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I have a bunch of games ready to be played but my internet connection is too slow to download steam.

I tried getting a updated installation file, which i did, but it still requires internet to complete the installation. Any help??

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possible duplicate of Download Steam games outside of Steam – acalypso Mar 26 '14 at 10:16
Don't close as a duplicate of a newer question, which is closed as off-topic, when this question is on-topic. – 3ventic Mar 26 '14 at 11:39
I'm not sure why we're attempting to dupe to a closed question. That's...silly. – Frank Mar 26 '14 at 13:53
@Frank That would still be a perfectly legitimate close-reason, if this were actually a duplicate. – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Apr 11 '14 at 23:22
@blue Closing as a dupe of an off-topic question should never be done. It should be closed as off-topic itself. Duplicates aren't auto-pruned, so we have extra work if we dupe to an off-topic question. – Frank Apr 12 '14 at 0:13

Games that require Steam cannot be legally played without Steam. Steam is essentially a form of digital rights management in the context of these games.

Steam is approximately 100MB to download, if you have a slow internet connection you're probably best off leaving it overnight to download as a workaround. If you really can't do this then there aren't many options left.

Once Steam and your game are both installed, you can put Steam into "offline" mode, which will allow you to play your games without being connected to the internet.

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Overnight (About 7 hours) for 100MB? Don't really think anyone has THAT terrible of a connection :P – Meraj99 Feb 15 '14 at 15:06
100 MB? Didn't Steam use to be, like, 1.5 MB back in the days? Didn't think it's become that much of a bloatware... – Nolonar Feb 15 '14 at 18:54
I had 56k dialup until 2009... yes people's internet can be that slow -_- – Robotnik Mar 26 '14 at 7:04
@Nolonar I think that's just the size of the web installer (which is pretty huge as far as web installers go). – kotekzot Mar 26 '14 at 7:27
The initial DL is 1.5 MB, but that installer downloads the program itself, which is larger. – 3ventic Mar 26 '14 at 11:43

Sometimes you can go into the steam directory, which is generally at C:\program files\steam\steamapps\commons, find your game and copy the files somewhere else.

Then inside the folder find the start file and run your game without steam!

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This does not work for all games, and still requires installing Steam at one point. – user98085 Mar 26 '14 at 2:32
This only works for games added to steam as an afterthought, not optimised for it. – Robotnik Mar 26 '14 at 7:05
@Robotnik That is not true. Arcengames for example always publishes on Steam and all their games do not use Steam DRM. They do utilize steam to it's fullest though, including Achievements but it is still possible to play without Steam. What they do is to load steam_api.dll dynamically(, so if the dll is not there, it will just ommit all steam functions. – Assylum May 4 '14 at 13:37

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