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How to see how much money and time you have spent on steam games

Today’s query is based around geek curiosity for the sake of curiosity: is there any way to look at the Steam gaming account and see how much you spent on your games and how much you enjoyed them? Take a peek at how you can determine your own Steam account (and the accounts of friends too).

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Steam is a popular video game and software distribution platform developed by the gaming company Valve (responsible for such hit game franchises as Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Team Fortress). Now Steam is pretty much the place to sell and promote video games for everyone from major game companies (like Bethesda and 2K Games) to one-off independent game publishers.

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You will need to make your Steam account profile page and account inventory page public before you get ready to dive into the visualization software. You don’t need to leave it public, but you do need to leave it open for as long as you’re polling your inventory with your data tools. Both of the tools we reviewed depend on scanning your publicly viewed inventory page and compiling details from it.

To change your privacy settings, log in to your Steam account and navigate to the privacy menu by clicking on your profile icon/avatar, choosing “Edit Profile” and then “My Privacy Settings.” Make sure that your “Profile Status” and “Inventory” are set to “Publish.” Remember, even if you don’t want to have a public profile, you’ll just have toggle it to the public for a few minutes while you’re using a public profile.

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Steam DB Calculator

The first tool we used is a Steam DB calculator. It’s pretty easy, but you get the job done. You’ll get details about the overall value of your games based on average rates as well as sales prices (which is why you see the disparity in the screenshot between $833 and $271; we’ll tell you right now that we’re purchasing most of our games on sale and certainly haven’t charged the nearly 1k sticker price).

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You will also see when you made your profile, when you last signed in how many games you own the percentage played, and the total number of hours. However, the Steam DB calculator does not provide any additional customization, which is a little disappointing. Steam offers other software that isn’t specifically related to games, such as benchmarking tools and budgeting software.


SteamOMeter is just another basic instrument. Plug in your profile ID and spit out some easy charts. You might note that the amount of value allocated to our game collection is expressed differently. Not only is there not a sale/average price, but the average price is about sixty dollars short of the previous estimate.

That’s odd but forgivable; given the amount of Steam transactions, it’s tricky to pin down exactly how much someone paid. We’re happy to embrace their estimation of If you bought it today, it would cost X.”

The stats page is useful as it lists your most “valuable” games in terms of how many hours of fun you’ve got out of them relative to what you’ve paid for and also lists your top rated yet unplayed games. We have a copy of BioShock, for example, which has a score of 96/100 but remains unplayed. What a shame on us.

Gauge Powered

Gauge Powered is the best Steam account analyser available at the moment. It just lets you adapt and tweak everything. Remember our complaint about how our favourite “time-based” game was a budget application? Gauge Powered lets you ignore things in your library that skew your results. It also lets you change your rates. So, if you estimate that you’re paying $19.99 for a game, but you actually got it on sale for $4.99 or even for a free gift, you can change the prices to reflect that

It also has a category of “Insights” packed with beautiful graphics that once you’ve taken the time to tweak the data a little by changing prices and ignoring non-gaming apps) offers a great overview of your gaming habits. You can even score your games with a simple 1-5 star “enjoyment” rank, and you’ll get some great graphics based on that too. We’re not going to lie to you; we’re never going to use ranking systems for games, but Gauge Powered really got us to just do it so we could look at the cool graph.

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Yvone Kendi
Yvone Kendi
Writer by heart. Lover of life and technology. Helping you with simple life hacks using technology. Contact me at [email protected]

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