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Hey, can I play offline games in steam while it's downloading a game? I bought BioShock 2 yesterday, and waited for today to download it, but with my slow 3 megabit/s connection, who knows how long it will take. Is there any way to play offline Steam games without my download pausing?

Thanks.
Edited by axizor - 12/22/10 at 6:22am
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3MB/s is a fast connection.
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3MB/s is a fast connection.
Eh, I guess. Not really considering my ISP offers 50MB/s connection, but not in my area.
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Start your Steam game, alt-tab, force Steam to resume downloads and alt-tab back.
Unfortunately you have to do this every time you launch a game.
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3MB/s is a fast connection.
Pretty sure he meant 3mB lol.

And yes, play any game on Steam, but often times Steam auto-pauses the download when you start up the game, but you can alt+tab and resume the download and continue playing.
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Bioshock 2 is just under 10GB. With a 3MB/s connection that will take less than an hour... not a long time at all.

xD Only teasin'. I think you mean 3Mb/s, not 3MB/s.

But back on topic, I have never figured out how to play a game while another downloads. It always pauses it.
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Start your Steam game, alt-tab, force Steam to resume downloads and alt-tab back.
Unfortunately you have to do this every time you launch a game.
Thank you very much. Better than playing hours of a game though, then ending to realize your download went no where.
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Pretty sure he meant 3mB lol.

And yes, play any game on Steam, but often times Steam auto-pauses the download when you start up the game, but you can alt+tab and resume the download and continue playing.
Hehe, my bad. Yes 3 MEGABIT per second. which is like a third of a megabyte a second xD. Yes I know, it's sad.
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It beats my connection
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