better.
     
  9. robb213

    robb213 TS Addict Posts: 329   +98

    I could've told you this a year+ ago...

    Friends and I sometimes go through the Steam catalogue at random and notice oddities. One of them was a game with $4,000+ of DLC, which is Train Simulator. It's also quite up there also in terms of the amount of DLC available to buy at all.
     
  10. Endarial

    Endarial TS Enthusiast Posts: 27   +25

    I just checked mine.
    Current Account Value: $5103
    Total Cost with Sales: $1474

    388 games owned. Of those, only about 10% were actually purchased at full price. I tend to wait for sales or get games from Humble Bundle.

    Still, I had no idea I'd spent so much on games.
     
  11. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Maniac Posts: 300   +105

    Yep... $4739 dollars account value, $1356 paid... 344 games barely playing 10 littles regularly.

    2398 hours played in 13 years. Lol.
     

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