Episode 428 - Harness Your Mind Palace

Can’t get a pic currently but my top Steam games are:
TF2 (half actual play/half idling from a decade ago) - 360 hrs
Skyrim - 144 hrs
PUBG - 127 hrs

Outlast is weirdly at 120 hrs which has to have been the result of accidentally leaving it running. If I could pull from consoles, I think I put somewhere between 1000 and 2000 hours into the original Monster Hunter on PS2 according to the game clock. I had 300-400 hours in MHF2 and a couple hundred in MHFU.

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loving all the tf2heads in this thread

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I used to consider myself a big TF2 fan, but I only have 36 hours logged by Steam! (I do remember some kind of bugs in early Steam regarding playtime tracking, so it’s possible it should be higher… but I doubt I ever got anywhere near the hundreds of hours people have here!)

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I put in my TF2 time… on Xbox 360. Don’t think there’s an hour count tracker for that platform, but I was definitely in the 100+ hour club.

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Seems mostly right, Destiny got snubbed because of the battlenet client (and also ps4) and some of these I haven’t played in years like CS, Skyrim and Blops.

Nothing time sinks like MMORPG’s and multiplayer shooters.

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TF2 has become that game I try to get back into once or twice a year and realize just how much has changed since I stopped playing it religiously every day in college and that it no longer feels like the thing I loved.

This said word on the street is Valve reached out to the Open Fortress and TF2 Classic teams and come to an agreement of some kind that has resulted in the GitHub repos going down. Could be a manner of things but it sounds like both teams are happy so I’m guessing either they got permission to actually release on Steam now despite using leaked build code or Valve figured they could hire them on to maintain TF2 given that everyone at Valve doesn’t seem to interested in that position anymore.

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Without wanting to sound like a fuddy-duddy, that’s also why I drifted off of TF2, about 70% of the way through the first wave of “special stuff for each class that makes it hard to tell what a given player will be doing just from looking at them” was going on. (That, and also everyone starting to use voice chat, which I won’t in games.)

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My top list on steam looks ridiculously random. But now that I know I have 420 hours in Spelunky 1 I guess I’m retiring it for good and can never fire it up again!

I also somehow have 86 hours in Pathologic and that’s just for the Classic HD version. It’s not entirely surprising since this is one of my favourite games but this is definitely too much Pathologic for a person to be playing lol.

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I barely PC game so my steam list would mean nothing. But my top game of all time is Paragon. 32 days of play time in that, and that’s only matches, not time building decks.

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I refuse to believe I’ve played that much Fallout 4.

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I have restarted Witcher 3 four times. The rest are because of video series with friends/screen share co-op tactics.

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I don’t play a lot of games on Steam, so I just have a lot of games times scattered across a million consoles the years. Best I can tell you is that from memory, I put in over 300 hours into one campaign of Pokemon FireRed trying to complete the Pokedex.

I remember also having exactly 100 hours while 100%ing FFXII.

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Not all the way through the episode but need a Rob productivity podcast. I’ve gotten big into Notion, sort of dropped Evernote but Notion is a GREAT notes app, but it has so much functionality that I am sort of defaulting to it for stuff.

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Looking at other people’s numbers makes me think maybe I spend too much time playing video games.

After this page I have another five games with more than 175 hours in them. 🤦

No, that Slay the Spire number isn’t wrong or from leaving it open every night for weeks, it’s just one of the few games that runs on my PC at work.

It’s funny to see that Peggle Nights made the cut, while I’ve certainly finished every single thing there was to do in it, the number is so high because I spent part of lockdown working on training an AI to play it. I called it mxAImum Zen and I shelved it when my partner got pregnant, maybe I’ll get back to it someday…

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So yeah I had a hell of a lot of free time back then but it was also mostly my student days. Most of those hours were me playing those games while watching a tv series or listening to music or podcasts. For me these were the ultimate background activity for any occasion. I enjoyed all those hours at the time but I’m also glad that I just don’t have the time or space to get back into those games these days.

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I was going to say that surely you’re wrong, and started counting up my Steam games list for total playtime to argue that I maybe just played a bunch more games for less time each…
…but I actually only have ~40 games on my Steam list with 10 or more hours in them.
(9 of these are 50+ hours, 2 are 30 to 50 hours, and the remaining 30 or so are bunched strongly around 15-20 hours or so).
So, taking 20 hours as an average, my “top 40 most played Steam games” add up to around 800 hours of playtime… only barely as much as your second most played single game!

[There’s another 60 odd games tracked by Steam which it thinks I have at least 1 hour in – and looking at some of them, I suspect they date back to when Steam’s game-time tracking was seriously buggy (I definitely played more than 1 hour of Thomas Was Alone - it takes about 3 to 4 to complete!)]

(Again: this is horrible metric for me, since a lot of my PC games are from itch.io nowadays, but I also tend to have played less than 10 hours in each too, so…
The worse thing is that this doesn’t capture my student days at all - when I happily spent probably hundreds of hours playing stuff like nethack.)

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First, I have over 1000 hours in Destiny 1 on Xbox and that’s by far my actual most played game.

Second, I primarily play/played MHW on Xbox, so that number is off by a few hundred hours.

Third, I started ESO during lockdown with friends and, as you can tell, played a lot of it very quickly.

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I’ve been logging my games played, books read and TV/ movies watched cause I like keeping track and I am kinda tempted to start tracking the times spent on games to see how it works out. I’ve logged some mammoth hours on console over lockdown with 169 hours in Persona 5 Royal, about 80 hours into Death Stranding, 40-70 hours into FF XIII and XIII-2 and another 100 or so into XV. A lot of that is spent in pause menus texting and browsing forums etc tbf but still an obscene amount of time.

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Growing up with a clinical depression and an undiagnosed form of autism, games and books became one of my main ways to cope, and in some cases socialise.
I havent played alot on steam though, since ive always been mostly a console player if you dont count mmos, but heres my top 3 from steam:

Terraria: 594 hours. Me and one of my friends both got it back when it came out, and we had a habit of starting over every time a new content patch hit.
Skyrim: 224 hours. Ive probably got 3 or 4 times that since ive played alot on Xbox 360 back when it first came out. and ive even got it for PS4 aswell.
Just Cause 2: 174 hours. I love a big open world, and Ive got a completionist streak, and sometimes its nice to just do some busywork which is probably why i really like assassins creed games, although they wont show up since theyve all been played on consoles where its a bit harder to track.

But when we are talking about time spent in games there are 2 games that should be mentioned for me that wont figure on steam:

World of Warcraft: over 407 days played. WoW was largely how i socialised outside school/gymnasium in my late teens to early twenties. Sometimes just functioning as a chat program. I remember checking my playtime about a month before i quit the game at the end of the cataclysm expansion which is why the number isnt more precise.

And then last but not least:

Warframe: 2522 hours on PS4. Warframe for me has taken the spot MMOs used to have without as much of the social aspect since ive gotten better at getting that outside of games.

All in all alot of my life has been spent in games, and while i wish i had had the mental resources to use that time on something more constructive, most of us dont really get to choose how much energy we have for things or how much copeing is needed.

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