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Why is the Team Fortress 2 install so huge?

I notice that Team Fortress 2 is almost 10 gigs when downloaded via Steam. Why is that? Since the game's graphics are very simplistic, and I assume there's not like an hour-long 1080p movie embedded ...
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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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How can I view my purchased DLC for my game on Steam? [duplicate]

Is it possible to view all of my purchased DLC for a given game on Steam? I want to know which expansions I've already bought, and pulling up the game's DLC page lists all DLC without indicating which ...
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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 the Steam achievements be gained also offline?

If I play, for example, Plant vs Zombies or Toki Tori on Steam when I am offline, can I get achievements? Are these re-synchronized when Steam returns online?
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(How) Is it possible to get the full version of a game if I can only buy its low violence version?

While I don't exactly loathe the censorship called "low violence version" for some games steam sells (e.g. Fallout 3) I do detest being forced to play games in a language different than the ...
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Can I share Steam updates between computers?

I've got two computers in my home network, both with Steam installed. If there's an update to Steam itself or the kids install a game it has to be downloaded to both. At the moment this happens twice, ...
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Where do I download the manuals for games I buy on Steam?

I recently signed up with Steam and bought a few discounted games, but I can't find any manuals for them. I assumed they'd be installed along with the games, but I can't find any sign of them or of ...
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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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Will Steam remember my saves if I uninstall Deus Ex: HR?

I couldn't run DX:HR with the graphics up all the way so I took them down a notch until I got a new computer. Do I have to move my save files to my new computer to keep my character? Or do they ...
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How to remove all items from Steam store cart?

Is there a way to empty the whole steam cart at once? I can only find a Remove link under the items. I am not really keen to have to remove all 247 DLC for train simulator one by one ...
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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. ...
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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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Is there anyway to stop a download on Steam?

Steam recently started downloading an update for Super Monday Night Combat. Remembering the fact that the game never ran properly for me, and that I was unable to ever find any fix, I impatiently ...
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Did Humble Bundle stop supporting the “Activate on Steam” option?

There was a time where you could link your Steam account to your Humble Bundle account and have the codes automatically redeem as you clicked them, without all of the copy-paste-wait-wait more-click ...
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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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How can Steam be prevented from downloading a billion copies of DirectX?

As a follow-up to my question regarding the first-time installation, I noticed Steam stores the DirectX and vcredist etc files individually in each games directory. That means, those sometimes up to ...
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What's the total size of all games I have on Steam?

I have a lot of games on Steam, far more than my puny hard drive can hold at once. However, in the future I may want to store all of them locally. Is there any way to figure out about how much hard ...
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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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Steam repeatedly pauses downloads

The problem: when I am downloading anything with Steam, no matter where I am or what I am connected to, it pauses the download after a few seconds. Behavior: Select item to download Navigate to ...
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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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Get steam to realize I have games already installed

I uninstalled and re-installed steam. I didn't uninstall my games, and they still exist on my hard drive (I checked). I have an SSD and a HDD, and to save space I install programs (including steam) ...
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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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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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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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How to restrict Steam games to X hours per day? [duplicate]

I would like to know if there is a program that will restrict my gaming time to X amount of hours per day. However, all of the programs I have found are designed to be 'Net nannies' as well, and ...
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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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Can you buy a DLC via Steam and install it whenever you want to?

I'm planning to buy some Europa Universalis IV DLC's due to the steam sales. What i wanted to know is if i can buy them, and install the DLCs later when i finished my current game or will i be forced ...
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What happens if you install a Steam game to a removable drive?

What happens if you install a game to an external drive and then remove it? Does the game just not work if you try to start it? Does it get "uninstalled" according to Steam? Does Steam have serious ...
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Can I give away Steam games?

I own some Steam games I'd like to give away to friends as I no longer play them. Have I any options?
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Mass Effect 3 will be on Origin, how will this affect me with my two other Mass Effect games being on Steam?

As you know EA had a fall out with Steam earlier this year (2011). This meant that any newly released games by EA would only be available through Origin and not any other source. This is troubling ...
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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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Can I search for a user who has not bought any games?

I want to play Path of Exile with my sister, so she signed up for a Steam Account. However, Path of Exile is a free game and when she tried to add friends she got a message stating she cannot yet add ...
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Unable to start steam: To run Steam, you must first connect to the Internet

Only a messagebox comes up: "Steam.exe (main exception): To run Steam, you must first connect to the Internet" It worked earlier Other connections are working (http, vpn, skype) Firewall not ...
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Why are there duplicate game entries in my Steam library?

I purchased Sid Meier's Civilization IV: The Complete Edition, a package that includes four items. Three of the included items are displayed twice in my games library, with the message [game] is not ...
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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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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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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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Can two accounts play a game only bought on one account, on the same computer?

I play Garry's Mod a lot and I am over at a friends house who also enjoys games. I downloaded steam for her and I noticed that Garry's Mod is downloaded onto my hard drive. I legally own the game, ...
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What are the “Mystery Trading Cards”?

I was in the Steam Market, looking for cheap things to buy/sell as usual, when I noticed this. A "Mystery Trading Card"? The description is "This card is very mysterious. Very, very mysterious. The ...
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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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Are Steam price cuts predictable?

From observation, can I expect that a game will get a permanent price cut (or a weekend special deal) X weeks after its launch, or after the sales dropped by Y percent or whatever other reason?
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Changing the email address linked to my Steam account

I found myself in kind of a big problem today as I tried logging on Steam on another computer. The usual verification code popped up -- no problem -- the thing is that I only have access to the email ...
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What can I do with the physical copies of my Steam games?

Once I've bought a physical copy of a game and activated it on Steam, is there any way I can return/recycle/whatever it? I realise that should I want to re-install the game later the dvd would make it ...
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Do I have to use Steam for games I bought on disc?

I have purchased and finished playing Portal and Portal 2 (on disc for PC) both of which used Steam. This was my first exposure to Steam. Now I have just installed Skyrim (again I bought the ...
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Where can I find out what games have cards?

Which games drop cards? I've been looking at the Steam Trading Card FAQ. However, I recently discovered that it's incomplete (eg. Trine 2 and A.R.E.S. now have cards, but aren't listed there). ...
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Why can't I install TF2 in a non-default game library location?

I've set up 2 non-default game library locations. One in C:\Games and the other D:\Games. Steam is installed on C: so I have 2 libraries on C and one on D. When I go to install most games it lets me ...
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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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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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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 ...