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How do I avoid TF2 servers loaded with bots?

It seems like whenever I choose to play TF2 at dead-ish times (when my favorites are all empty) all the servers I join are 90-100% bots. Is there some easy way to avoid joining those servers?
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Does PC version of Civ-5 on Steam entitle me to Mac version?

I'm wondering, since my PC version of Civ-5 is registered on Steam, am I going to be able to download the Mac version when it comes out? I switched to Mac a couple years ago, so my Mac is faster and ...
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What exactly is Steam doing when it says, “Preparing to Launch <GAME NAME HERE>”?

Whenever I launch a game using Steam, it always says, "Preparing to Launch ________________". What exactly is it doing?
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What is the easiest way to level up my profile?

While there's tons of badges out there, collecting cards and cards takes a lot of time, and only results in a 100 xp badge, is there anything other than just crafting badges that would help increase ...
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Can I enforce a time limit window on Steam games, notably Team Fortress 2?

My 10 year old loves Team Fortress 2 but spend too much time playing it. I looked for whether Steam has a parental control system allowing me to say "max X hours over the last 14 days", but could not ...
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Can the original Age of Empires II be played online with the HD version on Steam?

My friend has an original copy of the game and was wondering if he could play online with me if I buy the HD version on Steam.
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Can I search for co-op games in Steam?

I saw the options to search by publisher or genre. Is there a way to specify that I want to search for games with co-operative multiplayer support?
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Subscribe to be emailed about Steam games being on sale at 50%+ discount?

Is there any way to subscribe to receive emails about Steam games offered at 50% or higher discount?
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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 ...
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When activating a Steam download key, do I get to see what it contains first?

I've received a complimentary Steam download key from Ubisoft as a compensation for a problem with a different game I have purchased. Unfortunately Ubisoft did not write what the download key ...
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How to get Steam to recognize existing game files from a different source?

Let's say I have a game bought on retail/other digital download and installed on my hard drive. I buy the same game (or a minor variant of it, say the GOTY edition) on Steam. It should be possible to ...
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Can I get my Steam categories back?

During the Holiday sales, I logged in to Steam on a different computer (one powerful enough to actually run my games :). When I logged back in on my notebook, all of my categories except one were ...
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Can Steam downloads be set to run consecutively instead of concurrently?

This is more of a general question about the best way to expedite Steam downloads. I'm on a slower DSL line at home so if I end up with multiple downloads from Steam running at the same time it bogs ...
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Are Steam games sandboxed?

Now that Steam is officially available on Linux, I am very interested in it! However, I wonder what is the security system in Steam? When I download a game through Steam, will the game run as native ...
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Is there a way to keep Steam from showing me non-game software for sale on the main page?

Steam is now selling more than just games, and the non-game software clutters up the main page that shows new releases. Is there a filter option or anything else I can do to keep Steam from showing ...
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Find game which a Steam profile background is from?

How do I see which game a Steam background is from? For example this background image: ...
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Do Steam codes need a physical disc?

I have unwittingly bought a second hand game on e-bay that uses a Steam account for activation. I am currently in dispute with the seller as he sold something which I feel is unusable. He has listed a ...
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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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What is the difference between a Steam game on CD and a download?

I bought the Orange Box on Steam as a download about a year ago. I really like being able to log into my account on any computer and being able to re-download the game and play it without keeping ...
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How many friend slots do you start off with, and how many do you get per Steam level?

According to What use are Steam Trading Cards?, additional Steam levels grants extra friend slots. Given that I have as many Steam friends as there are fingers on my hand, I didn't realize there was a ...
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Will the drop counter reset if I craft a badge?

Steam now has trading-cards which can be crafted into badges and other marketable items. That link states that trading-cards can be crafted into badges, and that If you gather another complete ...
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Is it possible to send a gift anonymously or at least without them knowing beforehand?

I want to send someone a gift as I may or may not be involved in a secret santa on steam. Ideally I don't want them to know I sent it at all (the secret part) but I guess steam will tell them who ...
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Is the free version of Portal identical to the paid version?

Portal is currently free (through Sept 20th, 2011) to download with Steam. Are there any restrictions on the free version, or is it completely identical to the paid version? For example, does this ...
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Where are Skyrim Screenshots saved?

I just took a screen shot in Skyrim. The message in the corner says it was saved, but it does not say where... Where are these saved on my computer?
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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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Binding of Isaac achievements and Steam in-game not working

I can't get achievements in this game, also the Steam In-game function doesn't work. May this problem related to the fact that the game is in Flash? Anyone has the same problem?
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On Steam, how can I see who a friend is on Facebook after they've been linked?

I found a number of my steam friends via the facebook integration. It's an easy process, you go to a page in steam, it shows you who on facebook isn't yet in your friends list, and then you check ...
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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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Can I prevent somebody from joining a public group?

Today some jerk joined the Arqade group on Steam and started spamming people with links to a lookalike phishing site. You know, like this but with "store.steampowered.com" instead of "twitter.com": ...
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What does Steam give me as a gamer? [closed]

I know I can buy games in Steam, but what are the benefits of doing so over purchasing a no-DRM version of a game? What features does Steam provide to an average gamer to improve their gaming and user ...
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Can I run multiple copies of Terraria if I bought it on Steam?

I play Terraria a bit with my brother and friends and I am always the one with the server, but sometimes while I am playing it gets a bit boring and I want to play on my own world and character (I do ...
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How can the Steam first time setup be run without starting the game directly afterwards?

Since the incredibly fascinating (re-)installation of some DirectX and VC-Redistributable files takes a bit longer than I'm willing to stare at my screen, I'd like to be able to do something else, ...
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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 users play simultaneously from one copy of Civilization V?

I read in an ad for Civilization 5 that it allows installation on 5 different computers. Does that mean I can install it on my kid's computer and mine, and then we can simultaneously play, or even in ...
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How do I pick up trading cards?

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, I can't figure out ...
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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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What happens if I decline a Steam gift?

My friend has just sent me a gift for Christmas on Steam, but I already have a copy of it. I want to know what will happen if I decline the gift. Will my friend be able to get a refund on it, or will ...
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How can I determine whether a Steam game can be activated on Origin as well?

As described by title, I own a certain number of games on Steam. How can I determine whether a Steam game can be activated on Origin as well?
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I only see 29 achievements for Bleed, but Steam says there's 32?

As I said, I can only count 29 achievements here, but Steam is telling me there's 32 of them. Am I missing something here, or is Steam just making a mistake? Are there hidden achievements or ...
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Can I move Steam notification popups?

During a game that I love to play (League of Legends), if you are running the game through the Steam interface, the notifications appear at the bottom right hand corner and cover a vital part of the ...
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Who are the Steam Mascots?

So with the Steam Summer Sale in full swing, I've finally taken notice of the Steam Mascots. Judging by the latest background, the black one, at least, has a name: Cyl. Do the other two have names ...
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How can I run a dedicated server without Steam?

Steam won't let me have two instances running with the same user logged in. Does that mean I cannot run a dedicated server on a PC (for example, for Left 4 Dead 2) and play from another machine? Is ...
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How do I find out what version my Skyrim is patched to?

Today's Skyrim patch has some unfortunate side effects. I've turned off updates for the game in Steam for the time being, but I can't find anywhere that indicates whether it's already been updated or ...
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Need to login to the Steam Community from within Steam?

I remember I was able to browse things like my profile and others' profiles from the community tab in Steam. Lately, however, it seems that the community tab just shows me a page where I have to ...
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Is there a way to transfer a free game downloaded on one Steam account to another?

I downloaded Team Fortress 2 for free yesterday off Steam. I used my account to download it. My brother has set up his own now and would like to play TF2 on his, that way we could also have separate ...
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“Steam failed to load: *SteamStartEngine(0xbfffdf54) failed with error 1: A Steam Engine Instance already exists”

My Mac Steam installation on 10.7 has started giving this "failed to load" dialog whenever I try to launch Steam. I have tried deleting the Application Support folder which allowed Steam to launch ...
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What are the cryptic Steam Super Meat Boy achievements and what do the names mean?

It seems like the following cryptic achievements are only available on the Steam version, not XBLA. N#7*<1!23 &*>?1$ (=+66&1$ ^**5%_=+12 *|-0&& N&8^2^%$1`` The "description" ...
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Do mods or console use disable achievements for Fallout:New Vegas?

I've heard mixed information on this and I'd like to get a straight answer, for two reasons: The widely reported Quicksave/Autosave bug is annoying and, quite frankly, has terrified me into ...
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Why doesn't Bioshock 2 start from within steam?

My question is similar to but a little different from this one: http://gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/1420/bioshock-on-steam-hangs-on-startup I couldn't find anything in the steam / bioshock ...
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Why did Steam erase all my games?

Steam just erased all my games without warning. Here's my setup and what I've done recently that could be related (I'm including probably too much detail in the hopes it helps someone figure out what ...