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Steam has added a "Play Next" shelf to the Library, using machine-learning to try to suggest which games you own that you should try next

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  1. [8]
    Deimos
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    You can also access it through the site here: https://store.steampowered.com/labs/playnext For me, the first 3 suggestions are: Snake Pass Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Collection...

    You can also access it through the site here: https://store.steampowered.com/labs/playnext

    For me, the first 3 suggestions are:

    1. Snake Pass
    2. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Collection
    3. Skullgirls

    Those seem like pretty solid recommendations for me, definitely all games I've intended to play but have never gotten around to.

    7 votes
    1. [7]
      jwong
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      Big pretty pictures and showing me "fresh" games makes this a plus so far. Mine were: LIMBO vvvvvv Night Sky

      Big pretty pictures and showing me "fresh" games makes this a plus so far.

      Mine were:

      1. LIMBO

      2. vvvvvv

      3. Night Sky

      3 votes
      1. [6]
        kfwyre
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        You are in for a treat! All three of those are great! Limbo is an atmospheric masterpiece. VVVVVV is one of my favorite games of all time and has a killer soundtrack. Night Sky is ultra chill. Not...

        You are in for a treat! All three of those are great!

        Limbo is an atmospheric masterpiece. VVVVVV is one of my favorite games of all time and has a killer soundtrack. Night Sky is ultra chill. Not a bad game in the bunch, IMO.

        4 votes
        1. [2]
          VoidOutput
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          @jwong if you like Limbo, you should also like Inside from the same developers

          @jwong if you like Limbo, you should also like Inside from the same developers

          4 votes
          1. jwong
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            Ooohh the trailer of it already looks very nice. It looks like a more cartoony Ico

            Ooohh the trailer of it already looks very nice. It looks like a more cartoony Ico

            1 vote
        2. [3]
          jwong
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          I'll push VVVVVV to top of list then ! I very briefly played Limbo when it was on P-station P-lus a long time ago but didn't get too far. Will need to give that another go as well .

          I'll push VVVVVV to top of list then !

          I very briefly played Limbo when it was on P-station P-lus a long time ago but didn't get too far. Will need to give that another go as well .

          3 votes
          1. [2]
            Akir
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            As someone who liked VVVVVV but wouldn't put it anywhere near best of all time (Sorry @kfwyre), I'd say go for it, but mostly because it's super short. :P Be warned that it can be difficult...

            As someone who liked VVVVVV but wouldn't put it anywhere near best of all time (Sorry @kfwyre), I'd say go for it, but mostly because it's super short. :P

            Be warned that it can be difficult towards the end, but it's the single best embodiment of "hard but fair" I've ever seen before, so it's nothing you won't be able to power through.

            4 votes
            1. kfwyre
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              No worries! Also, just to be clear, I definitely don't think it's one of the best games of all time; it's simply one of my personal favorites. I just love it! Except for the Gravitron. That part...

              No worries! Also, just to be clear, I definitely don't think it's one of the best games of all time; it's simply one of my personal favorites. I just love it! Except for the Gravitron. That part is admittedly awful.

              1 vote
  2. [3]
    Bauke
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    I got: Z1 Battle Royale, probably the last game I would ever play from all the games I own. Rogue Legacy, I don't even remember buying this game... Looks interesting I guess, but there's other...

    I got:

    • Z1 Battle Royale, probably the last game I would ever play from all the games I own.
    • Rogue Legacy, I don't even remember buying this game... Looks interesting I guess, but there's other similar games I'd rather try out.
    • Just Cause 3, I think I only just got this with that crazy deal from last week. No interest in playing it though.

    All in all, even though my results were kinda shitty, it's a cool feature and I'm sure a lot of people with decision fatigue will like it.

    5 votes
    1. [2]
      moocow1452
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      I'd recommend Rogue Legacy, especially since the sequel is coming out soon so they're might be a bit of an interest bump.

      I'd recommend Rogue Legacy, especially since the sequel is coming out soon so they're might be a bit of an interest bump.

      8 votes
      1. goodbetterbestbested
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        Wait, Rogue Legacy has a sequel coming out?! Looking forward to it! I spent a lot of time in the first game but always ended up hitting a wall of difficulty. Hopefully it has adjustable...

        Wait, Rogue Legacy has a sequel coming out?! Looking forward to it! I spent a lot of time in the first game but always ended up hitting a wall of difficulty. Hopefully it has adjustable difficulty...I love the game but I'm shit at the genre.

        3 votes
  3. [4]
    emnii
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    This is sort of cool, except it doesn't recognize that I've played a lot of their recommendations on other platforms. Of course, some of these recommendations are legit 0 minutes played, but the...

    This is sort of cool, except it doesn't recognize that I've played a lot of their recommendations on other platforms. Of course, some of these recommendations are legit 0 minutes played, but the vast majority of them are games I've either played elsewhere, or even completed elsewhere. I'd love to have a button that says "I played this elsewhere", like they added to the "ignore" button.

    5 votes
    1. kfwyre
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      I noticed this too. I was digging through my recommendations and saw a decent amount of stuff I'd already played on GOG (which shows in some sense that it's working, as it found stuff I definitely...

      I noticed this too. I was digging through my recommendations and saw a decent amount of stuff I'd already played on GOG (which shows in some sense that it's working, as it found stuff I definitely already liked!).

      It'd be great if we could opt in and out certain games from the algorithm, so games we played on other platforms are included and games we idled in or accidentally left open can be excluded. Plus, it would be neat if we could sift/adjust it by using tags or tweaking their weighting. I'd love to be able to "teach" mine that it prioritized horror/zombie recommendations too heavily, for example.

      2 votes
    2. [2]
      j3n
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      It also seems to be having trouble recognizing that I've played some of their recommendations on Steam. My top recommendation is Skyrim Special Edition, which I've played for 0 minutes, but I've...

      It also seems to be having trouble recognizing that I've played some of their recommendations on Steam. My top recommendation is Skyrim Special Edition, which I've played for 0 minutes, but I've played regular Skyrim for 127 hours (way above average for me) according to Steam.

      1 vote
      1. SunSpotter
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        That's a funny little oversight. I feel like there needs to be some user interaction to really bring out the full power of this play next feature. Being able to turn off re-releases of games...

        That's a funny little oversight. I feel like there needs to be some user interaction to really bring out the full power of this play next feature. Being able to turn off re-releases of games you've put a lot of hours in already seems like it shouldn't be that hard to program.

        Personally, I'd like to turn off suggestions for all the free to play games I will never install, let alone actually play.

        1 vote
  4. [6]
    Icarus
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    I got: No Time To Explain Remastered INK Brawlhalla The issue is I ran the Steam idler app a couple of years ago to sell trading cards and it is making recommendations off games that I idled but...

    I got:

    • No Time To Explain Remastered
    • INK
    • Brawlhalla

    The issue is I ran the Steam idler app a couple of years ago to sell trading cards and it is making recommendations off games that I idled but would never play.

    4 votes
    1. [5]
      kfwyre
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      Same. One of my great gaming regrets is running idlers for cards. Messed up all of my library game times. Most of them aren't too bad, but one time I botched the setup and idled 20+ games at the...

      Same. One of my great gaming regrets is running idlers for cards. Messed up all of my library game times. Most of them aren't too bad, but one time I botched the setup and idled 20+ games at the same time for almost a whole day. As such, my library has a bunch of games I've "played" for 22 hours, despite most of them holding little to no interest for me.

      3 votes
      1. [2]
        Wes
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        I slightly regret running idle tools, but I figure the invalid time stats is probably worth the $100+ in store credits I got from selling trading cards.

        I slightly regret running idle tools, but I figure the invalid time stats is probably worth the $100+ in store credits I got from selling trading cards.

        3 votes
        1. kfwyre
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          Yeah, I definitely got a surprising amount of money from it so I guess I shouldn't complain. Nevertheless, I loved being able to look at my Steam activity as a log of my gaming habits over the...

          Yeah, I definitely got a surprising amount of money from it so I guess I shouldn't complain. Nevertheless, I loved being able to look at my Steam activity as a log of my gaming habits over the years, and idling irreparably damaged that for me, so now the log is completely unreliable.

          2 votes
      2. [2]
        Qis
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        No Time To Explain is a fun point and click, I enjoyed it and Ben There, Dan That when I was first getting into the sort sillier side of that genre

        No Time To Explain is a fun point and click, I enjoyed it and Ben There, Dan That when I was first getting into the sort sillier side of that genre

        3 votes
        1. kfwyre
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          Just a heads up: I think you meant to reply to @Icarus but clicked on my comment instead.

          Just a heads up: I think you meant to reply to @Icarus but clicked on my comment instead.

          2 votes
  5. [5]
    moocow1452
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    Antichamber - Looks fun. The Witness- Saw someone do a playthrough on YouTube. Seems like a walking list of puzzles. Would be nuts in VR. The Beginner's Guide- Pretty sure I played through this...
    • Antichamber - Looks fun.
    • The Witness- Saw someone do a playthrough on YouTube. Seems like a walking list of puzzles. Would be nuts in VR.
    • The Beginner's Guide- Pretty sure I played through this one already, but it may have been another Let's Play.
    3 votes
    1. [4]
      kfwyre
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      I've played all three of these, so if you want any additional info, let me know. Antichamber is a first-person puzzler that plays with your expectations about spatial navigation. Think of it like...

      I've played all three of these, so if you want any additional info, let me know.

      Antichamber is a first-person puzzler that plays with your expectations about spatial navigation. Think of it like a playable Escher painting. Very frustrating at parts, but altogether unlike anything else I've played.

      Watching a playthrough of The Witness would be super dry, IMO. I probably spent more time sitting and thinking and sketching solutions on paper than I did actively "playing" the game. I personally thing the game is one of the most enchanting and rewarding gaming experiences I've ever had, but it's definitely not for everyone.

      The Beginner's Guide is a raw and often uncomfortable mockumentary of a game. A Let's Play would actually capture this experience pretty well, so if you already watched it there's probably not a lot to be gained by going back and playing through it for yourself.

      4 votes
      1. moocow1452
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        Watching a Let's Play of "The Beginner's Guide" I do remember with Beginner's that it was interesting to have the Let's Player give some commentary on the idea of giving commentary to existing...
        Watching a Let's Play of "The Beginner's Guide" I do remember with Beginner's that it was interesting to have the Let's Player give some commentary on the idea of giving commentary to existing art, and what it meant to them that the game was effectively calling them out for imposing meaning on top of a game that they invited themselves into. I'm not sure if I would have made that connection on my own.
        2 votes
      2. [2]
        Akir
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        I'm glad you liked Antichamber, because I came out of it absolutely hating it. Though honestly, a lot of it is because I hated how poorly it performed with such simplistic graphics. I swear,...

        I'm glad you liked Antichamber, because I came out of it absolutely hating it. Though honestly, a lot of it is because I hated how poorly it performed with such simplistic graphics. I swear, playing it has managed to burn through both a laptop and a discrete GPU.

        1 vote
        1. kfwyre
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          It's been quite a while since I've played it so it's hard for me to remember the finer details about it, but I do have a vague recollection that the game overstayed its welcome with me. It was...

          It's been quite a while since I've played it so it's hard for me to remember the finer details about it, but I do have a vague recollection that the game overstayed its welcome with me. It was good for a bit but didn't hold that all the way through to the end, though I can't say specifically why anymore. All told though, it's less that I really liked the game and more that I was impressed at what it did.

          1 vote
  6. kfwyre
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    My results were... less than great? Dead Effect Zombie Driver HD Outlast All three are horror-themed, which is far from my favorite genre. I wonder if it's relying on my extensive hours in the...

    My results were... less than great?

    • Dead Effect
    • Zombie Driver HD
    • Outlast

    All three are horror-themed, which is far from my favorite genre. I wonder if it's relying on my extensive hours in the Killing Floor series, which is an outlier in terms of preference despite how much I've played them?

    I'm also subject to the same thing @Icarus brought up in their post. I've idled for cards a lot, so much of my "playtime" isn't actually indicative of my interest.

    3 votes
  7. TheJorro
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    Jeez, my recommendations aren't the best for myself. Borderlands Pre-Sequel Batman Arkham Origins Bioshock 2 Remastered I'm burned out on Borderlands, I'm not all that enthused to play Arkham...

    Jeez, my recommendations aren't the best for myself.

    1. Borderlands Pre-Sequel
    2. Batman Arkham Origins
    3. Bioshock 2 Remastered

    I'm burned out on Borderlands, I'm not all that enthused to play Arkham Origins (I still have to play Arkham Knight anyway), and I haven't played Bioshock 2 Remastered because I can't play Bioshock 1 Remaster due to some inexplicable crashing at the beginning of the game so I haven't really bothered to try Bioshock 2.

    The next three aren't too great either:

    1. Destiny 2
    2. Killing Floor 2
    3. Sniper Elite 3

    Played a lot of Destiny 2 already and I'm still mad at Bungie. KF2 I'm at least interested in, but that's not a solo game. Sniper Elite 3 is a meh, I've played 2 and 4 already just to check them out but nothing special. Alright, round 3.

    1. Just Cause 3
    2. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
    3. Borderlands 1 GOTY Enhanced

    I did not enjoy Just Cause 2 much, and Borderlands again. I didn't even like the first Borderlands much anyway. At least Dishonored I'm interested in, I just need to finish 2 first.

    3 votes
  8. [2]
    vord
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    Somewhat related: Has anyone figured out how to manually order a collection in the same way as a wishlist? I'm trying to cluster games in 'mood collections,' but being able to fine-tune...

    Somewhat related:

    Has anyone figured out how to manually order a collection in the same way as a wishlist?

    I'm trying to cluster games in 'mood collections,' but being able to fine-tune positioning would help to reduce the paradox of choice.

    3 votes
    1. Wes
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      I use special characters at the front to order them. You could use numbers for more precise control.

      I use special characters at the front to order them. You could use numbers for more precise control.

      5 votes