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5 things to do while the steam is low

Launch Epic Games Store or GOG

Even if Steam is down, the fun doesn’t have to stop. Both the Epic Games Store and GOG have games that are definitely worth checking out to while away your downtime. Own a game or 50 of Hearthstone, which is free, or gift a game to Fortnite or Fall Guys on the Epic Games Store. They’re both free, so it won’t cost you anything either!

If you are not a fan of Fortnite/Fall Guys or don’t have time to install another game, you can always rely on GOG for DRM-free gaming quality. Just sit back, load up a GOG game, and start playing. No need to log into an account, no need to be constantly online. Or, if you haven’t purchased a game there yet, GOG has a pretty good deal right now that you can check out here.

Go to Origin or Ubisoft Connect

If neither Blizzard nor GOG’s game selection appeals to you, there is another option. EA and Ubisoft’s Origin and Connect services can put you back in action, although most people aren’t fans of these specialized gaming platforms.

With Battlefield 1, Watch Dogs 2, Far Cry Primal and FIFA 17 released this year, it’s unlikely you’ll have trouble finding something to pass the time. These services may not seem as polished as Steam, but at least you’ll be able to log in and play while you wait for it to come back online.

Maybe console games

While it’s not an option for everyone, it may be the best way to play if almost your entire PC game library is stuck on Steam. If you have an Xbox Series X | S, a PS5 or even the previous generation of consoles, there are plenty of exclusive titles that didn’t make it to Steam that are worth spending your time with.

Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite are the most obvious choices on the Xbox One side, and if you buy those games digitally on your PC or Xbox One, you’ll be able to download them digitally on the other side via Play Anywhere.

PS5 owners, on the other hand, have Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Deathloop to enjoy. If you have a Game Pass or PlayStation Plus membership, you’ll also have access to libraries of hundreds of free games ready to download!

Check out potential purchases at the Steam sale / add to your wishlist

Let’s be honest, we all have a simply ridiculous amount of games in our backlog that no matter how much we claim “we’ll get them eventually,” we’ll just ignore them with reckless abandon and buy 10 more.

Sound like you? So why not feed your voracious consumer appetite even more by exploring the little indie games you may have missed, or the blockbusters you decided to pass on until they’re deeply discounted before you pull the trigger and add them to your wishlist ? With so many Steam sales, it’s worth adding them to your wishlist to at least be notified when they go on sale.

Give your PC a spring cleaning

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If you can’t play games on your PC, it’s a good idea to make sure everything is clean, optimized, and ready to go. By ensuring all vents are free of dust, your PC will be able to maintain a cool temperature and perform at its best. You can also manage some cables if it starts to look like Spaghetti Junction within your rig.

However, cleaning your PC doesn’t have to just be a physical process. You’ll also want to make sure your drives are clean and tidy. You can use the free CCleaner program to make sure your registry is under control and to remove any junk files on your hard drive. It may not be as fun as playing, but hey, it has to be done sometime. Let’s hope the downtime doesn’t last too long, anyway.

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