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Oct
27
comment Is there any way to get a refund for a game bought from Steam?
+1 steam have a no-refund policy, but a sort of unspoken lets-not-suck philosophy, so if you actually deserve a refund (e.g.: game is buggy or crippled like L4D2.au), contact them, you might get it.
Oct
25
comment I've finished Bioshock - now what?
I loved the audio logs (mostly they had awesome voice acting - especially Dianne McClintock), but yeah, I think I'm just too busy to spend an hour or two hunting down the few I've missed.
Oct
21
comment CPU or framerate limiting on older games
are you playing it from a DVD? (Maybe that's contributing to heat/noise)
Oct
21
comment Oddly predictable stutter, only in Crysis
Also, read up on Norton - while it does significantly reduce the performance of your pc, it doesn't make your pc significantly more secure: codinghorror.com/blog/2007/02/…
Oct
21
comment Will a dedicated sound-card decrease CPU load?
The linked post contained a big block of opinion/anecdotes. Can we get something that's more like evidence - or even just a case study?
Oct
18
comment Wii Scratching Disks
I bought mine at a hardware store, but you can use some toothpastes as well. Google "fixing cd scratches" or something, there are some good solutions. Saved me hundreds of dollars.
Oct
11
comment Trying to run some 3D game but it's giving an error even though I have the latest drivers. Whats wrong?
Yeah, it sounds like one of those "your computer may not be up to date! download this now!1!" malware apps
Sep
2
comment What is the average battery life of an NES cartridge?
Wow. Truly impressive quality, considering 5-10 years wouldn't have hurt their sales in the slightest.
Sep
2
comment What is the average battery life of an NES cartridge?
@Mechko: they've been replacing them for years: the9thkey.com/games/Nesbatt.htm
Sep
2
comment How can I replace the NES cartridge battery?
@Dave - back them up first using a third party tool?
Sep
2
comment 120 Hz display for gaming
I think turning VSYNC on can help the "lag and jerky scrolling" but that depends on what's causing it (and I'm thinking PC, don't know how many consoles/console games these days have VSync off).
Sep
1
comment Is it possible to split a Steam account?
+1 for for family computers being in a "public" area.
Aug
19
comment Wii Scratching Disks
also note that even pretty bad scratches can be fixed by rubbing them with some brasso (brass cleaning liquid) and a lint-free cloth (microfibre works well). See here under "polish the CD": wikihow.com/Fix-a-Scratched-CD (I fixed a few Gaemecube discs this way).
Aug
17
comment The disappearance of the joystick
This is the real reason. Try playing Super Mario Bros with a joystick and you'll see how much speed/accuracy you lose in movement.
Jul
20
comment Which is better for a Gaming PC Graphics Card - more RAM, or faster GPU?
This is helpful for people who use a performance CRT for gaming, as they don't need to stick to a high native res to get a sharp image, so better "effects" (including AA and AF) are more important.
Jul
19
comment Is there a PC controller that behaves exactly like an Xbox 360/PC Windows Controller?
Sometimes you can hack the config files to use any old controller. I did it for bioshock.
Jul
19
comment Is it possibile to use a WiiMote as a controller for an Android phone?
Anyone got this working with HTC magic? I don't have Sense UI installed, but apparently it's still won't work for me - bluetooth stack issue or something :(
Jul
19
comment How can I use an Xbox 360 controller to play Steam games?
On steam, the game's page will often specifically say that is has 360 controller support.
Jul
19
comment How can I use an Xbox 360 controller to play Steam games?
I understand @Morinar, but those of us who use a mouse at work 40 hours a week just prefer to rest our hands when playing games.
Jul
19
comment What speedup can I expect in modern PC games from switching to a 64bit OS?
Thanks, this is an interesting point, and the Tom's Hardware link you gave actually has some answers for the main question - can I really get any speedup from some modern games? (Tom's concludes something like: "despite claims from proponents of 64-bit it still looks like no-one is writing their game engines to take advantage of it yet - not in a way that creates significant performance gains") If you want to add that to your answer, I'll mark it accepted, otherwise I'll add an answer or stick more notes in the original questions for folks finding this later. Thanks.