Steam, the industry’s largest gaming platform, allows you to buy and play almost every game ever made—and then some. Steam has everything from the latest sequel to a triple-A, multi-billion-dollar franchise to a simple text-based indie game.
It’s easier to get started playing now that all of your purchased games are available for download from Steam. This raises another critical question. How much time do you devote to gaming?
Fortunately, Steam allows you to verify that statistic.
How to View Steam Game Time
To play games purchased on Steam, you must first install the Steam desktop application. It is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux and acts as a client for downloading and installing purchased games. After installing it, launch it and sign in with your Steam account credentials.
Follow these steps to see how much time you’ve spent playing a game on Steam:
- Launch the “Steam” desktop application.
- Hover your mouse over “LIBRARY” and select “HOME.”
- To load the game profile details on the right, click on the desired “Steam game.”
- The hours you spent playing the Steam game are listed under “PLAY TIME.”
Unless you use a third-party tool, you’ll have to click through each game and add up the times if you want to see the total time played on Steam.
How to View Steam’s Total Played Time
Because Steam does not display the total time spent on all of your games, you can obtain that information from third-party websites.
However, before you begin, ensure that your Steam profile settings allow these services to collect and display game information. That means your Profile and Game information must be set to “Public.” Here’s how to find out how much time you’ve spent playing games on Steam.
- Launch the “Steam” app.
- Hover your mouse over “[your username],” then click “PROFILE.”
- On the right side of the screen, click “Edit Profile.”
- On the left side of the screen, select “Privacy Settings.”
- hange the settings for “My profile” and “Game details” to “Public” to allow third-party tools access to those areas.
There is no need to click any “Save” buttons because the changes you make are saved automatically. Of course, you may not feel comfortable disclosing your personal information to the public. After verifying your total time, repeat the preceding steps to undo the changes.
With your profile and game details set to Public, you can check your total time using third-party tools and websites. You can, for example, go to SteamGauge or SteamTime. Once there, simply enter your Steam user ID in the required field and press Enter on your keyboard.
SteamGauge provides a detailed overview of all information available from your profile. It’s also worth looking at the single-sentence summary next to your profile image. “Over the last two years, you’ve spent 100 hours playing this selection, which includes ten items, is valued at $100.00, and requires 100.0 GB,” for example.
SteamTime’s purpose is to shame you for wasting so much time on games, whereas SteamGauge focuses on the details. Aside from your total game time and the Hall of Shame, it also provides statistics for three categories: games you own, Steam friends, and years since you first registered.
A Valuable Metric
Because games are a popular form of entertainment, it’s important to keep track of how much time you spend playing them. This metric can either help you brag about it or make you wonder if you could have spent that time doing something else more interesting.
How much time have you devoted to Steam games? Do you think having this knowledge is useful? Please leave your thoughts in the section below.