A Matter of Time, Time Played That Is

When people shop for games, they want to know if what they're going to buy is worth the price they're paying. This is just like any product you'd buy, but it's arguably much harder with video games.

Video games are a subjective thing at their heart. How much enjoyment a person has with a game can be drastically different between individuals. Different game genres, art styles, levels of quality, and even developers can make or break a game for some, while others could care less.

So, people do their best to work with the tools available and try to turn a decision that's subjective into as objective a decision as possible. They read reviews written by an author they don't know with scores that are heavily skewed toward the high end of the scale. They watch video footage of gameplay and look at screenshots. Maybe they try a demo. And if they're lucky, they talk to their friends who own the game.

But why don't people share and look at time played? The amount of time someone spends playing a game can be an indicator of if they got their money's worth or not. If someone buys a game and only plays it for an hours or not at all, perhaps it's not worth picking up. At the other end of the spectrum is when a game gets played hours and hours, meaning, for some reason, the player keeps coming back for more. None of this tells you why a game might be good or bad, and you still run into the issue of whether or not you like the same types of games as the person the stats are from. All this considered, it can be used, along with other factors, to help in the selection of games.

Helpfully, Steam keeps track of how long you've played every game in your collection. Below, you'll find a compiled list of every steam game I own and how long I've played each of them. Take it with a grain of salt, especially those games with 0 play time, which could mean I just never found the time to play it.

Game Time Played
Team Fortress 2 193h 0m
Counter-Strike: Source 130h 0m
Left 4 Dead 84h 0m
Garry's Mod 74h 0m
Terraria 46h 0m
Dragon Age: Origins 34h 0m
Left 4 Dead 2 33h 0m
Sid Meier's Civilization V 30h 0m
TrackMania United 30h 0m
Natural Selection 2 26h 0m
AI War: Fleet Command 21h 0m
Beat Hazard 21h 0m
Portal 2 18h 0m
Fallout: New Vegas 17h 0m
Pirates, Vikings, & Knights II 17h 0m
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom 15h 0m
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 14h 0m
Global Agenda 14h 0m
AaAaAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity 12h 0m
Aliens vs. Predator 11h 0m
Half-Life 2 11h 0m
Audiosurf 10h 0m
Cities XL 2011 10h 0m
Cogs 10h 0m
Dawn of Discovery - Venice 10h 0m
Portal 9h 0m
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 8h 0m
Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum! 8h 0m
Crysis 7h 0m
Gratuitous Space Battle 7h 0m
Magicka 7h 0m
The Wonderful End of the World 7h 0m
Front Mission Evolved 5h 0m
The Longest Journey 5h 0m
SimCity 4 Deluxe 5h 0m
Droplitz 4h 0m
Machinarium 4h 0m
Plants vs. Zombies: GOTY 4h 0m
RUSH 4h 0m
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II 4h 0m
Dwarfs!? 3h 0m
1... 2... 3... KICK IT! 2h 0m
Bob Came in Pieces 2h 0m
Day of Defeat: Source 2h 0m
Frozen Synapse 2h 0m
Half-Life 2: Episode One 2h 0m
Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale 2h 0m
Solar 2 2h 0m
Super Meat Boy 2h 0m
Torchlight 2h 0m
Fallout 3 1h 55m
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood 1h 43m
Half-Life: Source 1h 37m
Peggle Deluxe 1h 27m
Shatter 1h 21m
Defense Grid: The Awakening 1h 10m
Unreal Tournament 3: Black Edition 1h 6m
Gyromancer 1h 5m
Amnesia: The Dark Descent 1h 2m
Flora's Fruit Farm 1h 1m
Half-Life 2: Episode Two 1h 0m
Trine 0h 53m
Galcon Fusion 0h 52m
Sanctum 0h 52m
Osmos 0h 50m
Monday Night Combat 0h 49m
Tomb Raider: Anniversary 0h 47m
Altitude 0h 45m
The Path 0h 32m
DogFighter 0h 30m
Toki Tori 0h 22m
And Yet It Moves 0h 17m
World of Goo 0h 16m
Mini Ninjas 0h 12m
Puzzle Dimension 0h 7m
X3: Reunion 0h 6m
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast 0h 4m
Unreal Tournament 2004 0h 3m
Counter-Strike 0h 2m
Season of Mystery: The Cherry Blossom Murders 0h 1m
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures 0h 0m
The Ball 0h 0m
Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition 0h 0m
BattleStations: Midway 0h 0m
BattleStations: Pacific 0h 0m
Conflicts: Denied Ops 0h 0m
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero 0h 0m
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero Deleted Scenes 0h 0m
Crysis Warhead 0h 0m
Crysis Wars 0h 0m
Dark Messiah Might and Magic Multi-Player 0h 0m
Dark Messiah Might and Magic Single Player 0h 0m
Dawn of Discovery 0h 0m
Day of Defeat 0h 0m
Deathmatch Classic 0h 0m
Deus Ex: GOTY 0h 0m
Deus Ex: Invisible War 0h 0m
DiRT 2 0h 0m
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey 0h 0m
Final Fantasy XI 0h 0m
Flotilla 0h 0m
Guild Wars 0h 0m
Half-Life 0h 0m
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch 0h 0m
Half-Life Deathmatch: Source 0h 0m
Half-Life: Blue Shift 0h 0m
Half-Life: Opposing Force 0h 0m
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin 0h 0m
Hitman: Blood Money 0h 0m
Hitman: Codename 47 0h 0m
I-Fluid 0h 0m
Infernal 0h 0m
Just Cause 0h 0m
Just Cause 2 0h 0m
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days 0h 0m
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men 0h 0m
Killing Floor 0h 0m
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light 0h 0m
The Last Remnant 0h 0m
Order of War 0h 0m
Plain Sight 0h 0m
Project: Snowblind 0h 0m
Rag Doll Kung Fu 0h 0m
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 0h 0m
Ricochet 0h 0m
Rogue Trooper 0h 0m
Sam & Max 101: Culture Shock 0h 0m
Sam & Max 102: Situation: Comedy 0h 0m
Sam & Max 103: The Mole, the Mob, and the Meatball 0h 0m
Shellshock 2: Blood Trails 0h 0m
The Ship 0h 0m
Sid Meier's Pirates! 0h 0m
SiN 0h 0m
SiN Episodes: Emergence 0h 0m
SiN Multiplayer 0h 0m
Supreme Commander 2 0h 0m
Team Fortress Classic 0h 0m
Thief: Deadly Shadows 0h 0m
Tidalis 0h 0m
Tomb Raider: Legend 0h 0m
Tomb Raider: Underworld 0h 0m
Unreal Gold 0h 0m
Unreal II: The Awakening 0h 0m
Unreal Tournament: GOTY 0h 0m
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade 0h 0m
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Winter Assault 0h 0m
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 0h 0m
Yosumin! 0h 0m
1029h 50m


  1. Your top 3 games are the same as mine. I also have a ton of games with 0 minutes of play time because of all the bundles on Steam. They're a great deal, but they often have more games than I actually want.

  2. that's a great point. I bought Fallout back in the day for $50 but found out I didn't really like RTS gaming. Same with the SIMS, I really liked that one but I got too busy to play it.


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