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1answer
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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 ...
67
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3answers
5k 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 ...
67
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2answers
17k 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 ...
66
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3answers
22k views

Al Gore won't leave me alone. How do I unfriend someone 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 ...
66
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11answers
197k views

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 ...
65
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1answer
20k 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?
65
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1answer
3k 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 ...
65
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3answers
2k 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 ...
63
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2answers
8k 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 ...
63
votes
4answers
28k 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?
63
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5answers
198k 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 ...
63
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6answers
2k 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 ...
62
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9answers
18k 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 ...
62
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3answers
2k 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 ...
61
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5answers
73k 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 ...
61
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3answers
7k 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 ...
60
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7answers
12k 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?
59
votes
4answers
11k 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?
58
votes
1answer
69k 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 ...
58
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5answers
77k views

How can I move an installed game from one Steam library folder to another?

I use (and have it much bigger) drive D: to store all my user data and games, but I have installed the Steam client on drive C:. When I was installing a first game (Warhammer 40000), I've chosen to ...
57
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10answers
23k 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 ...
56
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7answers
88k views

How close together 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 they number of tiles they could use were very limited. In Civ 5, cities can use many more tiles (more ...
56
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10answers
4k 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 ...
56
votes
5answers
164k views

How do I remove a Steam game from my library?

I like how Steam presents my library to me. However, there is one thing that keeps irritating me every time I open Steam: the Team Fortress 2 Beta. I don't want it, yet it is always in my games ...
56
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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 ...
56
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5answers
536k 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?
56
votes
4answers
10k 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? ...
55
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19answers
14k 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 ...
55
votes
7answers
54k 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 ...
55
votes
8answers
158k 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 ...
55
votes
5answers
20k 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 ...
55
votes
5answers
30k 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?
55
votes
2answers
53k 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?
55
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?
55
votes
1answer
4k 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 ...
54
votes
7answers
175k 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 ...
54
votes
1answer
67k 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 ...
54
votes
1answer
13k 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 ...
53
votes
2answers
66k 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?
53
votes
1answer
77k views

What is Steam rating and what does it do?

I just noticed that apparently Steam has a rating and mine is 0.6: 0.6 what? Is that good? Bad? Should I be forever embarrassed for having posted a screenshot?
52
votes
10answers
49k views

Is Skyrim kid friendly?

I've heard much about Skyrim, and as I'm going to get an X-Box for Christmas, I'm taking a look at various games to see what might be of interest. I have 3 kids, ages 8-12, and I'm wondering about the ...
52
votes
4answers
56k views

Is there a chart showing all unit upgrade paths in Civilization 5?

Is there a chart showing the upgrade paths for the units? Something like warrior→spearman→pikeman... for all of the units.
52
votes
8answers
22k 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?
52
votes
2answers
32k views

What do these triangles in my inventory mean?

Having just looted my very first spoils of war, I notice that some of the items I've picked up have small, upward-pointing triangles next to their names. So far, the triangles are appearing next to ...
52
votes
4answers
3k views

Does lightning strike on an angle?

So, with the advent of weather on my friend's SMP server, two structures have already been burned to the ground by lightning strikes. Miraculously, the current tallest flammable structure on the ...
52
votes
2answers
6k views

How do I un-nock an arrow?

If I have already drawn my bow, is there any way I can un-nock the arrow so I don't waste it? I don't like my current method of firing into the ground right in front of me. Safety first.
52
votes
7answers
29k views

How do you get your Steam games to run on Ubuntu through Wine or something similar?

Ok, I was kind of surprised that this hadn't been asked here before, but maybe it's too technical for this site. You guys decide. I've heard lots of different stories about setting up Wine on Ubuntu, ...
52
votes
8answers
14k views

How much time has passed between the events in Portal 1 and 2?

At the start of Portal 2, it's clear that time has passed. You've been woken up every few months for physical and mental fitness tests, until something goes wrong and you're left in stasis for much ...
52
votes
1answer
1k views

What is the average battery life of an NES cartridge?

How many years does an NES cartridge battery last?
52
votes
1answer
2k views

What happened to my face?

I bought Dragon Age: Origins -- Ultimate Edition, and installed it on my computer. Registered the game, registered the DLC it comes with, and go to create a new character. Male humans apparently ...

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