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#1 Posted by Branthog (5563 posts) -

I know that my Steam library is a little larger than most people's, but you don't have to get anywhere near that size to start running into organizational problems. So, I'm wondering, how do you organize your Steam games?

I find the very limited category functionality in Steam to be troublesome. For example, you can only put something in one category. So I run into problems where something may be an Action-Adventure. Or an Action-Platformer. Or a strategy RPG adventure game. Of course, it can ONLY go into one category, so I'm stuck having to say "adventure" or "platformer". Or just throwing everything into "action" and "strategy" and "FPS" and not refining it any further than that.

Wouldn't it be fantastic if Steam just used tag-clouds and then applied the tags the games are listed in Steam under, into the client? And then let you add your own custom tags on top of that?

Anyway, I'd love to know what solutions some of you have come up with. I feel like my method is sloppy, inaccurate, overly general, and frustrating. :/

#2 Posted by BeachThunder (11849 posts) -
  • Favourites
  • Games I don't want
  • Games I've finished
  • Games I plan on playing at some point
  • Games I'm currently playing or plan on playing soon
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#3 Edited by LassieME (230 posts) -

I organize by genre, and if there is more than a full screen in one category I divide them into subsections, like: (Strategy Real Time, Strategy Turn Based) and (Shooter First Person, Shooter Third Person) and so on. I also favorite games I'm actively playing.

#4 Edited by wrecks (2245 posts) -

I don't at all. I keep a relatively small number of games installed and just view the installed category. I used to try and organize, but I ran into the same problems as you listed. I gave it up.

#5 Posted by BlatantNinja23 (930 posts) -

a favorites list and a "welcome to the family" list.

#6 Posted by Winternet (8014 posts) -

I don't. It's a free for all in there. (Well, they're in alphabetical order)

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#7 Edited by Animasta (14673 posts) -

I don't, which considering I have 200 games on it is probably a bad option!

#8 Posted by _Chad (962 posts) -

Alphabetically, but I only have 28 games on steam, so I can see all them without having to scroll.

#9 Posted by Pazy (2563 posts) -

I have a little over 150 games, I just leave it completely unsorted in one giant unsorted alphabetical list. I don't even filter installed and uninstalled.

#10 Edited by believer258 (11808 posts) -
  • Installed
  • Not installed

And it's actually pretty easy for me because Steam filters out the ones that aren't installed. Otherwise they're in generic ABC order.

I can see how this might be troubling if you've got, say, the biggest hard drive there is dedicated to games and have like five or six hundred installed on it, but do you really need all five or six hundred of those games installed at one time?

Anyway, Steam does have its own favorites menu and all. I just can't see how having the games you're currently playing at the top of your games list isn't enough, or shortcuts on the desktop.

#11 Posted by DaMisterChief (628 posts) -

The one im playing i set as favorite i minimize the rest in order to hide the fact i'll never play them

#12 Posted by DarkShaper (1325 posts) -

@wrecks said:

I don't at all. I keep a relatively small number of games installed and just view the installed category. I used to try and organize, but I ran into the same problems as you listed. I gave it up.

Same, I try to keep my installed games at around 20 or so at all times.

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#13 Posted by rjayb89 (7720 posts) -
  • Favorites (usually games I've completed but still want to play)
  • Completed (games I've completed that I don't want to return to)
  • Infinite Play (typically multiplayer-focused and sandbox games)
  • Miscellaneous (odd duplicates of games I have and Portal 2 - The Final Hours)
  • Unfinished Business (games I'm meaning to get to)
  • Games (the rest)
#14 Posted by Animasta (14673 posts) -

okay I've made it!

I've got

favorites

finished

played (games that can't be finished that I am done with such as audiosurf)

still playing (games that I am actively still playing)

unfinished (games that I am not actively still playing but still want to go back to)

unplayed

and shit

#15 Posted by gaminghooligan (1436 posts) -

I just sort by installed, if I'm not playing something I usually uninstall it.

#16 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

I organize them based on how many hours it would take me to beat them.

#17 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2720 posts) -

Haven't really organized them at all. I only have about 40 games in my Library.

#18 Posted by Branthog (5563 posts) -
  • Installed
  • Not installed

And it's actually pretty easy for me because Steam filters out the ones that aren't installed. Otherwise they're in generic ABC order.

I can see how this might be troubling if you've got, say, the biggest hard drive there is dedicated to games and have like five or six hundred installed on it, but do you really need all five or six hundred of those games installed at one time?

Anyway, Steam does have its own favorites menu and all. I just can't see how having the games you're currently playing at the top of your games list isn't enough, or shortcuts on the desktop.

One of the main issues is simply finding games, in the first place. The second is organizing them once you've played/stopped playing or finished them. I install way too much stuff (the steam library is on a dedicated 3tb drive) and have completed/played way to little (I've played about 15% of 1700 titles and finished maybe 3% of them). Even just sitting down and saying "I feel like playing a strategy RPG game" is daunting, because there's so much to search through and while you can use the search field for titles, you can't tell it "show games in my library that are tagged as both RPG and strategy".

I find it really bizarre at the features Steam does and doesn't have. As I mentioned, no tagging. No searching by tags or keywords. However, they include the Metacritic score and Last Played dates in your results/library list.

I do think I may be going about it the wrong way, though. I currently have it setup like the following (but I've only actually sorted a small handful of my total games, because I'd get carpal tunnel syndrome trying to do every one of them).

  • Favorites
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Casual
  • FPS
  • Online FPS
  • Puzzle
  • Racing
  • Roguelike
  • RPG
  • Stealth
  • Strategy /; RTS
  • Survival
  • Tower Defense
  • _Non-Steam Games
  • _Media (movies, etc)

I was really hoping someone maybe made a third party utility using Steam's API to kind of help with this, but I haven't come across such a thing, yet. :/

#19 Edited by Pr1mus (3873 posts) -

I don't. I leave it to alphabetical order and display only the installed games. Currently that makes 28 of them and that fits in one screen.

#20 Posted by ajamafalous (11963 posts) -

Alphabetical

Used to have them by installed/not installed but I found that I mostly never went down to the 'not installed' section so I ended up forgetting about a ton of games I owned. The downfall of having like 800 games on Steam, I guess.

#21 Posted by spiceninja (3056 posts) -

I have a few games I play a lot in my favorites and everything else is alphabetical. I keep it set to only show installed games at all times.

#22 Posted by Demoskinos (14777 posts) -

I don't really however they got thrown into the list when I bought em' is how they stay.

#23 Posted by OldGuy (1552 posts) -

Steam library? Hrmmmm... that's an interesting thought... shortcuts and folders on my PC seem to work well for me... (now if I could just get the Steam virus/memory hog/resource sucker to automatically close when I finish playing a game)...

#24 Posted by Grimluck343 (1149 posts) -

Once you break 100 games in your Steam Library it gets really messy. I actually just use the grid view to browse games because the tagging feature tends to be more cumbersome than just an alphabetical list.

#25 Posted by VoidProd (95 posts) -

I don't. Only got 106 games, so not an issue yet. Just list all games in detailed view. I'll give it some thought when I cross the 200 line maybe.

#26 Posted by Ubersmake (754 posts) -

Favorites are games I want to finish/master. Essentially the backlog.

If it's installed, it's a game I'd like to have around at the moment, whether it's something I want to finish/master, or something I'd like to play whenever the hell I want to play it.

If it's in "!Backlog" (the exclamation mark is to push it to the top of the list of categories), it's a game that's installed that I'm not currently playing.

Everything else gets stuffed into a letter category.

Then I display only Installed games.

#27 Posted by believer258 (11808 posts) -

@branthog: There's no way for me to say this without sounding like a smartass, but why not favorite a handful of games, completing them (or sticking to them until you just can't play them anymore) and then putting different stuff in favorites? You could keep an RTS, an action game, an FPS, and something else in there.

I (and many others) have issues beating games because I've just got so damn many of them, though my collection pales in comparison to yours. I'm just trying to get around this by picking a few and playing them 'til I beat them, and sticking to only a handful of games (or, for now, just one). Do you really need to try and play that many games at once?

#28 Edited by Oscar__Explosion (2245 posts) -

Anytime fun, games completed, need to start/finish, Won't play

#29 Posted by SexyToad (2760 posts) -

I don't. Probably since I don't have enough games yet.

#30 Posted by Branthog (5563 posts) -

@branthog: There's no way for me to say this without sounding like a smartass, but why not favorite a handful of games, completing them (or sticking to them until you just can't play them anymore) and then putting different stuff in favorites? You could keep an RTS, an action game, an FPS, and something else in there.

I (and many others) have issues beating games because I've just got so damn many of them, though my collection pales in comparison to yours. I'm just trying to get around this by picking a few and playing them 'til I beat them, and sticking to only a handful of games (or, for now, just one). Do you really need to try and play that many games at once?

Like I say, only part of it is dealing with the games you're currently playing. The other part is finding the games you want to play next. I usually Favorite the games I'm playing most immediately (ie, an MMO, a MOBA, two or three online shooters, a couple RPGs, several strategy games, etc) while I'm going to be playing them for however many days/weeks/months. Maybe I'm just trying to solve an OCD problem that most other people don't have (that is, I have this weird compulsion to have all of my games in some sort of order for later reference). Maybe the majority of people just don't have that bug up their ass to the point that they look at a list of their games and think "everythink must be in zee categorical order!".

#31 Edited by Dalai (7019 posts) -

I sort them by genre, but I really should sort my games based on how reckless the purchase was.

#32 Posted by DerpButter (4 posts) -

I've just dedicated an old 640GB drive as my 'steamdisk'. Games I'm completely over (or were a total disappointment) I uninstall, then I show only installed, and I moved all my EA games out to origin, otherwise its a free for all. I feel like if I pinned games I'd forget to go back and finish others.

#33 Edited by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

@branthog: I like your idea of tags, but I think the restriction of a game only having one category is good. My steam library is huge enough, making games show up multiple times would make it impossible to navigate.

I just put stuff in either genre or franchise categories, and then use the Favorites thing to keep my frequently and currently played games up at the top. I don't play that many kinds of games so I can be fairly specific. I also have a decent number of franchises together like Half Life, Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed, etc.

I also only ever show what's installed unless I'm looking to download something random for a quick play session because I'm bored.

#34 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2217 posts) -

I simply have all games selected regardless of whether they're installed, I like to know what Steam games I have in case I forget and also if I'm in the mood to download one I haven't done yet.

#35 Edited by monkey523 (177 posts) -
  • Favorites - games I will continue to play after finishing them, or games that don't "end" (counter strike, X3)
  • Backlog - games I eventually want to play/finish
  • Finished - games I'm done with, but might go back to
  • Simulators - farms, planes, trains, cars, trucks, spaceships, whatever.
  • Source Engine Games - there are a lot of them
  • Time Wasters - this started in uni as games I could play in class; mostly just games that don't require my undivided attention (trackmania, FTL, minecraft)
  • Uninstalled - everything else

games I'm currently playing stay in the main list or favorites.

#36 Posted by FrankieSpankie (228 posts) -

For as much as I use Steam, you'd think I even knew you could organize them. XD I just leave it alphabetically. I have a ton of games and it's easy enough to not have to think of what category each game is in.

#37 Posted by believer258 (11808 posts) -

@branthog said:

@believer258 said:

@branthog: There's no way for me to say this without sounding like a smartass, but why not favorite a handful of games, completing them (or sticking to them until you just can't play them anymore) and then putting different stuff in favorites? You could keep an RTS, an action game, an FPS, and something else in there.

I (and many others) have issues beating games because I've just got so damn many of them, though my collection pales in comparison to yours. I'm just trying to get around this by picking a few and playing them 'til I beat them, and sticking to only a handful of games (or, for now, just one). Do you really need to try and play that many games at once?

Like I say, only part of it is dealing with the games you're currently playing. The other part is finding the games you want to play next. I usually Favorite the games I'm playing most immediately (ie, an MMO, a MOBA, two or three online shooters, a couple RPGs, several strategy games, etc) while I'm going to be playing them for however many days/weeks/months. Maybe I'm just trying to solve an OCD problem that most other people don't have (that is, I have this weird compulsion to have all of my games in some sort of order for later reference). Maybe the majority of people just don't have that bug up their ass to the point that they look at a list of their games and think "everythink must be in zee categorical order!".

And I sa...

Oh wait. I misunderstood. I was under the impression that you were just picking a new game, any game, often, not even trying to stick to a few. Sorry :(.

#38 Edited by Damodar (1375 posts) -

Mine is

  • Ongoing stuff that doesn't really have an endgame and/or I'm continuously racking up hours (ie SF4 AE, SFxT, Saints Row: The Third)
  • Stuff that I want to put emphasis on to play soon so I'm more likely to actually play something than just aimlessly scroll a list of 200 games looking for something
  • Stuff that I have finished and generally played fairly exhaustively and I'm done with for now, but may possibly want to revisit
  • Stuff that I'm done with and I am fairly certain I won't come back to
  • Stuff that I'm just never going to play, more for standalone launchers like half-life 2 and half-life source deathmatch than for actual games
  • Then everything else on my list

I've probably got about 50 games categorised, which would be about a quarter of my library. The other stuff is mostly uncategorised because the tools for doing so in steam are AWFUL. AWWWWWWFUL. >:(

#39 Posted by Nick (660 posts) -

woah! i've got 125 and i never realized i could organize them into categories lol

#40 Edited by pyromagnestir (4299 posts) -

Essentially I organize like this:

  • playing now or soon
  • keyboard only
  • keyboard and mouse
  • controller
  • beaten

only the names are different.

#41 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

Installed.

That's it.

#42 Edited by Jams (2960 posts) -

I used to have a better set of categories, but I kept getting that bug that wipes them. I got tired of remaking them and settled for this. When I found out how to backup categories I forgot how the better list was set up.

Here are my categories in order from top to bottom (270 games total).

EDIT: Decided to change them around because, I'm weird that way.

#43 Edited by JJWeatherman (14558 posts) -

It's not the most elegant of solutions, but I just throw everything I'm interested in into my favorites. From games I mean to start, to games I mean to finish, to games I've played the heck out of but still crave more of.

#44 Posted by jking47 (1210 posts) -

Half of them are by genre, the other half are in the default library because I got lazy.

#45 Posted by Svenzon (718 posts) -

By genre, but my definitions tend to be rather broad. I sort games Saint's Row The Third under action, for example, not "open-world crime action game" or anything crazy like that.

#46 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

I don't categorise them, just seems like a waste of time to me. What's the point?

I can understand categorising something if you need to manually organise where the files are (like I do with my Seinfeld rips) but on Steam? Eh I just browse by what's installed and switch to "all games" when I need to install something else.

I have around 230 games and have never had any issues with it being "messy" ...how messy can an alphabetical list really be?

#47 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -
@sooty said:

I have around 230 games and have never had any issues with it being "messy" ...how messy can an alphabetical list really be?

No clue, I have around 210 games alphabetically organized and I've had zero issues yet.

#48 Edited by isomeri (1255 posts) -

I don't. It's a free for all in there. (Well, they're in alphabetical order)

Same here.

#49 Posted by OfficeGamer (1087 posts) -

Favorites: Games I'm in the middle of, or haven't started yet, or multiplayer games I like to play occasionally

Games (default category): Games I've beaten, or are done with.

#50 Posted by MB (12279 posts) -

I have a category for "Not sure how or why I own these."

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