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Search for run-able games [closed]

Is there a site where you can fill in your specs (OS, GPU, CPU, RAM) and find games you can run (preferably Steam games)?
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How can I remove a screenshot from the background rotation?

How can I stop a screenshot from showing up in the Steam Library's background rotation? I have tried deleting the screenshot but for some reason it's still showing up.
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How to downgrade game bought on steam?

I bought a game on steam (sins of a solar empire: rebellion) and I was using a mod for the game. Now all of a sudden I turn on the computer and start the game and it says that the game automatically ...
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Can I transfer Steam Games from Win7 to Linux?

Does the Linux version of Steam use the same .gcf files as the Windows version? And if so where is the Steam install located by default on a *nix system? /usr/share/ or /home/user/.steam or somewhere ...
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Viewing Beaten Games on Steam

In your personal Steam profile you can see your average game completion percentage (which, for me, sits at a pathetic 33%). However, I can't seem to find a way to see which of these games Steam ...
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Can I unlock the 'Hardware Enthusiast' Badge with a PS3 controller in MotioninJoy?

I'm having a little trouble earning the 'Hardware Enthusiast' Badge - the only requirement I have left is to launch a game through Big Picture with a controller. I have my PS3 controller connected to ...
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Can you transfer Batman Arkham City saves from PS3 to Steam?

When Batman Arkham City first came out, I bought it for PS3 and beat the game while finishing a few extra side missions. Since then, I've gotten rid of my PS3 copy and got a steam version. I still ...
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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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Steam support for Rift without re-downloading?

I downloaded Rift for my PC a few months ago. But seeing that it has been released on Steam now, I want to play it with Steam Support. Can I do this without having to re-download the game?
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Can't change texture quality

I just downloaded Path of Exile via Steam. I looked forward to the video settings, and I found that the texture quality is locked to medium (meaning that I can't change it). Is there a way to change ...
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EVE Online starter pack on Steam: can I start later?

I don't really have time to play EVE right now, but in a few weeks I presume I will. If I purchase a EUR5 starter pack currently on Steam sale, will the 30 days of game time start ticking down only ...
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How do I install shared games using the Steam Family Sharing feature?

Alright, so I signed up for the Steam Family Sharing Beta. I followed the instructions to share my games on my family member's computer. I now see "BlueRaja's games" under their account. But, when ...
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What happens if you enter a Steam powered serial key by accident of a game you already owned? [duplicate]

When you have a vast collection you might get confused. What happens if you try to activate a Steam powered game with a serial of a game you already owned? Does the key get lost? How can you tell if ...
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How can I install Sims 3 via Steam on a Mac?

I had a PC laptop and had The Sims 3 installed on it through Steam. I figure that Mac and PC have different platforms, but is there any way to have the game installed on my Mac?
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The Stanley Parable Demo won't load?

I just downloaded The Stanley Parable Demo from Steam ... Everything was running fine until I clicked Start Game, after that, a loading screen came up and it took me to a black page and wouldn't ...
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Does GTA 4 retail activate with Steam?

I am thinking of buying a new copy of GTA 4. It says at the top of the box, "Games for windows Live". Does this game come with a code that activates/connects it with my steam account so I can connect ...
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Is there a limit of steam cards per day

So I have a question about how steam cards work, specifically if there is a limit outside of the random factor to the card drops. So I know you can only get half of the cards total by just playing ...
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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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How do cards work with family sharing beta - can I earn cards for games I don't own?

Under normal circumstances, you can't earn cards for demos or free-to-play games you haven't paid for, to prevent abuse. But how does this work with the new family sharing feature? If my brother ...
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How do I enable Steam at system start? [duplicate]

A little bit ago, I was stupid and deleted my Windows (7) registry key for auto starting Steam on login. I foolishly had deleted it, not disabled. Now I'd like it to auto start on login, but I have no ...
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Can multiple computers install to the same shared SteamApps folder?

I want to put my SteamApps folder on a network share so that multiple computers can use it, without wasting hundreds of gigabytes in duplicated software installations between them. Can this be done? ...
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Can Steam tell me when I have a game installed on another computer or in another OS?

Does Steam know, and will it tell me, if I am installing a game that I already have installed elsewhere on the same account? In particular, I don't want to install the same games in Windows and OSX ...
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How to find how large a download is for a Steam Game?

I am considering purchasing a Steam game. I am on a limited download limit, I was wondering how to find out how large a game download is. I understand I can purchase the game, download a portion and ...
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Can you purchase Civilization V via retail and add to your Steam account? (Semi Duplicate)

I'm looking at purchasing Civilization V sometime either today or tomorrow but was wondering if it can be added to my Steam account if store bought. I have really slow internet so would rather use a ...
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Can I see who gifted me a game after I accepted the gift?

I would like to send a thank you gift to the several people who were kind enough to gift me Steam games throughout the last year. Is it possible to see who gifted you a particular game? If so, how?
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Can you delete the contents of the downloads folder?

In my Steam folder, under steamapps, there is a downloading directory which is totaling more than 5gB. Exploring it shows game files for games that, not only do I not have a local installation for, ...
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Do you need to download some Steamworks-protected games even if you bought a disc?

I want to start using Steam. I have heard that if you buy a physical copy of a game that uses Steam, you still have to download the game, and that can take a long time. Is that true?
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How can I integrate my game libraries in Steam and Desura?

I have perhaps 100 games installed in Steam and 50 in Desura. There are even a few duplicates. Other than manually adding shortcuts in Steam to my Desura games (or vice versa), how can I integrate the ...
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What is the ideal setup for multiple Steam accounts on one computer, including guests?

I live in a house with multiple gamers. We are considering installing Steam on our HTPC and using it like a sort of gaming console. There are a few ways to approach this, and none of them seem ideal. ...
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Unable to connect to source game servers requiring steam servers

I've tried to connect to servers for games like Garry's Mod, Dota 2, CS:GO and none of them have worked I get a error message like this: I've tried port forwarding, virus scanning, disabling ...
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If I'm eligible for more games, am I more likely to get a steam booster pack?

Let's imagine three systems where the two options would apply:- System one (Where eligibility doesn't matter):- System adds all eligable users to a pool System picks X many random users from the ...
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Not receiving messages on Steam?

When you message someone on Steam, there usually is a tag at the bottom of the window when the last message was received. What does it mean if that doesn't show up? I've messaged a friend who is ...
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Subscribing to mods in Steam Workshop does nothing

I've had Civilization 5 for a year or so now and every time I wish to add a mod I go in and click the "Subscribe" button and nothing happens. So if anyone has had this problem can they tell me how to ...
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How to trade for an unusual hat in TF2 [duplicate]

I have some spare keys that I want to trade for an unusual hat. What are the prices of all the unusual hats? And is there an unusual within the price range of 5-10 keys?
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Where can I report error in a localized Steam game description?

Russian description of Goodbye deponia have repeated paragraph in place of translated. Where can i report such errors? English: A classic point & click adventure in a unique world, in the ...
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Terraria no longer starts after 1.2 update, terminates with unhandled exception

I have had the game, Terraria for a while and it has always worked fine for me. Recently, a new update, 1.2, came out, and Steam updated the game to that version. After that, Terraria no longer starts ...
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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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Having trouble adding a friend

I don't know why, but I can't seem to add someone as a friend. Whenever I click add as friend, it says "Friend invite sent". What doesn't show up is an "invitations sent" listing on my friends list. ...
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Gaining items after a match

Are there any condition to when or what items will be given to a player at the end of a match? Or is this pure luck base, or in my case un-luck based, since i played about 20 matches i often see 4 or ...
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Shortcuts to launch game with different launch options in Steam

I am trying to create shortcuts for Arma 3 so I can quickly launch the game with and without mods, so I need to create at least 2 shortcuts, one for vanilla and one for mods. But when I created the ...
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Why do I suddenly have Dawnguard installed?

It has been ages since I played Skyrim (1.8-something was the last version I played), but as is often the case, questions here have inspired me to pick it back up. Careful owner of a modded Skyrim ...
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How to get rid of Steam items, especially coupons? [duplicate]

My Steam inventory starts getting cluttered with coupons that will remain valid for way too long time and I'm absolutely not interested in using them or finding someone else to give them to. How can I ...
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What is special about the “Steam Special Edition” of Tropico 3 and 4?

The latest Humble Weekly sale features games from Kalypso Media, amongst them Tropico 3 and 4, marked as "Steam Special Edition" on the sales page What's so special about the Steam Special Edition ...
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I get a “Steam needs to be online to update…” error message every time I start up my computer

"Steam needs to be online to update please confirm your network connection and try again." This started happening around a week ago. I looked it up, and I did the fix where you delete all the files ...
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How do I activate a Steam key?

I bought the Skyrim Legendary edition and it came with a steam code. Where do I enter this Steam code?
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Can I modify or delete one of my steam friends group tags?

In Steam friends, you can organize your friends by "tagging" them (in your friends list, right click someone and select "Tag as"). It's convenient since it allows you to organize your contacts ...
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Where are the categories in my Steam library saved? Can I recover them if Steam forgets them?

I have enough games in my Steam library that I prefer to organize them into seven or eight categories. This is especially handy for things like those bundled Mac versions of Civ (no Macs in the ...
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Can I contact a Steam user without befriending them?

I've recently received a Steam friend request from someone I think I know, but I am not absolutely sure. Sadly, he has no useful information in his profile page. Is there any way I can get in touch ...
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Minimizing the risk of losing save data when playing offline

I play several of my Steam games in Offline Mode on a regular occasion. However, none of the save data for these games is managed by the Steam Cloud. Now, I've been thinking about playing some Steam ...
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Is it possible to mute a specific person in Steam chat?

When in a multi-user steam chat room, is it possible to mute a specific person, ideally without blocking other communication from them? I'm playing in the same physical room as the person and I'd like ...