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Within Steam you can look at how much playtime you have for each game. It says that I have 73 hours of playtime for Anno 2070.

I would have guessed that I would have somewhere around 10.

Could this possibly just be an error causing this? Or is it more likely that I somehow left the game running for hours on end without remembering?

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See also: gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/43102/… –  Private Pansy Apr 28 '13 at 17:03

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I've seen this sort of thing before, in both directions. I believe it stems from the fact that Steam tracks playtime by launching the app, and then paying attention to how long that app stays open.

In the case of some games (Thief 3 comes to mind), the app Steam launches immediately launches another app and then quits. So, your played time will look like less than a minute, even if you play for hours.

In other games, the app is actually a launcher that stays resident - in Anno's case, it launches an Ubisoft launcher/UPlay client, from which you can actually launche the game. If you don't quit out of this launcher when you're done playing, Steam will continue to count the game as being played. Also, you won't be able to launch the game again from Steam, as it will only allow a single instance of a game at a time.

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This makes perfect sense. Thanks! –  Kecoey Apr 28 '13 at 17:30

Steam playtimes aren't really accurate, same with raptr - i think my friend "played" minecraft 180 hours the first two weeks they had it, but i know they accidentally left it on while studying a few times.

If you leave games idle on steam it will do the same thing, track idle time as played time.

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