There should be a force steam cloud sync option for games
Okay, this is something that's kinda of been getting on my nerves on and off, but as we know, steam cloud is not perfect. Sometimes it doesn't sync properly. I've had this problem today on my desktop after playing last night on my laptop with civ 5, and I'm tearing my hair out trying to make it sync properly.
I feel like these issues could be solved easily if steam would just implement the option to force steam cloud syncs at will. Under the current system, in order to upload files to the steam cloud or download them to the computer you're using in case of a conflict, you must wait for steam to detect a conflict and then choose the option you would like. The problem with this, however, is steam does not always detect the conflict. This is the problem I'm currently having on civ 5. On my laptop I'm on turn 360, and it loads up no problem and is supposedly up to date with the steam cloud. On my desktop, I'm on turn 340, and it doesn't detect a problem with cloud sync there either. I've tried all the "normal" measures to get them to sync, ie, restarting steam, loading up the game numerous times and resaving, unchecking and rechecking the steam cloud option, and none of these options seem to work. Moreover, they're highly inefficient compared to what I'm suggesting. Under my suggestion, I'd start up the game on my laptop, boom, force cloud sync, upload files. Start up my desktop, boom, force cloud sync, download files. Game now up to date on desktop, problem solved in like 5 minutes instead of spending an hour trying to make it sync via the current less effective and less efficient methods. I really think this would save me and other gamers who game on multiple devices a lot of stress.