How to watch the first Steam game you bought

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Curious when you bought your first Steam title and how long ago? Here’s how to dig up your first Steam game.

Steam began in 2003 as a Valve-exclusive tool for distributing automatic game updates for Valve titles such as counterattack. A year later, they began selling Valve titles through Steam with the release of half life 2a follow-up to their successful title from the 1990s Half life.

A year after that, Steam was opened up to third-party providers. The first third-party game on Steam was rag doll kung fu—A title still available for just 99 cents if you’re interested in owning a piece of gaming history.

All of this is to say that there’s a good chance you’ve had Steam for so long that you can’t remember your first Steam purchase. When this topic came up here at the How-To Geek office, I was curious what my first purchase was, but couldn’t really remember.

Fortunately, it’s trivial to do, as Steam keeps a history of purchases for you from the birth of your account. To access it, you can log in to the Steam web portal, click on your username in the top right corner, select “Account Details” from the menu, and then, within the detailed view, select “View Account Details”. purchase history” at the top of the screen.

An image of the home page of the Steam user account.

Or, while logged in to your account, you can directly access your purchase history with this URL.

Once you’re there, simply scroll down (pressing the Load More Transactions button if you have an extensive purchase history) until you reach the bottom.

A detailed view of a user's Steam purchase history.

And there you have it, consider my memory activated. my first purchase was terrariumsand the same day, I gave away terrariums to a friend and bought Skyrim. Talk about a time sink combo, between building and gathering in terrariums and countless hours modifying SkyrimI certainly got my money’s worth from those purchases.

Plenty of other people have also gotten their money’s worth, I’d guess. As of May 2022, Terraria has sold 44 million units and as of 2016, the last time Bethesda formally announced Skyrim sales, the game had sold 30 million units.

Speaking of getting your money’s worth, while you can add up all the values ​​on Steam’s purchase history page to see how much you’ve spent on the Steam marketplace, it’s much easier to check this way.

And even if you have Steam on your mind, here are some other fun Steam topics to explore, like tips for getting the best deals during Steam sales and how to tell which Steam games are DRM-free.