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Old 05-01-2012, 05:37 PM   #1
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Why doesn't Steam count played hours in offline-mode?

Hello,

due to some technical limitations I often play in offline mode. I recognized that Steam does not count the hours I played in this time.

I wonder why? All my statistics are invalid because I often play offline. I can't imagine that isn't possible to let Steam count offline too by using the Windows clock or something like this.

Could someone please explain this to me?

Thank you!
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:43 PM   #2
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You are not connected to the Steam servers that keep track of play time, achievements, etc. That data is kept server side as far as I am aware, not stored on your pc.

You are offline. It's simple
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:13 PM   #3
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No reason they couldn't implement a way to track those things, though. Look at Last.fm and how when you're offline, all your music scrobbles are stored in a cache and uploaded once you get back online again. Surely Steam can do such a thing?
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:59 PM   #4
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Client side data can be altered to represent false values for w/e reason.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:50 PM   #5
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Client side data can be altered to represent false values for w/e reason.
I agree. Tracking data should be done server side where users can't alter it.

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Old 05-01-2012, 08:49 PM   #6
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Client side data can be altered to represent false values for w/e reason.
Yes, and that would be a concern if play time actually mattered. In fact it's not even play time, it's game-running time, but if someone wants to adjust theirs upward for some bizarre reason (you couldn't adjust it downward with a log-and-upload system), who cares?
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:12 PM   #7
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Yes, and that would be a concern if play time actually mattered. In fact it's not even play time, it's game-running time, but if someone wants to adjust theirs upward for some bizarre reason (you couldn't adjust it downward with a log-and-upload system), who cares?
Indeed. Especially now that they got rid of those silly "rankings" for people based on how much time they spend playing games per week. At least, they did on the community pages. It looks like the Steam API can still retrieve that data.
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