My goal is to create a physical game library where I can showcase my favorite games but I also want it to be functional. I want to be able to pop a disk in and play a game without worrying about hard drive space or download speeds or plugging in external drives. I realize this may not be possible with larger games but that's not a huge issue for me as most of the games I like are indie games that are only a couple of gigs at most.

I've been able to get this to work reasonably well for a few games so far by simply copying the game directory onto a disk and creating an autorun.inf for the exe. The load times are a little slow but i'm fine with that.

Some games however wont play and will instead open the steam install game prompt.

Is there a reasonably simple way to play any steam game straight from a dvd? I'm open to using something like a game crack because i'm not planing on doing this for games I didn't pay for.

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    The fact you're not "planing" to do this for games you didn't pay for doesn't mean you won't do it, or that no one ever will. The only word "game crack" doesn't belong here, for the sole reason that someone may use it in an illegal way. No offense intended btw. – V4karian May 24 '17 at 9:59
  • I wasn't aware of any rules on this site regarding the use of tools or methods that have the potential to be used illegally. – user2225452 May 25 '17 at 6:33
  • then you should take a look at this page: gaming.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic in particular the section about which subjects are prohibited by this site policy... – V4karian May 27 '17 at 21:48

You should be able to create a Steam library folder on the disc like you would on a regular hard drive. You'll need Steam installed on the computer you're running the game on and you may need to add the library in Steam's download options every time it's inserted, manually, but it should be able to run the games.

See here for managing Steam library folders.

The problem is some games check with Steam that the currently signed in user has bought the game. DRM biting you in the backside.

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  • you could also add an autorun.inf, and the shortcut to the game to fire the game on insert... – Stese May 24 '17 at 9:47
  • How does one do this? When I go to make a new steam library my DVD drive doesn't show up on the list. – user2225452 May 25 '17 at 1:27

I would not recommend moving a library folder onto a disk. Some games were meant to be played on disks and some are not. The problem is you typically can only write once to a disk. If a game constantly changes files, you may have very unexpected results. A solution would be to use USB drives, but that is also not recommended.

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