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How do I lick a plane?

A friend of mine told me that I would get an Achievement if I managed to lick the plane that's flying around in the world but, he won't tell me how to get close to it. I tried many different things. ...
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How do I earn SC2's “Hurry up, it's raid night” achievement?

The "Hurry up, it's raid night" achievement in Starcraft 2 involves "beating Wings of Liberty, on normal, in 8 hours or less." Is there a recommended mission path to take? Which mission should I take ...
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How do I take the companion cube with me after the level “Cold Boot” in Portal 2?

In "Cold Boot", on GLaDOS 7 -- the first time I encounter a companion cube -- the Material Emancipation grid is broken. GLaDOS makes a point of pointing this out, and saying don't take anything with ...
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What bonuses does a “deity” level AI get and how do I deal with them?

The "Deity" difficulty level of Civilization V says that "the AI receives heavy advantages". In Civ IV this meant that the AI started with more units, 2 settlers, etc. So my question is two-fold: a) ...
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Origin of achievements

Achievements have become pretty standard in games (and other gamified content, like Stack Exchange) these days. However, they definitely weren’t part of “classic” gaming, in the arcade/8-bit/16-bit ...
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What are the two 'hidden' achievements, and how do I get them?

In BrowserQuest, the achievements list includes 2 that are denoted only as ??? / ??? I've already defeated the 'final boss' and completed all of the other achievements (Ignore the 16/20 there, the ...
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How can I find the House of Curios?

... and what other secrets and achievement goodies are located in the zone? The House of Curios is one of the dungeons for the No Stone Unturned achievement, and also (according to DiabloWiki) the ...
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What are the locations of the traveling merchants for the Market Research achievement?

The "Market Research" achievement requires that you meet the following traveling merchants: Wandering Tinker Rodger the Alchemist Vendel the Armorsmith Adenath the Curio Vendor Kyr the ...
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Who's in charge? I want to fart on some authority figures to speak truth to power

Working on rounding out my accumulation of achievements, it seems that I may have been insufficiently diligent in my quest to fart on everyone in South Park. I say this because I've finished the game, ...
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How to unlock the achievements related to hidden areas in Portal 2?

Portal 2 features a number of achievements that are related to "hidden" areas: Door Prize Final Transmission Ship Overboard Portrait of a Lady Party of Three How can I unlock them?
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Do console commands affect Steam achievements?

I've painted myself into a corner and am forced to choose between abandoning a couple hours' progress or cheating my way out of it. Unfortunately, I can't find hard data on if/how the use of console ...
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Where do I find Leah's journal?

I found Part 1 of Leah's journal in her room of the Slaughtered Calf Inn. Where do I find the remaining parts? And how many parts are there?
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Where are the Act 1 lore books?

What are the locations of the Act I lore books needed for the achievements A Quick Study, Taking Notes and Historian of Tristram?
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How do I achieve “Smash TV”?

Which eleven monitors do I have to break to obtain the Smash TV achievement? I'm assuming it's the monitors that appear throughout Chapter 8? But, having just run through Chapter 8 and trying to ...
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What is a strategy to earn the best defense achievement in StarCraft 2?

I have been attempting to earn the Best Defense achievement in StarCraft 2. The Best Defense is an achievement earned during the third mission of the Wings of Liberty campaign: Zero Hour. The goal of ...
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Where is Michael Mamaril?

In tribute to a Borderlands fan by the real name of Michael Mamaril who died from cancer at a young age, Gearbox immortalized him as an NPC vault hunter who offers you guns to help you out (source). ...
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Does adrenaline cause the in-game clock to slow down in Alien Swarm?

I'm currently gunning for the speed-run achievements in Alien Swarm, and as a result every second counts for the level completion time. It occured to me that it might be helpful to get through the ...
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How can I clear Steam achievements for Portal 2?

My brother has played Portal 2 on my account and got a decent chunk of the achievements without specifically trying for them. Shamefully, I haven't yet played it, but I want to of course. I really ...
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Is it possible to achieve the “Unachievable” achievement in “The Stanley Parable”?

I know that according to the text it should be impossible, but global achievement statistics suggest otherwise. Is there a legitimate way to get this achievement?
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How do you get the Custom Game Novice achievement in Starcraft 2?

The Achievement is Exploration > Custom Game Novice. It reads Win 3 solo evenly matched Custom Games against any A.I. opponents. I have gone Single Player > Versus A.I > Play versus A.I. and beat ...
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Easiest way to get the “ride a pig off a cliff” achievement?

I'm having some difficulty getting this achievement - currently I am placing my saddle on a pig close to a cliff, but as soon as I jump on the pig always turns around and walks back towards safety.. ...
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What are and how do I earn Feats of Strength in StarCraft 2

On the bottom of the achievements menu is an option for Feats of Strength. When I click this option, the window it brings up is entirely blank, but does have a drop down filter at the top. Are Feats ...
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Giving Claptrap a high five

How do I give Claptrap a high five for the "Up High, Down Low" achievement? I found Claptrap in Sanctuary after Roland's house and it had a "high five" dialogue option after I finished its mission, ...
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What gives Steam XP?

From the faq I know that the following give XP: Crafting a badge ("most badges give 100 XP") Upgrading a badge (it looks the same as crafting a badge: mostly 100 XP) Years of Service badge (the faq ...
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How can I find the ancient device with less searching?

I have found the ancient device maybe 7 times and seen 5 of the outcomes. To see all 10 for the Wheel of Misfortune achievement and to find all the locations for the Nooks and Crannies achievement, ...
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What are the precise requirements of the “Model of a Modern Major-General” achievement in Civilisation 5?

Model of a Modern Major-General Train all Units, across any number of playthrough. Is it known what the precise requirements are for this achievement? Do you actually need to train all ...
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When can I get Covetous Shen's conversations for the Everybody Loves Shen achievement?

The achievement says to "Listen to all of the Jeweler's conversations." Because Shen's conversations seem to change quite frequently, it seems like it would be easy to miss a lot of these, so I'd ...
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Where do the enemies for the unique enemy achievements spawn?

For the achievement Never Seen That Before, you need to kill one of the listed unique enemies. For the achievement Special Snowflakes, you need to kill 15 of these same listed unique enemies. For the ...
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Can steam create an overview of all my achievements?

I play several games on Steam and I love the achievement system. It would be great to get an overview of all the achievements ever gained in Steam games. Does Steam support this? I haven't found such ...
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What are the secret achievements in Cave Story+ (PC/Steam), and how do I get them?

I found Curly's panties in Cave Story+, and got a secret achievement. Checking the global achievements page, I discovered there are a lot of other hidden achievements (the ones that have no ...
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What is an effective way of acquiring the Demolition Derby achievement?

This challenge requires you to get a chain of destroying 50 breakable objects. So far in the game, I have not been able to find any area that has that many objects close together. Is there a ...
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How do I get the “Zergling Rush” achievement in StarCraft 2?

I'm trying to get a lot of the battle.net achievements, but some of them seem quite difficult. Specifically, "Zergling Rush" the 20 zerglings in 255 seconds achievement
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Where is the “Burial Wishes” Act 4 lore book?

I've been through the Act many times and have not seen this drop. Where is it?
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How do I get the “Sniper Duel” achievement in Minecraft?

The "Sniper Duel" achievement in Minecraft requires me to kill a skeleton from 50 meters away. Is this equivalent to 50 blocks? What is the easiest way to do this? I've recently located a skeleton ...
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What are the feats of strength in Diablo 3?

Like the title says - what are the known feats of strength in the game?
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General strategy for limited steps Portal levels

One of the challenges in Portal was to try to complete certain levels while taking a minimum number of steps. Obviously this requires good use of portal placement, but I was never able to get ...
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Can the Steam achievements be gained also offline?

If I play, for example, Plant vs Zombies or Toki Tori on Steam when I am offline, can I get achievements? Are these re-synchronized when Steam returns online?
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How do XBox Live Achievements Work if You're Offline?

If you're offline when your game would normally assign you an achievement, what happens? Are you notified, and it syncs to your profile later when you are online? Do you just miss out on it?
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Do turrets and robots killing enemies count for the Pacifist achievement?

The pacifist achievement text says: Complete Deus Ex: Human Revolution without anyone dying by your hand. (Boss fights don't count.) What about me hacking a security system and setting ...
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What do the Xbox 360 achievement points (or “gamerscore”) do?

So, I have been playing Xbox 360 for a while now, and have collected quite a few points towards my Gamerscore. It seems like each player has their own points, and they are cumulative across all games. ...
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What are all the Secret Achievements in Fruit Ninja?

What are all the Secret Achievements in Fruit Ninja? I've been playing for a while but only got the one for getting a score of 99.
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How do I get the “Merry Christmas” achievement in DEFCON?

I have a feeling the new Merry Christmas achievement is going to become significant in a bit, and therefore I'd like to unlock it. However, I have no idea how. The description doesn't help at all: ...
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What is the fastest way to get the Diggle Nog achievement?

The Diggle Nog! achievement states: Diggle Nog! - Make some Diggle Nog. Who doesn't love a nice cold glass of Diggle Nog? Since I've never played this game, I have no idea what to do to get it. ...
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What are the secret achievements in Super Meat Boy?

Super Meat Boy has just been updated with new achievements, and though they are listed on the steam achievements page, they have no accompanying text on how to unlock them.\ The original secret ...
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When should “the weary blacksmith” conversation in act I take place?

When should "the weary blacksmith" conversation with the blacksmith in Act I take place?
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Why do my Achievements constantly reset?

My Achievements frequently 'forget' that I've accomplished any of them and reset as if I've never played before. Why does this happen, and is there some kind of fix for it?
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What happens to my campaign progress if I uninstall StarCraft 2?

I need to repave my machine. I've made progress in the StarCraft 2 Wings of Liberty Campaign that I don't want to lose. I believe the achievements I've unlocked are tied to my battle.net account and ...
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Are Tacos Delicious? What happens if I eat 7,460 of them?

Satan gave me a taco once. It made me mighty sick. So naturally, I was suspicious when I met a rather terrifyingly friendly demon-looking-creature in the markets of London who was all too happy to ...
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What is the fastest way to complete “The Art of Conversation” achievement?

I know from reading this question how to finish up the follower conversations, however to get "The Art of Conversation" I need to complete almost all conversations in the game (I believe there are a ...
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Where do I search for “The Hanging Tree” book in Act I?

Where do I search for The Hanging Tree book in Act I? The Hanging Tree is the first "book" you need to listen to in the Act I, but I cannot find it; what am I missing?