SteamDB creator Pavel Djundik (opens in new tab) not too long ago unearthed proof of a “yr in assessment” characteristic much like these provided by Spotify or Nintendo within the Steam API. Djundik supplied a screenshot of the proof, in addition to a quick description of the characteristic, supposedly set to reach with the end-of-year Winter Sale.
The screenshot supplied by Djundik consists of playtime throughout numerous platforms like Linux, Mac, Home windows, and the Deck, in addition to peripheral data like controller and VR playtime. The overall playtime for an entire yr looks like an particularly sobering metric—I spend a whole lot of time on Steam, it is gonna be like being reminded of how a lot of your life is spent sleeping or on the bathroom.
Steam already retains detailed logs of customers’ playtime on the service—one thing we at PC Gamer have already developed an unhealthy obsession with (opens in new tab). Nonetheless, there’s one thing particular about finish of yr wrap-ups that may put your consumption habits into perspective, maybe to your horror.
It felt like an indictment from on excessive when Nintendo advised me that my most-played Swap recreation of 2021 was Beamdog’s Baldur’s Gate port to the system. 125 hours of dual stick actual time with pause tactical RPG motion like some form of sicko—what was I pondering? Equally, listening to the good Doom (2016) or Furi soundtracks while you work out would possibly make “Video Sport Music” considered one of your high Spotify genres—not one thing I really feel nice sharing with my former highschool classmates on Instagram.
All jokes apart, I discover choices like this to be a uncommon enjoyable consequence of the fixed digital surveillance we undergo every day. As an alternative of getting used as one other promoting metric, this information may give us a enjoyable and maybe worthwhile take a look at how we have interaction with our digital media of alternative. There’s gonna be some Future 2 gamers on the PC Gamer crew taking a look at gnarly triple-digit numbers come December, although.