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If I download Steam on Ubuntu, does that mean I can play any game I get on Steam ON Ubuntu?

This question may or may not be very stupid, as I am kind of ignorant when it comes to computers. My friend has convinced me to switch to Linux, and I'm trying to figure out how I can game on it.
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Source-based games hang every time on the loading screen

I've been playing Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2 specifically, and I noticed that every single time a screen appears with "Loading..." in the corner, it momentarily "hangs" my computer, at least that's ...
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Can you gain achievements while in Offline Practice Mode?

Can Steam Achievements in Team Fortress 2 be awarded if you are playing in Offline/Training mode, or is it just training? (I am online, it's just that the Offline Practice is playing with Bots.)
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Can I buy the expansions from Steam if my copy of Sims 3 wasn't bought from Steam?

I already own Sims 3 and Sims 3 Generations after buying them from Best Buy and Walmart. If I want to buy other expansions through the Steam sales, do I have to rebuy these two in order to play them? ...
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What happens if I activate a product key on Steam for a game I already own?

I have a Steam product key for Just Cause 2 I got for free with the purchase of my video card. However, I already have a copy of this game attached to my Steam account. What will happen if I try to ...
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What are Authorized Devices on Steam and how do I use it?

I noticed there is a section called "Authorized Devices" on my Steam Account Page. Currently, it says only: Manage and share devices You can authorize up to 10 devices to allow ...
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How do I connect to a listen server I made with another client via batch files?

"C:\Program Files\Sandboxie\Start.exe" /box:username F:\Steam\Steam.exe +login username password +applaunch 440 +nosound +novid +textmode +sv_lan 0 +mp_idledealmethod 0 +sv_password "serverpassword" ...
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Will a Steam account work across platforms?

I have never used Steam before, but now I want to install Steam because there are some games that are having a Cyber Monday sale today. The problem is that my Windows PC is broken at the moment, so I ...
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How to delete old DotA 2 item builds created before the guide system?

With the patch from 20 February the new guide system is online which provides skill builds and item builds. I have been using the online tool to create those builds, but my old itembuilds saved in ...
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Both Fallout 3: Game of the Year and Fallout: New Vegas crash when I try to create a new game

I have a problem with Fallout 3 GOTY and with Fallout : New Vegas, both Steam version. Fallout 3 GOTY crashes as soon as I try to create a New game, while Fallout : New Vegas crashes immediately after ...
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Backup Steam and Origin Games before full system format

I'm planning to do a full format of my system this month in order to install Linux for programming purposes. But I have 4 games installed, Skyrim from Steam and Mass Effect from Origin. Both of them ...
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How can I copy/transfer games via external hard drive?

I have successfully transferred "Killing Floor" from my brother's laptop to my own via external hard drive. The problem, now that I have all the files, is that I don't know how to launch the game ...
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If I buy a game or DLC on one computer via Steam, can I play it on another?

I wanna buy it on my friends macbook tonight, then play it on my pc tomorrow night.
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can i convert steam games in my library to my steam gift inventory? [duplicate]

is it possible to move steam games in your library to your steam gift inventory? i would like to trade my games for keys/metal/unusual's for tf2 but i can't figure out how to do so. Is it even ...
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How can I remove a screenshot from the background rotation?

How can I stop a screenshot from showing up in the Steam Library's background rotation? I have tried deleting the screenshot but for some reason it's still showing up.
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Why does my computer restart every time I try to play CS:GO?

My Counter Strike: Global Offense game automatically restarts my computer before it finishes loading up, I don't see a loading screen or a menu screen. I've never played it before and all I've done is ...
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Can't access many parts of Steam?

For some reason, I am now unable to access much of the Steam site. When I click to go to the Store or my profile, it will just load for quite a while and then give me the "Error Code: -7" page. The ...
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Can I have separate profiles for two different players for a single game on the same Steam account?

My brother and I just bought MW3 and installed it with Steam and all of that, but on 2 different computers. We had to use the same steam account (mine) so that the game would load and work and not ...
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Is it possible to mute a specific person in Steam chat?

When in a multi-user steam chat room, is it possible to mute a specific person, ideally without blocking other communication from them? I'm playing in the same physical room as the person and I'd like ...
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Is it possible to initiate Steam trading without adding people as friends?

One of the main points of friction between me and the TF2 trading scene is that it appears you need to add random people as friends to do trading with them. Is this true? How can I do Steam Trading ...
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Does “Delete Local Content” retain save files?

If you remove a single player game installation with the Delete Local Content option from the Steam Libary, in general will save files be deleted or retained?
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Do you get trading cards faster when the game has the focus? [duplicate]

It seems like you get trading cards slower when you have the game in the background or minimized. Can someone confirm this?
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Can I customise the 'Exit' menu in Big Picture mode?

I am in the process of building myself a Steam Box - a PC running Steam that is going to be plugged into my TV without a keyboard and mouse plugged into it. I am looking at running Steam instead of ...
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Is there a fix for the endless “Scanning for Steam games updates.”?

On trying to fire up any game in Steam, or Activate a Product on Steam, a popup will display stating "Scanning for Steam games updates.", and just sit there. It never does anything, and only offers a ...
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Will any copy of Arkham City activate on steam?

With the holidays coming up and games likely to go on sale, I'm interested in picking up a copy of the PC version of Arkham City. I've had good experiences with Steam as a way to keep my (very few) ...
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Will using the unofficial official combat mod disable achievements?

So the new unofficial official Combat Mod from CD PROJEKT RED just came out and I wonder if you will still be able to gain achievements on Steam when you are using this mod to play the game?
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Steam game purchase statistics?

Is it possible to view how many times any given game on Steam was purchased or downloaded? Steam & Game Stats only seems to list the top 100 games (but doesn't include purchases) - is there a way ...
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Are card drops equally likely?

Are all card drops equally likely? The number of the market seem a little too much off, what with there being six thousand more Football Manager cards for sale than anything else.
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How do I actually start the Peer Review DLC on Portal 2?

I just downloaded and installed the Peer Review DLC as well as a game update for Portal 2 on PS3. How do I actually play the new co-op mode, though? When I select co-op, all it lets me choose is Co-Op ...
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How do I gift the rewards of the Bioshock Infinite pre-order?

I pre-purchased Bioshock Infinite. Along with this, I received Bioshock and X-Com. Both I have already. On the store-page it says for both games: Already own it on Steam? Gift it to a friend How ...
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Do I need to have Steam for Wolfenstein (2009) single player?

I am thinking about buying Wolfenstein (2009), but on the packaging I noticed that it says something about Steam. Do I also need Steam for single player mode? Basically I want to avoid Steam for ...
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How to get Steam to recognize existing game files for Arma

okay so I installed Arma Combined operations off the anniversary disc. now i want a new CD key to play DayZ as that one is my brothers so i purchased Arma 2 and Arma 2 operation arrowhead on steam. ...
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How to set a Steam group to public?

I'm considering setting my Steam community group to public so that anyone may join, but I can't figure out how or where to change the setting. This Steam Support page states that I should: ...
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Steam: “available on” date vs “unlock in” countdown

Sometimes, Steam puts contradictory information on when exactly a game will become available (and/or unlocked). For example, right now, Dragon Age 2 is reported to become available on March 10th, ...
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How many times do I need to collect sets of Steam Trading cards? [duplicate]

I managed to craft the Team Fortress 2 badge after trading away a couple of duplicates to friends. However when I went to view my badge progress, I noticed that the remaining duplicate cards had ...
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Can I trust Steam-powered games? Is there any unwanted behavior installed with Steam?

So – I just bought the new game Supreme Commander 2. This question is not about the game, but about the online software installation platform that it seems to require. I haven't bought a game ...
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Search for run-able games [closed]

Is there a site where you can fill in your specs (OS, GPU, CPU, RAM) and find games you can run (preferably Steam games)?
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Jet Set Radio HD crashes

Being a fan of the series, I became very excited when I saw this come up on Steam and bought it immediately. As soon as I installed it and launched it the first time, it crashed immediately, and keeps ...
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Torchlight transmutations

So far, I've only been able to create gems and potions. I've found a few sites online that say you can do other stuff, but I've never been able to make it work. Anyone have experience here?
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Can I unlock the 'Hardware Enthusiast' Badge with a PS3 controller in MotioninJoy?

I'm having a little trouble earning the 'Hardware Enthusiast' Badge - the only requirement I have left is to launch a game through Big Picture with a controller. I have my PS3 controller connected to ...
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Viewing Beaten Games on Steam

In your personal Steam profile you can see your average game completion percentage (which, for me, sits at a pathetic 33%). However, I can't seem to find a way to see which of these games Steam ...
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Can I re-gift Steam gifts?

I was wondering if this is possible: I received a game as Steam gift from a friend, but I'm not really interested about that game. If I do not claim/activate the game, is it possible to give it to ...
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Install Steam on an external drive?

If I install Steam to an external drive, will it work when I plug it into other computers? Or does it depend on registry keys/some other computer-specific thing?
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How can you install Steam games offline?

My main computer that has Steam installed on it does not have an active Internet connection. I do not want this computer to have access to the Internet, but I really would like to be able to play ...
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I get an error message every time I try to install Portal 2 via Steam

When trying to start Portal 2 Steam starts completing the installation, aborts after a few percents and then gives the error message Incomplete installation of Portal 2 (10) I've verified the ...
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Is it at all possible to install Portal 2 purely from retail DVD?

Does anyone know if it is at all possible to install Portal 2 purely from retail DVD? I purchased my copy just yesterday and after going to about 4% the installer has now begun hogging my bandwidth by ...
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Can I safely uninstall games purchased from Steam?

Can I uninstall purchased games from my computer and then later download them through Steam without having to re-purchase if I'd like to? I'm running short on space on my laptop, looking to free up ...
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Install / Sync Multiple Steam games over LAN

I have a bunch of Macs that I'd like to install the same Steam games on (they all have separate accounts) I'd like to be able to install it on one and have Steam leach the files from that machine ...
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Am I able to install Skyrim on a second computer, provided I am using my same Steam account?

I would like to install Skyrim also on my desktop. I was wondering if Steam will let me install Skyrim on another PC also? If not, I don't want to go through setting it up and downloading it, all 7 or ...
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Is it possible to play games that run off of Steam, on a Linux or Unix-based OS (other than Mac OSX)?

I was wondering if it is possible to install and play Steam games like Skyrim off a Linux or Unix-base Operating System (OS), such as FreeBSD or OpenSUSE? Update: Apart from installing through Wine, ...