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How many hours will your Steam backlog take?

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We often moan about our backlogs on Steam (or console). I like to view mine as a library of games for the future – a gift to myself when I eventually have time, energy and inclination. However, Geoff has pointed out that the longer I wait on some games, the less interesting they will be later on. So, how much time, energy and inclination would I need to complete my backlog? About a month, apparently.

Steamleft.com lets you input your Steam ID and get an approximate time to finish your games. You don’t need to login – I’d recommend just inputting your ID instead; I never trust these sites. But how does it work?

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.

Data on game time is taken from HowLongToBeat.com and sounds fairly accurate. The current record for longest time to beat a Steam library is 40 700 hours. That’s 4 years, 235 days, 20 hours, 44 minutes. I think that guy needs to start working through the backlog. The average is 1 936 hours, or 80 days, 16 hours and 25 minutes. Mine is nowhere near that much; clearly I don’t have too bad a backlog.

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It appears that Alessandro has a much worse Steam backlog – just look at how many cars he could assemble if he completed all his games!

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How many games are sitting in your backlog? Would it take you a year of continuous play to complete them all, or just a couple of months of serious gaming?

Last Updated: January 19, 2015

109 Comments

  1. 8-Bit POItjie

    January 19, 2015 at 09:09

    I got some gaming to do.

    Reply

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      January 19, 2015 at 09:13

      that’s a lot of Hobbitses

      Reply

  2. Blood Emperor Trevor

    January 19, 2015 at 09:14

    I’m not looking. It’ll be demoralising.

    Reply

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      January 19, 2015 at 09:19

      Okay I looked & I’m demoralised.

      4 minutes short of 188 days lol.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        January 19, 2015 at 09:20

        LOOOOL

        Reply

      • ToshZA

        January 19, 2015 at 09:31

        Wow.

        Reply

    • RinceThis

      January 19, 2015 at 09:27

      That’s what she said?

      Reply

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        January 19, 2015 at 09:30

        What are you, my mother?

        Reply

        • RinceThis

          January 19, 2015 at 09:34

          MAYBE!

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief

            January 19, 2015 at 09:35

            Are you still breast feeding him? If so, that would explain quite a bit

          • ToshZA

            January 19, 2015 at 09:36

            LOL!!!!!!!!

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 19, 2015 at 09:36

            Like why we always get kicked out of public places.

          • RinceThis

            January 19, 2015 at 09:37

            It’s not us, they are just prudes, we have rights!

          • RinceThis

            January 19, 2015 at 09:36

            LOL

      • Mossel

        January 19, 2015 at 10:04

        hahaha!

        Reply

  3. ToshZA

    January 19, 2015 at 09:16

    919 continuous hours

    Eish. XD

    Reply

  4. Admiral Chief

    January 19, 2015 at 09:19

    MOER!

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief

      January 19, 2015 at 09:20

      Watch the entire Star Trek: The Next Generation series 16 times

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        January 19, 2015 at 09:20

        Or run a marathon 465 times

        Reply

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        January 19, 2015 at 09:20

        I could fly around the world 112 times.

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief

          January 19, 2015 at 09:22

          Watch SW EP 4, 5 and 6…334 times

          Reply

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 19, 2015 at 09:22

            That’s the same amount of times I’d have to watch the entire star wars series

          • Admiral Chief

            January 19, 2015 at 09:23

            Geez, check this one:
            Download 15,829 mp3s…on a 56K modem

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 19, 2015 at 09:23

            Contract and die from Ebola 8 times bwhahahahaha

          • Admiral Chief

            January 19, 2015 at 09:24

            XDXDXD

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 19, 2015 at 09:26

            Watch the Twilight movies 444 times… NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

          • Admiral Chief

            January 19, 2015 at 09:26

            BWAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA.

            I don’t think you’d still find a shred of decent story even after all those times

          • Hammersteyn

            January 19, 2015 at 09:30

            Watch LOTR trilogy 3 times

    • Skyblue

      January 19, 2015 at 12:42

      It’s a sickness I tell you…

      Reply

    • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

      January 19, 2015 at 15:05

      I beat you… πŸ˜›

      I wouldn’t normally do this bragging, but I am bored at work.

      Reply

  5. Hammersteyn

    January 19, 2015 at 09:22

    36 hours – Listen to Pink Floyds Dark side of the Moon 50 times
    *RUNS

    Reply

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      January 19, 2015 at 09:24

      filthy casual πŸ˜€

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        January 19, 2015 at 09:24

        Filthy Deonses

        Reply

    • Kensei Seraph

      January 19, 2015 at 10:32

      2616 times for me.

      Reply

  6. Admiral Chief

    January 19, 2015 at 09:24

    Apparently I can climb Mt Everest 54 times…

    Reply

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      January 19, 2015 at 09:25

      115 lol

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        January 19, 2015 at 09:26

        I’d actually like to do it, but only once or twice

        Reply

        • Lardus-Resident Perve

          January 19, 2015 at 09:56

          Basecamp is being planned for next year. Did research on the full climb…how many kidneys do you have available to sell? It will take almost 2 full years’ worth of salary πŸ™

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief

            January 19, 2015 at 09:57

            How much is it to ascend once?

          • Lardus-Resident Perve

            January 19, 2015 at 10:06

            Hehe…you might get away with $60K…flights etc excluded and acceptance based on prior experience. You also need some of your own gear. Base camp you can easily do with G Adventures http://www.gadventures.com/trips/everest-adventure/ANEA/2015/
            That is what I am planning for next year…that or Kilimanjaro, or both.

          • Admiral Chief

            January 19, 2015 at 10:09

            Dude, climbing Everest and Kili is on my bucket list!

          • Lardus-Resident Perve

            January 19, 2015 at 10:23

            Working on my fitness this year, else I would have done it soon during the sabbatical I am planning.

          • Admiral Chief

            January 19, 2015 at 10:25

            How will you finance all this?

  7. Admiral Chief

    January 19, 2015 at 09:27

    YES I’M BETTER THAN THE AVERAGE!!!!!!

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      January 19, 2015 at 09:28

      I dare anyone to beat my score.

      *Watch the entire Harry Potter series 1 time

      Reply

      • Quo Vadis?

        January 19, 2015 at 09:41

        Without killing yourself? IMPOSSIBLE!

        Reply

        • ToshZA

          January 19, 2015 at 09:43

          I could watch all the Twilight movies 90 times.

          I’d rather watch Harry Potter.

          Reply

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 19, 2015 at 09:48

            I would rather starve to death than watch Potter, Twilight, LOTR or any of those LOL

          • Admiral Chief

            January 19, 2015 at 09:53

            Rather starve than watch LOTR?

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 19, 2015 at 10:14

            yup. I said it!

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 19, 2015 at 10:14

            yup. I said it!

  8. Ross Woofels Mason

    January 19, 2015 at 09:30

    Well shit =p

    Reply

  9. Reid

    January 19, 2015 at 09:31

    That might take a while. I only have 17 days leave left that I can put in.

    Reply

  10. Admiral Chief

    January 19, 2015 at 09:33

    I have some work to do it seems. I’ll put this in as a leave motivation. Yesssss

    Reply

  11. Admiral Chief

    January 19, 2015 at 09:34

    Watch entire Futurama series 41 times

    Reply

  12. Admiral Chief

    January 19, 2015 at 09:35

    Hahaha, I can live out the entire lifespan of an ant in my time

    Reply

  13. ToshZA

    January 19, 2015 at 09:38

    Catch every pokemon (as of X) 4 times.

    Reply

  14. ToshZA

    January 19, 2015 at 09:40

    “Work 22 full work weeks.”

    I’ll just take leave for half the year, shall I?

    Reply

  15. ReaperOfSquirrels

    January 19, 2015 at 09:41

    lol… doesn’t find me even though I’m logged into Steam via browser and Steamapp.

    Oh well.

    Reply

  16. Admiral Chief

    January 19, 2015 at 09:47

    OR, I could learn….1 language

    Reply

  17. Admiral Chief

    January 19, 2015 at 09:48

    So both Zoe and Sandy are….below average?

    Reply

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      January 19, 2015 at 09:53

      you mean we both have impulse control during Steam sales? yes, yes indeed. πŸ˜›

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        January 19, 2015 at 09:54

        I bought nothing on the last sale I’ll have you know

        Reply

        • Her Highness the Hipster

          January 19, 2015 at 09:56

          also, a large part of my backlog is on console. I don’t even want to know how many hours worth….

          Reply

  18. hairyknees

    January 19, 2015 at 09:53

    O_O

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief

      January 19, 2015 at 09:53

      Your backlog time is probably infinity…cuz you can NEVER stop playing your cabbage game?

      Reply

      • Matthew Holliday

        January 19, 2015 at 10:05

        art is never finished, only abandoned.

        Reply

      • hairyknees

        January 19, 2015 at 10:06

        NEVA!

        Reply

  19. Lardus-Resident Perve

    January 19, 2015 at 09:53

    Hmmm, not that much on my back-log.

    Reply

    • Lardus-Resident Perve

      January 19, 2015 at 09:59

      Umm…

      Reply

  20. Kromas Votes LAG WCMovie Event

    January 19, 2015 at 09:54

    3000+ hours yay.

    Reply

    • Mossel

      January 19, 2015 at 10:07

      haha oh man you have some work to do!

      Reply

      • Kromas Votes LAG WCMovie Event

        January 19, 2015 at 10:16

        I think that’s the problem. I need to quit my job and focus on getting this damn backlog smaller. πŸ˜›

        Reply

      • Kromas Votes LAG WCMovie Event

        January 19, 2015 at 10:16

        I think that’s the problem. I need to quit my job and focus on getting this damn backlog smaller. πŸ˜›

        Reply

        • Kensei Seraph

          January 19, 2015 at 10:19

          If you manage to pull that off please tell me how.

          Reply

          • Kromas Votes LAG WCMovie Event

            January 19, 2015 at 10:29

            This would have been the perfect time for those spam “work from home and earn $1000 a day” posts. Missed opportunity I suppose. πŸ˜›

          • Matthew Holliday

            January 19, 2015 at 11:47

            I work from home and earn an unrealistic amount of money per day.
            please follow this phishing link to the website I work for, so I can steal your banking deals and increase my daily earnings, while reducing your own.

            or would you prefer a phone call from “microsoft china” claiming we got a report of an error on your PC?

          • Kromas Votes LAG WCMovie Event

            January 19, 2015 at 11:54

            I much prefer the “I am a Nigerian Prince and I need you banking details to deposit some money”

          • Admiral Chief

            January 19, 2015 at 11:58

            Fresh Prince of AllYourMoniesBelongToMe

          • Matthew Holliday

            January 19, 2015 at 13:11

            oh wow, its been so long since Ive had that one, Id almost forgotten, is that still a thing?

          • Admiral Chief

            January 19, 2015 at 11:49

            LOL, indeed, it seems my massive blacklisting efforts finally broke them

    • Skyblue

      January 19, 2015 at 13:10

      Ouch!

      Reply

  21. Admiral Chief

    January 19, 2015 at 09:55

    Llew’s backlog is probably 7 days…

    Reply

    • Mossel

      January 19, 2015 at 10:07

      Or 7 years?

      Reply

      • Kensei Seraph

        January 19, 2015 at 10:24

        I’ll laugh if it’s 7 hours.

        Reply

  22. Matthew Holliday

    January 19, 2015 at 09:57

    1465 continuous hours
    61 days,1 hour,27 minutes

    but thats BS, im pretty much up to date, theres alot of game time its not counting.

    Reply

  23. Mossel

    January 19, 2015 at 10:06

    At least I am working on that backlog!

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief

      January 19, 2015 at 10:10

      …until Evolve comes along

      Reply

      • Mossel

        January 19, 2015 at 10:32

        Haha well the way I see it is if I pump 100hours into a game is it really that bad? That just means we found something that is actually worthwhile and it the game doesn’t feel like work!

        Reply

  24. Anon A Mouse

    January 19, 2015 at 10:06

    I have a console backlog that’s bringing tear to my eyes. Not because it’s THAT long but because I never had one. Now games like Skyrim, Borderlands 2, etc is sitting there mocking me.

    Reply

    • CAE9872

      January 19, 2015 at 10:16

      Those two alone will take a lifetime!

      Reply

    • CAE9872

      January 19, 2015 at 10:16

      Those two alone will take a lifetime!

      Reply

  25. CAE9872

    January 19, 2015 at 10:16

    Years upon years to “complete”

    Reply

  26. CAE9872

    January 19, 2015 at 10:16

    Years upon years to “complete”

    Reply

  27. ReaperOfSquirrels

    January 19, 2015 at 10:16

    Seems about right… couldn’t find a DOTA one though πŸ˜›

    Reply

  28. Kensei Seraph

    January 19, 2015 at 10:16

    At least I get to listen to some good music.
    (Refresh for picture)

    Reply

    • Brady miaau

      January 19, 2015 at 10:37

      Trance that music would induce after 10 cycles. Good stuff!!!!!

      Reply

  29. Jac7

    January 19, 2015 at 10:20

    I expected it to be a lot more. I mean I’ve got Skyrim on my account. That alone would take two lifetimes never to complete.

    Reply

  30. loftie

    January 19, 2015 at 10:21

    lol, 1776 is year of independence or something in USA (and illuminati Adam Weishaupt)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Weishaupt

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1776_in_the_United_States

    Reply

  31. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    January 19, 2015 at 11:49

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha! Yeah never going to hit the end of that backlog…

    Reply

  32. Axon1988

    January 19, 2015 at 11:59

    Mine is not too bad. 699 hours in total. My real problem comes with my alternative: Travel from New York to England on an Ocean liner 8 times… in 1960. Anybody have a time travel machine available for rent?

    Reply

  33. justlikemo

    January 19, 2015 at 12:15

    MMMM, decisions, decisions!

    Reply

    • justlikemo

      January 19, 2015 at 12:16

      Reply

      • justlikemo

        January 19, 2015 at 12:19

        πŸ™‚

        Reply

  34. Viking Of Science

    January 19, 2015 at 12:21

    I’m Pretty Sure It’s Crusader Kings II’s fault…

    Reply

    • Reid

      January 19, 2015 at 15:28

      Yeah my backlog progress has slowed down a lot as well because of that game. Especially now that I started playing the Game of Thrones mod.

      Reply

  35. Peter Pan

    January 19, 2015 at 14:09

    833 continuous hours for me! not to bad

    Reply

  36. DrKiller

    January 19, 2015 at 16:18

    Mine is 2672 continuous hours… Am I winning?

    Check for yourself πŸ™‚ DrKillerZA

    Reply

  37. dude

    January 20, 2015 at 08:06

    Being someone who does not own a lot of games i feel like a hungry Ethiopian watching Americans stuff their faces at a burger eating contest.

    Reply

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