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Why do some games allow offline Steam achievements?

I know of another question where it is asked if you can get Steam achievements offline. The accepted answer to that was no. But I do earn achievements for some Steam games while playing in offline ...
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Can I have more than one of the same trading card?

Steam now has trading cards. In order to get them, you're supposed to play specific games (currently there are only 6 games supported, but they've said more will come). However, it's only possible ...
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Can you craft badges or use card boosters for games you don't own?

While you have to own a game to get card drops, drops are not the only ways to get cards from a game. You can trade them, you can buy them from the market or you can use a booster. Do boosters work ...
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Do I have to pay again for a game I bought on a different PC with the same Steam account?

I recently bought a new laptop for gaming. I logged into Steam without difficulty, except when I logged into the account where I had bought my games on. My Friends list was empty, and I had no games. ...
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Is it possible to Idle, and get trading cards?

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 ...
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How do I get card drops in the Steam summer sale game?

I tried playing the Summer Sale clicking game for a bit, but it's pretty boring. The description says that playing will win you Steam trading cards. But how: is it just time spent clicking?
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How to sync Steam savegames?

I've been playing a couple of games on my Surface Pro 2 while travelling. When I launched a game on my desktop after I got home, I noticed my savegames did not sync. While I realize Steam couldn't ...
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Will buying items from the Mann Co. Online Store give me Trading Cards?

The Steam Trading Cards Beta currently states: What about free to play games like Team Fortress 2 or Dota 2? Free to play games drop game cards based on your in-game purchasing. For every $...
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Download Steam games outside of Steam [closed]

Recently, while explaining exactly what Steam is and what its benefits are, someone asked me: "But what happens if Steam went bankrupt all of a sudden and you couldn't access the platform anymore?". ...
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How can I get mods from the Steam workshop?

So I got Civilization V the other day and I am wondering how steam workshop works? How do I get mods for Civ V and what happens if it doesnt work?
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Can I run a Fallout mod launcher and have Steam think it's the original game executable?

Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas have a great modding community, but most mods require launching the game through a mod manager like Fallout Mod Manager (FOMM), or by launching the Fallout Script ...
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Are the Steam region locks backwards compatible? Are there any workarounds?

Just recently, there has been an update to Steam's region locking, which affects gifting where games that are region locked can be activated on accounts outside the countries it is locked to, but ...
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Can I install games obtained via Steam in Origin?

Origin seems to recognise that I purchased NFS: Hot Pursuit on Steam, and is now giving me the option to download it. Is there a way, or is it possible, to install games in Origin that have been ...
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I can't get past the opening splash screen when I try to start playing Skyrim

I just tried to run Skyrim and once the splash screen appears, I hit "Play." The splash screen blinks and pops up again. Nothing else happens, and the game does not open. I'm stuck in a endless loop ...
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How can I get the Steam overlay on Skyrim, if I am using the SKSE.exe to launch the game?

I am playing Skyrim modded, and would like to have the Steam overlay in the game, so that I can chat with users and such. I have purchased the game and activated it in Steam, but since I am launching ...
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Is it possible to put a Steam game onto a USB drive and have it work without a direct way to install Steam?

At my school programing class, our teacher encouraged us to gather other types of video game design software to allow us to make more complex games, instead of just the base Greenfoot and Bluejay ...
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2nd Steam Account on the same Computer?

Will Creating a second steam account work on the same computer? Will I be able to play TF2 with the already downloaded version as an F2P on the new account, or will I have to download a 2nd version ...
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What is steam app 210890?

I just browsed through my steam games library and saw 'Steam App 210890' as something I could install. When I tried to install it, to see what it was, steam told me that it would be downloading now, ...
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Can I transfer a Portal 2 saved game across accounts and platforms?

I started playing Portal 2 on my friend's Steam account on his Mac, and just bought the game for myself to play on my PC. Is there a way to transfer the saved game from his account on his Mac to my ...
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Disloyal Whiterun Horse [duplicate]

The horse I bought from the stables next to Whiterun starts to walk away when I dismount it. I bought another horse to fix this problem. It is the palomino one from one of the northern Holds. This one ...
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Bought game on Steam, but it's not in my Library

I bought a game on my dad's chrome book yesterday on steam and it told me to check my library for the games I bought, but they are not showing up. Do I have to buy them again? Or is there a way to ...
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How to disable play time tracking?

Is it possible to avoid recording the time you play CS:GO on Steam? My friend and I had a deal that we would spend the same amount of time playing it so it would be fair. Now I have like 30 hours more ...
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Free Games on Steam?

Is there anywhere I can look at a list of all games steam is offering for free?
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Can I force Steam to use my Nvidia GPU instead of the integrated Intel card?

I have 2 graphics cards in my laptop (Alienware M11X); the first is the default Intel graphics card, and the second is a high perf Nvidia card. I would like to play my Steam games with the Nvidia ...
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Can I filter my Steam library by tags or features?

I can look through the "Store" portion of Steam using tags, and I can also do an advanced-search on certain features like local co-op support. But for some reason, when I do this I can't tell which ...
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How can I tell if a Steam game syncs my saved games to the Steam Cloud?

I've already seen this question and this one, but neither explicitly tells me whether a particular game syncs saved game files to the Steam Cloud. Do all Steam games with Steam Cloud enabled ...
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How do I adjust Steam chat font sizes?

It seems that a recent Steam update increased font size in chat to 'improve readability'. Unfortunately, this only changed the font size in the in the conversation area and nowhere else in the chat ...
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Bulk activate product keys in Steam

After purchasing the current Humble Bundle, I wondered if it was possible to activate all of the 6 games in Steam at once, without having to do a "Product Activation" for every game. I could probably ...
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How can I delete local content from a game not in my list in Steam?

I played the free weekend for Call of Duty Black Ops and I decided not to buy it. However, now I have a folder taking up 8 GB of my SSD space in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\call of ...
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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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How do I move Steam games to another location on disk on my Mac?

Steam apparently keeps Steam games in my home directory of all places. That makes it very difficult to back up my home directory without also backing up Steam games (I have only one: Civ 5). How do I ...
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Is there a way to NOT share gaming statistics with friends on Steam?

I really like how I can jump into the same game / server as my friend is currently playing on Steam, so I definitely like the "friends" feature. However, I dislike the fact that steam exposes my ...
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Is it possible to split a Steam account?

I have been collecting games in my Steam account for a while (I can't resist those 75%-off sales!) Now my son wants to play a few of the milder games, but I don't want him to have access to my FPS ...
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Windows Steam games on a Mac with WINE?

I love my MacBook (2008, aluminum, Intel processor with the low-end nVidia chipset). I don't like running Windows. I don't want a Windows Bootcamp partition, because I found I never used it. (I really ...
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Reliability of Steam's off-line mode

What are the general experiences with it? I've only tried it once, on one game, and it did work, but I am used to hearing that it is very unreliable and very unlikely to work in most cases. Obviously,...
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Steam account security: list of allowed computers on SteamGuard

When I login on the Steam website on a new computer, it uses Steamguard to send a code to my email and asks me to copy that code on a dialog on the website. It also asks me to set a nickname to the ...
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Can I use Fallout 3 savegames in Fallout 3 GOTY?

I have played the boxed version of Fallout 3 without expansions at the beginning of 2009. Now I have bought the GOTY on Steam and I would like to known if it is possible import my old savegames.
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What are the dangers of accepting gifts from unknown accounts on Steam?

A user named 'steamfairy1' gifted me a game on Steam. I don't know this user, his profile shows no games, no friends and zero hours played. The profile of 'steamfairy1' was created the day I received ...
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Why are Steam's “hours played” numbers wrong for so many games?

For many games on my game list, the number of hours I am "on record" for playing are much less than I've actually played. My numbers for the game Altitude (bought in 2009, did most of my playing in ...
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Any way to mass sell all my steam trading cards?

I have a large number of steam trading cards and for me they are just filling up my inventory, I have no interest in doing anything with them except selling them. Is there any way to mass sell all my ...
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First Time Setup runs every time I click Play

Whenever I run Dota 2, Steam shows me this UAC dialog: If I click No, the game launches. If I click Yes, I see the following and then the game launches. It's just an annoyance, but how can I ...
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How do I add start menu items to a Steam game after the installation?

I've noticed that Steam gives me the option of creating a desktop shortcut and start menu items at the end of an installation. I always say no thanks to both because I like starting my games from ...
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How can I get my Steam account to show youtube videos that are added?

I am having a problem in my steam account regarding adding video from a Youtube account in my steam. Previously I have added couple of videos from a youtube account to my steam without any trouble, ...
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Enable “Play” button for Undertale on Linux Steam

I have downloaded the game "Undertale" on the Linux Steam client using this method. However, Steam recognizes that the game does not run natively on Linux and will not allow me to start "Undertale" ...
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Can I play Steam games without running Steam in the background?

Is there a way I can play without having Steam running in the background?
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How can I stop Civilization 5 from asking me twice which DirectX mode to play in?

I (pre) downloaded and installed Civilization 5 through Steam, on Windows 7. When I start it, Steam asks me if I would like to start: Civilization 5 Civilization 5 (DirectX 9) Then, Civilization "...
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Does uninstalling Steam also uninstall games installed through steam?

If anyone caught me in chat, I'm currently having problems with Steam, which is keeping me not only from playing Portal 2, but also from accessing any of the other 28 steam game shortcuts on my ...
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How do I upload old screenshots taken with traditional methods to Steam?

Steam now has a screenshot-hosting feature, but I've been unable to break the habit of hitting F5 to take traditional TGA screenshots in Team Fortress 2, rather than the new hotkey F12 (the default) ...
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Where did my screenshots go?

I was playing a Steam game yesterday and remember taking a Steam screenshot with the F12 key. I distinctly remember the "shutter" sound and the Steam popup which appeared with the small version of the ...
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How can I move my Steam saves from One hard drive to another?

I'm planning to upgrade my computer's hard drive and I'm not using an imaging program because I'm clean installing - How can I move my Steam game files and game saves from the old harddrive to the new ...