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How can I tell if a corpse is safe to eat?

I am a human wizard, and I just killed a monster, leaving a corpse on the ground. How do I tell whether it is safe to eat this corpse? I leave the monster unspecified because I am interested in "how ...
220
votes
4answers
13k views

Is Angry Birds deterministic?

While trying to get 3 stars on the more complex levels (the ones with a lot of destructible entities) I noticed that even after playing the same level over 50 times, doing always the same thing, I've ...
196
votes
9answers
25k views

Where is the “impossible space” in Portal 2?

One of the commentary nodes by a Portal 2 developer, Eric Tams, said they used "world portals" to quickly reconfigure maps and puzzles during testing, which allowed them to create rooms that were ...
188
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20answers
292k views

What's the most efficient Minecraft mining strategy?

When I'm not exploring fresh caves or lands in minecraft, I'm busy trying to find deposits of diamond, gold and iron deep in the earth. So far I've just been digging around just above bedrock on a ...
176
votes
2answers
6k views

How can I kill adorable animals?

With version 1.0.4 of Terraria came fluffy little bunnies hopping in my fields and happy little goldfish swimming in my lakes, grateful for the sanctuary my base provides them against the horrors of ...
171
votes
9answers
31k views

Why do video game framerates need to be so much higher than TV and cinema framerates?

It seems that video games need to have something like 60 frames per second in order to be smooth and realistic. But TV and films only have about 24 or 25. Why the difference?
167
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5answers
16k views

My head keeps falling off. What can I do?

I have an… unusual problem. What? How'd it happen? No, no, that isn't impor— Okay, fine. It might have something to do with the tim command, a bandit chieftan, and an accident with an ebony ...
153
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11answers
20k views

Why did you have to blow into an NES cartridge to make it work?

Did doing this actually help at all? If so, how?
146
votes
1answer
182k views

How can I reach Whimsyshire, the secret level in Diablo III?

There's information that there's a secret level in Diablo III, similar to Diablo II's "Secret Cow Level". How can I reach that secret area in Diablo III?
139
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1answer
6k views

Is it dangerous to go extreme pig riding in a thunderstorm?

I like to saddle up my piggy for a ride into thunderstorms. But what happens to my piggy if we get hit by lightning?
130
votes
5answers
99k views

How do I continue downloading a game in Steam while playing?

I have many games on Steam and many more I will buy, but I have a problem and I hope you can point me a solution. When I download a game, is it possible to launch and play a single player game under ...
129
votes
3answers
6k views

Is it possible to jump over the flag-pole in Super Mario Bros?

When I was younger, I remember there was a persistent rumour that claimed that under certain circumstances it was possible to jump completely over the flagpole at the end of each level. Every time I ...
125
votes
3answers
48k views

How do GameShark codes work?

This has always boggled me. Obviously GameShark and Game Genie never got inside access to place their own cheats into every game. I don't think any developers gave them the source code to pour over ...
119
votes
1answer
9k views

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. ...
117
votes
5answers
53k views

Is a horse actually faster than running?

I'm pretty disappointed with my horse. He wasn't cheap -- 1000g -- but he just doesn't seem that fast. To make things worse, he's a bit of a wolf magnet and every time I get attacked I have to ...
116
votes
7answers
12k views

Besides practicing, what are some great ways to become a better player?

Besides practicing, what are some great ways to become a better StarCraft II player? Off the top of my head I can think of: Watching replays with commentary from youtube.com/hdstarcraft and ...
109
votes
15answers
296k views

How do I increase the maximum amount of weight my character can carry before they become encumbered?

In Skyrim, as with most RPGs, I find myself overwhelmed by a compulsive desire to obtain all of the things. All of them. To this end, I wound up picking up five iron warhammers...only to find out that ...
109
votes
4answers
14k views

What build order should I use for Zerg in StarCraft 2?

I'm familiar with the general mechanics of the game, but what's the best build order for the beginning of the game?
109
votes
1answer
9k views

What is the terminal velocity of a sheep?

I am thinking of an alternative timing mechanism; I am building a trap and I wanted to try something different to set it off. I want to drop a sheep from n blocks high so that I have a delay before ...
107
votes
8answers
677k views

What can I do with Dragon Bones and Scales?

I've started slaying dragons (like all good Dohvakiin must), and with each beastie I down, I'm getting close to 200 lbs of loot, mostly in the form of Dragon Bones and Scales. These two items are high ...
105
votes
7answers
11k views

How can I keep monsters out of my nether regions?

In order to find myself some nice lapis lazuli and get away from my current base, I'm building a little tunnel in the Nether to allow me to get into the midst of some fresh chunks fairly quickly. I ...
103
votes
5answers
16k views

Are the Draugr apologizing to me?

Draugr sometimes say "Unstaad Krosis" when attacking. I understand that means "many apologies" in dragon tongue (convo with Paarthurnax). Does this hint that they are doing something against their ...
103
votes
7answers
158k views

How do I move Steam games to a new computer without re-downloading them?

I have just bought a new computer and I have everything migrated over except for my Steam games. I looked in Program Files/Steam/ and I found a folder full of the games I have downloaded, but I do ...
101
votes
1answer
114k views

Where are all the random dungeons?

Depending on the zone, there may spawn a random dungeon - for example, Den of the Fallen can occasionally spawn in the Weeping Hollow, and the Scavenger's Den can spawn in the Fields of Misery. What ...
101
votes
7answers
44k views

How does Skyrim determine if a dungeon is “cleared”

Skyrim adds an awesome feature, that lets you know if you have cleared a dungeon or not. This saves a lot of time and effort, because you do not have to revisit every dungeon you have been through ...
100
votes
3answers
5k views

What is the minimum safe spacing between trees to contain forest fires?

After trying to implement a minor controlled burn to tame the wild forests surrounding my home, I managed to create what I shall heretofore refer to as The Burning Land. It occurred to me that we ...
99
votes
3answers
10k views

Can I give the naked stalking courier his clothes back?

The courier who frequently delivers you letters to start quest chains got killed outside of Riften by the guards. Not wanting to let a perfectly good dead body go to waste I decided to loot it, ...
97
votes
4answers
88k views

How do I disable Civ 5's opening movie?

It seems like the opening movie always starts up and won't let me cancel it until it has played for about 10 seconds. Is that because it takes the game that long to load regardless? Is there a way ...
97
votes
3answers
8k views

Is Minecraft Turing-Complete?

Minecraft has the redstone wires mechanism that can be used to build circuits. Is Minecraft Turing-Complete, i.e. can it be used to simulate a Turing Machine (if we ignore the problem of infinite ...
96
votes
3answers
2k views

How do I do a Barrel Roll?

Ok, so I'm playing Starfox 64, and this so-called "Peppy" hare keeps yelling at me: Do a barrel roll! What's his problem? And what is this barrel roll he's talking about?
93
votes
2answers
37k views

Uhh… I got drunk and trashed a temple. How do I pick up the mess?

After getting shouted at rather intensely by four old guys on the top of a "7000 steps" tall mountain, I decided it was time to go home to Whiterun and have a couple cups of mead. Fortunately I ...
91
votes
3answers
53k views

Which doge represents what number?

From the original 2048 it was rather easy to tell which numbers I'm combining - after all, it says so right on the tile. But now with doge2048 there is much doge. What doge is 16? What is 32? Is this ...
87
votes
2answers
29k views

Can I permanently kill important people?

In Morrowind, it was possible to permanently kill NPCs who were involved in the main story. This would result in a message basically informing you that you had broken the word and to reload a save if ...
85
votes
8answers
5k views

Why do console games require a button press before showing the main menu?

I am strictly a PC gamer myself, but I noticed a strange thing. When you start every released-for-console game, like Mass Effect or Borderlands, they ask you to press Enter (or any key, etc.) after ...
85
votes
4answers
61k views

Is there any reason for me to sleep?

In Oblivion I'd sleep to level up, but that's no longer necessary. Is there any benefit to sleeping in Skyrim? Will my character get tired?
85
votes
9answers
24k views

How can I level water?

It may be my inner OCD, but situations like this annoy me to no end. Sometimes, a patch of water is "ruined" for no apparent rational reason and all attempts to restore it to normality are met with ...
84
votes
1answer
3k views

Does hitting a sheep in the face yield more wool? [closed]

This question is from Minecraft 1.1 to 1.6, when getting wool from sheep required hitting them, rather than killing or shearing them. I haven't read anything that confirms my suspicions, but I can ...
83
votes
3answers
62k views

What are the differences between the different anti-aliasing / multisampling settings?

I'm tweaking the settings in DiRT 2 and I'm presented with these choices (in order) for multisampling: 2x MSAA 4x MSAA 8x MSAA 8x CSAA 16x CSAA 8x QCSAA Using the nVidia Control panel I'm ...
83
votes
3answers
13k views

What are the popular build orders for Protoss in StarCraft 2?

I've played a lot of Protoss in the original StarCraft, but I thought I might try to play it in StarCraft 2 also. What build orders are being used competitively?
82
votes
5answers
4k views

Do Blasts Pass Through Obsidian?

I'm in a bit of a pickle. It seems someone playing on my friend's SMP server decided that it would be a good idea for him to do some testing with TNT. Now, he's conscientiously set this atrocity ...
81
votes
7answers
18k views

Should I play Portal before Portal 2?

There is a lot of noise around Portal 2 these days. I've looked at several videos and I'm interested in buying it. The "problem" (you'll tell me if it's one or not) is that I never played Portal, the ...
79
votes
26answers
296k views

How do I make money efficiently?

In Oblivion, I had two favorite money-makers: Dump all my stuff except some basic armor and potions, and raid an oblivion tower. The armor and weapons was worth lots, and selling it in Anvil made a ...
78
votes
5answers
7k views

How can I make a villager have an… “accident”?

I have a populous village now but am not interested in the villagers' trading options. I'd like to make sure some of them have an unfortunate "accident" so they can be replaced. Obviously CSI: ...
77
votes
3answers
8k views

Why are my kids naked?

I was playing my old Hearthfire save in Skyrim when my kids were only wearing their underwear. I attempted to give them clothes, but they didn't do anything with them. Anyone else have the solution? ...
76
votes
2answers
79k 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? ...
75
votes
1answer
23k views

Why do pro gamers use two pairs of headphones?

Why do they use two pairs of headphones? If I didn't know how professional they are, I would say it's cheating (someone could tell what the opponent is doing by watching the big screen). But ...
74
votes
6answers
197k 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 ...
74
votes
3answers
13k 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?
73
votes
11answers
229k 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 ...
72
votes
1answer
264k 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 ...

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