87
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10answers
361k 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 ...
86
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15answers
17k views

What's the difference between “Bug” and “Glitch”?

I heard about 2 terms defining a game error: "Bug" and "Glitch". What's the difference between them?
85
votes
7answers
309k 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 ...
85
votes
3answers
25k views

Can I save my weighted companion cube in room 17?

At the end of room 17 you are asked to toss your cube into the fire before it will let you complete the level. Without using cheats, is there a way to save it?
85
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2answers
107k views

How do enemies and monsters level up?

I remember that Oblivion implemented a behavior that level up monsters and enemies at the same time as main character. How does it work in Skyrim? Is this behavior still partially or totally present? ...
84
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2answers
29k 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 ...
84
votes
7answers
13k 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 ...
83
votes
4answers
315k 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?
83
votes
1answer
323k 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 ...
82
votes
3answers
973k views

How do I deliver a baby?

I'm playing Fallout Shelter, and my newest bonus objective is to "Deliver 1 Baby Dweller." I've already figured out that I can put a male vault dweller and a female vault dweller together in some ...
81
votes
3answers
8k 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 ...
81
votes
9answers
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 ...
80
votes
1answer
81k 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 ...
80
votes
6answers
42k 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 ...
80
votes
2answers
27k 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 ...
80
votes
1answer
5k 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 ...
79
votes
4answers
5k 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 ...
78
votes
2answers
9k views

Does shooting people make them dislike me?

I just got a new slingshot. It's not very effective against monsters but it's fun to take potshots at Shane when I see him. Hitting Shane makes the grumpy speech bubble appear above his head. Does ...
77
votes
1answer
51k 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 ...
76
votes
11answers
131k 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 ...
76
votes
1answer
52k 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?
75
votes
3answers
18k 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 ...
75
votes
3answers
4k 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 ...
73
votes
15answers
33k 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 ...
73
votes
4answers
46k 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?
73
votes
6answers
78k 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?
72
votes
9answers
23k 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 ...
72
votes
4answers
12k 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 ...
72
votes
6answers
244k 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 ...
72
votes
1answer
460k views

What does each SPECIAL stat in Fallout Shelter do?

Besides its workplace uses, like Charisma in Living Quarters, Strength in Power Generators, Agility in Diners. Do we know if Endurance increases HP in the Dwellers, or that strength helps in melee ...
71
votes
7answers
57k 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 ...
71
votes
4answers
89k 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 ...
71
votes
1answer
15k 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.
70
votes
4answers
27k 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?
70
votes
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?
70
votes
2answers
9k views

Do I get any benefits from petting my chicken?

I recently unlocked the chicken coop and then I bought a chicken. I noticed that I can pet the chicken once per day and a little heart displays above its head. I've done this every day for almost an ...
69
votes
21answers
22k 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 ...
69
votes
13answers
7k 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 ...
69
votes
2answers
111k 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?
69
votes
1answer
21k 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 ...
68
votes
1answer
6k 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 ...
67
votes
8answers
39k 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?
66
votes
9answers
168k views

Can I tell Steam which monitor to open a game on?

I have two monitors and Windows 7. Is it possible to tell Steam to open a game on my second monitor instead of the main monitor? If that's not possible through Steam itself, is there some other way ...
65
votes
3answers
10k 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 ...
65
votes
5answers
702k 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?
64
votes
5answers
30k 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 ...
64
votes
7answers
23k 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?
63
votes
3answers
10k views

Why did the original Game Boy have four shades of grey? [closed]

How did the makers decide on four - and why not three or five? What is it about the hardware that made four colours optimal? Was there a precedent to using four shades of grey in computer graphics ...
63
votes
8answers
16k views

Is Mario or Luigi the older brother?

I always assumed Mario was older than Luigi. However, I've heard that Japanese schoolchildren often assume Luigi is older because he's taller. Is there any official source for which one is older ...
63
votes
3answers
11k views

Why do speed-runners usually use the Japanese version of a game?

In most speed-running videos, the person playing the game will usually play the Japanese version, with or without any knowledge of understanding Japanese. Is there a reason why they do this? In ...

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