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).
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.
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.
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).
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.