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Old 12-30-2011, 02:58 PM   #1
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can you play steam games while a steam game is downloading?

left 4 dead 2 is downloading right now so could i play team fortress 2?
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:59 PM   #2
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Yes, but you'll need to go back into Steam after the game starts and resume the download. It auto pauses otherwise, but manually repausing and restarting it will work.
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:59 PM   #3
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Yes, you can, but you have to Alt-Tab out of the game and restart the downloading, because it automatically pauses the moment you start another game.
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:00 PM   #4
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Yes, I normally Alt-Tab out and select 'pause download' followed by 'resume download' on the game in question then Alt-Tab back into whatever game I'm playing.

If there is an easier way, or I've got it wrong in my explanation...oops.
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:01 PM   #5
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will it go the same speed?
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:03 PM   #6
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will it go the same speed?
Depends on your connection. I don't know if the engine / steam allow presidence or QoS between downloads vs. game activity - I don't they do so you're going to lag a bit on TF2 if I had to guess.
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:09 PM   #7
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I would suggest not having the game downloading in the background when playing TF2, for the sake of making other players angry due to the lag.
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