Play All The Games

There’s a good chance that if you’re reading this post, you own a Steam account, and why shouldn’t you? Steam is the greatest thing since sliced bread, craft singles, and that Keurig adapter you put on non-Keurig coffee pods. For the unfamiliar, Steam is PC game distribution service. Players can buy games over the internet, download them on to their computers, and play them without ever having to go to a brick and mortar store. Standard players love the convenience, game makers love the built in DRM, and less financed players love the hyper discounted games that appear every season. It’s a perfect system in a perfect world, but sometimes someone’s perfect world is flat. The flow chart looks like gaming utopia at first:

“Skyrim for 5 dollars? Why the fuck not, I’ll play it when I have time.”Let’s give this chart some narrative. Say you want to buy a game. Naturally you’d buy it on the spot, but because you’re a frequent steam user, you know that Valve throws a seasonal sale wackier than Crazy Eddie at downtown car dealership (his prices are nuts!) so you decide to wait a bit. When the sale arrives, you find the game, purchase it at the right time, then BAM, you get a video game for 75 percent off its regular sales price. The problem happens during the waiting period as as the game you want goes on sale.  Like the h’orderves guy that floats around before the actual wedding reception, steam makes you offers you can’t refuse that are usually smaller indie titles below 10 dollars, or games you may have missed out on last year.

The reality is you probably won’t. Don’t feel guilty though, you’re not the only one.

Ethan Levy wrote an article for Kotaku a year ago about this phenomenon, in which he decided to try and find out how the general statistics of the average steam user’s video game library by setting up an internet poll. He asked 1400 gamers about their buying habit and the numbers aren’t that surprising.

Here’s some data from that article:

–          The average gamer bought 60% of games on sale.

–          The average gamer purchased 11 – 25 games in the past 12 months and has not played 40% of those games.

–          30% of gamers have 50+ games in the “pile of shame.”

So how do I stack up? Turns out my own little pile of shame is like everyone else’s. I’ve even avoided Steam sales so that I didn’t fall into the trap, but with a slew of new games coming out, and some great ones from 2015 finally showing their true value, I decided that maybe it’s time to catch up with the collection. Here’s the current status:

Steam Calculator

Hey, that’s not so bad! i could totally clear thirteen games in a few… oh wait a minute…

Steam Hours Played Breakdown


HOW IT’S GOING TO WORK:As it turns out, I play my games for an hour or two before the ADD kicks in. Then I’m off to sink time into Guild Wars 2. So yeah, I got a bit of catching up to do, which is what this blog is all about. Plus it kills two birds with one stone when it comes to personal happiness. Experiencing new games AND getting some writing done at the same time.

Every week I’ll drop commentary on the game I’m playing and about my progress of the overall goal in general. Maybe I’ll add a video or two with some funnier moments of game play later on if SteamLink and OBS work well together. I’ll also be sure to give you details if there’s going to be new additions to the library. This is, after all, an unfolding experiment to see if I can truly Play All The Games.

Next week: Tomb Raider (2013)