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Steam Media Library?

I've noticed that some games on steam have links on their steam pages to media, for example soundtracks. Examining the shortcuts shows that they point to files residing on some of steam's servers. As ...
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TF2 dedicated LAN server not found in game’s server browser

I’m running a dedicated Team Fortress 2 server on my LAN to which I can connect through my TF2 client’s console. However, it does not show in my TF2 client’s server browser. When I go to Servers > ...
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What happens if I add a Steam game to Origin? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing in games Origin already obtained via Steam Now that I've installed Origin, I have the option of registering some of my other EA games (Dead Space 1 & 2, ...
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How can I disable Steam from starting up with Windows without logging in to Steam?

Is there a way to disable Steam from starting up automatically with Windows (XP/Vista/7) after installing it? I fix systems for people and some of them request or have Steam, so I reinstall it for ...
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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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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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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 can I get the Steam client to reestablish its connection?

I've been using the Steam client on my MacBook Pro quite a bit lately, and I've come across a rather annoying issue that I hope one of you can help me with. I often put my computer to sleep with the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I add Minecraft to Steam?

I want to add Minecraft to Steam, but am not sure which files to add. How do I add Minecraft to Steam?
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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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How to transfer GTA V save files?

How can you transfer your save files from one computer to another? I can't find any function on Social Club or steam.
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Installing pre ordered game from Steam as soon as possible

I have pre ordered The Witcher 2 some while ago with my Steam client. So far so good. The game should be released to public on May 17th 2011 - great. Now for the questions: Can I somehow ...
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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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How can I force Steam to install Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 from disk, NOT from web?

I purchased Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as a retail disk, and when I install it from disk, Steam is attempting to download the complete game from the internet. I've 512 kbits/s (64 kBps) network, ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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How can I use Steam Big Picture on my secondary monitor?

My primary monitor is a standard computer monitor, while my TV is connected via HDMI as a secondary monitor. I just installed the Steam beta and wanted to try out the new Big Picture mode, but to my ...
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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 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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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 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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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 using a Steam achievement manager against Steam rules?

First off, I'll give some background on why I'm asking this: I enjoy achievement hunting in my steam games, so I have no intention of unlocking all achievements. However, there are several games ...
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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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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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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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Steam: “available on” date vs “unlock in” countdown

Sometimes, Steam puts contradictory information on when exactly a game will become available (and/or unlocked). For example, right now, Dragon Age 2 is reported to become available on March 10th, ...