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In order to receive Steam Trading Cards, you must play a game for some period of time. Is it possible to keep the game open as you go run errands, and have the cards when you get back, or do you have to be actively playing the game to receive cards?

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Yes.

Steam Trading cards are given out based on time spent in-game. Steam doesn't have, for most games, any way to know whether or not you're actually doing anything, just whether you have the game running or not.

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Yes. You almost don't even have to idle. I got mine pretty much just for starting up portal 2. It's pretty much the same system they have for item drops in TF2

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Mind you, in TF2 the drop system has changed, so that idling won't yield any item drop anymore. –  Bora Jul 24 '13 at 5:09
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Yes,

It is also interesting to note that you can run many games at the same time to get the trading cards, and you can even get them from game launchers if you want to conserve computer power.

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