More than half of all Steam games rarely (if ever) get played

By Shawn Knight · 42 replies
Apr 16, 2014
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  1. It's no surprise that with more than 75 million active daily users, Steam is one of the most popular gaming platforms in the world. In addition to being incredibly easy to install and use, gamers often look forward to semi-annual...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,996   +1,317

    I think ive played less than half the games in my steam library.
    And yes, I feel like a fool for buying them.
  3. My Steam stats are hidden however I have played all my games at least once.
  4. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    This is why I have such few steam games, I mostly only buy on the sales if I feel I really want to play it. Though I have friends who end up buying hundreds of games and rarely even play a quarter of them.
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  5. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    I buy a lot of games but only play some of them, it doesnt matter if they dont get played tbh but like a lot of good games they get left behind where as terrible games like CoD games get played all the time which in fact they shouldnt be played at all!!!!

    All the good games rarely get played :/
  6. Steam sales : Hoarding for gamers
    "omg this is so cheap, I need to get it....I may want to play soon as im done with all these other things in my life, yeah then I will have time to catch up with my list of steam games..."
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I've never bought anything from Steam but I have to have Steam installed in order to play some games which requires Steam in order to be be played. Any games I buy must be on a physical DVD/CD and they must be on sale or else I'm not interested.
  8. Spykezxp

    Spykezxp TS Addict Posts: 294   +73

    I have only 3 games on Steam that I have not played yet, and 2 of those I was given by a friend. I don't understand how anyone would want to build up a collection of games that they will possibly never get around to playing. When I buy a game, I do some research into the game to make sure that I will want to actually purchase it. Unlike some of my friends that have collections of hundreds that they have never played. Sounds like a waste of money to me.
  9. You are to strong, okey!
  10. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    I don't know what my ratio is off hand, but I know I've picked up a couple Humble Bundles just for one game, and haven't touched the rest.
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  11. DSoS

    DSoS TS Rookie

    I have 350 games and played maybe 20% for at least 1 hour or more.

    I get most of the games from Humble Bundle, Indie Gala, etc. I think I've bought 15, if that, direct from Steam.
  12. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,003   +656

    Close to half not yet played. Grabbed on sale and to be played one day. Seemed like a savings at the time. No waste of hard drive as it sits in the Steam Cloud (a/k/a Sauna).
  13. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TS Addict Posts: 296   +125

    I have about 300 games on steam. I'd say 10% I haven't played through Steam, but played them on Xbox or maybe played them before (older pc games,) and "may" wish to play them again down the road. Steam at least makes sure older titles are compatible with newer PCs. Some games I bought for a few bucks, and just didn't like so never touched them again, but there's a good 50% that get played through every few years. Games like Skyrim/Fallout/Dragon Age maybe every 5 years due to time consumption.
  14. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,272   +456

    Here's my list -
    14% of my games have 1 hour or more of playtime - that's 300 games and 300 DLC most of which I've never touched.

    I also have an additional 75 games that have been played from .1 to .9 hours. That means that I've only ever played 39% of the Steam games I own. I fully admit that I'm a digital packrat and a game hoarder. I was the same way when I used to buy physical media but that's why I made the move to Steam only titles when possible. Steam has helped me keep my computer room clean.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2014
  15. Pinkie Pie

    Pinkie Pie TS Booster Posts: 70   +30

    I have over 200 games in my Steam account now but I got most of them for free through giveaway or rewards sites and most of the rest through $1 humble bundles. Out of all of them I've still probably only played a dozen. Who has the time anymore?
  16. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,144   +911

  17. Sniped_Ash

    Sniped_Ash TS Maniac Posts: 253   +108

    I don't think anyone wants to have the Steam list of shame, but it's so easy to snag a bunch of new-ish AAA games that are on sale for $5-10, but never get around to playing them. If you also have a few time-sink games that you like keep going back to (WoW, Diablo 3, Civ V for me) suddenly there's no time to play those Steam sale games.

    Also if something is really cheap and has been getting a lot of buzz, I might get it even if it's not in my wheelhouse. The icon for The Swapper has been staring at me from my desktop for quite some time...
  18. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,713   +855

    "Combined, that’s more than 50 percent of a user’s games that get little or no attention at all – likely eating up a lot of hard drive space in the process."

    Well yeah - if you decide to install them. I currently have maybe 4-5 of my Steam games installed, but have around 160 games total.

    Like many others, I've picked up more games than normal due to Humble and other package sales. That probably accounts for 20% of my games right there. Now having said that, I also do snap up a lot of games during the Steam sales. It's hard to pass up a "I always wanted to try that" game when it's going for five bucks or less.

    One area where I buck the trend is I almost always finish a game I start. If I had to guess, I'd say 95% of what I start, I finish.

    I don't consider having more games than I can play a vice. It's a hobby. If I get to them, fine. If I don't, fine. There are a lot worse things I could be spending my money on and at a minimum, I'm supporting the gaming industry. ;)
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  19. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    I have 250 games and a full time job. This article isn't news to me :)
  20. thegroveman

    thegroveman TS Rookie

    It amazes me that people laud the savings that the Steam platform provides, then don't play its games. You're not saving money if you buy a bunch of product you don't use, even if it's on sale.
  21. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,272   +456

    This - PC gaming needs to be supported or it'll fall off to console only development.
  22. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 781   +235

    The games I haven't played are usually ones that came as a package with other games.
  23. Just to notice, Steam did not always have the "hours played" feature, some of my old games simply don't have it because I played them many years ago. And some old games I don't run through Steam, but just take their files and run through ScummVM or Doxbox manually. This would create a little inaccuracy in the testing. Another thing, a game that was "NEVER" played might have been bought just a few weeks ago, it doesn't mean it's lying there for ages. Quite possible that people buy games on sales and then play them throughout the year. This statistics should be gathered before, after and in the middle of sales to see the percentage of unplayed games go higher and lower.
  24. spectrenad

    spectrenad TS Enthusiast Posts: 98   +18

    Out of 87 steam games, I haven't played maybe 50. They mostly come from bundles, or from ridiculously cheap sales. I'll prob play some of them this summer, but right now, I'm too busy to enjoy all of these title xD
  25. jUsTdOiT_bd

    jUsTdOiT_bd TS Rookie

    Me going to say who r u . my steam my money my game its on me what I going to do with my game...u don't pay for my game. I pay for my game so..if I play thats up to me if I don't play thats also up to me I love u steam ^_^

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