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If you've ever been stuck for something to play on Steam, Valve have made a small step towards reminding you of games you own that you've not actually played.

Arriving in the Steam Beta Client on May 6, they added a new 'Play Next' Shelf which has a list of games you own that you've not played. It's the same as the recently released Steam Labs experiment of the same name, except this is in the client to remind you each time you load up Steam.

For Linux gamers it might rub a little salt into some wounds, like Destiny 2 showing up there even though I can't play it at all on Steam/Linux. Although I can on Stadia…thankfully if you hide games they won't show up.

Also, since it's using the Shelf system it can be moved around or removed entirely if you don't find it useful. Personally though, I think it's a great feature as more people build up a huge library of games it's easy to forget something you might end up enjoying.

Valve also recently fixed a Linux issue in the Steam Beta with the Cloud Sync and game downloads suffering problems when ipv6 is completely disabled in the OS.

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STiAT 8 May
That will be quite a list for me :D.
Ehvis 8 May
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This feature has been reminding me of stuff I didn't even know I owned. :D
razing32 8 May
Shelf ? They'll need a whole bookcase for me.
Eike 8 May
Quoting: BotonoskiKinda fixed that particular issue by catagorizing my games into 3 collections: Finished, Unfinished, and Unfinishable (typically multiplayer games or endless games like Tetris).
Has catagorizing my games like this helped me in anyway towards finishing more games in my Steam library? Absolutely not.

I've got played through, given up upon, unplayed and try again some day.
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: BotonoskiKinda fixed that particular issue by catagorizing my games into 3 collections: Finished, Unfinished, and Unfinishable (typically multiplayer games or endless games like Tetris).
Has catagorizing my games like this helped me in anyway towards finishing more games in my Steam library? Absolutely not.

I've got played through, given up upon, unplayed and try again some day.

My system is:
Active - for multiplayer games or just games I'm playing for fun to keep around
Backlog - for games that I've played little of or not at all and I want to at least try.
Betas & DLC - I have a few games that separate this out, and I didn't want it clogging up my library anywhere. (stuff like PTR's and stuff go here too).
Completed - self explanatory.
Playing Through - again, self explanatory. Usually only 1-3 games are here.
Research - I do game dev stuff on the side so I keep some indie games installed to look at them and play for inspiration.
Retired - multiplayer games that I don't play anymore, and singleplayer games that I stopped playing although I don't consider them to be bad.
Won't Play - Games that I consider bad, unfair, or have no interest in, or they are completely borked in Proton.

Once the library beta hit, I categorized all of my games like this. It's really helped me get through my backlog (I have like 600 games, mostly from bundles). I immediately removed the Play Next shelf lol.
dude 8 May
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Finally
edmondo 8 May
Oh, thanks to this, I discovered I own Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel... ... I didn't know... Nice, something more for the backlog. :D


Last edited by edmondo on 8 May 2020 at 5:01 pm UTC
randyl 8 May
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I like the new library a lot. It has made organizing and categorizing games so much easier for me. I make dynamic categories and as long as every game is assigned at least one category, I'm good.

The new Play Next shelf is pretty cool. I'm curious how it recommends next titles. A Steam event last year had users play their oldest purchased title with no hours on it. I enjoyed that twist.
robvv 8 May
I noticed this shelf last night, and am now feeling rather guilty ;-)
QuoteIf you've ever been stuck for something to play on Steam
…I know the individual words you're saying, but when you put them together in that order they just…I–I can't…I don't understand.
(:P)

Seriously though, this is a pretty neat feature (even if, as humorously hinted above, I've got about eight games I desperately want to play at the moment and time to play maybe two or three of them. :) ) I'm pretty chintzy with my games buying—many a Steam sale has come and gone without me buying a single game—but even I have a few games I've only played a short time of and never gotten back to.
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