Your Gaming Habits and Privacy

I was browsing through Twitter and saw that Indie Game: The Movie posted a screenshot of metrics data in regards to a Steam user that had purchased Indie Game: The Movie through Steam.

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I guess I am kind of creeped out that they have that much information on their customers in a nice tidy statistical panel. I know games have had various mechanisms in place to monitor players' game experiences for a while now but I've never really given much thought as to what Steam does with the heaps of data they've been collecting on me over the years. Any thoughts on this?

And yeah, "Thinkpadius" is a real user on Steam and the metrics kind of line up.

Well, and their data isn't even all that accurate. I've got several games on my Steam account that my stats indicate I've never touched, but that I've played through completely - as an example.

But yeah; kinda weird sometimes to think how much of that info is publicly accessible.

That's not from the game movie. It's a user-made profile analytics tool. From a redditor here.

Here's the site with my profile analyzed. You can "avoid" this by making your Steam profile private.

Edit: My point being that it's based around hours played, which is accessible by anyone, should you wish, through the Steam community. It's not exactly something to worry about.

I agree with Hyetal. Plus I like stats and as long as I can see them, cool!

Hyetal wrote:
That's not from the game movie. It's a user-made profile analytics tool. From a redditor here.

Here's the site with my profile analyzed. You can "avoid" this by making your Steam profile private.

Edit: My point being that it's based around hours played, which is accessible by anyone, should you wish, through the Steam community. It's not exactly something to worry about.


That's the thing that's more weird to me, that people are playing their games in this day and age through a central client and act surprised that they're collecting stats. Pretty much everything with an internet connection collects stats about you. Websites collect 'anonymous' data about you from every aspect of how you browse their site, or anything else they can get their paws on, and it's the same for games.

It's not right anyways. Says I only have 700 hours and that I've never played Half Life 2

Steam started keeping track of hours played in 2009. So, technically, you haven't played HL2.

How dare you.

(Also, it doesn't track offline mode, and it has been known to show inaccurate numbers for some people - even specific to certain games)

I'm always surprise that my game I have played most is Eve Online. I did play like 3 months, but man, almost 300 hours in that short time? Crazy. I don't know where I put that.

You know what's really scary about this?
What happens when game companies start designing their products to fit into the "games never played" market?
This is a significant market.

Is the steam sale causing a problem?

Is the steam sale causing a problem?

You shut your dirty cake hole!

Ghostship wrote:
You know what's really scary about this?
What happens when game companies start designing their products to fit into the "games never played" market?
This is a significant market.

Is the steam sale causing a problem?

So why would they design a game around games people never play. Wouldn't it make more sense for them to design a game in the games people play section since more people would play it? Making a game simply to be added to someones pile seems like an odd strategy.