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Where can I safely store my stuff?

I'd like to find a place to store stuff while I'm out adventuring, without spending 5000 on a house (at least, until I can afford that...). Where can I safely store items without worrying about them ...
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8answers
7k views

Legal ways of playing old games that aren't for sale any longer

There are a few old games that I want to play again (mostly Earthbound for the SNES), however I am finding it REALLY hard to get hold of a copy for a good price, as well as the requirement of ...
77
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2answers
28k views

Al Gore won't leave me alone. How do I unfriend him on Facebook?

In exploring South Park, I met a somewhat curious older gentleman hiding in he bushes over behind the movie theatre. It turns out that gentleman was former Vice President Al Gore. He promptly became ...
77
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5answers
9k views

Where does the concept of “Mana” as a resource come from?

In today's field of gaming, the humble mana bar has become nearly as widespread as the health bar. Everywhere from MMOs to flash games, to traditional turn-based RPGs, Mana exists as a finite ...
76
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5answers
37k views

Is there locational damage (e.g: headshots) in Skyrim?

In Skyrim, will striking an enemy in certain areas do more damage (e.g: headshots = x2), or produce any other effects, such as stunning/crippling? I understand that sneak shots do more damage, and ...
76
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1answer
299k views

How do I unlock all the other ships in the hangar?

In my FTL career, I've managed to unlock one or two of the other ships in the hangar, but there are still some that are unavailable. One thing that I've found is that there tends to be a relatively ...
76
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2answers
23k views

How do I accept a Yield?

I was fighting bandits in the sewers when one of them went into a "cower" animation, and began screaming about how he had given up. Given that I found his terror endearing, I deigned to spare him. I ...
74
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3answers
3k views

Why are bosses called 'bosses'?

There were bosses in games ever since 1975, and I don't think I really have to define 'boss' here. But how did the word get stuck? And when was the first time when the challenging enemy was referred ...
73
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1answer
79k views

What are the Key Gameplay Differences between Valve's DOTA 2 vs League of Legends?

Valve's new game DotA 2 is a sequel to the popular Warcraft 3 map of the same name which is nearing release. The game follows the same paradigm of a similar game, League of Legends which was inspired ...
73
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7answers
3k views

How can a deaf player detect where monsters and caves are?

I see all the time that the recommended ways to mine is to dig deep and listen out for the sounds of monsters in caves. My niece is deaf, and whilst she loves the building aspect of the game, tasks ...
73
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1answer
50k views

What does the Damage stat on the character sheet actually mean? How is DPS Calculated?

The Damage stat on the character sheet is... not very well explained. I have trouble understanding why some items make it go up or down. It says I do 184.52 damage, but my weapon only does 34 DPS ...
73
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3answers
16k views

How far can mobs see?

How far can mobs see? I know if I have my render distance set to far then I can see mobs before they see me. Does anyone know precisely how far a mob can see? This would be really nice to know ...
73
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1answer
4k views

My wife is stuck in a wall, can I save her?

My wife, Lady Gray, is "stuck in a wall" in Fairfax Gardens, our Marital Home. I can't actually see her, but the glowing trail leads me to the guard house (on the left when facing Fairfax manor) when ...
72
votes
1answer
44k views

How far is a yard on screen?

Some skills, such as the Acid Rain version of Acid Cloud, reference ranges that are specified in yards. How can I figure out what this translates to on my screen?
71
votes
11answers
115k views

How close should cities be built in Civ 5?

In Civ 4, it was easy to figure out how close to build cities to maximize my territory, because the number of tiles they could use were very limited. In Civ 5, cities can use many more tiles (more ...
71
votes
4answers
41k views

What happens when you reach the edge of the world?

In Minecraft, presumably the world is finite. What happens when you reach the edge of the world? Or will the world become too large to reasonably deal with before this happens?
71
votes
3answers
3k views

How do you safely pray to your god?

Can somebody please give me a good overview of the prayer system in NetHack? From what I understand, you can pray once and your god is more than happy to help you out, but if you pray again, you get ...
70
votes
7answers
262k views

How do I find my follower if and when they leave me?

I had parked my follower at an inn with a bunch of valuable items that I didn't want to carry. I guess I have been out a bit too long as this message appears: Your follower tires of waiting and ...
70
votes
3answers
6k views

Why is it needed to hold reset when powering off the NES?

Why are these directions required? Do some games actually run instructions that would be interrupted if the player just hits the power button? Note I'm not looking for speculation, but rather a ...
70
votes
4answers
267k views

What's different in Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut?

What are the differences between Deus Ex: Human Revolution and its Director's Cut version? Is it the same version with all DLC included or does it contain more or different contents?
70
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6answers
228k views

How do I find Dungeons in Minecraft?

In Minecraft survival mode, there are dungeon rooms with mob spawning machines, mossy cobblestones and special treasures. What's the best way to find those? I found one the other day and have been ...
69
votes
1answer
14k views

What are the popular openings / builds for Terran in StarCraft 2?

I don't have too much interest in playing Terran, but I'd like this information mostly to better understand what I'm up against.
68
votes
3answers
11k views

How do I know if an NPC is hostile?

When I see an NPC from a distance I'm uncertain of whether or not they will attack me on sight. What I've done up until now is save the game, go up to them, and if they're hostile I'll re-load my save ...
67
votes
9answers
21k views

What exactly is a “cheese” in Starcraft 2?

I seem to see commentators mention "cheese" with regards to Starcraft 2, but I'm not quite sure what they mean. If a particular build/tactic is called a "cheese", does that mean it is a considered to ...
67
votes
6answers
57k views

What does 8-bit / 16-bit actually refer to?

When talking about retro games, terms like "8-bit music" or "16-bit graphics" often come up. I myself often use these terms, but I'm not exactly sure what they refer to. What do they mean?
66
votes
13answers
31k views

How can I beat the final boss in Faster Than Light?

How can I beat the final boss in faster than light? I can beat the first form, but the second form just obliterates me regardless what I try. I have tried using nothing but missiles, a combination ...
66
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4answers
20k views

What is kiting?

What does the term 'kiting' mean when used for games? I've seen the term thrown around here and there in reference to a few different games. Are there specific types of games that it applies to?
66
votes
5answers
81k views

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 ...
66
votes
1answer
5k views

Is it a bad idea to take drugs?

In Skyrim there are a few drugs and alcoholic beverages and I couldn't really figure out whether or not there are big disadvantages. I always rely on my own potions because I'm not sure about the side ...
65
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2answers
2k views

Does air pressure equalize more quickly if the doors are open?

If a room has no oxygen, does opening the doors help replenish the oxygen more quickly? In other words, does oxygen equalize between adjacent rooms with open doors?
65
votes
5answers
686k views

Which characters unlock each scene?

No matter where I look, I haven't seen almost any indications of which characters unlock which scenes. Put plainly: Which character/level combinations unlock a scene?
65
votes
1answer
19k views

How can I find lesbians?

I am trying to find a few comely lasses for my Fable III princess to settle down with, but I am having a devil of a time finding anyone of the Sapphic persuasion for her. In Fable II I was usually ...
64
votes
13answers
6k views

How can I record demos of my gameplay?

I remember seeing a lot of cool Counter Strike videos back in the day. How do you go about recording your gameplay (any game) into an easy to edit format? Do you need special software? How much does ...
64
votes
2answers
101k views

What is Fez's alphabet?

I'm trying to translate the Fez alphabet/symbols, numbers included. Could somebody post the deciphered alphabet and numbers please?
64
votes
3answers
9k views

Does GLaDOS say anything meaningful when she “gives us the fast version” in Test Chamber 8?

When we enter the testing area, GLaDOS informs us that she has to go attend to the turbines; before she leaves, she sarcastically gives a radically sped up "explanation" of the test we face in the ...
63
votes
8answers
33k views

What's the goal of Minecraft and what can users achieve in this world?

I heard a lot about Minecraft and I'm quite curious to know what can be achieved in this game and what's its goal. What mechanism keeps the game going?
63
votes
7answers
19k views

How do you prevent Sims from aging?

In Sims 2 you could make Elixir of Life to stop Sims from aging. Is there any way to do this in Sims 3?
61
votes
5answers
27k views

How many cities should I build for a cultural victory?

In Civilization V, you attain a cultural victory by accumulating enough culture to purchase at least 36 social policies, and then building a wonder. The catch is that the more cities you build, the ...
61
votes
2answers
266k views

What are the correct answers to The Frog's questions, and what is the reward when I get them all correct?

I recently encountered The Frog in the Swampy Swamp: "Hello. I'm The Frog. I can provide you candies, and lots of things. I know how much you love candies. But I feel alone in this swamp. I'd like ...
60
votes
19answers
19k views

How do I not get lost underground?

I have found a rather large series of underground caverns in Minecraft, and have come close to becoming fatally lost several times. What are some best practices in making sure I get back to familiar ...
60
votes
6answers
2k views

Are there replays of bad (new) players with commentary?

I know, sounds dumb, but bear with me a sec. People here have posted links to tons of high-level replays with commentary. (Thanks.) They're awesome fun, and I can learn a little. But since I'm a ...
59
votes
7answers
40k views

How do you force Steam to use a different account for each Windows user account on the same machine?

I just built a PC because my son wants to play PC games. I installed Windows 7, and created 2 user accounts, one for each of us. Within my Windows user account I installed Steam, and downloaded some ...
59
votes
2answers
59k views

How do I respec a follower in Diablo 3?

I didn't like the skill I chosen for the first follower I found. Is it possible to respec his skill later on?
58
votes
7answers
69k views

How much can my follower carry?

Basically, I want to dump everything on my follower as I'm traveling around to free up my own inventory space. I want to know how much he/she can carry. Is it a mirror of my own weight limit? Are ...
58
votes
9answers
11k views

First thing to learn when beginning League of Legends

So I just started out playing League of Legends. I've got a friend who plays and we started up a bot game so that I could learn the basic commands. It wasn't pretty. The bots basically slaughtered ...
58
votes
1answer
79k views

What do the different symbols on the map represent?

As I slowly explore the enormous world of Skyrim, I see all sorts of different symbols appear on my compass. I know they indicate that I should go in that direction to find something, and that the ...
58
votes
4answers
2k views

Free Games on Steam?

Is there anywhere I can look at a list of all games steam is offering for free?
58
votes
4answers
11k views

What is the meaning of the number 54 in Blizzard's games?

In many places related to StarCraft and World of Warcraft there is a number "54". Is it really just a part of the decoration, or it has a special, secret meaning? ...
57
votes
8answers
10k views

Why is camping considered bad gameplay?

Why is camping generally looked down on in FPS/TPS games? Some classes come equipped with long range guns that are nearly impossible to aim without stopping and aiming down the scope to spot an enemy ...
57
votes
8answers
202k views

How can I find my World's Strongholds?

I've been searching for hours in the game to find a Stronghold and haven't seen one. Apparently lots of mobs and treasures can be found there, but the question is where can we find those? Can we find ...

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