Valve Reveals Steam Users Spend More Time Buying Games than Playing Them

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.whateawishestheycouldhaveValve 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.

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19 Responses

  1. Covarr says:

    Valve should start selling “collector” games that you can’t actually play, but they show up in your library, and give a discount. Then if you wanna pay it, that feature is DLC which brings it to the game’s normal price.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This actually seems plausible.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It’s true for me.

  4. Michael Guy says:

    I believe the collectible trading cards already fulfilled this role, of handing out a useless token to donate social status, using it as a collectible, and selling & trading the tokens on an internal marketplace to lend it associative value outside of steam.

    Handing out vouchers, would be too similar to gift cards, game “rental” like this would be alienating, its on the surface, too similar to xbox one sign in/authentication, and “game as dlc” content protection and cdkey systems that prevent secondhand sales.

  5. Michael says:

    I get the feeling they’re mocking us.

  6. A Steam User says:

    I feel ashamed..

  7. vidya gaems says:

    Challenge Accepted, Mary Turner… Challenge accepted…

  8. banana says:

    WTF i have very few paid games which i actually PLAY. i keep a discipline that if i want a new game i should play my current ones OTHERWISE WHAT IS THE RUDDY POINT

  9. Chris says:

    I now have more than 300 steam games thanks to Humble bundles. All together I’ve spent roughly $200 (some of which went to charity) and I now have 300 pc games, 100 android games, and more than 4000 songs from their soundtracks. I don’t feel bad about it either.
    Though some of them I will probably never play.

  10. Satwata says:

    I have this problem of wanting to play a game but as soon as I buy, download, install the game I suddenly loose interest even know I didn’t even start the game. I have to go watch the trailer or an advertisement on that game for me to actually want to play it.

  11. Toby says:

    they are definitely mocking us, but I feel no different because I already had a theory of this, it definitely doesn’t apply to me, but to be completely honest, who cares? Valve is getting more money that way anyways, so why complain about it?

  12. Cyfris says:

    I’m 54, I use to buy the cd’s. Would’nt pay for something not in my hand. But steam use to take care of all the updating, my updates, the drivers I needed to play the games. (Buy the game, and just play it.) But lately. the game are cheap. (even if you pay full price for a game, you may not even get to play it. I guess I need to go back to the old ways an do it myself. I guess I’m better at it. I knew this would happen, that’s what you get, when you go against everything you’ve learned in life. Steam was, but is no more. buy the game and learn to update it yourself.