Have Steam hour counts been weird for anybody else recently?

#1 Posted by Vigorousjammer (2493 posts) -

A few weeks ago, I was looking on my Steam account, and it seemed like every game was showing up with an absurd about of hours played. 70 hours, 55 hours, etc.
Then I noticed, and it wasn't happening on games that I haven't launched, it also wasn't happening on non-steam game shortcuts. So, thinking back to what the playtime numbers used to be, I figured out that it was simply tacking on an extra 50 hours to whatever that number was.

Now, just today, I look, and I notice the "hours played being anywhere between 235-275, except for games that I've played recently, which are showing up with the correct time played. Also, whenever I launch a game, it will revert back to the correct number, so I guess It's not really a big deal. I'm mostly just curious if this is happening to anybody else, or has happened to somebody else in the past.

#2 Edited by RonGalaxy (3094 posts) -

Yes, apparently Ive played 36 hours of the stanley parable demo.

#3 Edited by AlexW00d (6234 posts) -

I think it's affecting everyone, or at least everyone I've asked. I don't get ridiculous times like yours, but it'll add between 2 and 8 hours on, which is annoying 'cause now I'll not know 'til it's too late when I hit 400 hours in dota.

#4 Posted by JJWeatherman (14558 posts) -

Yep, exact same thing's been happening to me, too. It's pretty annoying.

#5 Posted by jeffrud (382 posts) -

Every one of my games had 40 hours of added time. 41 hours for Dear Esther, 47 hours for Bastion, 65 hours for Faerie Solitaire...what, don't tell me you haven't played over a full day of Faerie Solitaire as well. Don't look at me!

#6 Edited by Hayt (278 posts) -

I noticed it happened to me, but restarting Steam returned the counts to normal.

#7 Edited by Gruebacca (511 posts) -

I can confirm all of this as well. The bug goes away if you restart Steam.

@jeffrud said:

Every one of my games had 40 hours of added time. 41 hours for Dear Esther, 47 hours for Bastion, 65 hours for Faerie Solitaire...what, don't tell me you haven't played over a full day of Faerie Solitaire as well. Don't look at me!

I know a friend who fell down that hole. It wasn't pretty.

#8 Posted by Capum15 (4870 posts) -

Huh, that's weird. I've somehow managed to cram 14 hours of Ace Combat: Assault Horizon into the 1-2 hours I played.

Seems like it's adding 12-13 for me.

#9 Posted by ThunderSlash (1674 posts) -

Are you guys in the Steam beta? That could be the reason why. I've noticed that the hours go up for every hour you have Steam on. They don't get recorded to the servers, and when you launch a game or restart Steam the hours would reset to the real time.

#10 Posted by Subjugation (4719 posts) -

It's adding about 193 hours on to my games right now.

#11 Posted by Butano (1731 posts) -

Yea, I've had it too. I'm in the Steam Beta, so it's probably something to do with that.

#12 Edited by JJWeatherman (14558 posts) -

@butano: @thunderslash: I'm not in any beta and still have the issue, so it must be something else.

#13 Posted by Monkeyman04 (1058 posts) -

OH good, I'm not the only one. Thought I was going crazy.

#14 Posted by mosespippy (4112 posts) -

I don't know what you guys are talking about. I've totally played 226 hours of Portal. That game is difficult.

#15 Posted by probablytuna (3610 posts) -

Yeah I was wondering why 80% of my games installed said that I had played 24 hours.

#16 Edited by BeachThunder (11821 posts) -

O_O Shit, I just realised this has happened to me. Although, come to think of it, maybe I really did play 56 hours of Gone Home.

#17 Posted by pyromagnestir (4291 posts) -

Well originally all my games seemed to have an extra 50 or so hours play time added to them, but I just checked again and it actually seems to have gone up to an extra 75 hours. So yes.

#18 Posted by ShaggE (6415 posts) -

@beachthunder: Only 56 hours? Time's a-tickin' for next year's EVO, y'know... I hear there's a huge cash prize for the player who can fully deconstruct the ludonarrative dissonance inherent in Gone Home without breaking their "looking at VHS tapes" combo.

#19 Posted by Ben_H (3338 posts) -

Every game I have played had exactly 27 hours added to it. Even stuff I only played for 10 minutes.

#20 Posted by Morello (79 posts) -
#21 Edited by Gantrathor (205 posts) -

Mine goes up by one hour every hour on all games that I'm not currently playing and then resets when I restart Steam.

#22 Edited by Elyhaym (193 posts) -

Mine fluctuates wildly. Even though I've completed Castlevania: Lords of Shadow only recently and distinctly remember the hours being around 30, it now says 114 hours, which is way off base.

#23 Posted by Demoskinos (14751 posts) -

Yep you just need to restart steam and it'll be fixed.

#24 Edited by atomic_dumpling (2469 posts) -

Apparently I played Binding of Isaac for 8 minutes. That's just poop.

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