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Can skyrim mods pose any threat to my computer?

Video game mods have been used in the past to launch attacks, and deliver payloads to computers. Can the Steam Workshop be used as a delivery vector for malware? What kind of files can a Steam ...
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Can I create one steam account per game?

After reading this, it seems as though purchasing more than one game on a single steam account limits the flexibility of how you can use a game. I understand why Steam did this and am not trying to ...
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Are classic games released on Steam somehow optimized for modern computers?

I'm wondering if classic games (released earlier than say 2000) on Steam are somehow optimized to run on modern OS's and/or hardware? I own one such game, but it always takes some time to set it up ...
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Why can't I take screenshots in my Steam games?

I installed Steam through Winetricks on Ubuntu, and I can't take any screenshots. I can't get the Steam overlay to come up either. I've checked that the overlay is enabled in multiple places. ...
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How can I find my steam ID?

How can I find my steam ID? I haven't bought any games; I am playing a free one. Is the ID only created if I buy a game?
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Can I buy DLC for a game I don't have installed?

Lets say I got a game in my Steam library but I don't have it installed. Can I still buy DLC for it, though? For example, I have Empire: Total War, but I don't have it installed. Now, I'd like to ...
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What will happen to my digital games after I die? [closed]

After recently reading this, I wonder if the games I downloaded and currently own on Steam can be passed on to my son. Will Steam allow transfer of ownership of my account? If it is written in my last ...
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What do I do with Kingdom of Amalur's Steam Key?

I have the Steam version of Kingdom of Amalur, and when I opened up the game for the first time, Steam gave me a game key and told me that I'd need to enter it -- except it didn't tell me where, or ...
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Can I remove emoticon button from Steam friends chat?

I'd like to remove the ugly smiley face button from my friend chat interface that I have no intention to use, and which is eating some of the input box space. Is there any way to do that?
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How can I activate a game bought from the Mac App Store on Steam?

If Civilization 5 was bought from the Mac App Store, would I be able to activate it on Steam, and how could I do so? It says here that CD keys for Civ 5 are accepted on Steam. Would this still work ...
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How do I associate a Steam game with a separate, non-Steam install?

I just bought the Humble Indie Bundle V and I installed the games direct from the downloaded exe's. Today I noticed that there are Steam codes for all of these, which is pretty awesome. However, after ...
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Skip TF2 file validation in Steam

Steam want to validate the cache of Team fortress 2, everytime I launch it, pretty darn irritating. Frag at 0%, Running it in Win 8(VHD) Any way to skip it? P.S:-It is nowhere related to HDD ...
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Is it possible to trade a Steam key / humble bundles?

With the fourth Humble Indie Bundle I received second copy of the third pack that I already own. Is there any way to add the key or the games to my account as something gift/trade-able? Duplicate ...
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Idling in Team Fortress 2

After the recent class update, I've been trying to increase my play time from 2 to 3 hours per week to 2 to 3 per night in order to receive additional weapon drops. Yet this doesn't seem to be enough ...
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What happens when I block someone on Steam?

I'm 'away' for a week and would like some friends not to know I'm playing games. What does blocking a friend actually do? I'm just looking for it to show me as offline and not show what game I'm ...
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How do I change my Steam username?

My username on Steam is an old e-mail I no longer use. Is there a way to change username?
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What are some good tactics to use on DeGroot Keep?

I'm struggling on DeGroot Keep. Are there any specific strategies to win rounds consistently?
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Can the Quake games on Steam be modded just as easily as the retail versions?

Is it possible to use different source engines and mods on the Steam versions of Quake, Quake 2, and Quake 3 Arena? Are they any more difficult to implement than on the retail, boxed version of the ...
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After buying the deluxe version of civ5 on Steam, where is the soundtrack?

I've checked the media tab on under Library and the purchase email doesn't say anything about it.
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What advantages do I gain from playing a game through Steam?

As the title states, what are the advantages to having a game on your Steam account versus having the game outside of Steam (especially for MMORPG games)? Take Rift for example. Rift recently became ...
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In Rusty Hearts, how do I get the “A Simple Task” mission to complete the “All I Want for Christmas is Sewers” achievement?

Apparently, the achievement has something to do with the B3 Sewer level, which is the very first level in the game. This is the achievement's description: Complete the quest "A Simple Task" from ...
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Is it (currently) possible to share games between users on different computers?

In Steam -> Settings -> Account I now have button Manage family sharing & devices. However it seem that there only thing I can do is authorize sharing on same device. Description says ...
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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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Buying games from Steam in foreign store?

I have noticed recently that Steam has different stores for different countries. These stores generally have different prices for certain games. Is there anything wrong with me logging into the US ...
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Why is it not recommended to trade hats for weapons or vice versa?

I've often traded a hat for 4-5 weapons, and afterwards people told me I shouldn't do that, and that it isn't recommended. I wasn't given an explanation. Could anyone shed some light on this? Why ...
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How do I sync my Skyrim achievements with Steam if I use SKSE?

In my other question, I asked if I could get the Steam overlay in Skyrim if I use the SKSE .exe file. (Reference Question: How can I get the Steam overlay on Skyrim, if I am using the SKSE.exe to ...
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Is there a way to prevent Steam from overwriting my configuration changes when it updates Skyrim?

Steam recently patched Skyrim while I wasn't paying attention. Now my .ini settings have been blown away and my vertical mouse sensitivity is almost 0. I know I can copy my .ini files to a separate ...
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Does Deus Ex: Human Revolution require Steam to play on PC?

I want to know if PC copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution bought at retail can (or must) be activated on Steam to run? I've seen information indicating the game uses Steamworks (implying it can or ...
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Do guest passes have an expiration date?

I got a TF2 guest pass last Monday, and since it's only to play for 3 days, I wanted to wait for this weekend to redeem it. Up until 2 days ago I got the pop-up that told me to redeem it in that ...
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How can I separate each item from a franchise pack or bundle if I gifted it to myself?

Just brought Metro Franchise Pack, which includes Metro 2023 Metro Last Light Metro Last Light RPK DLC Metro Last Light RANGER DLC They all come as 1 item in my inventory since I bought it as a ...
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Stop Steam Sync Permanently

While playing games via Steam, at the exit of the game Steam wants to "Sync" something. I guess it is game saves. I am in a low bandwidth environment where it takes for ever for Steam client to ...
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How to know if your Steam account is premium?

I just got a Dota 2 gift, and I really wanna know if my account is premium. How can I check?
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Can I trade a Steam game that I don't want?

The title pretty much says it all. If someone gave me a game, and I opened it for a few minutes to take a gander, can I still trade it to someone else? Or is it forever mine? For example, if someone ...
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How do I enable Big Picture Mode?

Steam officially released Big Picture Mode today, for navigating Steam with a controller. They claim it can be used from the computer, without the need to hook up to a TV. But, how do I do it? I've ...
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Where is my Steam inventory?

I haven't been logged into Steam much recently, but I've just logged into it now and had the following bit of toast pop up in the corner: I wasn't even aware that there was an inventory on the ...
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How much available space per game in the Steam Cloud?

Is there a way to find out how much available space does a game have in the Steam Cloud (it seems that this varies depending on the game)? Also, is there a way to see how much of the available space ...
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Black Ops: preferred way of dealing with cheaters

Unfortunately Black Ops doesn't use PunkBuster, and VAC doesn't seem to be enough. So what is the preferred way to deal with players that are beyond any reasonable doubt cheaters (eg. you can clearly ...
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Does split-screen count towards Professor Portal?

I have completed co-op online and have the "You Saved Science" achievement. If I play with someone who has played offline co-op do I still get "Professor Portal"?
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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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Is there a way to view controller support from my Library?

Some Steam games offer full controller support, some offer only partial support, and some do not offer any support. What I want is a quick way to tell which of the games in my Library have some form ...
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Can I gift games from my library?

I understand that once a game is in the library it cannot be removed, only hidden. My question is, can I gift an uninstalled copy of a game to a friend? I understand that this may be impossible due ...
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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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Is there a way to get more than one thing to download at once?

I bought the Telltale Complete Pack from Steam, and while I realize downloading it all at once would probably make my computer implode and pretty much kill my internet forever, I want to at least ...
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How to download a Steam game without DLCs?

I bought The Binding of Isaac together with the soundtrack, and now when I want to download it to another PC, instead of the binary Steam also downloads the soundtrack, increasing the download size. ...
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Playing coop games on Duels of the Planeswalkers

Is it possible to play the Two Headed Giant or Coop Campaign modes in Duels of the Planeswalkers, the Magic the Gathering game, on a PC? When I attempt to load these it tells me I need to attach a ...
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File Validation stuck at 100%

I recently restored my computer back to factory settings (clean os) after screwing it up, but I kept source 2007 shared materials.gcf, source 2007 shared models.gcf, source 2007 shared sounds.gcf, ...
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How do I see screenshots taken through Steam of a non-Steam game?

Steam has an option to take a screenshot of your current game at any time (F12). For Steamworks games, all screenshots are displayed as thumbnails on the library page when I select the game in my ...
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Steam Won't Launch - CMultifieldBlob(pSerialized)

My Steam won't launch. It gives me an error - "Steam.exe (main exception): CMultifieldBlob(pSerialized) - Bad field". What does this mean and how do I fix it?
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“Failed to initialize the GameStartup Interface” when trying to run Crysis 2 demo

I've downloaded the Crysis 2 demo through Stream, but when I try to run it I immediately get the error message Failed to initialize the GameStartup Interface! and nothing happens after clicking ...
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How often do Booster Packs drop? [duplicate]

I know how Booster Packs drop, but I am wondering just how often they drop. Is it random? Do they drop when you get achievements in games? Do they drop when you buy a game?