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How many of you have a whole load of games that you've only played once?

What about games that you've never opened?

Maybe games that you bought but kind of didn't even bother claiming the Steam keys for, much less even installing the games themselves?

How many games are ones that you got just because it was either free or less than $5, which you totally forgot about a short time after?

...and after all of the above, keep buying games ANYWAY?

Yeah. I hoard. But I'm hardly alone... 37% of registered STEAM games have never been played.

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/37-percent-of-steam-games-have-never-been-played-report/1100-6419022/

I wonder what's the percentage of keys bought but never even registered?
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I really cannot understand this mentality. It's not limited to just games, but speaking of games I hear that there's actually a whole bunch of scams going on that take advantage of this 'I must buy this now, even if I never play it' attitude.
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I really cannot understand this mentality. It's not limited to just games, but speaking of games I hear that there's actually a whole bunch of scams going on that take advantage of this 'I must buy this now, even if I never play it' attitude.


Ars Technica explains it pretty well, I think.

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/04/introducing-steam-gauge-ars-reveals-steams-most-popular-games/


Before you protest that this number sounds incredibly high, consider how many Steam games you’ve acquired through some sort of indie game bundle or ridiculous seasonal sale. You probably heard some good buzz about these titles and told yourself you’d find the time to play them some day in the future. Then you went right back to playing Team Fortress 2 for dozens of hours every week instead, didn’t you? If this particular scenario doesn’t apply to you specifically, trust us that it does apply generally to a lot of Steam users (for corroboration, see this Kotaku survey that shows Steam users haven’t played 40 percent of games they bought in the last 12 months).


It happens quite a bit.

"Oh, I'll play this later"

*3 years later*

"Hm. Well, sooner or later it'd get played..........."
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Depending on how you read that, I haven't played "40% of the games I have bought" in the last 12 months. I may have played them a lot when I got them, but then it'd be years before I play them again, if ever. Since Steam actually keeps track of playtime, it'd be more useful if they addressed that.
Setting that aside, I do see how that happens. It just doesn't happen for me, since I only purchase with the intent to play immediately. It is kind of concerning that this over-inflates the 'popularity' of certain games that a lot of people buy, but never play even once, or for less than an hour.
Posted 12/27/16 , edited 12/27/16
I haven't played 77% of my current Steam library based off of my calculations (230 games owned/176 Not Played).
That doesn't account for the games I have for consoles that I have a backlog of (probably have another 30 to 45 games for PS4/Xbox One that need to be played/beaten). I'm more of a console player than a PC/Steam player. Then you're wondering, "But, Ninjitsuko, why do you buy so many games that you're not beating?"

For PC: I usually buy games that people ask me to buy or recommend to me. Even if I don't play it immediately, I feel like if one of my friends suggest it - it should probably be good. Eventually there will come a time where I have beaten all of my console games and I begin to play my PC backlog.

For Console: I tend to buy games immediately when they first come out. Currently, I bought a metric crap-ton of games during Thanksgiving (Black Friday) and the last few days (Boxing Day). Some games were just on sale and I figured I'd buy them to see how good they are. Others, I bought because I had every intention of buying and beating (like FFXV, which I've platinum'd already on PS4).

Essentially, if a game can draw me in - it'll draw me in. Otherwise, it goes into the "I'll beat this when I get around to it" folder. I buy pretty much every Humble Bundle and throw in any game that interests me through the video - otherwise, I give it to a friend.
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I haven't played a vast majority sadly. I've had no time between university and work, but since I am on break I am slowly making my way though my backlog. (Although to be fair I don't think I even own 50 and half I got in the Star Wars bundle thing) I tend to play a majority of my games I pick up during sales in summer since I am out of school then.
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About 70% of my steam games are unplayed. I don't have this problem with physical releases. It might be because I buy a lot of older games during steam sales because they go for 10% of what they normally cost.

I hoard all of my old retro games. They've all been played at least once. Many have been played over 10 times, but they mostly collect dust.
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I haven't played a vast majority sadly. I've had no time between university and work, but since I am on break I am slowly making my way though my backlog. (Although to be fair I don't think I even own 50 and half I got in the Star Wars bundle thing) I tend to play a majority of my games I pick up during sales in summer since I am out of school then.


One of the dumb things that happens is that when a game goes unplayed for some time, the game progress might get lost due to upgrades or other stuff, then I'd have to start over on that darned game.

At that time I'd think "uh I don't feel like starting over, maybe I'll start over someday."
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kevz_210 wrote:

I haven't played a vast majority sadly. I've had no time between university and work, but since I am on break I am slowly making my way though my backlog. (Although to be fair I don't think I even own 50 and half I got in the Star Wars bundle thing) I tend to play a majority of my games I pick up during sales in summer since I am out of school then.


One of the dumb things that happens is that when a game goes unplayed for some time, the game progress might get lost due to upgrades or other stuff, then I'd have to start over on that darned game.

At that time I'd think "uh I don't feel like starting over, maybe I'll start over someday."


Haven't run into that per say, but had memory cards overridden when I was younger, it sucks that's for sure.
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I haven't touched/barely touched 75% of the games I have on Steam.. Until I finish another game, I'm not going to spend a single dime buying another one even at discount prices. The last game I bought was Pokemon Sun and even that, I've only played the story halfway through.

These days I'm either just reading or watching something. The only game I really play now is Overwatch.
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AlastorCrow wrote:

I haven't touched/barely touched 75% of the games I have on Steam.. Until I finish another game, I'm not going to spend a single dime buying another one even at discount prices. The last game I bought was Pokemon Sun and even that, I've only played the story halfway through.

These days I'm either just reading or watching something. The only game I really play now is Overwatch.


Honestly I'm kinda impressed how people are actually able to even state percentages, since all I could say is that "definitely most" of my games are just sitting there. I have 165 games, it shows on the account. Maybe I oughtta whip out a calculator.

Nah I'm too lazy. I rather just buy another random game and don't play it. That'd be easier.


Ocale wrote:

About 70% of my steam games are unplayed. I don't have this problem with physical releases. It might be because I buy a lot of older games during steam sales because they go for 10% of what they normally cost.

I hoard all of my old retro games. They've all been played at least once. Many have been played over 10 times, but they mostly collect dust.


Yeah I bought A Tale Of Two Sons for like 2 bux from the current Steam sale. Haven't played it.


ninjitsuko wrote:

For PC: I usually buy games that people ask me to buy or recommend to me. Even if I don't play it immediately, I feel like if one of my friends suggest it - it should probably be good. Eventually there will come a time where I have beaten all of my console games and I begin to play my PC backlog.



I say the same thing except with console games.

"Oh I won't even upgrade my console until I'm done with my PC backlog"

Just watch, that console upgrade's coming first unless I'm never buying another console ever again.


gornotck wrote:

Depending on how you read that, I haven't played "40% of the games I have bought" in the last 12 months. I may have played them a lot when I got them, but then it'd be years before I play them again, if ever. Since Steam actually keeps track of playtime, it'd be more useful if they addressed that.
Setting that aside, I do see how that happens. It just doesn't happen for me, since I only purchase with the intent to play immediately. It is kind of concerning that this over-inflates the 'popularity' of certain games that a lot of people buy, but never play even once, or for less than an hour.


Some games I just run to watch the intro sequence, and that also counted as "play time".
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I looked through my list of games and saw most titles I own were only played for a few minutes at most. The majority of the games were never even opened. It's a rough feel/estimate but I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be 9 out of 10.

Any games you looking forward to placing in your long-list of to-play titles in the future?
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AlastorCrow wrote:

I looked through my list of games and saw most titles I own were only played for a few minutes at most. The majority of the games were never even opened. It's a rough feel/estimate but I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be 9 out of 10.

Any games you looking forward to placing in your long-list of to-play titles in the future?


I'm not sure, but here are some items on the list of "LOL I got this but never installed it even once":

Bioshock, Bioshock 2, Bioshock Infinite
Darksiders I and II (don't even know if they're any good, I think I got them for free)
Elite Dangerous: Arena
Hell Yeah! (forgot I had this one)
SEGA Mega Drive & Genesis Classics (LOL I bought this?)
Supreme Commander, Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance (continuing on this trend of "I got this and its sequel and ignored both")
A bunch of hentai games I got for no reason as a bundle, which i forgot the names of, the Steam keys are in an email SOMEWHERE
XCOM: Enemy Unknown (lololol I must've gotten this for free too since I'd never buy an XCOM game)

There are some more games on other DRM-infested platforms like EA Origin and Ubisoft's Uplay, fat chance I'd play those either

So I guess I'd play Megadimension Neptunia VII, which I actually have installed and played. I haven't been playing it since I binge-played Neptunia rebirth 1, 2, AND 3 before this 4th game, by which time I'm kinda tired out.

edit: LOL there's a forum bug that puts my reply here, but whatever

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forum bug, see my reply above
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As to Darksiders and Darksiders 2, they are a little bit metal, or want to be.
Introduction sequences generally take less than an hour, which is why Steam only refunds games played less than two hours. There are games I have gotten, tried the intro, and either liked it but never got around to playing it again or did not like and could not get rid of it. When they work out the kinks in letting people resell their used digital license games, then we will see a shift in dynamics again. The super popular but never played games may see a series of plateaus instead of hills.
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