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Old 01-29-2011, 04:15 AM   #1
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Option: don't stop downloading while playing

Whenever I download a steam game I have to do the following:
  • Start the download
  • Start the game I want to play during the download
  • switch to the desktop
  • pause the download (which already says it is paused)
  • resume the download
  • switch back to my game, which I want to play during the download

My connection is nothing special for where I live and it has 16 Mb, that is a theoretically max of 1.6 MB per seconds and steam give sme normally between 0.7 and 1.5 MB per second.

So I can really play ANY game, singleplayer or multiplayer during the download.

Could we please get an options like: continue downloads during gameplay. Or give the option via the context menu of the downloaded item.
Not just pause and restart and resume or whatever we have there but a "ignore gameplay" or something like that ?


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Even better:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Barthez
We need a option in Settings → Downloads + Cloud:

□ Continue downloading even when in-game
(!WARNING! It may result in crippled performance in multiplayer games)

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Old 01-30-2011, 06:35 PM   #2
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This post sounds like a lot ... There is a similar ... I strongly agree!
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:22 PM   #3
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yeah theres a thread for this already, but thanks for posting a way to get around the issue!
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:48 PM   #4
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Oh thanks for this! I wanted to download and play stuff at the same time but never took the time to figure it out. +1 rep for you sir!
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:45 PM   #5
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I don't care if there are a lot of similar threads already. I want this feature. Alt-tabbing out of a game and trying to start the download never worked for me.
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:40 AM   #6
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I support this request.
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:55 AM   #7
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Most every time I do this, I end up redownloading most of what I just downloaded because the cache is bad.

I get the feeling there's a reason why the download stops, and not just because it might interfere with multiplayer.

Would be nice though.
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:33 PM   #8
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Yes, please!
I mean, what's the point in stoping downloads in a solo game for instance?
When I play the Witcher I have to alt tab, but some games just don't work well with alt tab. In the witcher, for instance, if you do that while on the menu, you'll have to close the game and relaunch it...

I'd like an in game option to manage downloads, also.
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:19 AM   #9
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Quote:
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Most every time I do this, I end up redownloading most of what I just downloaded because the cache is bad.
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I do it even while playing multiplayer with no problem.

I seldom have cache problems. Only if I try fancy things like downloading a game and its extension at the same time.
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Old 02-03-2011, 04:42 PM   #10
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signed, stamped approved and shipped.
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Old 02-03-2011, 05:38 PM   #11
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the whole download manager thingy is only waiting for a huge revamp
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:35 PM   #12
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Its not just waiting, it NEEDS a revamp
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:12 PM   #13
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We need a option in Settings → Downloads + Cloud:
Continue downloading even when in-game
(!WARNING! It may result in crippled performance in multiplayer games)
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Old 04-23-2011, 06:40 AM   #14
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We need a option in Settings → Downloads + Cloud:
Continue downloading even when in-game
(!WARNING! It may result in crippled performance in multiplayer games)
Or just get a question asking if you would like to continue active downloads.
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:20 PM   #15
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BUMP

Because you steam folks need to see this thread and all the others EVERY SINGLE GODDAM DAY

PS. would you happen to have some Grey Poupon?
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