Every year Steam and GoG.com and GamersGate and other services offer huge discounts on games during their holiday sales, and gamers on web forums lament their ever-growing backlog and the impossibility of ever finishing the games they just bought, let alone the rest. Now SteamLeft will quantify your backlog so you know just how dismal things really are!
According to the site info they estimate time by rolling up the list of games in your account, then using a database called ‘HowLongToBeat.com’ to fix a time to each game, and then subtract off how much you have played on each game. Here is what they say:
SteamLeft takes all the games in your steam library and compares your playtime for each game with the amount of time it takes to beat that game. Then it adds up all the differences to give you the total time in would take to beat all the remaining games in your library. These numbers are just rough estimations, but it is a fun figure to think about.
SteamLeft was made in a weekend (give or take) by two guys who have too many Steam games. Data on game time is taken from HowLongToBeat.com. Random facts about what you could be doing in your free time instead of beating your Steam library were taken from all over the internet. Be sure to see them all!
The report tells you in terms of continuous time how long you’d need to complete your library – without sleeping, of course! It also notes some other things you could do in similar amounts of time – one other choice was listening to Freebird 47.000+ times!
And this accounting doesn’t even take other game libraries into account – as noted there are several digital distribution sources, and I have hundreds of games on GoG.com and GamersGate, dozens on Direct2Drive and Beamdog and Amazon and Origin and UPlay and the Mac App Store. It also doesn’t take into account variations in-game length by personal playstyle – HowLongToBeat.com lists four times (Main, Main & Extra, Combined, and Completionist) … and you can really add hours depending on how you play. Also, I have always said that I will make time to replay my favorites pretty much each year.
Suffice to say I will never catch up.