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Okay, so I have steam and have a few games - but I dont suppose I fully understand how it works.

Lets say, I have steam on my PC and install...Oblivion. Being able to play from any PC so long as I have my account, can I run another game like...Fable III from another one of my PCs in my house at the same time?

How does this actually work?
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Magnets- How do they work?

It's my understanding that you can only have one computer signed into your steam login at a time, after doing an initial authorization the first time you set it up on your computer. When I log in on a second computer, the first one gets booted off with a message about logging in on another one.
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Yes and no, you can theoretically have games from same account launched simultaneously at two different machines but it's a bit of a hassle:
Make sure your games are up to date and go offline mode on one of the computers, now you can log onto same account from another computer.

I'm not 100% sure it's legal but back when I let my brother play Oblivion from my Steam account I made little .bat file that launches Steam in either offline or online mode, without always having to go online first (thus automatically logging out the other machine).
PM me if you want such thing.
Edited by Thewaster - 10/31/11 at 7:07pm
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Yes and no, you can theoretically have games from same account launched simultaneously at two different machines but it's a bit of a hassle:
Make sure your games are up to date and go offline mode on one of the computers, now you can log onto same account from another computer.

I'm not 100% sure it's legal but back when I let my brother play Oblivion from my Steam account I made little .bat file that launches Steam in either offline or online mode, without always having to go online first.
PM me if you want such thing.
Ah, okay. Dont want to do anything illegal.
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How is it illegal if you paid money for the games?
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Ah, okay. Dont want to do anything illegal.
I'm no lawyer and I didn't read the ToS either but in my opinion, as long as you don't share your games it's completely fine to have same account logged in on multiple computers.

But yeah; you are supposed to only be logged in on a single computer at a time with one account.
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