Questions tagged [steam]

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Is it possible to split a Steam account?

I have been collecting games in my Steam account for a while (I can't resist those 75%-off sales!) Now my son wants to play a few of the milder games, but I don't want him to have access to my FPS ...
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Purchasing a Steam Game in Europe (though I am a US citizen)

Ok, I'm hoping this question doesn't get closed with regards to small locale as I'm trying to cover all of Europe with this one :) I am a US citizen currently working on an international assignment ...
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Extraordinarily long names in Modern Warfare?

Every now and then I run into people with names that extend off the screen in Modern Warfare 2. How can I get a name like that? Steam seems to limit the number of characters I can have when I try.
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How does points calculation work in Nation Red barricades?

For me is not clear how the points calculation works in "Barricades" mode of Nation Red. I resisted 20 minutes and did 1800 frags, but I got less points than the player that come before me on Steam ...
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What happens if I activate a product key on Steam for a game I already own?

I have a Steam product key for Just Cause 2 I got for free with the purchase of my video card. However, I already have a copy of this game attached to my Steam account. What will happen if I try to ...
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Republic Commando (via steam) won't run properly

Wondering if anyone else has seen this. I just got Republic Commando on steam, and when I run it strange things happen. I get a black screen for a minute or two before the first splash video plays. ...
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Any way to limit Steam Server Search results?

Basically I am having the same problem as described in this thread . My connection drops every time I want to search servers in the "Internet" tab but fine if I view servers in "History&...
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In Left 4 Dead 2, how do I join a server by IP?

My friend was playing some 10v10 on L4D2 the other night, I did a search of google and found a bunch of IP addresses for these 10v10 servers, but how do I join them? There is nowhere in game to enter ...
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How can I spectate VS games in Left 4 Dead 2?

Is there a way to enable players to connect to connect as spectators to a VS game in Left 4 Dead 2? And how can I do it myself?
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Steam version of Fallout / Fallout 2 in a window

I've been looking to run Fallout / Fallout 2 in windowed mode; I have the steam version. Has anyone had any experience getting this to work? I'm running Windows 7 64bit.
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Why do I not have any of the steam achievements for Borderlands?

I have multiple characters 30+, one of my characters has most of the in game achievements, I have played online and have a gamespy account. I have a legal copy (obviously), yet in steam profile for ...
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How does Civilization 5 interact with other Steam games?

Civilization 5 utilizes SteamWorks and Steam only allows you to have one thing running at a time. If I buy a physical copy of Civilization 5, will playing it block me from simultaneously playing a ...
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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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How can I find games by price in Steam?

I want to look at Steam games in their store sorted by price (I want to see their $30 games if it matters), but I can't figure out how (other than games under $10/$5). Am I missing something?
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How does Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) work?

Many Source engine games are run on servers that are "VAC-Secured". How does the VAC really work? What is it looking for? If it finds something "bad", what does it do? Is there any way a user can ...
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Install Steam on an external drive?

If I install Steam to an external drive, will it work when I plug it into other computers? Or does it depend on registry keys/some other computer-specific thing?
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Is there a way to replace the web browser in steam?

I would very much like a better web browser than the one currently in steam, and I know that I can run it without significant decline in performance. I was wondering if there is a way to change it ...
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How do I backup my Borderlands Character?

I need to reinstall my operating system. How do I back up my progress and character in Borderlands?
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Free Games on Steam?

Is there anywhere I can look at a list of all games steam is offering for free?
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Is it possible to limit the download bandwidth used by Steam?

Is it possible to limit the download rate/bandwidth used by Steam in some way? When I am downloading a game it greatly slows down or even blocks all internet activities in my house.
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Where can I see my GTA: IV achievements

I can't seem to find a list of my GTA:IV achievements anywhere. They are not visible in my steam client, nor can I find them from inside the game.
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Is it possible to play two different Steam games on the same account at the same time?

I own a lot of games on Steam, and I'm overall a big fan of the service. However, one thing about it really bothers me, and I'm wondering if anything can be done about it. Let's say I have two ...
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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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Is the Steam version of Indigo Prophecy censored?

Indigo Prophecy is a game that has been sold in two versions: the original version, which was sold in Europe under the name "Fahrenheit", and contained a love scene which was censored in the US ...
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How do I continue downloading a game in Steam while playing?

I have many games on Steam and many more I will buy, but I have a problem and I hope you can point me a solution. When I download a game, is it possible to launch and play a single player game under ...
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How do I cleanly uninstall the Left 4 Dead 2 Demo?

Steam removed my access to the Left 4 Dead 2 Demo without warning. Now the game is sitting on my hard drive, useless, and it does not appear in my library for removal. How do I remove this game?
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Can I trust Steam-powered games? Is there any unwanted behavior installed with Steam?

So – I just bought the new game Supreme Commander 2. This question is not about the game, but about the online software installation platform that it seems to require. I haven't bought a game ...
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Reliability of Steam's off-line mode

What are the general experiences with it? I've only tried it once, on one game, and it did work, but I am used to hearing that it is very unreliable and very unlikely to work in most cases. Obviously,...
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Misadventures of P.B Winterbottom leaderboards

The Misadventures of P.B Winterbottom is absolutely brilliant (if maybe a little short). Anyway, now that I've finished it, I'm in the process of going through the bonus shorts (levels), and am ...
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Torchlight transmutations

So far, I've only been able to create gems and potions. I've found a few sites online that say you can do other stuff, but I've never been able to make it work. Anyone have experience here?
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How can I use an Xbox 360 controller to play Steam games?

I bought BioShock 2 on Steam in the sale a couple of weeks ago, but I'm better at playing FPSs with an Xbox 360 controller than with mouse and keyboard. Is there any way for me to use an Xbox 360 ...
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What is Steam? DRM?

What exactly is Steam? Isn't it DRM? What can I do with it?
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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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Getting better performance out of Half-Life based games on MacBook

I was disappointed to find that the Mac versions of Half-Life engine games (Portal, TF2, CS:Source) have a lot of trouble running on my aluminum MacBook: as soon as there's any sort of action, the ...
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Where do I download the manuals for games I buy on Steam?

I recently signed up with Steam and bought a few discounted games, but I can't find any manuals for them. I assumed they'd be installed along with the games, but I can't find any sign of them or of ...
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Can I earn Steam achievements while offline?

If I play, for example, Plants vs Zombies or Toki Tori on Steam when I am offline, can I earn achievements? Are these re-synchronized when Steam returns online?
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Is it possible to install Steam games to two different locations?

I want to build a new PC with a smallish SSD. I'd like to be able to install some of my games onto the drive (those I care about loading quickly or I play frequently), but have the rest of them on a ...
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How can I change the location Steam saves games on?

I want to change the location steam saves my games too. How can I do that?
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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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Why does Steam not sell the Mac versions of all games? [closed]

Specifically, there is a Mac version of DragonsAge and of Modern Warfare but none of these are offered on Steam. Could anyone explain why?
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Why is Steam saying my friends are playing Hello Kitty: Island Adventure when I know they aren't?

I frequently see that my friends on Steam are playing Hello Kitty: Island Adventure. I know that this is not accurate. Why is Steam reporting that they're playing a game that isn't on Steam? Is Steam ...
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Can I give away Steam games?

I own some Steam games I'd like to give away to friends as I no longer play them. Have I any options?
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If I play Fallout 3 via Steam, will I still be able to obtain Live achievements?

Since Steam usually has it's own achievements system and there is no mention of it on the page of the game, is it still possible to obtain Live achievements, or are they not availble in the steam ...
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Why are there duplicate game entries in my Steam library?

I purchased Sid Meier's Civilization IV: The Complete Edition, a package that includes four items. Three of the included items are displayed twice in my games library, with the message [game] is not ...
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Is there a way to NOT share gaming statistics with friends on Steam?

I really like how I can jump into the same game / server as my friend is currently playing on Steam, so I definitely like the "friends" feature. However, I dislike the fact that steam exposes my ...
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Is there any way to get a refund for a game bought from Steam?

Is it possible? If it is, do I have to have had some sort of technical problem or can I get a refund just because I didn't like it?
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Limitations of running a dedicated server from a virtual machine in Steam?

What are the limitations one will come across when running a dedicated server from with a virtual machine on Steam?
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Can I register a retail boxed copy of a game with Steam?

I personally do not like to purchase games digitally. There's just something magical about going to the store, picking up a boxed game, staring at the amazing box art, bringing the game home and ...
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Tropico 3 on Steam - need a activation code?

I just bought and downloaded Tropico 3 on Steam. It's now asking me for an activation code. Is this a bug? If not where can I find my code?
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What games save to the Steam Cloud?

Which games (except Torchlight) store the current state of the game to the Steam cloud? What is the Steam Cloud? Steam is Valve's online game purchasing and digital delivery service/platform. Steam ...