Friday, November 03, 2023
SteamDB tells me that I have 10,000 hours played of Steam games, but 70% of the games in my library are unplayed. While percentages vary, most people have unplayed Steam games as the result of Steam sales FOMO, the fear of missing out on an opportunity during sales. And somewhere in our heads there is this collective polite assumption that one day we will have the time to play this all. But what if a game becomes obsolete before we reach that point?
Cities: Skylines came out in March 2015. I bought it in October 2015 at a 60% off Steam sale, but never played it. I haven't bought the recently released Cities: Skylines II, and it did have a rough release with performance problems. But I could play it via my Game Pass subscription. And from what people tell me, it is a straight up improvement over the first one, and they would never go back to play the original. So the first Cities: Skylines is a game that I bought and will probably never play because of obsolescence.
I haven't looked through those hundreds of unplayed Steam games in my library, but I assume that there are others like Cities: Skylines. Maybe not the exact case of a game being made obsolete by a sequel, but a more general case of genres evolving in terms and both gameplay and graphics, making playing a ten year old game unappealing. Some games are classics and age well, others don't.
Are there games in your Steam library that you think you will never play? What did make them obsolete for you?
P.S. As a side note on Cities: Skylines II, many of the Twitch channels I am following are playing this, but I found those streams hard to watch. If you look at a screen that isn't totally zoomed in, what you see and think about it probably doesn't correspond to what the streamer is currently thinking. You might see the traffic, while the streamer is seeing the same thing and is thinking about water supply. It would take a superhuman effort by the streamer to always completely communicate his train of thought, and why he is doing what he is doing. Games in which the action on the screen is more focused make for a better streaming experience.