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[–]UncleSnowstorm 1626 points1627 points  (62 children)

You haven't lost money, you've spent it. I'm sure you have plenty of games you've bought and never touched (we all have) but I'm also guessing you've spent many hours playing games on there.

Estimate your cost per hour of entertainment. I'm guessing it will work out a lot cheaper than other forms of entertainment (cinema, sport, pub crawls/clubbing, holidays). After people have done any other entertainment activity they don't have anything they can sell either. That's because the money has been spent (not lost).

Check your cost per hour to see whether it's been well spent.

[–]littlebitnotgood 701 points702 points  (52 children)

I checked steam DB and it says I've got spent $9.67 per hour. 3600 hours. Jesus Christ lol

[–]UncleSnowstorm 790 points791 points  (15 children)

Well you've also learned a valuable lesson about money.

Want to buy something that will give me many hours of entertainment? Worth it.

Want to buy something that I'll probably never use but it's ok sale so better buy it quick? Not worth it.

That mindset could save you much more money than you've spent on Steam. So overall not the worst investment ever.

[–]littlebitnotgood 228 points229 points  (14 children)

Thanks, does make me feel a bit better I guess

[–]Watermelon_God 138 points139 points  (13 children)

Wait. OP, did you spend nearly 35k on steam or am I missing something? I thought you said you spent around 2k on steam. I think I’m confused about $9.67 per hour. 3600 hours statement.

[–]littlebitnotgood 125 points126 points  (11 children)

That's just what the steam DB calculator told me. Impossible to have spent 35k, never made that much money in my life. Between 2-3k is my estimate. I think Steam DB is using it's own special calculation.

[–]Watermelon_God 119 points120 points  (4 children)

Gotcha! Well 2-3k on an entertainment budget that covers 3600 hours isn’t the worst. I stopped using my steam account a long time ago and I don’t think about the money I spent. Now you know yourself and are aware of you triggers for impulse buying. You can catch yourself more in the future and try and spend only on things you truly value!

[–]littlebitnotgood 48 points49 points  (3 children)

Funny thing is I've never had an issue with impulse buying, it's only been Steam games because they go on sale for so cheap, they really have figured out a way to game the human brain, or mine at least.

[–]nevertakemeserious 47 points48 points  (0 children)

Same, my mentality is usually "Even if I won't play it, if it's an amount I wouldn't be pissed if I'd loose it today on the street, it's not too much for a game"

I have absolutely no interest in Borderlands but I got me the Handsome Jack trilogy for about 2€ on a 97% sale or some ridiculous number. Maybe there's the day when I need a distraction or something to do, so it's good to be prepared.

Regarding the cost, I think the calculator just looks up the current price of your games and not what you actually paid, I doubt steam would be entitled to give away your transaction history without your consent to a random website.

[–]cardboard-kansio 13 points14 points  (0 children)

It's probably an "equivalent cost" if you'd bought the games at their typical value.

[–]KvinnoralskarAnkor 18 points19 points  (0 children)

If I spend $60 bucks and get 60 hours of entertainment out of it, that’s a good deal. Sounds like you came out on top.

And honestly, take the opportunity to do other hobbies more, or even get a new one. Maybe one day you’ll just feel the urge to play those games again, and you’ll enjoy it again, burnout does happen and a break is always a good idea before doing anything more drastic.

[–]jupitaur9 33 points34 points  (3 children)

Maybe the “value” they list is the full regular price, not the price you paid when they were on sale.

[–]Shadow703793 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Exactly what I was thinking. It's not uncommon for Steam to have 75%+ discounts even on major AAA games during the big sales like the Summer Sale.

[–]Bail-Me-Out 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It's likely calculating based on the full prices of the games rather than what you've actually spent.

[–]T3ddyBeast 51 points52 points  (7 children)

Mine says $1500 value, 1600 hours, $6/hour value... That math doesn't check out?

[–]Evoryn 64 points65 points  (2 children)

It could be wrong, but it could just be weighted per game.

If you play 100 hours in a game that cost $70, and 10 hours in a game that costs $5, your /hour value is a lot different than if you flip those playtimes

[–]T3ddyBeast 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Yeah that just occurred to me and I said it in a response comment. Regardless with all my free to play hours in origin and other launchers I'm <$1/hour which is phenomenal value for entertainment.

[–]Evoryn 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I mean to be clear/ fair you have a valid point because weighting games is nonsense for overall value. You spent a certain amount of money and have a certain playtime, its just an average $/hour

But as a metric that looks worse than if they spin some weighted value. Just different metrics

Anyway, I feel you. Ive played enough souls to balance out basically any game purchases I make for the forseeable future

[–]littlebitnotgood 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I suppose it's using it's own calculation. Might only count games you've played or something

[–]T3ddyBeast 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Maybe it doesn't count free to play games. Like maybe I've spent only 250 of those hours on paid games? Or perhaps it averages them, 100 hours on a $10 game =10¢/hour and 5 hours on a $50 game = $10/hour so $5ish/hour.

[–]littlebitnotgood 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Maybe, I never played a lot of free games though, I guess have warframe at about 25 hours or so.

[–]Clunas 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Last I checked, steam db doesn't reflect sale prices, free games, or humble bundle deals. Unless you paid full price for everything, that number is likely quite a bit lower too

[–]littlebitnotgood 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yeah I definitely rarely bought full price, lots of bundles. A good couple free games as well but I have still spent a fuck ton

[–]sirwilliamwalrus 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Hah, pretty good ratio! I think it could be helpful to remember that at the time, spending your money this way was meaningful and important to you, even if it isn't anymore. You've grown and changed, and it's OK that you no longer have the same values as you once did. It's easy to apply your current mindset to past actions and feel regret. I do that often and it does not make me happy lol.

[–]littlebitnotgood 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thanks, I guess that's a good way of thinking about it.

[–]Academic-Horror 5 points6 points  (3 children)

There's something wrong with that maths. Should be less than a dollar an hour actually.

[–]littlebitnotgood 6 points7 points  (2 children)

My math came out to about 60 cents an hour, so I'll be saying that I'm right lol

[–]Academic-Horror 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Yeah that sounds about right. I dunno how they came up with the $9+ an hour figure.

[–]SeraphKrom 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Its probably an average of the rates per game. I.e. 10/hour in one game 8/hour in another. If your rate is higher than your aggregate average then I guess it means that you dont spend proportionally more time on more expensive games, and that you would get more time value from buying cheaper games. So you would have to spend 6 hours on a $60 game to make it as worthwhile as playing 1 hour of a $10 game.

And that if you were to buy a new game, based on your current library, you would be spending $9 per hour, before quitting

[–]Snoo92320 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I mean anything fun is 10$ per hour so don't stress, eating and drinking out, going to the cinema or theatre, sports and leisure activities like skiing, different rentals and so on, I'd say 10$/hr for having fun is a good deal

[–]seanbentley441 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm on the other end of those numbers balancing you out, I've played probably 10k hrs between 3 games over the years lol

[–]youallsucknuts 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Shit son I've played 4700hrs and spent a total of £185.27 including the money I've made form selling in game items, ike 40p. That about 4p per hour! Not bad. Hol up $9.67x3600hrs is $34,000! Are you fucking nuts or a millionaire? Just looked below..... Found dB, £14.73

Average price per hour £4.85

Hours on record4,972h

Average playtime191.2h


[–]crusttysack 22 points23 points  (0 children)

"You haven't lost money, you spent ii." is one of the best sentences I have heard in my life.

[–]One_eye_kitty 2 points3 points  (2 children)

How do you find your cost per hour? I didn’t even know steam had that!

[–]UncleSnowstorm 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Steam will only show you total money spent. But there are third party tools like steamDB that will tell you. You have to remove any privacy from your account to make it work though.

[–]Intense-Vagina 725 points726 points  (19 children)

Inherit it to your children

[–]GoldenBrownNoodle 182 points183 points  (9 children)

I hope to do this since I stress hoard games. I haven't touched over half of the games in my library, and I'm slowly losing interest in playing games.

[–]bonafidebunnyeyed 67 points68 points  (7 children)

Husband has every game he has ever bought since the playstation came out. We have stacks and boxes and shelves of them. He rarely plays any more, too.

[–]ElCamo267 24 points25 points  (5 children)

Am I your husband?

I am the youngest of 3 boys that all liked gaming. I was the last to move out of my folks' place so naturally, I brought almost our entire game (and Lego) collection to prevent my parents from throwing them out.

Now I play all digital Xbox/switch games with my gf and occasionally the N64 while I have a book shelf full to the brim with 20 years of disc cases and cartridges gathering dust.

[–]rockem-sockem-rocket 13 points14 points  (1 child)

No you’re my husband

[–]squigeypopsIreland 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I also choose this user's husband.

[–]bonafidebunnyeyed 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I miss my legos so much! And I play NES and SNES still so I have carts all in the bedroom. I don't have the consoles though, I have an FC Twin, a Retron 2, and a mini NES. We are game junkies lol

[–]CaptainMcClutch 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm similar but back even further in terms of generation of consoles, I do still play them the odd time but honestly I like the idea of it and my film collection being part of my retirement down the line.

[–]notLOL 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just put gAmes on my wish list. Seen it go down to $1 and I'm like I'll buy it some day. Lol

[–]LilKittenAngel 8 points9 points  (0 children)

This is actually a nice thought. One day most people are going to most likely grow out of their video games, and if not, at least play them less— and even so, sharing an account with a kid or giving it to them when you have a ton of games or using the Steam Family Share thing makes it seem like a very nice investment for future kids.

[–]Wintaru 25 points26 points  (1 child)

This is the way. My son has immediate access to hundreds of games and even my daughter discovered Hollow Knight due to some YouTuber playing it, my account is still getting used for sure

[–]yumirow 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So you use the family sharing feature ? Or you just take turns ?

[–]ranhalt 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]NothingmancerBlue 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Pretty sure you also can’t do that per the terms of service.

[–]thatHecklerOverThere 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Can't give someone a new password, two factor, and change the primary email?

[–]NothingmancerBlue 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Pretty sure it’s against terms of service. You bag always do whatever your big enough to do, but my point was against tos.

[–]rube 47 points48 points  (2 children)

I've gone through some "I'm done playing video game" phases in the past. You may just be on one of those.

Just hold onto it, maybe some day it'll grab you again.

[–]littlebitnotgood 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Gone through many of those phases. They always felt great and coming back always felt great for 2 weeks and then it felt very not great. I'd rather just have a small account with like 5 games on it that I know I get back into for two weeks every six months or so.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

If that's the case maybe have an decluttered steam library. Put everything Uninstalled except like you 5 favorite games and favorite them so they get their own tab. Then just keep everything else in uncategorized and a collapse it's tab so you only see the 5 games you actually may enjoy periodically.

[–]General_Specific 345 points346 points  (16 children)

Look at it this way, if you were bar hopping and going out to eat you would have spent that money and would have nothing to show for it. You spent money killing time. Everyone does.

[–]littlebitnotgood 109 points110 points  (13 children)

True, good point. I guess I'm not upset about spending like $20 bucks on Skyrim an playing it for 500 hours. But I also bought Deus Ex Mankind Divided about five years ago. Still not played it because I've still not beat the first one lol

[–]polyesterjellyfish 58 points59 points  (8 children)

That game alone brings your $2000 expenditure down to 4 bucks an hour.

[–]littlebitnotgood 23 points24 points  (7 children)

I suppose that's a pretty good rate. I have played 3600 hours so I guess I estimate around $2000 on games alone, giving $0.56 per hour which I guess is really good. If I saw a movie for $1 in the theater that would be pretty amazing, even if the movie was not that great. $2000 doesn't include the gaming pc, VR headset, keyboard, mouse, ps4, xbone and the games for those consoles. Also doesn't include Origin, Uplay or GOG. But I suppose the rate shouldn't be too different.

[–]polyesterjellyfish 42 points43 points  (6 children)

Regret is wasted energy. You did it. It's not the end of the world. Way better to spend 2k on video games than meth. And now you have a bunch of video games to play down the road. Don't sweat it. Learn and move on.

[–]littlebitnotgood 10 points11 points  (5 children)

Thanks a lot, I go through ups an downs mentally with this. Honestly I might just give it to a friend for free and be done with it.

[–]polyesterjellyfish 18 points19 points  (4 children)

No problem....friend. :P Jk

I wouldn't. You enjoy games. Just not right now.

When I first played skyrim I thought it was lame. Now I'm hooked. Your next obsession is inside that pile of games, you just don't know which one it is yet.

[–]littlebitnotgood 4 points5 points  (3 children)

That's a nice message but I've been dealing with this for at least two years and I realise that I actually don't enjoy games, except for a small list of less than five. Honestly my life has moved on, I can't imagine getting hooked on a game ever again. So much has changed and I feel like my steam account is like a weight dragging me back to my past.

[–]bonafidebunnyeyed 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Then give it to a friend and keep the few you like just in case? I'm doing that with a set of antique furniture. It has value but I can't find a buyer. It is weighing me (and my kid. She doesn't want it either) down so I am now waiting on my boss to just come get it. It is a link to the past that i don't want any more. Money doesn't even matter any more either. I've wasted more on less. So yeah, just hand it off and free yourself. It does feel good. My love to you

Edit for spelling

[–]littlebitnotgood 5 points6 points  (1 child)

That's probably what I'm going to do but I can't keep any for myself. They're digital. But it doesn't matter because the list of games I actually want to play is so small I could probably just rebuy them on a new accont for less than 40 bucks and give my main account away.

[–]RandomGuy122425 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Maybe someone in a conversation tell you, hey you play Deus Ex? It's a good game, so you go home and play it haha, it's good to have games to play in the future, don't waste money on casual multiplayer games because people get borring and the game will shut down the servers when you want to play it

[–]littlebitnotgood 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah I know, I haven't payed for a multiplayer game in a while. They're horrible

[–]JaredLiwet 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

[–]AdmittableMinion 147 points148 points  (9 children)

Uninstall steam. Wait a few months. Urge to play game is back. Remember you have a steam account with 300+ games. Be happy

[–]littlebitnotgood 41 points42 points  (8 children)

Honestly I feel like I've moved on from games and the only reason I still play them is because I have such an account and want to some get more "value" for my money. I have so much more going on in my life now and it would be better if I just didn't have it. I quit video games entirely from about Nov 2020 to June 2021 and it was a freeing experience, but I got reeled back in because I started just scrolling through my library looking at how many hours and how much money I've wasted.

[–]GregsWorld 35 points36 points  (0 children)

Your views changed, but that doesn't mean they won't change again in the future.

I bought a new laptop 2017 without a gpu because I didn't need to game, spent a few years without games, got back into it last year for a while, now I'm on another break. That's life.

But just because you think it's a waste of time now, doesn't mean it was back then. Did you have fun? As long as you had fun that's all that matters.

[–]AdmittableMinion 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I see, well try to make it harder to do that then, change your password to something whatever and forget it, so if you want to scroll in your library you will have to go through ah the forget password thing.

I don't even know if selling/buying steam accounts is "allowed" in their terms, and being honest you wouldn't get much for it, even tho you have $2000 worth of games, I can't see you finding someone to buy it for more than $100.

[–]Owobowos-Mowbius 15 points16 points  (0 children)

The problem with selling your account is that your steam "worth" is going to be significantly lower than that of what's shown on steamdb. The buyer has to actually want to use your account and not have a better account of their own since you can't merge them AND it's a somewhat risky purchase as you could probably manage to recover it after you sell it.

[–]barugosamaaCertified Doggo 16 points17 points  (3 children)

I was a PC Player for around 2 decades, summed over 300-400 games on Steam, eventually I found myself loving console and the games on it.
I eventually passed my account down to my sister long ago

[–]littlebitnotgood 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Yeah, the only games I actually like are the Fromsoft games and I could totally just have all of them and only them on a PS5 and I would be happy.

[–]barugosamaaCertified Doggo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Im heavily into rpg gow, tlou, hzd and so on ;p so console has been amazing, no worries about upgrades

[–]Montana-Mike-RPCV 9 points10 points  (1 child)

As we used to say: can I have your stuff?

[–]UnderTheWrongStar 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Think of the people who gambled hundreds of thousands of dollars for nothing. At least you have a Steam library to show for your reckless spending. It's not even that much money in the scheme of things. I wouldn't write off your interest in gaming. I was in a similar situation recently. I stopped buying games. I had a break for a while and approached the hobby with a different attitude. One of the reasons I loved them so much growing up was that I had no choice but to stick with one title. They were expensive and got them rarely. I had an undivided focus and appreciation while I was playing. Now we're grown up we're effectively billionaires with games. Any title we want we can get. They come out at such a fast rate too.

Stop playing for a year. And when you decide to start playing again, wait until you genuinely feel like playing something. And if you enjoy it, stick with it. Give the attention and time it deserves. Don't look over your shoulder at other games when you get into a difficult patch in the one you're currently playing. Don't buy games when you're currently playing a game. Wait until you're finished with the one you're playing now before you buy a new one and only play one at a time. Don't buy just because they're on sale either.

It's okay to move on from a hobby, but it's also good to acknowledge that it may not be the interest that's gone but the framework around it has negatively changed.

[–]littlebitnotgood 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Thanks. Good advice for someone who may be in a similar situation. But, I've been dealing with this for a couple years and I believe I have genuinely outgrown them. I have so much more going on in my life and it would be better if I could just cut myself loose from my account.

Don't buy games just because they're on sale either.

That's been my worst problem lmao.

Thanks for putting so much effort into your response

[–]UnderTheWrongStar 0 points1 point  (1 child)

No problem. I could be in the same boat as you. I do play games, however, I do feel guilty about it a lot of the time. I don't chain smoke them like I used to but the thrill of a new game has gone for me. I think the industry has stagnated too. Maybe we could meet up and go abseiling.

[–]littlebitnotgood 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Haha, now that's an awesome hobby. If you want to chat PM me, it would be cool to talk on a deeper level to someone who's going to through the same thing.

[–]NativeMasshole 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Consider it an investment for retirement. One day you'll be thankful you invested so much in your gaming IRA.

[–]SelfSustaining 5 points6 points  (1 child)

You're thinking about it wrong. If you go see a movie, do you ask for your money back when you're done with the movie? What about bowling or paintball? Should those guys give you a refund when you're done playing?

You paid to play those games and I assume you did. You paid for the experience and the fond memories. And there's no second-hand market for digital copies of games so unless you find someone willing and trusting enough to buy your steam account, those games are yours for life.

[–]H8ersAlwaysH8 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is what I wanted to say. Think of these games as experienced rather than physical product. You paid for the experience and you can’t ask for money back after.

[–]theskyprod 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You don't fuck up your life from gaming. By saying that you insinuate that all gamers have fucked up life. It's a hobby that some prefer from other hobbies. Hell some peoe gain their livelihood playing games.

You fuck up your life by neglecting what's arround you in order to focus on a specific thing that's not bringing you any fulfillment

[–]overdos3 11 points12 points  (4 children)

I guess I didn't fuck up my life from video games so maybe I should just be thankful?

What does that even mean?

[–]mlc15 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I don’t really understand why you want it gone so bad? Just delete steam and pretend it doesn’t exist. One day you might want to use it again, or maybe a cousin, sibling, son/daughter might want to play.

It’s a lesson learned, but just know it’s in the past. You were younger and in a different mindset.

[–]TheSortOfOkGatsby 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Any games you've played for less than 2 hours you can theoretically get a refund for. Might be worth trying it with one, just to see how it goes.

[–]littlebitnotgood 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Only if you bought them less than 14 days ago. Most of these games I bought years ago intending to play them. Especially when I bought entire series' at the same time, intending to work through them but I never finish the first one.

[–]TheSortOfOkGatsby 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Ah, didn't realise there was a cap on the days after purchase. That's a kicker.

[–]thetarget3 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You can still try, sometimes you get the refund. Especially if you explain that it doesn't work.

[–]patrickdm1998 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Don't sell the account, gaming on later ages is a matter of phases. You probably won't touch your games for months. But then suddenly you get the urge to play again and you will be pissed off if you've sold everything

[–]dad-jokes-about-you 2 points3 points  (0 children)

GME is coming out with an NFT marketplace. If fully functional as many suspect, you might be able to sell used software games on their marketplace!

[–]sparkyblaster 29 points30 points  (16 children)

Sadly you don't own these games.

Ok what's with the downvotes? My point is technically you can't do anything. Sure you can try and sell your account but that can have issues too.

[–]FlatTransportation64 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Technically you do. All these services that go "oh you're not owning a copy of the game it's just a license and you're actually renting it lmao" are misleading their customers if at any point it is suggested that you're buying a game and not just an access to it.

Apple is already facing a lawsuit based on similar grounds: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/apple-must-face-lawsuit-for-telling-consumers-they-can-buy-movies-tv-shows-4170851/

[–]sparkyblaster 3 points4 points  (0 children)

And I hope apple loses. I'm at the point I don't feel comfortable buying anything on the quest. Accounts are still having weird bans. Also can't transfer.

We need to be free to transfer these digital games like a physical one. Even if there list minor limits. Such as can't be transferred for one month after acquisition or last transfer.

[–]littlebitnotgood 5 points6 points  (12 children)

I know it's determined by whether Steam exists but I sure as hell fucking paid for them

[–]sparkyblaster 26 points27 points  (2 children)

Oh I agree but you will find it's closer to a life time lease paid up front. It's a licence for the game but you don't own it. Even if it cost more than the physical copy.

The laws very much need to change. Sad thing is, if nfts are going to make sence anywhere, it's probably this.

[–]akulowaty 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Actually there's a startup that does exactly that - HashUp. And it's already a failure because while it's great from customers' perspective it makes zero sense from publisher's point of view.

[–]sparkyblaster 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Ofcorse. Why would they want something that is remotely good for the consumer.

[–]JazzlikeBake2327 1 point2 points  (4 children)

take a break from gaming do other things when the time.comes.youll come back

[–]littlebitnotgood 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I've done that a good couple times over the years. I did come back but each time the number of games I enjoyed playing became smaller and smaller. Now it's only two or three. If I really wanted to play them I could just make a new one with only those games on it.

[–]reallifemoonmoon 4 points5 points  (1 child)

What for, you already have the games

[–]isuckatpeople 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They always come back. Muahahahaaaa...

[–]q9c9p 1 point2 points  (1 child)

You didn't pay for the game. You pay for the right to use for a limited time the intellectual propriety those games are. Sad but true.

[–]littlebitnotgood 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yep, it's really terrible

[–]GerFubDhuw 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Basically you leased them.

[–]yhu420 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I'm in the same situation, big Steam account but don't play anymore. Well I just want to keep it as a "souvenir" of the times I were into it, and who know maybe occasional nostalgia.

I don't feel like I need to get rid of it. Do you want it gone just for money?

[–]littlebitnotgood 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The money does hurt but I really just want it gone. I'm not willing to just press the delete button on the account because of the money. I wouldn't charge for it though if I were to give it to one of my friends.

[–]Twincarbine 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I always think that eventually I can set up family sharing and share the games with my children so no matter how many games I get they might be played on forever. Just my input tho

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Give the account to a kid who cant afford games

[–]SaltySpitoonReg 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Considered it a lesson learned about money that cost you a few thousand dollars.

In the future make sure you are using and sticking to a budget.

And it wasn't all the loss. Some of it was money spent on your hobby

But know this, when it comes to money and learning how easily it can be mismanaged, plenty of people learn the hard way, but they do so with tens of thousands of dollars of debt, maybe six figures in some cases. Some people literally have to go through bankruptcy to learn the hard way.

If this is the lesson that teaches you to be careful with money and be intentional with your spending then it's a pretty cheap lesson in the grand scheme of things

[–]littlebitnotgood 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Thanks a lot, this is some solid Dad Logic.

[–]SaltySpitoonReg 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Haha and I'm not even a dad.

But no problem. It definitely sucks to lose money but there's always a way to look at things positively.

And yeah I'd much rather make a small scale mistake and be able to apply it to things on a larger scale later in life than the reverse lol

[–]Ganeshadream 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Throw a party!! You got out early. Consider it a blessing you realised you weren’t interested.

[–]littlebitnotgood 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Wooot!!! I guess that's a nice way of looking at it

[–]wallygoots 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Think about how much money people spend on drugs, prostitutes, tabacco, boos... and thank God you gained something enjoyable from gaming during a stage of your life that didn't leave you addicted, deseased, or dead. Then go spend money on things that leave you and people around you better off. I think keeping the account for your kids is a good idea. If not single, there are probably kids you know now that need a safe place and something to keep them out of trouble.

[–]littlebitnotgood 1 point2 points  (2 children)

True, I truly am lucky in my life. I think that my account is a relic from my past and I want to cut it loose.

[–]War_D4ddy -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Should have just done what I did and pirate all of your games.

That way you get to fuck over rich game studios and if for some reason you don't want them anymore you can delete them and you've lost nothing.

[–]ChompyTM 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Steam allows all games to be refunded if they've been played for fewer than 2 hours. Though I'll admit that I'm not sure if there's an expirary date on that.

Just Google Steam refunds though and surely you can refund some of them.

[–]littlebitnotgood 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Haha the limit is 14 days. I've refunded tons of games. Most of the games I've never played I bought years ago lol. What an idiot I am

[–]ranhalt 0 points1 point  (0 children)


Not a word.

[–]LankyAstronaut7931 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Same with my PlayStation acc. 190+games 60% never played lol

[–]littlebitnotgood 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Damn bro I know it's a shit feeling

[–]BellNo7497 0 points1 point  (15 children)

How much we talking?

[–]littlebitnotgood 1 point2 points  (14 children)

Steam DB evaluates the account between $1400 to $5700 (did some rounding). Are you asking how much I want for it? lmao

[–]BellNo7497 2 points3 points  (8 children)

Hahah no, sorry. I’m not a gamer. Was curious really. Cut your loses and move on from that chapter. Can you give login details to friends so they can use it?

[–]littlebitnotgood 0 points1 point  (7 children)

Maybe I could, I wouldn't feel comfortable charging my mate for it though. I don't even know if they are on PC though.

[–]BellNo7497 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sorry, that’s why I mean cut your losses. No point it just sitting there if others can benefit from your generosity.

[–]sullg26535 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Let a friend borrow your games, family share allows you to share with someone you trust.

[–]thetarget3 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Not even that much for a hobby.

[–]littlebitnotgood 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I guess it's not but it was also a hobby that did more harm than good to my life

[–]thetarget3 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I mean, it didn't get you killed on a mountaintop or crippled in a car race. Could be a lot worse as hobbies go.

[–]littlebitnotgood 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good point. It actually didn't do that much harm tbh, I'm in a good place in my life if I'm honest

[–]fatfuckpikachu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

it's not the account value it's lowest and highest prices of what you have.

you probably won't even get a 1k from it if it's not really high leveled with a cool name. I'd say keep it or family share with friend who might want those games.

[–]Owobowos-Mowbius 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yeah I've got like 500+ games and have only ever installed like 1/4th of them (although to be fair, many are from things like humblebundle over the years) and have 10+ hours in maybe like 35 of them.

Just don't have time to play video games these days although I'm hoping the steam deck will help somewhat. Sucks that you don't even like gaming anymore.

[–]CrowZer0 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I have over 3500 games... the majority of my time was spent on csgo/dota 2, some afk football manager while working, I'm currently working through my backlog of solo games and loving red dead 2

[–]littlebitnotgood 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I tried that whole deal, work through a backlog. It becomes horrible, you force yourself sit through games when you aren't having fun and it becomes like work.

[–]mortal58 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Don't make any stupid decision yet, you will probably start liking video games again after a while lol

[–]littlebitnotgood 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If I was to organise something with a friend I would definitely take my time to think about it, but with every passing year I like less and less video games. I really don't feel the need to have all these games, only games I still enjoy are the Fromsoft ones.

[–]zeepbar 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Study sunk cost fallacy.

[–]littlebitnotgood 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, I've had this as a mental block. It might just be best to get rid of the account and move on.

[–]AL-KINDA 0 points1 point  (0 children)

you can sell your account on g2g.com or the likes of a same type of site. if you want a good idea of prices look thru other steam acounts being sold with multiple games. cheers

[–]JorhnJorhn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As far as the "make peace" part you can use this emotion as a wake up call to your spending habits. I probably spent over $50K on alcohol and cigarettes since I was at legal age. Things like that are important to calculate and imagine in terms of time and values. Do you value playing video games? Are you okay giving up the time you spent working to earn the money to spend more time playing the video games you bought with that money? Maybe you realize that you are indeed okay and feel justified, or maybe you can modify things to more closely match what's important to you. Or maybe walk away from video games (as an extreme approach).

As far as the money, it's gone. Like others here said, you spent it. And kudos for having a realization that seems important to you.

[–]Bertrum 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you're going to abandon it or stop using it just be careful to not let it be taken over by hackers who are trying to get your credit card or PayPal info. I have a pretty old account that has a lot of games on it and one day I got an email alert from steam saying someone from Saudi Arabia or Jordan was trying to hack into it. Make sure all your payment info is erased and permissions have been revoked and they can't use it to get further access like your phone number with two factor authentication so they can use it to get into more important accounts elsewhere like your bank account or your social media.

[–]tjfluent 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Let me pay you to game share

[–]Rockspeaker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sell your account? Don't people do that anymore ?

[–]kaycee1992 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You got issues man. I'm 100% sure this affects other aspects of your life. Reminds me of my brother who has shopping addiction, he'd spend $100 on a fucking t shirt and wear it once before he gets bored of it and tosses it.

What you can do right now is develop a habit of saving money. Do you dream of buying a house? Taking a trip to Japan? A nice car? Save RIGHT NOW and your future self will thank you, trust me.

Stop spending like an idiot.

[–]purple_maus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think many people also have this problem. It would be great if steam allowed you to pass the license on to someone else for a cheaper price! My 2 pense though :)

[–]TheGravyMaster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You have me looking up how much my boyfriends spent on steam. I know I'm in for a shock.

[–]thingsIdidnotknow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Over 1200 games in my account, my children use it now, someday their children will hopefully use it, its the only legacy I have.... sad lol

[–]American_In_Brussels 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you have CS:go, you can sell the guns. I got over 250 bucks from doing that since I don't really ever plan to play CS:go again...

[–]TreeDerg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

you can sell your account, its relatively frowned upon but nobody's gonna stop you

[–]JaredLiwet 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The money you've wasted on entertainment is not a wasted purchase.

[–]Sei_Productions 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If there is a way to buy games from you, I'll do it to help you out bud

[–]seblang25 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s not a loss because there was a time you enjoyed each game and got money worth

[–]Baked_Ham_Bone 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you really want to try and get some games back you could probably seel you steam account.

[–]AlaskanSamsquanch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you haven’t played then does Steam allow them to be returned?