Every Hot Dog Emoji On Steam Belongs To A Guy Named Brian

Every hot dog emoji on Steam belongs to a guy named Brian

20-year-old Brian Haugh has been buying for the past six years thousands of “:steam2016:” emoticonsthat Valve created to promote the 2016 Steam Summer Sale and appearance like a hot dog wearing tiny shoes† On Steam, you can buy emoticons from other users on the Community Marketplace or create them by playing games that generate Steam collectibles† You can use them while chatting in Steam, to brighten up your profile description, or to make super mario art† Steam emoticons are typically $0.10 ($0) curiosities with limited practical use and aesthetic value, but they mean a lot more to Haugh.

“I will never stop looking for or for sausages,” he told me. “Wieners will remain in my mind until the day I die.”

Some of Haugh’s dogs. (Screenshot: Brian Haugh)

Haugh has been on a mission to buy every :steam2016: hot dog emoticon available on the Community Marketplace, and has been doing so since the day he turned 16 in 2016. He routinely refers to them as “wieners” or “the sausages”, and as of June 30, he has 2,525 in his collection, costing him over $250 ($347). He tracks these numbers in a demanding spreadsheet, which includes all of Wiener’s transaction history and visualizes data in a chart called “Wieners bought over time.”

2018 was a good sausage year.  (Screenshot: Brian Haugh)2018 was a good sausage year. (Screenshot: Brian Haugh)

The sausages were a joke at first. “I used to be part of a small game group that got together to play Mount and Blade: Napoleonic Wars‘ said Haug. “During the summer of 2016, the Steam wiener emoji was released, and for whatever reason, I was stunned by it. I kept spamming it and our leader got tired of it because other people started joining me. So he banned its use and stifled my rights to use the sausage emoji.

In response, Haugh and his friends began plotting a “wiener resistance,” which consisted of spamming multiple people: steam2016: until they were kicked off the server. He started buying the emoticon in bulk shortly afterwards to celebrate the successful trolling, he says. Do you remember what it’s like to be 16?

The 2016 wiener resistance got a boost on Steam.  (Screenshot: Brian Haugh)The 2016 wiener resistance got a boost on Steam. (Screenshot: Brian Haugh)

But if you look beyond teenage boy shenanigans, Haugh’s attention to detail can’t be overstated. He is dedicated to his craft, which happens to collect sausages. He’s so committed that he still routinely checks Steam’s wiener even after feeling like he’s already made his “last purchase” which was buying all available :steam2016: emoticons at the time (aside from one that cost $400) ($555) )).

“It has become a religion for me,” he said. “It’s always in the back of my mind.” And it changed his understanding of real hot dogs forever — Haugh says it “may sound strange, but every once in a while I see one, and this whole experience will flash in my mind and I’ll laugh.”

In addition to motivating schematic shifts, his massive wiener purchases could also impact the Steam market. They’re probably the only determinants of :steam2016: emoticon prices, and thanks to the spreadsheet and Steam’s own data visualizers, Haugh has proof that his bulk purchases often lead to price spikes.

Every hot dog emoji on Steam belongs to a guy named Brian

It checks out. “If I bought every emoji worth $US0.03 ($0) – $US0.10 ($0) on a specific day, say the next day, the only [emoticons] sold would be $US0.11 ($0),” he said. “The average value would have gone up and other people would have started selling their own sausages for $US0.11 ($0) which could be seen as the average trading prices for that day on the Steam market.”

“Steam’s market is similar to a stock market,” he said. “Things can only be bought when someone else sells,” which is why he let the $400 ($555) sausage live.

Our world seems to be getting darker and more filled with monkey pox every day, but at least one man’s loyalty to sausages remains good and strong.

“I never intend to stop,” Haugh said. “There will always be some poor fool to market a sausage for a few cents, and when he does, I’ll be there to buy it.”

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