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Follow the dpkg call by apt-get install steam, obviously (gdebi also works).

I think you mean

  apt-get -f install steam
which will fix any broken dependencies.

What? That dpkg command installs the package.

dpkg is a low-level command that can only complete the install if the dependencies are already installed. apt-get is a high-level command but doesn't know what to do with a package that it didn't download itself. gdebi has neither limitation.

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