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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 ...
57
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7answers
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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 ...
57
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1answer
78k 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?
57
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1answer
3k 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 ...
56
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2answers
41k 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 ...
56
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9answers
116k 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 ...
56
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1answer
2k views

What is the average battery life of an NES cartridge?

How many years does an NES cartridge battery last?
55
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15answers
315k views

What is an effective way to level Archery?

Furthermore, how does Archery level? Does every successful hit on an enemy reward me with a set amount of experience, or does damage dealt also play a role? Also, do I receive any experience for a ...
55
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6answers
32k views

How do I survive in the Nether?

Whenever I travel to the Nether in Minecraft, I almost instantly get blasted to smithereens and chopped up into little pieces. How do I survive in the Nether, at least long enough to build some sort ...
55
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2answers
71k views

What does the full research tree look like?

I find myself constantly wishing I had some idea what the research tree looked like. For example, if I want to unlock plasma weapons, do I have to go down the laser weapon path first to unlock it, or ...
55
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4answers
4k 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 ...
55
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4answers
22k views

Retail boxed Steam activated games: can they be resold?

I recently purchased retail boxed versions of Dead Island (which is awesome) Warhammer 40k: Space Marine (not so much) I finished both games and I was thinking of reselling them or giving them to ...
55
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1answer
7k views

Which game is this animation of a guy with a green shirt, backpack, and blue pants from?

I don't really know if it's from a game, but it surely looks like: This animation is used as avatar in several different forums over the internet.
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2answers
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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.
55
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7answers
4k views

How should I learn to play Dwarf Fortress?

I am interested in learning how to play Dwarf Fortress. Where should I start, as an absolute beginner?
55
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7answers
46k 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, ...
54
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10answers
66k 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 ...
54
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3answers
214k views

How do you short stocks in GTA5?

One of the most interesting elements in GTA5 is the stock market. I understand that often Lester will have assassination missions for the player, such as the one involving the LifeInvader CEO, and ...
53
votes
4answers
77k 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.
53
votes
6answers
130k views

Can I back up and restore my FTL save file?

FTL shares many similarities with roguelikes, especially in that you can't save and load your game easily. However, you can save and quit. Sometimes I get into a really good position and then die ...
53
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2answers
5k views

What are coins for in Super Mario Kart on SNES?

In the oldschool super mario kart for snes you could collect coins that lie around on the track. What do they do? Why should I collect them? Back in the days as a kid I would collect them because ...
53
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3answers
31k views

Why do people look at me sometimes and make remarks that I should sleep, or that I look ill?

I just created my new character 2 hours ago and I've reached a town. Sometimes random guards will comment that I look ill, or that I should rest. "You look sick, honey. Do you want to lie down?", ...
53
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8answers
38k views

How can I avoid mobs spawning inside my house while I sleep?

The latest Minecraft update now has beds, which is very nice for the first few nights of the game while you establish a mob-resistant area that you can work in during the night. For reference, you ...
53
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3answers
561k 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 ...
52
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5answers
550k views

What does Mad Moxxi's tip jar in Sanctuary do?

What does Mad Moxxi's tip jar in Sanctuary do? You can tip her either $100 or $1000.
52
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9answers
12k views

Hand exercises after a gaming session?

I hope this is not off-topic, but this is important for me, and I assume to many other gamers as well. Unlike most other computer applications, many PC games make liberal use of the mouse for most ...
52
votes
3answers
568k views

Where are the save files in Skyrim?

I can't find those that I need to delete. What's the location of those files? How can we manage them?
52
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7answers
10k views

What can I do to secure my towns/castles/hovels from climbing spiders?

So with the latest patch spiders can climb walls. What can we do to secure our towns/castles/hovels against these new mobile menaces? Does adding a lip to the wall work? Or is there some block they ...
52
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1answer
52k views

What do these symbols mean?

I'm seeing these symbols everywhere. Merchant stalls, houses, etc. What do they represent? Are there more? Note: These are not unique to these locations. I have found the 4th symbol the most. On ...
52
votes
2answers
54k views

What alien bits should I sell?

I've got a considerable amount of alien detritus lying around my base: Some items, like the damaged UFO flight computer, are marked as useless and intended for sale without consequence. However, ...
52
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3answers
5k views

All the contents of my shelter exploded, killing me and leaving my shelter virtually unscathed. How could this happen?

I finally gave in to my curiosity this weekend and bought Minecraft 1.1. I had largely avoided learning too much about it because I wanted to play through it myself and discover things without the ...
52
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2answers
5k views

What is the effect of one point of block skill?

I have been unable to find the exact value of one point of blocking. The unofficial Elder Scrolls pages and other wikis do not list a value for blocking. As an example, for heavy armor one point adds ...
51
votes
8answers
103k views

How do I remove the limit on PC keyboard button presses?

Whenever I play a PC game with the directional keys, I can only press two buttons at a time. For instance if I am playing a shooter like R-Type, I cannot hold down the fire button while moving ...
51
votes
14answers
104k views

Can I save Faridah Malik?

I just got back to China the second time around. After our helicopter was shot down, Malik tells me to run while the guards are distracted by the chopper. On my way out, I tried killing as many ...
51
votes
2answers
47k views

How do I level up in ingress?

I am stuck at level 1 with 3000/3000 XM. I can see XM but I can't collect it anymore. Is there anything mandatory to be able to level up?
51
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1answer
2k views

Does Wheatley actually look for my dead body after an hour?

Near the beginning of the game (Test Chamber 02 to be precise), right before you find the single-portal gun, you fall down a shaft and into some water. Wheatley asks Can you see the portal gun? ...
51
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11answers
153k views

Are there disadvantages to wearing armor as a mage casting spells?

There are mage robes in the game that give bonuses that are very useful to mages, like magicka regeneration. But currently I'm running around in armor, as a robe doesn't really protect me much if a ...
51
votes
5answers
74k views

What are the advantages/disadvantages of each race?

When you choose your race in game there is a only short description of bonus given by that race. Where can I find a full list of bonus/malus of each race playable in Skyrim?
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2answers
16k views

How does X% Chance of Finding Magical Items work for a party?

If I have an item with a X% increased chance to Finding Magical Items (3% in this case), does this apply only to me, or does that bonus apply to my party members as well? Could you end up stacking ...
51
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2answers
10k views

So I was out drinking last night…how do I remove a tattoo?

Geralt got into a bit of fun with the Blue Stripes last night. After getting rip-roaringly drunk, the Witcher thought it might be good to see if it was possible to float across the river on the bums ...
51
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2answers
7k views

My children are useless. What should I do?

I've been playing King's Bounty for a while now and have picked myself up a wife. I was very surprised when she asked me to have a child, but since I did not want to upset her (luckily I don't apply ...
50
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9answers
7k views

Can I trust Steam-powered games? Is there any unwanted behavior installed with Steam?

So – I just bought the new game Supreme Commander 2. This question is not about the game, but about the online software installation platform that it seems to require. I haven't bought a game ...
50
votes
15answers
14k views

How can I prevent Gaming Sickness?

Some gamers call me a wimp, but games like Spyro send me reeling and running for the bathroom in a matter of minutes. I get a massive headache, nausea, and sick to my stomach. I can play Portal, Ape ...
50
votes
7answers
329k views

How many endings are in the 2013 edition of The Stanley Parable?

There's already a question asking this for the original Stanley Parable game. But now that there is a new, shiny version of the game on Steam, how many endings does it have? And which endings are ...
50
votes
5answers
22k views

Why is Steam saying my friends are playing Hello Kitty: Island Adventure when I know they aren't?

I frequently see that my friends on Steam are playing Hello Kitty: Island Adventure. I know that this is not accurate. Why is Steam reporting that they're playing a game that isn't on Steam? Is Steam ...
50
votes
4answers
44k views

How do I ward properly in League of Legends?

I tend to like to play a support champion. Since I'm slowly making my way to mid and high level play its getting more important to get good wards up because ganks become more common. I am therefore ...
50
votes
2answers
21k views

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 ...
50
votes
6answers
24k views

What is ping, and why is it important?

I've seen the term used in many online games. What does it mean? Also, is higher or lower ping better?
50
votes
2answers
183k views

What is the perfect base layout?

Carefully planning your base's layout will lead to significant savings and bonuses. What goal should I have in mind when expanding my base? A perfect layout would be the one that wastes as little as ...
50
votes
7answers
27k views

Do I level up a spell faster by casting often or by casting longer?

I noticed that many spells can be charged, e.g. the Sparks spell I got in the beginning can be cast continuously until I'm either out of magicka or the target is dead. As you level up your skills ...

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