My question is similar to but a little different from this one: Bioshock on Steam Hangs on Startup

I couldn't find anything in the steam / bioshock forums or troubleshooting manuals about this... Neither could I find any log files that Bioshock 2 generates.

I recently got Bioshock 2 via Steam. When starting it from within Steam, the only thing I see is the launcher and the game binary appearing and (about 30s later) disappearing again in Process Explorer.

The strange thing is, that I can start Bioshock 2 from Windows 7's Start menu.

I tried around with admin priviliges, to no avail.

Using Steam's function to Verify the integrity of the game files was a mistake. It apparently restored the files that were updated when installing the patch that was forced on me by the Games For Windows Live framework that Bioshock 2 appears to be glued to. I'm currently trying to recover from this by removing and completely re-downloading the game from steam.

My system is a 64bit Windows 7.

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    Good question with plenty of info included. You get an upvote but no answer I'm afraid.
    – David
    Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 6:27
  • Well, in fact there isn't even a question in the text, although one understands what is wanted.
    – StampedeXV
    Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 18:58
  • @Stampede I modified the title, there you go :-)
    – foraidt
    Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 19:12

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Apparently, the Steam Community feature conflicts with Microsoft's Games For Windows Live in-game overlay.
I disabled it and it worked.

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