• (nodebb)

There's nothing actually wrong with the maths in the Steam one.

This offer allows you to save \$1.49 on the bundle compared to buying the products separately all at their respective current prices. So, buying each game separately at its current reduced prices is a total of \$32.98, while the reduced current price of the bundle is \$31.49, end result: if you want to buy both games, you can save \$1.49 by buying the bundle at its current reduced price compared to buying them individually at their current reduced price.

It's not a maths WTF, but a writing WTF, or maybe even a comprehension(1) WTF.

(1) I understood it immediately before doing the arithmetic to verify it.

• lmao (unregistered)

There is literally nothing wrong with the Steam screenshot.

• (nodebb)

I agree, the Steam one is not a math WTF, rather it's a marketing WTF. All these gimmicks annoy me personally to no end. Here, they got lost in their own labyrinth of "discounts". The 50%/80% off is a gimmick, and you can actually save only \$1.50 if you buy the package.

When I look at this, I almost feel like not buying anything at all, to be honest.

Besides, \$32 or so will buy you a couple of drinks at a bar, where you can talk with people in real life and have fun. Beats playing video games to me.

• Darren (unregistered)

I'm assuming that the maths one is because the 'before' prices come to \$89.98 based on the prices listed for the two items (\$39.99 + \$49.99), but the the '-55% deal' price shows it as \$69.99.

As I've opined before, some of these need a better explanation - you might know exactly where the WTF is, but the rest of us need pointing in the right direction. Just a little something so we're not having to go all Sherlock Holmes to try and figure out what you've seen.

• (nodebb)

Writing good progress bars is difficult; often, you can't easily count something or know the exact total to use to make a percentage upfront. A common trick is to guess, run the bar up to 99% or even 100%, and just sit there until the last bits show up and magically "finish." Apple does this a lot (only a few seconds remaining, for the last five minutes). On a game I worked on years ago, I'd guess on the first install (using the trick), record the time it took, and use that the next time.

• t (unregistered) in reply to Mr. TA

Better a bar without any gimmicks like happy hour

• (nodebb) in reply to Steve_The_Cynic

The problem is that it is comparing the 34.49 to 69.99 even though the original prices don't add up to 69.99, but to 89.98. The only values that are actually wrong are in the top box... the 55% and the crossed out 69.99.

• Erwin (unregistered) in reply to shdon

I think that before the current sales started, you could purchase both items as a bundle as well, for 69.99, saving 19.99 on the price of the separate items.

That way all prices including those in the top box are correct.

• (nodebb) in reply to shdon

If the package was offered before the current set of discounts, then it would make math sense (69.99 for two products that would've cost you 89.98 without the package). But it still wouldn't make marketing sense, because they could instead compare 31.49 to 89.98 and call it 65% off.

• (nodebb) in reply to shdon

The problem is that it is comparing the 34.49 to 69.99 even though the original prices don't add up to 69.99, but to 89.98. The only values that are actually wrong are in the top box... the 55% and the crossed out 69.99.

The line at the bottom is comparing the current (reduced) prices (32.98 for the pieces separately vs 31.99 for the bundle), which Steam bundle prices always do; and the percentages by each price are the current reductions of that specific price.

And Steam bundles always cost less than buying the different parts of the bundle separately. It's kinda the point, to get you to buy them all at once rather than spreading the cost over the time it takes you to play through each game/DLC in the bundle.

It ends up looking weird because the reductions aren't all the same percentage, but the arithmetic checks out, provided you don't compare the reduced price of the bundle to the sum of the full-price prices of the two games.

As I said originally, it's a communications/comprehension WTF, not a maths WTF. (And a comprehension WTF is almost always caused by a communications WTF.)

• Dave Aronson (github)

Maybe Norse Beast's dinner date was at the restaurant I reported on in the top story at:

https://thedailywtf.com/articles/not-really-an-error-d-error-d

• kasim (unregistered)
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