r/Steam Nov 03 '21

After ~2 years I've finally leveled a badge to max of a game with nothing on the market and the game's storepage was removed. I leveled this through sheer fkin will! Meta

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u/Unpopular-0pinions Nov 03 '21

Please tell me you used trading groups and bots for that, instead of spending absurd and ungodly amounts more of cash by crafting and unboxing the booster packs yourself...

PS: BTW if that game is rare to own and thus rare to be able to craft the booster packs, you can probably craft those packs and sell them for +50 gems than craft price easily on said groups. Maybe even more if it's really rare, as people line up for it. And whoever is going for Foil badge on it will be your client for ages.

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u/kryvian Nov 03 '21

To craft a booster pack that contains 3 cards, it costs me 750 gems per. To sell one for 50 gems is laughable at best.

I honestly wish I had a foil of the game and level that as well.
Can you even force your way to get a foil for a game?

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u/Unpopular-0pinions Nov 04 '21

750 + 50 gems is what I meant. And then again, depends on game and it's rarity, if demand is high enough there will be some price increase. Imagine a game with 10 cards, you have 4 dudes who want the full badge. That's 17 boosters per dude IF they never get any repeated cards. You can only craft one booster per day per game, so you can easily say to them "Whoever pays more gets the boosters" and they will.

Foils are a 1% chance drop on each booster pack. Which is why, if a game is rare and there is people interested in those foils, one can make bank easily. Some craft boosters to then open and get foils, then sell the complete craft packs (Both normal and foil) for cost covering in normal and good to ludicrous profits on foils.

Simple ways to make money without much hassle, having a bookmark open daily to just craft the badges and reap the cash every other month.

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u/KurosawaKakeru Nov 04 '21

Force, sure if you craft A LOT OF PACKS, you're bound to at some point get a foil card. It's pure luck though so it could cost you a lot of gems.

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u/[deleted] Nov 03 '21

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u/kryvian Nov 03 '21

Ah I get it, nah. I know people have created a living out of trading hussle, but I did this for this one game and for fun.

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u/timmyboyoyo Nov 03 '21

How and you still have extra. Trading?

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u/kryvian Nov 03 '21

Don't be silly, there's no one else who still has cards.
Gems, about 16000 or so. I've kept breaking down emoticons and backgrounds and other crappy items from other game's rewards and badge progress rewards.
It took me a really long time especially since I can do only one booster pack per game per day and I didn't remember to do one every day.
I have extras because I don't always rarely ever get what I need/want from a booster pack.

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u/timmyboyoyo Nov 03 '21

Congrat. What will you do with the extras?

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u/kryvian Nov 03 '21

idk, 20gems is too little to burn, probably keep, sell them for 100$ a pop in 10 years :)))

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u/timmyboyoyo Nov 03 '21

Some one going to buy for $100 :-)

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u/NorisNordberg Nov 05 '21

I've sold a Bubsy card for $100. Good times.

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u/timmyboyoyo Nov 05 '21

Which of the game

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u/[deleted] Nov 04 '21

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u/kryvian Nov 04 '21

If anyone wants them for 100$ I'm open to discussions. :)

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u/gunshit Nov 04 '21

Ok but don't be silly _^

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u/2watchdogs5me Nov 03 '21

Strike Vector EX is gone? Huh. Maybe I'll play it now

Weird that it is gone, it had fairly decent reviews

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u/Lurus01 Nov 04 '21

Reviews isnt the sole reason a game may end up removed.

Publishers can shut it down.
Publisher might have closed down and as a result the games get delisted.

Licenses(vehicles, characters, music, etc...) can expire meaning the game can no longer legally be sold.

Im sure there are other reasons also a highly rated game may be removed.

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u/2watchdogs5me Nov 04 '21

It was self published, according to the store. The page is still there it just says it has been requested to be removed from sale. But yeah, I suppose a lot could go sideways.

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u/NorisNordberg Nov 05 '21 edited Nov 05 '21

That's how it works now. Store page remains instead of just redirecting to the front page, you won't be able to find it other than by the direct link tho. I'd say it's much better than just attempting to erase any trace of the game.

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u/timmyboyoyo Nov 03 '21

It look good weird they remove

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u/kryvian Nov 03 '21

It was a fantastic game; idk why. Probably a combo of being underappreciated and devs no longer wanting to support the game.

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u/2watchdogs5me Nov 03 '21

I bought it a while back because it looked pretty cool. I think I only played 30 minutes or so. But I'm pushing 700 games on Steam, I forget about them a lot so I just forgot to go back. Kinda sad.

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u/kryvian Nov 03 '21

It's a very short game, banking more on MP replayability. Kinda sad cause the gameplay was absolutely ace and the story, as short as it was, was p good as well.

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u/SithLordAJ Nov 04 '21

I've never understood why someone would want the steam cards. Can you explain?

I used to just sell them all, but then steam started requiring approval in the authenticator for every posting, so i just stopped; not worth the effort.

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u/kryvian Nov 04 '21

but then steam started requiring approval in the authenticator for every posting, so i just stopped; not worth the effort.

There have been hacks that stole inventory and/or balance of accounts, ever since they forced the 2 tier auth. Big n popular platform gets you a lot of unwanted attention.

It's a collector/completion thing. It also gives exp that goes towards your account "level". It looks pretty and I guess my e-penis is bigger than yours.

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u/SithLordAJ Nov 04 '21

No, i know why they switched to the authenticator. It's just too big of a barrier for me now because I really dont care. I was getting maybe 10 cents off a purchase, which isnt nothing, but it wasnt worth the effort.

Okay I guess that "makes sense" in the same way photoshopped clothes make sense. I wouldnt spend money on it. I suppose it doesnt seem like a lot of money could go into a given set, so whatever floats your digital boat (which better not be that e-penis).

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u/SunshineKittyKot Nov 04 '21

I'm not an avid cards collector, but I got some badges for games I love.
Cards and badges are electronic merch items. Assembling the badge is something like hanging up the poster with your favorite music band on the wall in your room. Making a symbolic action "I like it, I'm in it"

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u/beyondimaginable Nov 04 '21

They changed it back then so you don't have to verificate low cost items.

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u/redditor1101 Nov 03 '21

I don't understand how you do this. I thought that no matter how much you played, you only got like 4 cards.

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u/essidus Future Beet Farmer? Nov 03 '21

Half the total number of cards for the game, rounded up for odd numbers. But you can also do stuff like craft boosters with gems.

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u/kryvian Nov 03 '21

I crafted boosters with gems; and you get half of the cards; for one level. the badge has 5 levels. It was a lot of boosters.

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u/Howrus Nov 04 '21

Exactly, you get rest from trading or crafting.
And this cost money.

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u/Toastender Nov 04 '21

Now do the foil badge.