Steam purchasing skill evaluation

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#1 Edited by rwcohn (130 posts) -

Hey guys,

So - I'm a relatively new to being an adult and have recently found that I have far more money to buy games than I have time to play games - an issue that is in no way helped by Steam's crazy sales and digital delivery system.

I wanted to know exactly how much money I was wasting on said games, so I wrote this PHP scrape script (currently demoing my personal Steam ID) to figure it out. Note that this isn't necessarily accurate, just going off of what Steam provides - it does include DLC and mark it as unplayed (-1).

Anyhow, I decided to try it with the Whiskey Media staffers. Enjoy!

Jeff - 955 games / 7.43% played

Vinny - 175 games / 37.71% played

Ryan - 80 games / 38.75% played

Brad - 931 games / 6.02% played

Patrick - 921 games / 0.43% played (that's FOUR games played; a clear winner in my book)

Dave Snider - 202 games / 49.01% played

Kessler - 254 games / 50.79% played

Norman - 925 games / 6.7% played

Gary Whitta - 921 games / 1.95% played (definitely a solid effort)

Ana - 9 games / 88.89% played

Matt Braga - 109 games / 28.44% played

Try it for yourself, just insert your ID or profile number into the end of the URL. Or then again, maybe don't if you want your wallet to retain its dignity.

#2 Edited by Portis (1276 posts) -

Damn, Patrick.

#3 Posted by Tylea002 (2291 posts) -

Jesus christ, Patrick. What's goin' on?

I'm pretty sure they can get games free on steam as Press copies, so a lot of these may have been sent to them.

#4 Posted by demonknightinuyasha (451 posts) -

Here's my results:

Total games: 73 Played games: 31 (42.47%)

Wow...39.9 hours into the first Duels of the Planeswalkers....second closest is Torchlight with 28.5. (by contrast my Persona 3 Portable save is over 130 >_>;;; )

#5 Edited by SuperWristBands (2265 posts) -

64 games with 44 played(68.75%). Most of the games I have not played were from indie packs. Still, I should give them a shot.

Also, fuck you TF2 Beta. I don't even know why you are there and I'm pretty sure I can't get rid of you. Messing up my percentages is so not cool.

#6 Edited by Junkerman (253 posts) -

Also, I've found that STEAM doesn't accurately record your play times, as on my account it says I have no hours logged on the Original portal, where I most definatly have atleast 10 across numerous playthroughs
 
my point being that the -1's are probably not all accurate.

#7 Posted by l4wd0g (1820 posts) -

I don't know if i really like this... What I play, and how much, is my choice. As a side note, the "111 hours" I've spent play Star Trek Online must have been the time I spent letting update and walking away.

#8 Edited by Vodun (2365 posts) -
#9 Posted by Tordah (2461 posts) -

Total games: 181 
Played games: 102 (56,35%) 
Unplayed games: 79 (43,65%) 
 
Not too bad considering that 18 of those unplayed games I've played before I purchased them on Steam.

#10 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5355 posts) -

Ana is a great purchaser.

#11 Posted by supermike6 (3523 posts) -

Total games: 32 
Played games: 20 (62.5%) 
 
Pretty good. The 12 I haven't played include 11 random games from Humble Indie Bundles, and one of the expansions for the original Half-Life. That being said, I only recently got a PC good enough to run modern games, and this last Steam sale has been the first one ever I've actually taken advantage of.

#12 Posted by BombKareshi (996 posts) -

Holy shit, I have 755 hours in Team Fortress 2.
 
Seven hundred and fifty-five hours.

#13 Posted by MB (11322 posts) -

@BombKareshi said:

Holy shit, I have 755 hours in Team Fortress 2. Seven hundred and fifty-five hours.

The first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem.

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#14 Posted by ThePwnee (234 posts) -

Total games: 49
Played games: 38 (77.55%)
 
Pretty good I'd say.

#15 Edited by BombKareshi (996 posts) -
@MB: Well, on the bright side, I have above 50% purchasing skill.
 
Total games: 77
Played games: 48 (62.34%)
Unplayed games: 29 (37.66%)
Total hours: 1387
#16 Edited by CaptainTightPants (2834 posts) -

Total games: 94
Played games: 69 (73.4%)  >_>
Unplayed games: 25 (26.6%)

#17 Edited by MB (11322 posts) -

Jeff, Brad, Patrick, etc have Steam Journalism/Press accounts, so that's probably not a great indication of their played percentage.

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#18 Posted by Natedogg2 (438 posts) -

Total games: 59
Played games: 40 (67.8%)
Unplayed games: 19 (32.2%)
 
Some of those unplayed games I just bought, some of them were incidental downloads that I never intend to play (like the Half Life: Deathmatch games). And for some reason, it's listing the Borderlands DLC seperate, when I don't even own two of them (Underdome Riot and Zombie Island). But hey, at least I'm giving most of my games a try.
 
Also, only 508 hours for TF2. And I don't see a problem with that.

#19 Posted by Vodun (2365 posts) -

@BombKareshi said:

Holy shit, I have 755 hours in Team Fortress 2. Seven hundred and fifty-five hours.

Jesus christ, I can't imagine spending 755 hours doing any one thing. I'd be bored out of my skull.

#20 Posted by Binman88 (3679 posts) -

It says I played just 45 of 82 (54.88%), but after looking at the ones it said I haven't played, I have in fact played at least 60 of them. That makes the % closer to 73%. Pretty much every game I haven't played was a sale item, 4 or 5 of which I haven't had a chance to play yet.

#21 Posted by Sayishere (1838 posts) -

Haha Patrick:D

#22 Posted by Portis (1276 posts) -

@BombKareshi said:

Holy shit, I have 755 hours in Team Fortress 2. Seven hundred and fifty-five hours.

I played 370 hours of the Xbox 360 version of Team Fortress 2.

The Xbox 360 version.

#23 Posted by rwcohn (130 posts) -

@MB said:

Jeff, Brad, Patrick, etc have Steam Journalism/Press accounts, so that's probably not a great indication of their played percentage.

I'm aware of that, if those were actual figures I'd say that they have some kind of serious spending problem.

@Vodun said:

HAH! 56.7% I'm a better person! http://purianyar.com/steamworthy/index.php?user=vodoun

EDIT: @spotpilgrim: Really cool script, would it be possible to add a "Total hours played" as well? Not sure I want to know...but it could be interesting ;)

Done, sorry if anyone experienced a broken page in the past few minutes.

#24 Posted by Vodun (2365 posts) -

@Binman88 said:

It says I played just 45 of 82 (54.88%), but after looking at the ones it said I haven't played, I have in fact played at least 60 of them. That makes the % closer to 73%. Pretty much every game I haven't played was a sale item, 4 or 5 of which I haven't had a chance to play yet.

Steam didn't start counting and retaining your hours played until fairly recently.

#25 Posted by Vodun (2365 posts) -

@spotpilgrim: AAAAGH! 1226 HOURS! MY LIFE!

#26 Posted by rwcohn (130 posts) -

@Vodun:

That's not too bad, considering how much you've probably spent on it.

#27 Posted by BombKareshi (996 posts) -
@Vodun said:

@BombKareshi said:

Holy shit, I have 755 hours in Team Fortress 2. Seven hundred and fifty-five hours.

Jesus christ, I can't imagine spending 755 hours doing any one thing. I'd be bored out of my skull.

Bear in mind that I have owned this game since June 2008. That's three years, with long periods of TF2 abstinence throughout.
 
Still, that averages almost an hour a day. Ouch.
#28 Posted by Vodun (2365 posts) -

@spotpilgrim: Not that it would be possible, but whatever you do NEVER add a "total spent". =P

#29 Posted by valrog (3671 posts) -
@BombKareshi said:
Holy shit, I have 755 hours in Team Fortress 2.  Seven hundred and fifty-five hours.
And I thought I spent a lot of time on it...
 
@spotpilgrim: Impressive script. Much respect.
#30 Posted by BombKareshi (996 posts) -
@Portis said:

@BombKareshi said:

Holy shit, I have 755 hours in Team Fortress 2. Seven hundred and fifty-five hours.

I played 370 hours of the Xbox 360 version of Team Fortress 2.

The Xbox 360 version.

I am bested.
#31 Edited by rwcohn (130 posts) -

@valrog said:

@spotpilgrim: Impressive script. Much respect.

I wrote it in the downtime of migrating someone's Outlook 2007 profile to Mac Mail at work, it only took an hour or so. But thanks!

I'm actually designing a website right now, tell me what you think.

@Vodun said:

@spotpilgrim: Not that it would be possible, but whatever you do NEVER add a "total spent". =P

The issue with that is that due to sales events and bundles the number would be way off, but more importantly I'd have to find a way to store the prices of all of those games somewhere and potentially make thousands of database calls each pageview.

#32 Posted by kalmis (1557 posts) -

Total games: 233. Played games: 48 (20.6%) Unplayed games: 185 (79.4%). Higher percentage that I had expected.

Interestingly haven't played any game longer than 20h

#33 Posted by valrog (3671 posts) -
@spotpilgrim: It may have took only an hour, but you couldn't make me do anything in php. I just dislike it. Luckily I managed to not get involved when they were learning it in school. As for your site... I like it. Although it would be better if the pictures were all the same size. I love the updates when you mouse hover a game, though. Keep up the good work.
#34 Edited by rwcohn (130 posts) -

@valrog: They are all the same width, but PS3 covers are too short. Don't blame me, blame the Blu-Ray disc jacket format.

#35 Posted by Lunar_Aura (2780 posts) -

Total games: 108

Played games: 52 (48.15%)

Unplayed games: 56 (51.85%)

Total hours: 200.9

Everything you sale to me sends me one step closer to the edge and I'm about to break.

#36 Posted by CountYourBlessings (166 posts) -

Total games: 289

Played games: 119 (41.18%)

Unplayed games: 170 (58.82%)

Total hours: 915.1

#37 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

58% played, 180 games. :D
 
@Vodun said:

@BombKareshi said:

Holy shit, I have 755 hours in Team Fortress 2. Seven hundred and fifty-five hours.

Jesus christ, I can't imagine spending 755 hours doing any one thing. I'd be bored out of my skull.

 
Well if you was to play it an hour a day for year that's already 365 hours, so throw in the odd day of playing it for 3 hours+ it'll soon add up. (that and the game has been out for nearly four years)
 
Plus TF2 doesn't get boring, fact! (scientifically proven by Doc Brown)
#38 Edited by Mnemoidian (946 posts) -

308 games, 38.96%, 1074h ... but, yeah, it lists Borderlands and and Defense Grid map packs: stuff you can't actually run, as well as a bunch of games I've played outside of steam, that I want easier access to for future gaming.

Still, very interesting :)

Edit: any chance of blacklisting certain IDs (DLC) for a more accurate view? Though, I guess that'd increase the complexity by several factors...

#39 Posted by Dunchad (460 posts) -

Total games: 113

Played games: 69 (61.06%)

Unplayed games: 44 (38.94%)

Total hours: 543.5

Spent 135,7 hrs on DA:O... And that damn id package is making my percentage look bad - I guess I should suck it up and play through Dooms, Hexens and Quakes again.

#40 Posted by Vitor (2790 posts) -

Total games: 126

Played games: 64 (50.79%)

Unplayed games: 62 (49.21%)

Total hours: 286.9

I play a lot offline though and Steam won't track stats in that mode so total hours and maybe even played games total may well be different to what is stated.

#41 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -
#42 Posted by ajamafalous (11592 posts) -

650 hours in TF2, plus the ~200 I played before Steam started tracking hours played (that started in March 2009, for those wondering).

As for my efficiency:

Total games: 379

Played games: 159 (41.95%)

Unplayed games: 220 (58.05%)

Total hours: 1793.1

Interestingly, Spiral Knights is my Number 2 most played game (though if you combine games with split hours like Dawn of War 2/Chaos Rising/Retribution or Peggle/Peggle Nights then its beaten out by a few).

#43 Edited by Mr_Skeleton (5118 posts) -

Total games: 72

Played games: 59 (81.94%)

Unplayed games: 13 (18.06%)

Total hours: 943.9

Did I win?

Edit: Oh 110 hours of Fallout: New Vegas with one character and I still haven't finished the game...

#44 Posted by Xpgamer7 (2343 posts) -

Kessler seems to be the smartest at purchasing large amounts of games and playing them.

#45 Posted by Jothel (893 posts) -

Total games: 39

Played games: 17 (43.59%)

Unplayed games: 22 (56.41%)

Total hours: 511.7

#46 Posted by Reptil3 (35 posts) -
Total games: 218
Played games: 65 (29.82%)
Unplayed games: 153 (70.18%)
Total hours: 320.1
 
Although total hours should be more than that. it only counts those when I was connected online. It also counts as unplayed some DLC (ie for Borderlands) . In my case ther should be 202 games owned. 
Played games:65 (33.67%) 
Unplayed games: 137 (66.33%) 
#47 Posted by Rumour (95 posts) -
#48 Edited by gike987 (1721 posts) -

Total games: 254
Played games: 150 (59.06%)
Unplayed games: 104 (40.94%)
Total hours: 820.1
 
60% is much better than I thought, but I have played most of those games for less than an hour.

#49 Edited by HellBrendy (992 posts) -

Total games: 86
Played games: 47 (54.65%)
Unplayed games: 39 (45.35%)
Total hours: 934.8 
 
444 of them are in Team fortress 2 alone, wich hasn't really been counting a lot since in-game stats show close to 800 hrs of playtime. Fairly certain this applies to everyones accounts (playing offline, not connected to the Steam servers etc.).  
 
Great stat-holder! I'll share this with my friends.

#50 Posted by Yoghurt (95 posts) -

My stats were destroyed by the latest sale - I've mostly bought games I already played and owned in some form and just wanted to have them forever and I didn't play them yet on steam.

Total games: 52

Played games: 33 (63.46%)

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