Shack Chat: What game have you played the most?

The Shack Staff takes a look at the past to talk about the games that they've played the most over the years.


There's always that one game that keeps you coming back, somehow. As we head into 2020, the Shack Staff decided to do a bit of reflecting over the past several years to answer this week's burning question: What game have you played the most? If you've been a reader here at Shacknews long enough, then the answers probably won't surprise you all that much.

Gears of War 3 - Asif Khan, Briefcase Enthusiast

This was a very hard thing to narrow down for me. Each generation of console, there is a game that ends up consuming my time. On NES, it was The Legend of Zelda. On SNES, it was F-Zero. On N64, it was Star Fox 64 and F-Zero X. On Xbox, it was Halo 2. On Xbox 360, Gears of War 3 consumed 100s of hours of my time. I played that game over and over again. I unlocked the Unlimited Ammo mutator for Horde Mode, and that just made the experience even more addictive. I have beaten Horde Mode on Normal Difficulty by myself on Checkout. Sure, I have played over 500 hours of Rocket League in recent years, but I still think Gears of War 3 is my most played game. Those bastards killed Dom, and they still have to pay. I still play Gears of War 3 to this day, most recently streaming it during our Extra Life marathon stream last year.

Hearthstone - Ozzie Mejia, Senior Editor

This was certainly a milestone for Hearthstone to beat, wasn't it? To make it clear, Team Fortress 2 consumed the vast majority of my 20s. I had well over 3,000 hours logged into TF2. With nine different classes to master, all with their own quirks, and regular updates, I kept finding new reasons to log into TF2 every single night before bed.

Then the TF2 updates stopped coming, the game started to settle in, and I grew up seeking something a little more cerebral. So here comes a card game I had never heard of, set in the Warcraft universe, and the rest is history. It's not just that I'm playing Hearthstone regularly, but I'm also doing so both for fun and for research for Shacknews stories. I'm covering different corners of it, including the esports side (I'll be at Masters next week, btw), and experimenting with it frequently. And unlike TF2, I've even gotten somewhat good at it. I even made Legend a few times.

And yes, it's the grind to Legend that has made me all the more committed to trying to climb the mountain again. Oh, and don't get me started on Battlegrounds, which is a whole new kettle of fish. Over the past five years, I'm almost certain I have thousands of hours logged into Hearthstone and I don't think it's stopping anytime soon.

Warframe - Blake Morse, Reviews Editor

I don’t even wanna know how many hours I’ve spent overall playing Warframe, but last year alone I logged 168 hours fighting Grineer in the name of Space-Mom. And what’s not to like? It’s an epic journey across the cosmos where you fabricate fancy-pants space armors with special abilities then take them for a spin on missions and go all space-ninja on an army of evil cyborgs. In the last three years, they’ve introduced two open-world areas and added giant spaceships that you and your friends can pilot into massive shoot-outs. Add that on top of nearly a decade of pre-existing content and you’ve got a game where there’s always something to do. If you play Destiny then play Warframe you’ll wonder why you ever even bothered with Destiny in the first place. I wouldn’t be surprised if I logged more than 168 hours in 2020.

Destiny and Destiny 2 - Bill Lavoy, Managing Editor

Between Destiny and Destiny 2, across the PS4 and PC, I’ve logged a total of 1,726 hours. I’ve put nearly 1,000 more hours into Destiny and Destiny 2 than my next closest game. It breaks down to a total of 854 hours into the original Destiny and 944 hours into Destiny 2 across PC and PS4. Doing some very loose math, that’s almost an hour of Destiny per day across the last five years, and I’ve taken several breaks that lasted a few months. That’s a lot of Destiny, folks, and I’m not sure how I feel about that these days. The only game that gets close, and you’d have to separate the time spent in each Destiny game, is The Long Dark at 729 hours, which is still 100 hours shy.

Team Fortress 2 - Chris Jarrard, Need a dispenser here

While I don’t have the hard data to back this up (because Steam did not start tracking playtime until somewhere around mid-2010), I’m fairly confident that Team Fortress 2 is my most played game. I was obsessed with it after launch and then following the initial Medic Update, my playtime still managed to increase. Steam says I only have 275 hours played, but I have my suspicions that it is actually in the 1500-hour neighborhood. pl_Goldrush is digital crack cocaine, folks.

Honorable mentions go to Age of Empires 2, NCAA Dynasty Mode (across multiple versions), Arma and its mods, and Forza Horizon ¾.

Halo 2 - Sam Chandler, Guides Editor

While I know I’ve got more than 1,500 hours recorded in Destiny 1, and likely over a thousand in Sea of Thieves, I know in my heart of hearts that I’ve got the most game time in Halo 2.

Unfortunately, the only stats I have from back then are the number of games players on Xbox Live. It didn’t record sitting in the lobby chatting, logging on to check messages (because at that time Xbox Live didn’t have a messaging system) or playing through the campaign for the 100th time. I also don’t have the stats for all the LAN parties I went to and hosted.

What I do know is that I played Halo 2 from the moment it was released in 2004 up to and after the release of Halo 3 in 2007. It’s got to be the game I’ve played the most. I can’t wait for it to hit the Master Chief Collection on PC.

Pokemon Diamond - Donovan Erskine, Intern

When Pokemon Diamond released over a decade ago, I was in the 3rd grade. I spent an ungodly amount of time on my DS. When Pokemon kicked off its 4th generation with Diamond & Pearl, I was obsessed. My cousins and I would play from sunup to sundown, battling, trading, and hunting for rare pokemon together. I remember how determined I was to complete the Pokedex, along with the exciting rush I felt when I discovered my first shiny Pokemon. I’ve sunk plenty of hours into the Pokemon franchise, but nothing comes close to the time I spent with Diamond.

Um Jammer Lammy - Brittany Vincent, Senior Editor

Really, I’m not sure if this is accurate or not. I’ve played Parappa the Rapper an equal amount of times, if not more. It’s hard to quantify, but I think I know the answer in my heart of hearts. I know I was just idly sitting by with my PSP Go a few days ago playing through the game for the billionth time after I had the urge to listen to MilkCan’s Make It Sweet! album while working. I know every song by heart, most of the button prompts, and everything else about it. I even have a Lammy tattoo. I’d say this is the one game (among several) I truly know like the back of my hand. I’m just glad I can play it wherever I want, and I’m no longer forced to be tied to my PlayStation at home like I was when I was a kid whenever the mood struck. “Now do you like munchies? I wonder where lunch is…”

Grand Theft Auto V RP - Josh Hawkins, Expert Writer Guy

While I’m sure there are quite a few games that I’ve managed to play for a while(Destiny and other titles come to mind), I think I’ve probably put the most time into Grand Theft Auto V, more specifically a modification of GTAV in the form of GTARP. Sure, I get that GTARP itself isn’t really a video game, I think that it’s well worth including here for a few reasons. First, GTARP builds off of the world that Rockstar created. To have lasted as long as it has, the world had to be strong and able to withstand whatever the players could come up with. GTAV does that perfectly.

On top of that, over the past three to four years, GTARP has seen its ups and downs. Slow times are followed by massive jumps in interest as streamers and other big-name players move on and return to the scene. It’s something that few games have managed to accomplish on such a wide scale, with the latest pulse forward bringing in people who hadn’t ever really roleplayed before in their lives.

I’ve personally put almost 3,000 hours into GTARP across two different servers, all in the matter of a few years. It’s by far the most time I’ve ever put into a game of any type—whether it be a mod, or a full-fledged developer released title. Still, despite this all, GTARP continues to pull me in, with my hours played counter steadily going up each passing week. It’s something that very few games have managed to accomplish over the course of the past 20 odd years I’ve been playing games.

Honestly, probably the closest I’ve come to playing another game this much is Destiny or Guild Wars 2. Aside from that, I don’t usually find myself breaking the thousand hours mark very often.

League of Legends - TJ Denzer, News Editor

I have had a love/hate relationship with League of Legends for years. I love its universe. I hate its in-game toxicity. I love its esports. I hate Riot’s gross studio behavior that resulted in a $10 million lawsuit in late 2019. I love the idea of their new story-driven games made by studios outside Riot Games that will further explore the rich, yet mostly unexplored canon of the game. I hate that it elevated people like tyler1 into positions of popularity.

There’s just something about the game itself though. No matter how much I get disgusted with either something going on at Riot or in the LoL community, I sit down to the client on occasion, see what’s new, try a match to see what’s new, and then blink as 6 PM suddenly became 4 AM and I’ve been fine-tuning my character strategies for Ranked play… again. Maybe it’s a sickness in my head. Maybe League of Legends really is just good enough to make me forget about everything else for a bit. That said, I assure you I have never meant to sink the frankly disgusting among of time I have sunk into League of Legends…

Or have I? I need to play just one more match and think on this.

World of Warcraft - Greg Burke - Master of Video

At first, I immediately wanted to write down “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim”. Even though I've put down hundreds of hours over multiple playthroughs, it sadly pales in comparison to the game I’ve actually played the most, World of Warcraft. I’ve been playing that game on and off since 2004. According to the game I’ve dumped more than 1,500 hours. Rookie numbers to loyal WoW Vets,, but that’s a lot of time for me to spend in a single game, considering I enjoy playing a bunch of different games on different platforms.

What about you? What game have you played the most over the course of the past several years? Are there any standout titles that you've managed to be pulled back into for hours upon hours? Let us know in the Chatty below!

Shack Staff stories are a collective effort with multiple staff members contributing. Many of our lists often involve entires from several editors, and our weekly Shack Chat is something we all contribute to as a group. 

From The Chatty
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    January 24, 2020 4:00 PM

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      January 24, 2020 5:26 PM


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      January 24, 2020 5:46 PM

      Path of Exile

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      January 24, 2020 5:51 PM

      It's a list so let me give it a shot.

      Rocket Arena 2 - More hours in this than any game I have ever played. I can't begin to guess but I would guess it's in the 3-5k or more range.
      Day of Defeat - Followup to RA2 and probably close to 1k or so hours.
      BF1942/Desert Combat/BF2 - another 2-4k hours between them all.

      Things get hazy from here.. TF2 has gobbled up a lot of time, various other FPS' claimed so life. Only Rainbow Siege with 1200 hours has put up the big numbers.

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      January 25, 2020 1:07 AM


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        January 25, 2020 2:42 AM

        Man SOF2 multiplayer. Those were the days.

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      January 25, 2020 1:17 AM

      Quake 3, Quake 1, Starcraft, Super Mario Kart (SNES), Super Bomberman, Dark Age of Camelot, World of Warcraft.

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      January 25, 2020 2:01 AM

      Lumines <3 and Doom/Quake

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      January 25, 2020 2:33 AM

      Past year, PUBG. Ever? Probably SMAC.

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      January 25, 2020 2:39 AM

      That would be WoW

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      January 25, 2020 2:42 AM

      Witcher 3 over 1000 hours.

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      January 25, 2020 2:56 AM


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      January 25, 2020 4:00 AM

      IN recent years it would be World Of Warcraft or Civilization 5

      Roll back a few years and City of Heroes and Dark Age of Camelot.
      I miss City of Heroes. =(

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      January 25, 2020 4:15 AM

      Eve Online by a frightening margin

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      January 25, 2020 4:18 AM

      In the past it would be any Command & Conquer, but in the last decade it’s been Stellaris.

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      January 25, 2020 4:44 AM

      Left 4 Dead 2

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        January 25, 2020 5:41 AM

        According to Steam Stats a lot of people still play this game! Why aren’t I still playing it????

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      January 25, 2020 5:40 AM

      According to Steam, RDR2, which makes sense.

      If I had to guess what might be my most played game ever it might be Unreal Tournament OR Quake 2. Maybe. Possibly MK2 for SNES.

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      January 25, 2020 5:46 AM

      thanks to Wadmassi, it's been all Destiny2 for the past year. All-time It would have to be WoW even though I havent touched it in 5+ years. Hands down I have more hours in that. The next would be Quake 1/2/3 combined and they still might add up to only 70% of the time i spent in WoW.

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      January 25, 2020 6:12 AM

      I feel like it's a toss up between WoW, Rocket League, and TFC. They all span different periods of my life so it's hard to tell for sure. If I had to guess I'd say...Rocket League?

      Honorable mentions:
      - Trackmania United
      - UT2k4
      - Counter-Stike
      - Action Half-Life
      - Action Quake 2

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      January 25, 2020 6:16 AM

      Path of Exile. Over 2200 hours

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      January 25, 2020 6:23 AM

      Nothing comes close to Counter-Strike overall, but in recent years about 185 hours in Witcher 3.

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      January 25, 2020 6:52 AM

      Probably Morrowind, Diablo 2, or DAoC, but it's impossible for me to track how many hours I've actually spent on any of them accurately.

      My first Morrowind save had over 1200 hours, but I've replayed it many many times.

      Diablo 2 was basically the only game I played during my first 2 years of college, in every spare minute I wasn't in class or asleep. And it's another one I've returned to frequently.

      I also had ~45 days played on my main in DAoC, plus 4 more level 50/ML 10 characters, easily putting me over the 2000 hour mark there.

      As for games that I can confidently track, between Steam and Xbox 360, I have about 1300 hours in Skyrim and over 1500 in Path of Exile.

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      January 25, 2020 6:54 AM

      Probably Minecraft.. 2nd place would easily be Destiny 2.

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      January 25, 2020 7:08 AM

      Graal, zzt, EverQuest, quake 1 are probably some of my top games by time spent playing

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      January 25, 2020 7:08 AM

      Feel like it has to be starcraft 2. That was a fantastic time. 2v2 with a friend, we each played random. Loved it.

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      January 25, 2020 7:46 AM

      I think it's still Wolfenstein :Enemy Territory

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      January 25, 2020 7:52 AM

      WoW by a mile..

      Second place would be the MUD that led to me flunking out of college twice.

      A distant third would by Q3A.

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      January 25, 2020 8:20 AM

      Probably Marvel Heroes (sadly now defunct).

      Other candidates include:
      World of Warcraft
      Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

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      January 25, 2020 8:24 AM

      Tetris in all of its forms.

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      January 25, 2020 8:46 AM

      Can't imagine anything topping World of Warcraft, even though I stopped playing regularly before the second expansion. I don't even want know to the details there.

      Steam makes it easy now to see your time played at a glance and how much you have no life:

      I also have 150-300+ hours in Origin games like Apex Legends, Titanfall series, various Battlefield games. Pre-steam tracking would probably be stuff like Quake series, UT, and CS having a decent amount. What really confuses me is Steam showing 134 hours in Fallout 4. I remember putting that game down after finishing the main quest about 60 some hours in, and never played any expansions.

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      January 25, 2020 9:27 AM

      Probably a tie between NCAA College Football, Madden and Forza. Across all the Forza games I’d guess I’d have the most.

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