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Workarounds for playing a game installed from a retail disk without an internet connection to download updates?

I just bought Borderlands 2 on the retail disk strictly so I wouldn't need to download anything off the internet, because I don't have a good internet plan. Turns out, after buying it, when I put the ...
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Is the “GTA: ELC” entry in my Steam library spam?

Ever since buying a GTA collection on Steam there's an entry in the library called "Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City". I finally tried it today, only to get some [bleep]ing [bleep] about ...
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How are the Gem values worked out?

In the Steam Auction, every Steam item (card, booster pack, background and emoticon) has a gem value, which is awarded when the item is "recycled" (user clicks the Turn into Gems... button). How is ...
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Access code for steam [closed]

I just got a new computer but forgot the access code so I can log in on this computer. Is there any way i can change it or log in? https://support.steampowered.com/index.php
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What are steam gems?

So after reading THIS post on arqade i wondered what steam gems were. I've never heard of steam gems before. What are the uses of steam gems? Are they some kind of currency? What do steam gems do? ...
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How do I unpack or pack large quantities of gems at once?

I just bought a large quantity of gem packs from the Market. How can I unpack them with minimal effort? I have a large quantity of gems to turn into gem packs. How can I pack them with minimal ...
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What determines how many gems a game's backgrounds, emotions, and cards will give?

Backgrounds and emoticons for a particular game on Steam are all worth the same number of gems, as are its cards. What determines how many gems a game's community items and cards are worth?
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Where can I see which games are up for auction?

According to the steam holiday auction page, there are 100 copies each of almost 2000 games up for auction. However, I only see 14 games listed on that page. Where can I see all the others?
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How do I turn all my cards into gems at once?

In order to bid on stuff I need to turn my cards and items into gems, instead of doing it one at a time, is there a way I can turn them all into gems at the same time?
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How long does it take for the Steam activation key to activate?

I bought Grand Theft Auto Vice City for my Mac and it gave me an activation key to activate before the game can begin installation. I did this about an hour ago and I wanted to know approximately how ...
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Can I use a controller on TF2 if I don't have a working xbox?

I was just wondering because i would rather play it on a controller.
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Team Fortress 2 Dedicated Server Replays

I am running a dedicated server for Team Fortress 2 and I have SourceMod installed. I would like to include replay support, which is presently almost functional. By almost functional I mean that it ...
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Steam Family sharing - Overlapping shared libraries

Let's say I have two friends (A and B) who shared their libraries with me. Let's also say they both own a copy of the game I want to play, and that I don't own it myself. Now logic would say that if ...
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TF2: how to stop bots from attacking me

how do I stop bots from attacking? I accidentally typed in nav_generate so I don't know if this affected anything but if yes, how do I reverse it?
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Half life is censored after buying german Counter-Strike

I had a nice, american version of Half-Life, given to me through Steam. However, now that I installed the Counter-Strike 1 Anthology (EDIT: In Germany), I have a censored Half-Life, with robots ...
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Robocraft and the Steam Overlay

So I have 95 hours of robocraft playtime. Ever since EAC appeared I have not been able to use the Shift+Tab Steam overlay. I have made a disscusion on the forums and noone seems to be having the ...
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Can my friend play Dawnguard if I'm sharing my Steam library with him?

Let's say my Steam Library is shared with person B. If I own Skyrim, and he plays it, and then I buy Dawnguard, can he play Dawnguard as well? Or will he have to buy his own copy?
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Hitman: Codename 47 “No render is selected”

I recently bought Hitman: Codename 47 from Steam. When I try to run it, this message comes up: I tried different stuff like: And: After a while with a lot of changing random settings that don't ...
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What version do I have?

Prison Architect has multiple versions available on Steam and I'm wondering which edition I bought when I bought it. Through the DLC menu in the game's properties I can tell I have at least ...
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Network problem EA games

Last weekend I bought Red Alert 3 on steam with the intention to play it with a friend. I know the official servers are down, but it should be possible to play it via hamachi or other lan software. ...
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Game Availability through Digital Distribution vs. DVD Content

I prefer to have the games I purchase available for local installation from a DVD, so I can continue playing once the zombies run rampant and I figure out the whole food/clothing/shelter/electricity ...
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What are the 2 CD keys provided with the Ultimate Edition for?

I've just bought Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition on Steam. When I launch the game, it gives me 2 CD keys. What are they for? The game's store page says Requires agreement to a 3rd-party ...
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Why can't I activate Steam Community ingame?

I apprehend that Dragon Age: Inquisition won't come to Steam as it will be restricted to Origin. But I would like to use Steam Community (SHIFT+TAB) ingame to chat with friends and take screenshots - ...
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Will my save files on a shared game remain if I buy the game?

I've been playing Skyrim on my brother's Steam account, and decided to make my own account. I made it possible to play some of his games on my new account, but if I buy Skyrim so that I have it on my ...
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What are the Steam mascot names? [duplicate]

I've always been curious. I often see the 3 of those in many different forms throughout the Steam platform, do they have a name or something? Where did they come from? Are they officially Steam's ...
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steam wont open?

when i open steam it says "steam could not connect to servers" Last time this happened i just installed it and then re-installed it. It said i had to re-install all my games but it did save my ...
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How do I LAN play Borderlands 2 and Pre-sequel on my Mac and Linux machines?

I bought the game on Steam. As soon as I sign in on Steam on one computer, Steam signs me out on the other computer. If I duplicate the game in my steam folder and launch it, it quits since I ...
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Steam purchase issue

When you attempt to purchase Realm of the Mad God's "Beginner's Package", it lists the purchase as buying "2600 Gold". The package contains more than just gold, so what does this mean?
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Dizzel Prompting socket error #11002 when launched?

i just downloaded Dizzel on Steam (Free Game), and tried to launch it , first it downloaded a couple of updates, then when i ran the game there was an error saying "socket error #11002" while trying ...
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I bought a game on for linux can I install it on windows?

I have bought a cross-platform game over steam and installed it in Linux. Would I have to buy another key to play it on my Windows pc? or could I just install it on my windows pc?
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why do I get messages from [Unassigned] and how do I remove them from my notifications?

I get these empty messages from a person called [unassigned] with no steam profile and I can't seem to remove the notification from steam. Is there any way to delete these?
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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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What are the risks of using Steam Gift Trades?

I got an offer from a stranger to trade a CS:GO weapon skin for a game (Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare). What are the risks with this trade? Can he request his game back? Could this game be ...
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Why does steam keep asking if I'm over 18?

Every time I open steam and try and view a game that is rated M (or equivalent rating), the Steam age gate always asks me for my birthday before I can continue. At least the birthday is pre-filled ...
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How can I get BayetasMod for Grid 2 installed on Mac?

The instructions for Bayetas Mod (downloaded from http://www.racedepartment.com/downloads/bayetas-mod.439/) are applicable only to Windows. Have you managed to install this on Mac, and if so, what did ...
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Can I transfer Steam games from one steam account to another? [duplicate]

I want to play Dota 2 with my friend. However his Internet connection is so slow that it would take him about 2 days to download it and then it will be throttled. I am thinking of transferring the ...
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Can I give away unused steam games as gifts? [duplicate]

I got a pack with a couple of games. I accepted the pack, but one of the games I don't want to play, and I never have. Does it work to give only that game back? If it helps; the game is Need for speed ...
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Can you import savegames into Steam?

I have some games which I've purchased and played outside of Steam. Later I got them again on Steam (from bundles) and I'm wondering if there is a general way to import my existing savegames into ...
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Steam always starts in Big Picture mode

I don't know why but for a few days Steam has been always starting in Big Picture mode. It has even been doing this for the login screen: How do I fix this?
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Why do I always have to reenable Steam Permissions on my Mac?

When I launch any Steam games like Cs:Go or TF2, My engine always says that the overlay is not on before launching, causing me to always open up my System preferences and I have to put in the password ...
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How do I access the Binding of Isaac: Rebirth soundtrack?

I have the soundtrack for The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth installed through Steam: Where can I find it in order to listen to when I'm not playing? I found a packed music.a file, but that's ...
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Why do I have to re-install my Civilization V?

I had Civilization V on C:/Program Files/Steam/SteamApps and I copied and pasted it from my laptop on to a new PC I bought. However when I installed Steam, it didn't register that Civilization was ...
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Change Wakfu installation folder

here's my problem : When I launch Wakfu from Steam, it installs some files on my first HD (in the Appdata\Local folder) but there is no more space left in it (all my steam games (even Wakfu) are ...
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Can I search my Steam library titles and sort them by user review? [duplicate]

I, like many other Steam users, own quite a few games, and have trouble ever deciding which ones to try next. My favorite metric these days is the user review scores, but I can find no way to apply ...
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How to get the 15/15 badges achievement for A.V.A?

Alliance of Valiant Arms (A.V.A) has these end of the match badge rewards which give you more of a reward for contributing to the mission. However in all of my time playing I only seem to have ...
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How can I install steam games to a USB drive on Linux?

I saw some very similar questions but for windows and I am using unity and have no space to install a game so I need to use a USB drive but have no idea how to unlock the /media file to read/write so ...
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Steam - Disable Two Factor Authentication [duplicate]

Is there a way to disable the Steam two factor authentication? In other words, when I type my user and pwd, I want to be logged in. I don't want to wait for Steam to email me some code if it ...
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Is there any way to re-obtain deleted achievement items?

A few months ago, I finally made my first purchase in TF2 and my backpack expanded accordingly. However, during my years as a F2P, I accumulated a large number of achievement items. Since I only had ...
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Linking installed game with steam

Medieval total war 2 is already installed on my pc, if I look in steam it is there and it only says "install" Is there anyway of making steam recognise that its installed already and link them or do ...
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Does Wasteland 2 physical DVD includes Steam copy?

I would like to have a box copy of Wasteland 2 for aesthetical reasons, but actually I prefer pure Steam in usage. So can I play Wasteland 2 with just a Steam with no disc, after initial installation? ...