We've all got a Steam backlog. No matter how fastidious or frugal you are, those Humble Bundles and Christmas sales are just too tasty to resist.
Don't deny it - and don't worry, because you're in good company. In fact, it transpires that almost 37% of all Steam games ever purchased have never been played or even installed.
Ars Technica broke the news after conducting an extensive poll (extensive is a massive understatement, including 80-90,000 users per day for two solid months). A whopping 36.9% of games have simply not been accessed or tried out once, a figure that becomes even more depressing when combined with the 17% of games that are played for less than an hour. That's right, over 50% of Steam games have been played for 60 minutes or less, if at all.
Many are freebies and bundle casualties, of course, while Steam's lack of quality control has a lot to answer for. As do their cheap prices and our lust for value, even if we know we don't have the time. Here's the pie chart:
We can also pull some more interesting metrics out of our Ars (Technica). They've compiled a list of the most popular games on Steam, which is unsurprisingly dominated by Valve-developed titles. Dota 2 tops the list (well, technically everyone owns it), alongside TF2 and Half-Life 2. Again, though, it's amazing to see how many players own some of these games, yet have never installed or clicked the 'play' button once.
If you're interested in Steam, be sure to read Ars Technica's full report. It's absolutely fascinating stuff.
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