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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, ...
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GTA IV will not start

Last Year, I bought Grand Theft Auto IV on Steam (PC). After I installed it I played it for less that an hour, then I had to go out. The next day the game would not launch. The Launcher would appear, ...
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How can I play Dying Light in Germany?

The game is not available for sale here, and CD keys apparently will not activate on steam from this region. Could I activate a key on the steam website using Hola Unblocker, or would the gam refuse ...
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Is it possible to move a hard drive with Steam games to a new computer?

I've seen a lot of questions asking somewhat the reverse of this question, namely copying games from one PC to another to avoid downloading. My question is can I just remove my entire hard drive from ...
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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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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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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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commandline.txt for GTA 4 doesn't work on Steam

I have GTA 4 on Steam and I use commandline.txt but it doesn't work. When I launch it, Rockstar Social Club just pops up asking me to log in and after I click Play or Play Offline, the game starts and ...
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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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How long are Steam Keys normally valid for?

I was thinking on buying Sono Hanabira on Mangagamer (Potential NSFW Warning for adds) to support English localization of Shoujo Ai/Yuri titles, but much to my disappointment it's digital only so i ...
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ROTMG account linking

I have been playing on Realm of the Mad God for months in browser. I now want to switch to steam use for personal reasons. I go to steam, click account, click 'Replace this account with web account', ...
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Is it possible to play games that run off of Steam, on a Linux or Unix-based OS (other than Mac OSX)?

I was wondering if it is possible to install and play Steam games like Skyrim off a Linux or Unix-base Operating System (OS), such as FreeBSD or OpenSUSE? Update: Apart from installing through Wine, ...
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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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Multiple Strange Errors when Starting TF2 Dedicated Server

Before I ask this question, note that I am referring to a strange error in the console when starting my server, not a strange kill tracking weapon in Team Fortress 2! When I start my server, I get 2 ...
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Is it possible to activate and play Mortal Kombat X in Germany? [closed]

I'm wondering if it's possible to activiate and play Mortal Kombat X over Steam, in Germany, even though I would have to get it from another country. I know it's against Steam's rules to use a VPN or ...
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Is DSCfix still needed/useful for multiplayer now that the game uses steamworks?

The Steam version of Dark Souls has finally been upgraded to use steamworks. Praise The Sun! What kind of mods are required to get multiplayer to work? So far, I only have DSfix installed and working ...
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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?
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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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How can I sync achievements for Steam games bought through another vendor?

Unreal Tournament 2004 and Quake Live are installed through my PC, but not through Steam. How can I sync achievements with my Steam profile for these and other games which Steam sells but which I ...
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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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Team Fortress 2 Dedicated Server Reports all Maps are Missing?

Recently, I installed MetaMod and SourceMod. Since I installed these I have been having the server report that it cannot find any maps. This is strange because when I go on the server as a client, ...
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How can i install and play games that require Steam without installing Steam?

I have a bunch of games ready to be played but my internet connection is too slow to download steam. I tried getting a updated installation file, which i did, but it still requires internet to ...
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I've missed the use the wind achievement. How can I get it without losing my save file? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I use the Skyway in the Wharf District? This achievement requires you to leave the first level properly, by making use of the skyway at the end, rather than just ...
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Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer is “Currently Unavailable?”

I started up Steam today to play some Modern Warfare 3, and finally play for more than 10 minute increments... Regardless the reason for me playing, the game would not start- and notified me: "This ...
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Are card drops equally likely?

Are all card drops equally likely? The number of the market seem a little too much off, what with there being six thousand more Football Manager cards for sale than anything else.
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Just Cause 2 on Steam hanging on “Preparing to Launch”

I've been playing Just Cause 2 for a bit. I went a few days without switching on my desktop. I wanted to get back to playing the missions today, so I launched the game on Steam and it hangs on ...