With the Steam Summer Sale underway, you are probably scouring the Steam store looking for great deals, but what if I told you that there was an easier way to do that. Instead of browsing Steam’s poor store design use the Steam Database. While Steam opts for a design that looks ‘cool,’ the Steam Database opts for a design that is actually useful. The Steam Database isn’t an entirely separate store. You are indeed still browsing the Steam store.
If no filters are active, the Steam Database will display Today’s Highlighted Deals followed by More Highlighted Deals and then games that are currently Play For Free! You can easily see the discount percentage, the price, the rating, when the sale ends, how long ago the sale started, and how long ago the game released. Hovering over a game (see BattleBlock Theater in image below) will inform you of the game’s highest recorded discount. This can also be seen in the color around the discount percentage. The green boxes indicate that this sale is normal, the blue boxes indicate that this is the new highest discount, and no box indicates that this discount is lower than the highest recorded discount.
There are some really nice filters. You can choose which games are displayed based on price, discount, and/or rating. You can also choose to show new discounts only, show wishlisted games only, and to hide owned games. By default your owned games and wishlisted games will not be highlighted on Steam Database. You will need to download an extension and link your Steam account. The Steam Database will pop a message and inform you how to do this if you have not already connected. Connecting is entirely optional, but you should definitely do so for the functionality that is added.
When you connect your account you will be able to view your profile complete with statistics that will make you realize that you have probably wasted a lot of money on games that you will never play. Apparently, I have almost 100 games that I’ve never played. I really like the average price per hour statistic and feel pretty good about $3.98, but I am interested to see how much higher that number is after the sale ends on July 5.
I have saved the best part for last, though. How many times have you opened Steam only to say, “I have no games to play?” and then you either play Borderlands (or your go-to-game that you’ve played way too much) or you just turn off your computer don’t play anything? A lot of times I’m sure. Even though there’s allegedly 100 games that you’ve never played and probably a lot more that have only been played for a couple hours. The Steam Database thankfully will recommend games for you to play. Discover your hidden library gems!