A friend of mine said he's seen me playing a game (Batman: Arkham Origins) on Steam while I was at work. Since he only has two friends in his list I tend to believe him (ruling out a mix-up)

But the game does not show up on my recently played list. Is there a way to play a game without appearing in that list or to delete an entry?

Just to be sure, I changed my Steam password.

  • Games that are not steam game will show you playing even if you are just updating (a friend is showing playing Planetside 2 but I know he's updating it). There might be some steam games that do the same. Feb 6, 2015 at 13:33
  • @JonathanDrapeau if your start Planetside 2 in Steam, will it just start another launcher of planetside then?
    – Nitro.de
    Feb 6, 2015 at 14:01
  • @Nitro.de Yes. Same goes with Ubisoft games that requires UPlay. I haven't noted if I started a UPlay game with Steam if having just the Uplay launcher made me "playing xxx game" in Steam. Feb 6, 2015 at 14:05
  • @JonathanDrapeau as i know those launchers will count as "in game XYZ" that explains why you see your friend playing while he's just updating
    – Nitro.de
    Feb 6, 2015 at 14:12
  • It was Batman: Arkham Origins (steam version)
    – npst
    Feb 6, 2015 at 14:54

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No its not possible to delete or remove those entrys since they are all stored server side i assume. If you search you find people on reddit having similar issues, which can be traced back to a buggy steam beta version and free weekends showing wrong information on the beta client.


Maybe those bugs and your friend seeing you in a game you didnt even play at the time are related

  • good reddit link, didn't noticed that for now
    – Nitro.de
    Feb 6, 2015 at 14:09
  • Ugh, apparently this problem hasn't been fixed yet. The damn client always adds the same 5 random games to the top of the list every time steam is restarted. I can't even use the recent list even if I wanted to. Manually removing each one individually is moot, it will be added back by steam the next time I start... Apr 18, 2015 at 4:24

If you disconnect from the internet while playing the game, it won't count towards your hours played.

If you think someone else might have been on your account, Steam logs where people access your account from via IP address. So if you log into your account from a new computer, it will require email verification before you can login.

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