You Can Now Officially Get The Steam Achievement For Not Playing A Game For Five Years

On 18 October 2013, farcical indie adventure The Stanley Parable was released on Steam. It features an achievement called “Go Outside”, which requires not playing the game for five years. Today is 18 October 2018. Achievement unlocked?

There are ways around time-based achievements. For example, one could easily earn The Stanley Parable’s “Commitment” achievement, which requires playing the game for an entire Tuesday, by fiddling about with their computer’s clock.

Likewise, unscrupulous or enterprising players, depending on your point of view, could earn “Go Outside” by convincing their computer it’s five years in the future. That would explain why 7.4 per cent of players have achieved what was supposed to be unachievable until now.

Not to be confused with the achievement named “unachievable”, which 4.4 per cent of players have achieved.

But today marks the day such cheating is no longer necessary.

If a player purchased The Stanley Parable on the day it launched on Steam, opened it, and fiddled around before closing it, never to play again, then they missed out on a very clever game. Also, if they start up that very clever game today, they’ll be among the first to legitimately achieve “Go Outside”. Game creator Davey Wreden says so.

And should you, like our managing editor Riley MacLeod, not remember the last day you played The Stanley Parable and find yourself afraid to open the game and reset the timer, have a lovely day.


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    And should you, like our managing editor Riley MacLeod, not remember the last day you played The Stanley Parable and find yourself afraid to open the game and reset the timer, have a lovely day.

    If you look at your games in the games list view (Select View, then Games List) you can check the date you last played a game.

    Last edited 19/10/18 2:07 pm

    July 14, 2019 is my date. I'll have to make sure I don't accidentally open it up, haha.

    I have this filed in steam under 'wait until 19 may 2019'. It's been a torturous wait.

    December 2020. It's on my calendar.

    And the game is hidden in my steam library, so I don't accidentally decide to play it. (right click, set categories, check "hide this game in my library")

    Only five years? That's easymode compared to some of the things sitting in my library :P

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