Welcome to Geek Confessional, an on-going series of confessions from this particular geek. It might be a confession about some geeky thing I’ve done or continue to do. It might be a confession from this geek about something not-so-geeky. We’ll just have to wait and see what this turns into.
But this week, I thought we’d start with a simple confession, one that I’m sure many PC gamers can relate to:
I have a large amount of games in my Steam library.
If you’re not a PC gamer, you may not be aware of what Steam is and why it is so insidious. Steam is an on-line store that allows you to purchase games and download them, all from and to one central location. You can find the big ticket items (like the latest installment of the Batman Arkham series) to incredibly creative indie games. There are games of every kind available through Steam.
What makes Steam so truly maddening, though, are their biannual sales. Once in the summer and once in the winter, Steam slashes prices on their products to a ridiculous amount (anywhere from 33% to 50% to even, in some cases, 95%). This is great for finding a cheap deal on a fun game. It’s not so great when you’ve already got a large collection of great games that you haven’t been able to play.
I have a problem with Steam. Lately I’ve loved getting the little indie games from them. If it looks quirky and amusing, I’m there. But I’ve built up a bit of a backlog in terms of how many games I have yet to play. It’s hard to quantify how many there are.
But that’s where the geniuses at SteamLeft come in. They can analyze your game library and tell you approximately how long it will take you to play through all the games in your library. I recently subjected my library to their scrutiny and discovered that it would take me…
1,675 continuous hours of play. Or, to put it another way, 69 days, 19 hours, and 6 minutes.
Or, to put it still another way, in that same amount of time, I could:
- Watch the entire run of Star Trek: The Next Generation 12 times.
- Climb Mt. Everest 42 times (clearly they’re unaware of my athletic ability)
- Watch Firefly 163 times
- Watch the original Star Wars trilogy 265 times
I could keep going, but I won’t. Needless to say, I’ve got quite a few games here.
Now, to be fair, the large library I’ve compiled is something that I’ve gotten over the last seven to ten years or so. And I’ve already played a lot of the games in my library. I don’t just buy games and let them sit there. I’d say that I’ve beaten 2/3s of the games that are on my list. But there are quite a few that I never finished for one reason or another.
Still. Almost 70 days worth of playing. That’s…pretty impressive.
I think I’d better play some games. When I have the time of course. There’s ministry to do, stories to write, and so on.
So there we have it, folks, my first confession. There will be more from me in two weeks. In the meantime, I want to know: how many games do you have on your “to-be-played” list?