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|Saved to config.cfg:||no|
This cvar toggle the display if the text "pause" when the game is paused. If showpause = 0 you cant see the sign. If showpause = 1 you can see the sign if the game is paused.
(I guess the only real use for this is if you are going to take screenshots, since the game normaly never is paused.)
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