The Steam Holiday Sale is officially live, offering deep discounts on thousands of games between now and the start of the New Year. If you’re looking to get in some PC/Mac gaming on the cheap between now and the next big holiday sale, then get ready for rotating discounts, additional surprises and, as always, prices that’ll make your mouse-clicking finger extremely itchy.

Depending on the type of person you are, the annual Steam Holiday Sale is either greeted with much rejoicing or quakes of terror. You can either view it as a way to stock up on dozens of games for ridiculously deep discounts or an insanely efficient way to stack even more games onto your growing backlog.

Personally, I promise myself every year that I won’t give into the temptation and try to spend my time actually playing the games that I already own, but then something happens to pop up every couple of days that I simply can’t say no to.

Having just launched, Steam’s press release on the big promotion is short and to the point.

“The Steam Holiday Sale is on now thru January 2, 2015.,” reads the statement. “Throughout the sale, Steam customers may take advantage of special deals running every 12 hours and new Featured Deals happening each day. In addition, holiday shoppers may vote in the Community Choice promotion to determine which games receive deeper discounts. And those who participate in the sale may also earn exclusive Holiday Sale Trading Cards.”

The featured deals for this first day range the spectrum, highlighted (only because they have bigger pictures than the others) by Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth and Space Engineers. The former is marked down by 40 percent and will set you back $29.99 while the latter is marked down by 50 percent and only costs 10 bucks.

If you haven’t played Dark Souls II yet, then it can be yours starting today for just $14.79. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is only $13.39, a much more reasonable price for this short jaunt through Snake’s latest adventure.

Other featured deals for day one include the 2014 edition of Rocksmith for only $30.39, as well as Rome II for $14.98, Sniper Elite III for $24.99 and Euro Truck Simulator 2 for a drastically reduced $3.74. Finally, State of Decay is up for just $4.99.

Those games will change around mid-day tomorrow but, in about half that time, you can expect a new batch of special deals as part of the “every 12 hours” rotating section. The current batch includes Styx: Master of Shadows for $14.99, Flight Simulator X for just $4.99, Speed Runner for $2.49, (takes deep breath) and Injustice, Hegemony Rome and Damned for about five dollars apiece.

Happy deal hunting!

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