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#1 Apr 16 2014 at 9:04 AM Rating: Good
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And lots of other interesting numbers in this article on ArsTechnica

The pie chart showing the data in the title:
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More charts (but no pie charts) in the article for those who can't be bothered to read.
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#2 Apr 16 2014 at 9:17 AM Rating: Good
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Considering the number of sales and bundles they have, it's really not all that surprising.
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Yeah, I have lots of bundle games that I bought for some other title. I'm sure those help mess up the ratio.

But I also have games I intentionally bought years ago and still haven't played Smiley: um
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I have 3 Steam games: Skyrim has about 600 hours of play time, Sims3 is around 350 hours, and Endless Space has about 120 hours. There's no point in paying for something I'm not sure I'm going to get at least 100 hours out of. There's plenty of free content online, and games I've already paid for that I could play instead.

Other people are weird.
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At an average price of maybe $2 a game, I'm fine with getting a couple hours out of it. Heck, I'm fine with trying a game and deciding "I'm not liking this" and dropping it since my investment in it is so low.
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#6 Apr 16 2014 at 9:47 AM Rating: Good
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Yeah I think 95% of my Steam games are in the unplayed category, because I bought a lot of them cheap and then just uninstalled Steam one day..
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#7 Apr 16 2014 at 9:53 AM Rating: Excellent
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For sure, you really can't go wrong for a buck or two.

It's just there's so many games out there that are good, that it just doesn't seem worth the time to take a risk on something. There's no shortage of award winning or well reviewed titles out there that I've never played but are basically sure bets to get many hours of fun out of, and by the time I finish with my current game there'll be a bunch more created that I'll never have the time to play as well. It's like a multimillionaire buying a scratch ticket or at 7/11 or something.
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Yeah, but even well reviewed or loved games might be hit and miss. I didn't care for Mass Effect, Half-Life 2 or Dishonored, for instance, but most people liked or loved them. On the other hand, I did a little experiment where I was playing through part of my backlog and found some games I enjoyed for at least the couple hours I put into them (and a lot of unsurprising duds).

I'm also less discerning about my hours requirement than you seem to be. A fun game that keeps me engaged and is over in 6-8 hours is fine with me. I don't need 100+ hours from a game to feel like it was worth it. I'd probably feel differently if I was paying full retail on them though and had $50 invested from the start.

Edited, Apr 16th 2014 11:18am by Jophiel
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Honestly, I'm just really surprised it isn't higher.
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Well if you lump in those played for less than an hour it's over 50%, you'd think many of those in the >1 hour category weren't really played at all. Even then only 20% of games get more than 10 hours. Which is like one of those play it for a day or two and decide you don't like it things.

Fascinating I tells ya.

Edited, Apr 16th 2014 9:52am by someproteinguy
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Honestly, I'm just really surprised it isn't higher.

Well, not everyone binges on indie bundles.

Edited, Apr 16th 2014 11:36am by Jophiel
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Also, it seems that idling for cards would throw this sort of survey all out of whack. Before I started cheating with SAM, I had games I never played but which I installed and left idling for two hours to get the cards to sell.
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I have 111 steam games. I've played about 5 of them...

They're just so **** cheap when they go on sale...
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I have a lot that I've downloaded and started up but then didn't play. Those would all count as 'played'.

I think I only have a couple Ive never downloaded.
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Jophiel wrote:
idiggory the Fussy wrote:
Honestly, I'm just really surprised it isn't higher.

Well, not everyone binges on indie bundles.

Edited, Apr 16th 2014 11:36am by Jophiel

I've never bought a bundle and still **** near half of my games have 1 hour or less in them. A few because the controls were bad, Civ because I couldn't be bothered to do a tutorial, wound up completely and utterly lost and quit to never start it up again and the Batman Arkham Asylum & City because I'm not bored with Borderlands yet. Then again for every game under 1 hour there's a game with 100+ hours in my steam library.
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A quick and dirty check of my Steam Gauge page tells me I've played about 25% of my games for over an hour each.
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I have a lot of games friends have gifted my account in hopes I will get on and play with them. I may have logged into some of them for a minute or two before getting bored, especially when said friends never actually play the game they invited me to.
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I've never bought a bundle and still **** near half of my games have 1 hour or less in them.

We binge on bundles, you just make poor purchasing decisions. Happy now? Smiley: grin
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#19 Apr 16 2014 at 1:55 PM Rating: Good
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I've never bought a bundle and still **** near half of my games have 1 hour or less in them.

We binge on bundles, you just make poor purchasing decisions. Happy now? Smiley: grin

Probably true, still I've paid less than €5 for all but one of the games I've barely played so it's not like it was a big financial drain either.
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I'm definitely a contributor. I'm up to about 630 games on my Steam Library.

I've installed and played maybe... 120 of them.
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#21 Apr 16 2014 at 5:54 PM Rating: Good
I have bought almost all of the Humble Bundle bundles, I've only played a hand full of the games :3
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I have alot of steam games that have never even been installed. Most games like that were part of those humble bundles. Of course its easy to understand why a game would only be played once if you end up hating it, I have a few of those.
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I have 22 games on Steam, average playtime is 40.7 hours. 37 avg on action games (e.g. HL2, Bioshock Infinite), 41 on stealth games (Deus Ex, Dishonored), 44 on RPGs, 82 on sandbox (New Vegas, Skyrim, Amalur) and 171 for strategy (EU 4, Shogun).

Yeah, I know you were dying for a statistical breakdown of my gaming habits by genre, you're welcome. Side-note, it'd be cool if there was a stats tab in Steam to compile this kind of data for you. I'm sure Allegory would agree.

I only have two Steam games I've never played - Darksiders 2, bought bundled with #1 which, it turns out, I didn't much care for; and Spiral Knights, which I'm pretty sure someone gifted me out of a multipack and which we never got around to. Normally I give a game at least a couple of hours before I decide I despise it.

Apart from bundles, which've already been mentioned, there are a bunch of f2p games, very short indie games where 2 hours is game over; ****, Portal is what, 5 hours long? Steam also counts things like Half Life: Lost Coast (a 10 minute tech demo level packaged with the orange box), beta clients and some expansion packs as separate games. It'd be interesting to know how much money most people spend on unplayed games.
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There used to be a couple sites that would compile stats for you on how many games you had, percentage unplayed, etc but they all seem to be down, being recoded or some other excuse for not serving my needs.

Speaking of bundles, I have game keys not only not yet installed or played, but not yet even activated Smiley: laugh

Edited, Apr 18th 2014 8:20pm by Jophiel
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Jophiel wrote:
There used to be a couple sites that would compile stats for you on how many games you had, percentage unplayed, etc but they all seem to be down, being recoded or some other excuse for not serving my needs.

Speaking of bundles, I have game keys not only not yet installed or played, but not yet even activated Smiley: laugh

Edited, Apr 18th 2014 8:20pm by Jophiel
I still have my Bioshock: Infinite, FarCry 3: Blood Dragon, and Tomb Raider codes from one of those AMD Reloaded bonuses. Smiley: lol I should have just sold them when I got them.
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You could sell them now as a bundle for upwards of ten dollars!
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They should show how many dollars spent are never played. That is, I might buy a $5 and never play, but if I buy a $40 game, I'm definitely playing.
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Hello my name is BeanX and I'm a bundle game addict.

I have 560 games, I have played roughly 100 of them over the last 9 years. BUT those don't count the games I used to pirate before I learned to sale shop. Usually If i see the game for cheap enough even after beating a pirated copy Ill buy a copy but never play it.

PS this doesn't include the 100+ games I have on PSN (admittedly about 30 are from PS+), the 50 or so on Origin, the 100 or so on Desura, or the handfull on GOG,Gamersgate,GMG that wont activate on Steam.

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Edited, Apr 19th 2014 11:59pm by BeanX
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I have 560 games, I have played roughly 1000 of them over the last 9 years.


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Edited after I realized I added a 0 lol
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I'll have one **** of a video game library for when I retire! Smiley: schooled
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I wonder what percentage of users play in offline mode? According to Steam, I only have 1.5 hours in Skyrim, but I've "completed" it twice. ( Sadly, it never got better, Morrowind still smokes it's ***). Maybe there aren't enough "offliners" to invalidate that 36.9% figure, but I do wonder.


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Maybe the hours by offline play exactly match the hours logged by SAM card idlers! Smiley: tinfoilhat
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Maybe the hours by offline play exactly match the hours logged by SAM card idlers! Smiley: tinfoilhat


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