Tracking Your Total Playtime and Account Value with Steam Time Analysis
Posted on December 17, 2012 12:30 PM by Rob Williams
For Steam fans wanting to get a quick look at the total value of their account, Steam Calculator has been a popular go-to choice. However, it has some obvious short-comings, such as the fact that it could count a game you purchased at a massive discount at its current price. This is to be expected, however, as unless these tools have access to the background details of your account (which they never should), there’s no way for them to know at which price you purchased a certain game.
Improving on things a bit, however, is Steam Time Analysis. This tool not only gives you the grand sum of your entire collection, but also tells you the “minimum” price it’s ever been available at, along with the maximum. This ability was just added days ago, however, which means that it hasn’t been through a big Steam sale yet. Once that happens, you should see the “Minimum Total” of your account plummet.
Account value aside, Steam Time Analysis is named as such because it also tells you the total number of hours you’ve spent with your games, and which ones top the list. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that Steam actually began tracking playtime, however, so it’ll only be able to tell you your playtime since then.
Perhaps my favorite part of the tool is the % it tells you of games you own, but have never played. A common problem with Steam sales is that some deals are too good to resist, which means a lot of people end up purchasing games they never end up playing. If you need to be hit with a good dose of reality, this feature alone may help you to be a little more thrifty with future sales. One thing to bear in mind, however, is that games you haven’t played since before Steam began tracking playtime wouldn’t be counted. If your Steam account is only a couple of years old, then this report should be completely accurate.
For what it is, Steam Time Analysis is a pretty cool service, even if some of its reports are not definitive.