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Finding the most recent date played is simple enough, but is there a way of finding the date of the first instance it was played?

Purchase date doesn't help me in this regard as I rarely play games on the same day as they are bought.

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    The closest thing I can think of is achievements. A lot of games have one for simply completing the first mission / tutorial, so that might be a useful indicator – Private Pansy Aug 4 '16 at 12:34
  • I'm afraid @PrivatePansy is right. Since the purchase history is not an option in this case. All you have left to go off of is achievements, possibly reviews and screenshots/videos. You may never get the very first date, but you'll get as close to it as possible. – Mano Aug 4 '16 at 13:14
  • Thank you, while I'd prefer concrete dates this should be a rough enough indicator, though I am surprised Steam doesn't keep track of this in some form or another – MenacingMecha Aug 4 '16 at 15:07
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Short answer, nope.

Play sessions are not explicitly tracked by Steam (or, if they are, this data is not accessible on a user level through either the API or an interface), as far as I know they only log the most recent time you've played it which is then overwritten each time you start the application again (while online).

Depending on why you would want this there might be other solutions.
What would you use it for?

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Better late then never. It is quite easy. Check folder creation date of the game installed.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common[game folder]

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    That's a good thought, but not always accurate. I've had two or three computers since the first time I played some of the games I have installed, so the date created is just when the game was installed on my latest computer. – Mage Xy Jan 26 '18 at 16:45
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    @MageXy Completely agree. This is only accurate if the directory has never been copied from anywhere else. Backups, or transferring Steam to another location will update the creation date to the present time. – JonathanDavidArndt Jan 26 '18 at 16:57
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I know this is super late, but for certain games such as CS:GO, if you click on activity under your name, then look on the right side of the screen and click on games, some will have a button for "personal game data", and for CS:GO it will have your first time played displayed with exact time and date.

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Sorry to necro, but you can actually see the summary of your steam purchases when going to your wallet, and clicking that one link (don't remember the name). You'll only see the game you purchased via the steam store tho, so no gifts and no keys are listed there. Hope this helps :)

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    From the question: "Purchase date doesn't help me in this regard as I rarely play games on the same day as they are bought." – user91577 Nov 2 '18 at 2:25

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