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Hereupon exists a place to discuss current Steam Spotlight deals and your opinion of the games' value and/or the sale price.

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  • Several Steam games of mine have misleading (ie. inflated) play times shown for them because I have nasty habit of leaving my game running paused in the background without turning it off. It's a habit I picked up from the old console days for games with no manual save option (yet lately I've been doing this to games like Mass Effect, Just Cause 2, Arkham Asylum and Saints Row 2).

    Does anyone else do this?

  • @Chyron8472 said: Does anyone else do this?

    I do. But only for "The Graveyard".

  • Generally no, but my playtime for Plants vs Zombies is hugely inflated because I leave it idling to make money in Zen Garden mode.

  • Never did that. Still 74 hours playtime in PvZ.

  • I always used to do this for console games. Pause the game, disconnect the controller, and when I come back to it later I'm right where I was without having to boot the game up.

    In fact, I think I also do this with my Wii.

  • @Chyron8472 said: Several Steam games of mine have misleading (ie. inflated) play times shown for them because I have nasty habit of leaving my game running paused in the background without turning it off.

    Does anyone else do this?

    All the time. I stop to eat or watch a movie. Hell, I have one paused right now as I type this.

  • It happens to me, but not exactly like that... My game-time usually gets inflated for UbiSoft games because of the UbiLauncher. Their Launcher doesn't close automatically when the game exits, and I tend to forget to close it. And it still counts as in-game.

  • @Chyron8472 said: I always used to do this for console games. Pause the game, disconnect the controller, and when I come back to it later I'm right where I was without having to boot the game up.

    In fact, I think I also do this with my Wii.

    That's....gotta be taxing on hardware. I'd be afraid to do that. I mean, I leave my computer on all the time, but not running a game where my graphics card is constantly running. I'd say the same for the PS3 (which has frozen and crashed on me) and especially the 360 (considering its history). The Wii, I don't know. I honestly don't use it so much to need to leave it on. But it does get hot. Heat scares me.

    One day I left my NES on and paused when I came home for lunch one day from school. After school I came home and the cartridge was toast. System still worked but the game never ever worked again. Yes, that was an older system. But I'd say today's graphics processors are just as fragile. Especially the high-end ones.

  • @MusicallyInspired said: That's....gotta be taxing on hardware. I'd be afraid to do that. I mean, I leave my computer on all the time, but not running a game where my graphics card is constantly running. I'd say the same for the PS3 (which has frozen and crashed on me) and especially the 360 (considering its history). The Wii, I don't know. I honestly don't use it so much to need to leave it on. But it does get hot. Heat scares me.

    One day I left my NES on and paused when I came home for lunch one day from school. After school I came home and the cartridge was toast. System still worked but the game never ever worked again. Yes, that was an older system. But I'd say today's graphics processors are just as fragile. Especially the high-end ones.

    I never had console issues as a result of leaving a game on too long. In fact, it may be the opposite that started it all for me. My NES sometimes didn't save game data to the cartridge after my parents played Legend of Zelda when I was a kid (ie. their whole save file was lost.) After a time, they realized it wasn't my fault, having falsely-accused me more than once of forgetting to hold the reset button while turning off the power. Between the time that we discovered the console was faulty and when my parents sent it in to Nintendo to get fixed, they just left the game on between sessions.

    Besides, I would think the only parts at risk would be moving parts. I don't know the lifespan of the (newer) Wii's system fan, but I figure it's long enough that I don't have to worry about it. My PS1 was the model with vents on the sides (though still with the additional port on the back) so I never gave a thought to resting it on carpet. As for cartridge-based systems, no moving parts means far less susceptibility to breakdown, so if they were going to break they would do so sooner rather than later anyway.

    As for computers, I leave my desktop PC on all of the time.

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