The Steam Summer Sale has just kicked off and once again, gamers are lining up to buy tons of discounted games. In honor of the sale, Valve has revealed that Steam users actually spend more time buying games than playing them.Valve is extremely proud of its Steam storefront and they have no reason not to be due to the massive amount of games that are bought each day. They have also admitted that they want gamers to buy as many games as possible via Steam even if they never get played.
“When we say Steam users spend more time buying games than playing them, we’re serious,” said Steam developer Taylor Sherman, “From waiting anxiously for a sale to browsing our store’s huge inventory, all of that time adds up and we’re glad that we can make Steam such an enjoyable experience that many users forget to play games altogether.”
“I personally don’t play video games,” admitted Sherman, “But in many ways, Steam is a video game for some. It has chatting, achievements, events, a robust community, and groups. You can even gain experience and level up just like in an actual video game. I don’t think there is any problem if users want to spend their time and money just buying games without ever playing them as long as they’re happy.”
While Valve might be enjoying this news, it’s definitely bad news for Steam users according to psychologist Mary Turner. She says that Steam fosters an addiction to shopping in gamers and that it is extremely irresponsible of Valve to let this happen.
“When you see people spending hundreds of dollars on games that they will never play, do you think that is a good thing?” questioned Turner, “The quality of the game itself does not matter to these people. In fact, Valve could most likely get away with selling non-existent games to people and they won’t notice or even care once they see the next sale that pops up.”
“Most people wouldn’t expect gamers to develop these types of symptoms, but shopping addictions can happen to anyone,” continued Turner, “Steam is an extremely fine-tuned experience for gamers and anyone caught in its web will find themselves out of a lot of money. They will buy these games, realize that they will never play them and get depressed. In order to cure this depression, they buy more games and then the cycle repeats. Sure, they could actually just play the games to get their money’s worth, but they place such a low value on the act of playing a game that it isn’t worth it to them.”
In response to Turner’s report, Valve has announced that for every hundred dollars a user spends on Steam, they will send that user a running total of how much they have spent as a reminder to keep their money in check. Unfortunately, many Steam users are viewing this number as a status symbol and have actually spent more money in order to see that number get higher.