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Mar
1
comment I have a mediocre GPU but loads of RAM, is there any way to gain more performance?
Not a real answer, but there might be a slight possibility the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 can borrow some system RAM somehow - a lot of integrated graphics solutions do it. Not sure it would even help, though (and you'd have to google it yourself, I don't know).
Jul
12
comment (How) Is it possible to get the full version of a game if I can only buy its low violence version?
Maybe this doesn't help but: personally, if any game that I'd legitimately bought had some annoying problem with it, I think I'd simply pirate a working version of it without any concern for whether that was technically legal or not. Can't see how you can get a ban doing that (though multiplayer games are different, I guess).
Mar
1
comment What important differences are there between the various online game distributors?
@Aarobot No probs. I'm curious about the other details too, but since no-one else has answered yet (and I don't know any more than I've said) I thought I'd bump the question by saying what I do know (activity on the question can increase exposure and so attract more answers).
Feb
21
comment What are the easiest PC keyboard controls for the Assassin's Creed series?
Come on, people! Just buy a decent gamepad. A good PS2 dualshock style controller costs about $5 on ebay. USB adapters for top quality console controllers you probably already own start from about $3. If your gaming rig cost you $1000, that's about 0.5% of your investment. Would you use an old yellow composite AV cable with your $2000 HDTV? (This is off-topic, but I see this all the time and had to vent. Sorry).
Jan
17
comment Why is my PS3's internet so slow compared to my computer?
It's really easy to run an ethernet cable through the roof and down the inside of the wall. Definitely no special skills or handyman experience required. Did it when I was a kid (prior to wireless).
Jan
10
comment What are the best laptop screen resolutions for gaming on a PC?
If you mostly use it for work/browsing and only occasionally game (and don't have an external high-end CRT to hook it up to) get a high res. If it's mainly for gaming, no point going for highest res only to have to go fuzzy for every game.
Jan
10
comment What are the best laptop screen resolutions for gaming on a PC?
+1 do consider this. A newer game at only 1024x768 but with all the AF and effects turned on looks much better than at 1920x1080 with the effects switched off. There will always be new games coming out that tax your hardware, where you'll have to choose one or the other. Running a game on an LCD at anything lower than it's native resolution is going to look fuzzy. Try it out and decide what's important to you.
Jan
5
comment How can I emulate keyboard and mouse commands with a game controller?
Thanks. I've now bought xPadder, very happy. For people finding this later: xPadder is much easier to use (thanks to the controller images allowing you to see which button is where) and for some reason works on games where controlMK fails or only partially works. Most people can probably make do with the free version above.
Jan
5
comment How do I perform directional inputs for Street Fighter 4 on a PC Keyboard?
Off-topic, but please buy a controller. You can get a decent one for as little as $5, and a good usb adapter for a snes controller for under $25. That's probably about 1-2% of what your PC cost you.
Dec
31
comment How can I emulate keyboard and mouse commands with a game controller?
Thanks, I'll take a look at this...
Dec
15
comment Compatibility of controllers for PC games
That's true Grace Note, but official support saves a lot of button mapping (more time than you'd think).
Dec
15
comment Compatibility of controllers for PC games
Not every GFW game supports X360 pads (shakes fist at developers of Bioshock 2) but almost all do. The convenience of this is pretty important for me, without it I end up spending an hour per game fiddling with button mappings before I can play properly. It's more work than you might think.
Dec
14
comment How can I prevent Gaming Sickness?
Wow. Suddenly grateful that I'm able to game nausea-free.
Dec
2
comment Is a gaming laptop noticable louder than desktop computer?
Have you tried high-end headphones? Might save you a lot of money...
Dec
2
comment How can I use an Xbox 360 controller to play Steam games?
I added controller support for a cheapo controller of mine to bioshock 1 - do they use the same config files? If anyone's interested maybe I can find it...
Dec
1
comment How important is hard drive size with the PS3?
Didn't know that. Important point.
Nov
9
comment Is there a way to hook up my SNES to a modern A/V receiver?
Are you sure your TV has no S-video input?
Oct
27
comment What is Steam? DRM?
For me the most important definition is "That thing that lets me buy awesome PC games on sale for $5-$10 only 6-18 months after they're released". Mass Effect and Orange Box for $10. Bioshock for $5. Automatic updates, social/network play, I own it forever (can't "lose the CD") are just bonuses.
Oct
27
comment Can I Pass Out from Excessive Drinking?
Actually, yeah - even when you die you just teleport to the nearest vita chamber...
Oct
27
comment Steam version of Fallout / Fallout 2 in a window
OK, I have to ask: windowed mode!? why not full-screen?