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Should I be worried if Steam forgot I installed a game?

I've bought quite a few Steam-redeemable bundles lately, so I've been installing a heap of games on Steam. I suddenly noticed that on my Steam library "The Binding of Isaac" was marked as uninstalled, ...
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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 ...
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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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What hats in TF2 are, or were, available for free?

What hats and miscellaneous wearables (like sunglasses and badges) in TF2 are available for free, without crafting, buying, un-crating, random drops, trading, or buying a game on Steam? Aside from ...
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How can I install a Steam game I bought at retail from the disc?

I bought Modern Warfare 3 at retail, and after putting disc 1 in it installs Steam then asks for the CD key. After that it then starts downloading the game via Steam. I have the disc but it refuses ...
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Both Fallout 3: Game of the Year and Fallout: New Vegas crash when I try to create a new game

I have a problem with Fallout 3 GOTY and with Fallout : New Vegas, both Steam version. Fallout 3 GOTY crashes as soon as I try to create a New game, while Fallout : New Vegas crashes immediately after ...
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Can I get Steam Trading Cards from game demos?

When you play games on Steam you can get Trading Cards in the games that have this option. Can we obtain the same trading cards from just playing the game demos of games that would have trading ...
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Change alias / nickname / callsign for Steam friends

Some of my friends on Steam change nicknames so often I can hardly remember who's who. Is there any way I can set custom nicknames for friends in Steam? Best workaround I've got so far is using tags, ...
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Are there benefits to buying the box version versus the Steam version of Civilization 5?

Is there any benefit to buying the box version of Civlization 5 on Steam versus the box, or vice versa?
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How do I get the Steam library view to open on “Installed”?

Whenever I fire up Steam for the first time after a reboot, the library view defaults to "All Games". My list of games is far too long for this, and every time I fire it up I switch it to "Installed" ...
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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 fix for the endless “Scanning for Steam games updates.”?

On trying to fire up any game in Steam, or Activate a Product on Steam, a popup will display stating "Scanning for Steam games updates.", and just sit there. It never does anything, and only offers a ...
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Whats the difference between Team Fortress 2 and Team Fortress 2 Beta?

In Steam I haven't played TF2 for a while and when I loaded Steam there was an available game for download: Team Fortress 2 Beta. I know this sounds stupid...but what's the diff between the two? ...
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Can I gift games to people in other areas of the world?

On my Steam account, I have a copy of The Orange Box I gifted to a friend during the Christmas sale. He is not interested in the games Orange Box has that he doesn't already have. Is it possible for ...
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How do I get Steam games on the Windows 7 Game Explorer?

How do I get Steam games on the Windows 7 Game Explorer? I have a few games installed in Steam that I'd like to appear in the Game Explorer. Yes, I know I can create a desktop shortcut and drag that ...
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Where can I find Portal 2 mods?

I obviously don't own Portal 2 yet but am considering buying since it's on sale on Steam at the moment. My question is - I've heard that the SDK has been released some weeks ago so one would expect ...
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First Time Setup runs every time I click Play

Whenever I run Dota 2, Steam shows me this UAC dialog: If I click No, the game launches. If I click Yes, I see the following and then the game launches. It's just an annoyance, but how can I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I skip the launcher on Skyrim?

I am executing Skyrim through Steam Big Picture with the controller but when I select Play on Big Picture, the launcher of the game appears and I have to use the mouse to start to play. This is very ...
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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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How can you install Steam games offline?

My main computer that has Steam installed on it does not have an active Internet connection. I do not want this computer to have access to the Internet, but I really would like to be able to play ...
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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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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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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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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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Will Diablo 3 use Steam?

I'd like to use Steam to play Diablo III and track achievements. WIll it use Steam, and will it be available for download through Steam?
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How do I add start menu items to a Steam game after the installation?

I've noticed that Steam gives me the option of creating a desktop shortcut and start menu items at the end of an installation. I always say no thanks to both because I like starting my games from ...
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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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Every time my computer starts it fails to connect to Steam… How can I fix this?

Every time I turn my computer on and it gets into Windows, Steam immediately pops up and says it has failed to connect and that I can either retry or start in offline mode. After this, my network ...
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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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What's the purpose of Steam Badges?

Are they just the usual achievement-ish stuff or do they server some deeper purpose?
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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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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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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?