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Does Steam work through Tor or a VPN?

I talked to Steam Support about Steam Offline. I have been told: You can set up your Steam account to run in offline mode prior to connecting to your school's network […] you must allow ...
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Is there a way to backup save files in Torchlight?

I've run into issues with corrupted save files in Torchlight before due to a mixup in installed mods between my two computers. Whoops. Is there some way to duplicate my save games? I'd like to have a ...
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Developer Commentary without Completing the Chamber

I've played (and finished) the original Portal on my Xbox 360. I really liked the game, and thought many times about having another go to listen to the developer commentary. However, I do not fancy ...
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Is there a ready-to-go Steam Linux distribution iso?

Not sure this belongs here or super user, but Steam recently made it to official release status for Linux. Are there any distributions yet of an instantly bootable Flashdrive image or something with ...
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I'm unable to specify which Steam library I want to install MW3 to

I've got an SSD and HDD in my computer. I don't want to install programs where loading time isn't a big issue onto my SSD so I have a Steam library on the HDD but Steam installed on my SSD. When I ...
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Using the Steam overlay to play music/other normal browser things

I have noticed that in all Steam games you can press shift+tab and then can use Steam to go to websites and stuff. When I was recently in a game I heard someone say they were listening to Pandora ...
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Unable to Add Non-Steam Game to Library

When I try to add Bionic Commando: Rearmed (purchased via GamersGate) to Steam, I get the following error message: No such interface supported What the heck does that mean? And is there a ...
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Half life is censored after buying german Counter-Strike

I had a nice, american version of Half-Life, given to me through Steam. However, now that I installed the Counter-Strike 1 Anthology (EDIT: In Germany), I have a censored Half-Life, with robots ...
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What does “Verify Integrity of Game Cache” do?

I realize that many times when there is an issue with a game on Steam, it can be solved with "Verify Integrity of Game Cache". But, what exactly does this do? I tried running Darksiders and it gave ...
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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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Disable Steam notifications in-game only

Is it possible to disable Steam notifications (friend logs in, messages you, et cetera) in-game, and do so without disabling the community completely? That is to say I can still access Steam in-game - ...
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Is there a way to automatically block level-zero Steam profiles?

Lately, I've been doing a lot of trading on sites like TF2Outpost and backpack.tf, and, within about a minute of bumping my trade, I receive at least 3 friend requests from level-zero private Steam ...
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Why can't I craft a badge when I have 5 different cards?

I have 5 different cards for The Binding Of Isaac, but I can't find anywhere to craft a badge. Do I need the exact 5 cards shown in the badges page within steam (as below)? I thought those were ...
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Do I have to pay again for a game I bought on a different PC with the same Steam account?

I recently bought a new laptop for gaming. I logged into Steam without difficulty, except when I logged into the account where I had bought my games on. My Friends list was empty, and I had no games. ...
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Magic the Gathering Dop, steam accounts, and children

My son has had his own windows account. Recently he asked about learning to play Magic the Gathering. I thought the best way would be for him to learn the basic game would be the Duels of the ...
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Can I have too many mods?

I found a lot of mods that make thinks lighter, and add mark and recall, and a basement I like. They are all on Steam, and what I want to know is if I can have too many? Will they all work together? ...
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Does the steam version of Dragon Age II use SecuROM?

Does Dragon Age II ship with SecuROM when it's purchased through Steam? If so, why aren't Steam's protections good enough?
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How does Steam set a game's background in the Library?

Lately, I realized, that the background of a game in the Steam Library changes from time to time, and I swear, I once even recognized the background somehow from a scene I've been to in a game. So, ...
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Is it possible to initiate Steam trading without adding people as friends?

One of the main points of friction between me and the TF2 trading scene is that it appears you need to add random people as friends to do trading with them. Is this true? How can I do Steam Trading ...
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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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Is it possible to log your Steam account into two computers at once?

My gaming computer is currently downloading Napoleon: Total War and Supreme Commander 2 which I purchased on Steam, and which will take some time to complete. While this download is going on, I would ...
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What are the potential risks of joining a Steam group?

Does joining a Steam group give that group any additional information about you? Does joining a Steam group open you up to potential fraud in some way? The source for this question is to understand ...
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Do Steam coupons stack?

With all the coupons Steam has at the moment, do they stack? And I don't mean 2x 50% = free, I mean mathematically correct as in 100% - (100% - 50%)² = 100% - 25% = 75% total discount.
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Is it possible to play two Steam games at once on the same computer/account?

I want to play Garry's Mod and Team Fortress 2 at the same time so when I get bored of one I can easily alt tab to the other and when I'm needed back on the RP sever I like to join I can go back then ...
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How do I get Skyrim to redownload Dawnguard and the other DLC if I accidentally deleted it from the data files menu?

I've tried restarting many times and going on "View Downloadable Content" but I don't see an option to tell Skyrim to download it again.
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Is it possible to view another user's purchases on Steam?

If so, how do I view another user's purchases on Steam?
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How do I enable gore in games I bought on steam from Germany

Now please don't tell me that violent video games are illegal in Germany, they are not. :) I have a perfectly good and gory version of Half-Life one but I can't find the disk anymore. I bought stuff ...
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What happened to Steam's second hand game market idea?

What happened to Steam's idea to allow users to resell their copies of games? It was a hot topic few years ago, but I have not heard anything since.
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Can I run PC steam games on a Mac?

I recently downloaded 'Blood Bowl' on Steam to my Mac, not realizing that it was not Mac-compatible. Is there any software or any way that will allow me to play it, as obviously I've already paid for ...
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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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Why does the DotA2 Treasure Key sell for more than $2.50 on the Community Market?

The DotA2 Treasure Key costs $2.49 / £1.49 (~$2.48) / 1.79€ (~$2.45) at "retail". However, most of the listings on the first few pages of the Steam Community Market entry are around $2.60. It's not ...
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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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How does one get in the Steam mobile app beta? [closed]

Steam recently released a mobile app. What is confusing is it doesn't say anything about beta, but when you try out the app it says "Account not part of the beta."
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What is the difference between borderlands and borderlands GOTY edition?

I want to buy a Borderlands game but what is the difference between the normal and GOTY editions? I see the normal price for just the game is $20 and the GOTY edition is $30.
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How do you activate the treasure in the garage?

On Steam, this Achievement exists for this game: Treasure Hunter Activate the hidden treasure in the garage. How do you unlock this? Where is the treasure and how do you activate it?
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What does scrap banking mean?

I hear it all the time. They're looking for scrap? Crafting scrap? Trading scrap?
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Can I use Fallout 3 savegames in Fallout 3 GOTY?

I have played the boxed version of Fallout 3 without expansions at the beginning of 2009. Now I have bought the GOTY on Steam and I would like to known if it is possible import my old savegames.
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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 do I get the “Get Lost” achievement in Solar 2?

I've tried running around randomly as an asteroid and a planet, and I've also just tried going on and on and on for miles across the universe, but I haven't been able to unlock the "Get Lost" ...
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Does the Steam overlay hog resources?

I'm running on an older machine so resources are limited; this is not a gaming rig. As such, I'm trying to maximize system resources by turning off unnecessary things. Does the Steam overlay consume ...
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What is the base drop rate of Steam booster packs? [duplicate]

In terms of booster packs per month, for example. I know that the rate increases depending on the steam level, but the rate increase is meaningless without the base rate.
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Do I collect steam trading cards in HL2: Episode 2 or only in the base HL2?

I played HL2: Episode 2 for about an hour but no steam trading card dropped. Do I have to play the base HL2 to get cards or are they also dropping in Episode 2?
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Bioshock on Steam Hangs on Startup

When i start Bioshock from steam, it hangs on the splash screen. I have Windows 7 x64,and have installed all the latest drivers. HW details: i5 750, Asus P7P55D MB, ATI HD5770
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How to get the Steam Workshop to work with “Civilization V” for a Mac?

I currently own Civilization V, (not the Gods & Kings expansion,) and have the latest version of it and have subscribed to several items on the Steam Workshop, but when I start-up the game, none ...
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Super Meat Boy no-death achievements

I have Super Meat Boy for Steam and there are the no-death achievements, like Wood Boy, that expect you to complete a world without dying. What exactly do I have to do to get one of these ...
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Hide my updates from friend's Steam Activity pages?

Back in August 2012, Valve rolled out some community updates, including the "Friend Activity" page, which amongst other things can list which achievements your friends have acquired, which games ...
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What are the chances of crafting a Rare or Uncommon background?

I've noticed that in the Steam Market, there's a variety of Steam Trading Card Wallpapers on sale, but some wallpapers have the prefix Uncommon, or even Rare. What's the "craft" rate of getting ...
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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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Will using the unofficial official combat mod disable achievements?

So the new unofficial official Combat Mod from CD PROJEKT RED just came out and I wonder if you will still be able to gain achievements on Steam when you are using this mod to play the game?
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How are the Gem values worked out?

In the Steam Auction, every Steam item (card, booster pack, background and emoticon) has a gem value, which is awarded when the item is "recycled" (user clicks the Turn into Gems... button). How is ...