Help me help my dad with Steam

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  • MetalDog 25 Aug 2013 14:25:15 23,708 posts
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    I got my dad to set up a steam account when I was up there so that he can chat to me anytime he likes, but I'm not sure where the friend invite that I sent him is in his set up.

    Will it be under the community menu? He doesn't have his account name after 'community' like I do and it's been so damn long since I did the whole set up I can't remember how it goes, or how you get that extra menu with all the activity, profile etc happy shit in it.

    In short, I am dense, my dad is old and cranky about having to learn anything new, please help.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • Chopsen 25 Aug 2013 14:36:22 15,727 posts
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    Hang on a sec. I'll send you a friend invite and you can see where it turns up. Then you'll know where to tell him to look
  • MetalDog 25 Aug 2013 14:38:56 23,708 posts
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    I got the green envelope. I'm not sure if he's seeing that or not, I'll check, thanks!

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • Gruff 25 Aug 2013 14:39:10 2,841 posts
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    I have a slightly different skin for steam, but for me, if you go to the inbox>new invites>you have pending invites in there.

    Edited by Gruff at 14:40:19 25-08-2013

    “It's not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it's not possible to find it elsewhere.”
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  • neilka 25 Aug 2013 14:39:19 15,677 posts
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    It should appear in the little tab at the top right of the interface that lights up green when you get new cards, items etc.
  • OptimusPube 25 Aug 2013 14:44:15 2,910 posts
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    Just to be sure is he actually logged in, on the steam console not the site?

    You better watch out.
    You better beware.
    Albert said E=MC˛

  • JoeBlade 25 Aug 2013 15:05:17 2,492 posts
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    There's an icon at the bottom right with a "View friends list" link next to it. Those are shortcuts to your personal settings as well as your friends list settings (notifications and the likes)

    Check those for yourself and let your dad do the same to make sure everything is in order.
  • MetalDog 25 Aug 2013 15:25:58 23,708 posts
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    Cheers chaps. He's using the client not the website, yep. I'll send him a screenshot and hopefully that will be sufficient.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • andytheadequate 25 Aug 2013 16:36:19 8,081 posts
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    Does he own any games on his steam account? I'm sure you have to own at least one before it allows you to accept or send friend requests.
  • MetalDog 25 Aug 2013 16:59:21 23,708 posts
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    I DLed a free game for him. If he has to buy one the whole idea may be torpedoed.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • Deleted user 25 August 2013 17:17:58
    If you need to buy one you could always grab the Humble Bundle for a dollar and send him the key. But I'd be surprised if owning a purchased game is a requirement for using chat.
  • Salaman 25 Aug 2013 17:22:16 18,877 posts
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    Send him one, or I'll send you one that you can gift on to him if you want.
  • MetalDog 25 Aug 2013 17:29:30 23,708 posts
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    I have game gifts I can send him if we're still stumped, good idea. Thanks again!

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • andytheadequate 25 Aug 2013 20:29:11 8,081 posts
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    meme wrote:
    If you need to buy one you could always grab the Humble Bundle for a dollar and send him the key. But I'd be surprised if owning a purchased game is a requirement for using chat.
    You may be able to accept a friend request without any games but you certainly can't send a friend request. I assume it's to stop spammers
  • MetalDog 26 Aug 2013 16:11:53 23,708 posts
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    My dad is now on steam chat \o/
    That was uphill work, but yay!

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • OptimusPube 26 Aug 2013 18:25:52 2,910 posts
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    All hail MetalDog. \o/

    Why didn't you just use Skype?

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  • Gruff 26 Aug 2013 18:51:54 2,841 posts
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    MetalDog wrote:
    My dad is now on steam chat \o/
    That was uphill work, but yay!
    Heh, old dogs, new tricks and all that.

    /Speaks as an old dog

    “It's not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it's not possible to find it elsewhere.”
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  • Doomspoon 26 Aug 2013 22:20:23 2,416 posts
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    OptimusPube wrote:
    All hail MetalDog. \o/

    Why didn't you just use Skype?
    Because of the convenience of Steam notifications in game? Just a guess.
  • OptimusPube 26 Aug 2013 22:29:45 2,910 posts
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    Doomspoon wrote:
    OptimusPube wrote:
    All hail MetalDog. \o/

    Why didn't you just use Skype?
    Because of the convenience of Steam notifications in game? Just a guess.
    But she doesn't mention anywhere that he's a gamer, just that she wanted to setup steam on his computer, he doesn't even have any games on steam, this is where my confusion lies.

    You better watch out.
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  • Doomspoon 27 Aug 2013 00:36:51 2,416 posts
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    @OptimusPube No but it's an easy way *she* could be contacted whilst gaming. Using Steam as a messenger service doesn't require that both users have to be gaming, you know this right?

    I often don't hear that I've got a text or voicemail message if I'm playing something on PC or 360, I only bother logging into Skype if I've already arranged to be chatting with someone on there ahead of time. If my PC is on, Steam is active regardless so I'll either get a message in game or if the PC's idle I'll have heard the alert or see that someone contacted me. I'd assume this would be similar for others.

    Edited by Doomspoon at 00:39:54 27-08-2013
  • MetalDog 27 Aug 2013 08:53:45 23,708 posts
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    It's just the best way to make sure he can get hold of me whenever he wants - I usually have steam open if I'm in and awake and this way he can nudge me when I'm in game and I'm sure to notice.

    Like Doomspoon, Skype is only opened for arranged meetings, it's just nicer that he can bug me if he wants to outside of arranged times.

    He does game though - mostly the slow stuff, but this is another way to buy him new ones. I've bought him a few adventures on GOG before now.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • Salaman 27 Aug 2013 08:58:06 18,877 posts
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    Co-oop Portal 2 is where it's at! Go on, I dare you!
    He probably won't be much worse than me at it either. :-)
  • MetalDog 27 Aug 2013 09:08:07 23,708 posts
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    Heh! No, he wouldn't go for it. He gets easily irritated by new things and he's not interested enough in gaming to have the patience to learn to mouselook. He used to be more open to new games, but not these days.

    Shame really, I'd love to share my enthusiasm for TF2 with him, but it'll never happen =D

    @edit
    PS: my memory of portal co-op with you, is you killing me a lot and laughing like a drain!

    Edited by MetalDog at 09:09:12 27-08-2013

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • Salaman 27 Aug 2013 09:21:39 18,877 posts
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    Well he'd probably kill you accidentally rather than on purpose but in the end you'd probably suffer less death. :-)
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