Steam and Big Brother

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by GeekyGuy, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. GeekyGuy

    GeekyGuy Professional loafer

    Former Staff
    Jun 21, 2007
    United States
    I want to start a Steam account and take advantage of some of the great deals they often have. I also want to be able to play certain games online legit without having to go through Garena or other similar third parties. Thing is, I still have certain games on my system, such as L4D, that, let's just say I didn't pay for. How much information does Steam retrieve from my PC? Would they detect unlicensed copies of games on my PC when using their site to purchase and play games?
  2. emupaul

    emupaul GBAtemp Fan

    Jun 26, 2009
    United States
  3. Forstride

    Forstride The rudder moves when I turn the wheel

    May 6, 2008
    United States
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I pirated Audiosurf, and since it was a "no-steam" version, it didn't detect the game's files. I'm pretty sure you'll be safe.
  4. Law

    Law rip ninjacat that zarcon made me

    Aug 14, 2007
    I pirated L4D to try it before buying whilst being logged in to Steam.

    They don't care.
  5. Diablo1123

    Diablo1123 Newcomer

    Mar 9, 2008
    United States
    Just don't run any of that stuff while Steam is running and you'll be fine.
    Also if you have Left 4 Dead, its possible to set it up to update from the existing install (it'll delete the cracked stuff) if you want to save download time.

    But exactly how to do that depends on what release you've got.
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