Character stats are a staple mechanic in video games, so why aren’t they also front and center on your Steam profile? Steam knows how much money you’ve spent (gold) and how much time you’ve played (experience), and so should you. If learning those numbers strikes fear into you (as it certainly might if you have even a passing video game habit) you may want to skip some of these tools — but the quest is always there, should you choose to accept it.
Finding your Steam ID
To use most of the tools below, you’ll need your Steam ID, which is a 17-digit number that uniquely identifies your account. It’s not the same as the username you use to log in, so it can take a bit of finding.
1. Open Steam.
2. Go to “View -> Settings.”
3. Click the Interface tab and check the box beside “Display Steam URL address bar when available.”
4. Go back to the home screen and click your username in the top right.
5. Select “View profile.”
6. Look at the address bar under the “Store Library Community” menu bar.
If you see a 17-digit number, that’s your Steam ID! If you see a username (a custom URL), no worries, you can just enter that into a site like SteamIDFinder or SteamID I/O, and it will tell you all possible versions of your Steam ID. Some stat sites will also accept your customURL and tell you your other Steam IDs.
Making your Steam profile public
Another thing you’ll probably have to do is set your Steam profile to “Public” so that these tools are allowed to see your information. Unless you care about people who know your Steam ID seeing this stuff, there’s not much to worry about from a data standpoint, and if you’re concerned, you can always just set your profile back to private after you look up your info. Here’s how to do it:
1. Click on your username in the top-right corner and click “View my profile.”
2. When your profile opens, select “Edit Profile.”
3. Select “My privacy settings” from the menu on the right.
4. Set your profile (or just the parts you want) to “Public.”
When it comes to quantifying your Steam profile, there’s no competing with Steam Gauge. It’s the king of Steam stats. Pretty much anything you want to see about your time, spending, and game library is laid out in table form. You can sort by any number of different variables, including price per hour played, which is a fun way to see how much value you’re getting out of each game.
However, Steam Gauge can only see the current value of the games in your library, so it can’t tell you how much you’ve actually spent on a game. If you’re a habitual Steam sale shopper, you’ll probably be impressed by your combined discounts. To see a game-by-game comparison, you can look at your Steam purchase history (located in your Account section).
Like Steam Gauge, Completionist gives you a dashboard that shows you your gaming activity, mostly focusing on how many of the achievements you’ve unlocked. You can already see some of this on your Steam profile, but it gives you some fun perks, like seeing your achievement trends over time and how close each of your games is to being “complete,” i.e., having every achievement unlocked.
Are you addicted to Steam sales? Do those unplayed games in your library stare at you judgmentally every time you check out with a new title? If you ever got the urge to go back and play through the games you already have, though, how much time would it take you? That’s what HowLongToBeat has set out to answer: just plug in your Steam ID, and they’ll look at your library and make their best guess at how long it would take you to finish every game. It’s a rough estimate, but once you start hitting a few months of play-time, you may want to rethink your life.
SteamLeft does something similar but also looks at how long you’ve actually spent playing the games and tells you how much time you have remaining.
At this point, you probably know how much time you’ve spent, but how do you rank compared to other gamers? Steamtime can give you some insight into that, as it’ll tell you how much time you’ve spent and rank you compared to every other gamer that has looked up their profile.
To get an idea of what that number actually means, you’ll want to visit their “Statistics” tab so you can see how many people you’re being compared to here. It’s a ballpark estimate at best, since these stats are leaving out anyone who hasn’t used Steamtime (i.e, people who don’t spend enough time on Steam to be curious), but with over 250,000 ranked profiles, you still get a decent idea.
SteamCalculator basically does what Steam Gauge does but with fewer extra statistics. If you’re not interested in the time you’ve spent playing or other information about your library, this tool gives you a simple look at the current value of each game in your library – though, again, you’ll have to visit your external funds used page to see your actual total spending.
What’s the point?
Some stats are just fun for their own sake, and so are these, but these numbers also have real-world implications. Steam is a bit like a windowless, clockless shopping mall – you don’t want people to notice how much time they’ve spent buying your stuff in case they decide it’s time to go. They’re runing a business, sure, but now you have the power to manage your gaming time just a bit better.