Disclaimer: This is a relatively old approach, and may not work for some/many now.
You download your pirated copy of the game you had been waiting to play and…
Oh, “Shiver me timbers! ‘ow do ye know I be tryin’ to run a pirated copy?” you ask?
Coming straight to the point, either you have not applied the crack properly, or it got deleted/quarantined by your antivirus, or you were not supplied with the crack that is supposed to bypass the Steam Store page in the first place.
Let’s get straight to fixing this issue so you can go play your game with absolutely no guilt of ditching the developers. *discreet-yeet fist bump*
Step 1: Open the game folder
You can either right-click on your game shortcut and click on “Open file location”, or just navigate to your game installation folder like an old school pro. Either way, you will arrive at the game files.
Let’s take this game “Void Mine” as an example, for which these are the game files, nothing extraordinary, just a few harmless files working in harmony in order for the game to function properly and normally.
Step 2: Steam Settings
Open Steam’s settings, and navigate to the “Interface” tab.
Here, make sure the “Display Steam URL address bar when available” option is checked. It is unchecked by default.
Now, you will be able to see URLs in the Steam browser. This will be helpful to us for the coming steps.
Step 3: Open the Steam Store page
Yes, I know, ironic, isn’t it? But bear with me.
Let the Steam Store page open for the game you are trying to play. This will automatically happen when you double-click on the game’s ‘.exe’ file, which in this example is ‘Mine.exe’.
Step 4: Make the Steam Store bypass file
Here’s the fun part, and of course, the most important too. Now, in the Steam Store page you have opened, look at the top-left. You will see the URL of the page you’re on.
Copy the numbers after the “/app/” part in the URL. This is the App ID of the particular game you are trying to play. In this case, the App ID is “952400” for the game “Void Mine”.
NOTE: The App ID for your game will be something else, make sure you open the Steam Store page of your specific game by double-clicking the game shortcut as you had been doing before stumbling upon this guide.
Now, go back to the game’s folder and create a new text document by right-clicking in an empty area in the same folder, and select “New”, then “Text Document”. Like so:
Name this text document “steam_appid”, exactly as shown, as this is very important:
Press Enter and now open the text document. In this empty document, paste only the App ID number you had copied/noted down earlier. In this case, it is “952400”, so:
Save and close this document.
Step 5: Verify
Double-click the game shortcut or ‘.exe’ again. This time, the game should bypass the Steam Store page and run normally. If not, make sure you have the correct App ID of your game pasted in the notepad and nothing else.
And of course, if you like the game, buy it. Help the developers out.
Also, press F to pay respects to hypocrisy.
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