My gaming behaviours, visualised
I downloaded all of my Steam data and crunched it to figure out how I buy and play games.
There’s a tool called Steam Gauge that gives you a readout of how much your Steam account is worth, how much time you’ve spent playing particular games, and so on. I noticed that Steam Gauge lets me download all my data as a spreadsheet, so I just had to play around with it. I found some pretty cool information about my preferences and behaviours (n = 686 games):
Action is my umbrella category for games mostly revolving around combat or reflexive play, be they FPS or beat-em-ups.
The total game time graph above is skewed by the fact that I own lots of Action games, not necessarily that I play them for a very long time. When I take the number of games in each genre into account, it becomes apparent that I play individual games in the RPG and Simulation genres for longer periods.
And finally, this is how much an hour of play would cost me per genre, adjusted for the prices of the games themselves. I play sims much longer than casual games, for example, so each Dollar I spend on a sim gets me twice as much play time as a Dollar spent on a casual game, even considering that casual games are often cheaper than sims.