“Just one more game!” The gamers at one point or another have said this. You sit down to play a bit of the game after dinner, and the next thing you know is the sun’s coming up. The time flies when gaming. You may feel like “a few hours here and there, ” but the truth is you spend more than the required time. Take help of the following tools that will show you those numbers as plain as day.
- Steam: Steam is incredibly convenient, and it has plenty of awesome features that are found nowhere else. But one of the genuine reasons to use Steam is it tracks your time spent per game. Steam doesn’t limit your play time, but you can use the time-track data to consider which games are covering up most of your time. It may even lead you to the possibility that you are a video game addict.
- Xfire: Xfire was once the king for tracking of play times, facilitating game communications and managing game libraries. But in the recent time, most of its functions have been replaced with reliable alternatives, leaving Xfire to be a shell of its previous glory. However, for recording play time, it is still somewhat useful. There’s a feature called “Activity Report” that is a consolidated stream of updates that shows you how much time you are consuming on various games. If you go into your Xfire profile, you can view the time spent on all the games in the library. Time tracked is split between “Hours Total” and “Hours This Week”. It is available on Windows only.
- Raptr: Raptr has turned out to be one of the healthier choices amongst gaming social networks. It is very simple to use. Run the Raptr desktop app while you are playing your games and it will automatically update your Raptr social profile, covering the time you spend playing. It even taps into other gaming networks such as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and Steam and pulls data from there. Raptr is much better when compared to Xfire as far as social networking and time tracking is concerned.
- Gameplay Time Tracker: Don’t want to invest in a gaming platform such as Steam and neither do you want to join a social network or community like Xfire or Raptr? The best thing is to consider Gameplay Time Tracker. Most people are not aware of it, but its features are quite impressive. The program sits in the background and automatically recognizes whatever games you’re playing. It doesn’t matter if you have installed a game through a digital platform like Steam or it is a standalone game. The tracker will catch all of them. It also detects browser-based games with support for Chrome, IE, Firefox, and Opera.
Have you used any of these trackers or is there any another application that performs better and wasn’t mentioned above? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @essjay_ent!
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