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Mar
7
comment Download Steam games outside of Steam
@acalypso: In the case of Ubi, the requirement (reads: DRM) is via UPlay, but if you install via Steam it'll still launch via Steam. It's actually quite well done in my opinion. The case of GfWL is unfortunate; given that it's actually entirely a library provided by Microsoft, one would hope that they would release an update to GfWL itself that replaces the login with a NOP. We can dream anyway.
Mar
7
comment Download Steam games outside of Steam
@tombull89, If Steam disappears, where would you download them from? Someone still needs to provide those servers and bandwidth. You're more likely to get a free copy from the actual publishers (or studios in the case they're self-publishing) before the actual shutdown, assuming there'd be advance warning.
Mar
7
comment Download Steam games outside of Steam
Ironically, this is where I think things like UPlay and Origin actually help the situation (as long as cross-polination actually happens; EA, I'm looking at you). If I buy a recent Ubisoft title on Steam it gets routed via UPlay. I now 'own' the software in two locations: I can either install it via Steam or UPlay and then play it. If either Valve or Ubisoft goes under then I can still get it from the other.
Mar
7
comment Download Steam games outside of Steam
To extend on this answer, in general no software is ever sold. Software is only ever licensed, no matter the distribution platform. The idea that you go to a shop and buy a copy of a game and it is yours is a pretty common fallacy. You go to the shop, purchase a disc which comes with the right to use the software on the disc. If you lose the CD, you usually lose the right to use the software and need to buy another copy. If Steam were to go under, it's analogous to losing your disc, almost exactly.
Dec
5
comment Is it possible to force Steam to convert all games to 'the new format' in one go?
You can do this individually without starting the game up by forcing steam to revalidate the game cache for each game, but that's not much help for fixing all games at once still.
Nov
26
comment What are the gameplay implications for each of the Digital Deluxe items?
It's worth noting that the Golem Banker is a once per character item, not a once per account one like the others, so you get your five days on each character you create.
Oct
8
comment How many chunks do I need to keep loaded to keep quarries working in Buildcraft?
With 1.3.2, all chunkloaders have a central config such as @SevenSidedDie suggested. There's large default, but admins can configure it however they like.
Sep
24
comment Should my energy collectors be running even when I'm logged off?
Specifically, most mods with a chunkloader have some way of viewing the chunks that mod is keeping loaded, but not special cases like the spawn zone. It's just not something that Mojang needed to worry about since there's no need to keep places loaded in vanilla Minecraft from a gameplay point of view. The spawn point is kept loaded as an optimisation for the first person reconnecting to the server.
Sep
24
comment Should my energy collectors be running even when I'm logged off?
You can't in Minecraft, or with any of the mods in Tekkit. There are some mods that may show you, specifically ChickenChunks might let you see all chunks loaded though I'm not sure if CB's interface that has that info shows all loaded chunks or only chunks loaded by his chunk loaders.
Sep
22
comment Is it possible to turn WoW PC client to a Mac one?
What about the data folder? These files aren't executable and also make up the vast bulk of the data that needs downloading.
Sep
21
comment How can I learn to be competitive in PvP and WvW?
Peter has done a good job addressing how to be competitive, but I just wanted to note: You can't learn how to enjoy something. That's just not how it works. PvP isn't for everyone. If you enjoy it, then go for it good or otherwise (especially WvW where it matters less). If not, then find something else that you do enjoy and do that instead. If you are the type of person who is easily frustrated by dieing then PvP may just not be for you because even when you are good you will still die. Often.
Sep
20
comment If I buy games via the Origin store do I need to install it?
@SergeBekenkamp: As always, if choice is what you are after the best choice is "both".
Sep
11
comment My WoW account was hacked! What should I do?
@Mr.Muskrat: You can avoid the "can't do a restore" issue completely by using a service like Dropbox to store your restore credentials.
Sep
10
comment Can I play Diablo III with one disc, two different battle.net accounts and two computers?
@Devin: Like I said, you can install D3 wherever you want using the CD you just can't play it at all without having a Battle.net account that has the game activated on it. D3 is an always-online game. You will be able to play it with the trail code, though obviously only with whatever restrictions are on a trial account (I honestly don't know).
Sep
9
comment Can I play Diablo III with one disc, two different battle.net accounts and two computers?
@Devin: The disk is meaningless as far as D3 is concerned. What really matters is the key that comes with the disk. This is registered against your Battle.net account and is what allows you to login anywhere that has D3 installed. If you buy D3 online via Blizzard you will get it registered against your account and then you can quite happily use your friends disk to install the game or download it.
Sep
7
comment How does the gold/gem exchange rate get determined?
@SaintWacko: I was in the prerelease, it seemed like they seeded the price at around 40s/100gems. It's since gone down.
Sep
7
comment How to increase draw distance / actor fade?
@DavidYell: With a GTX 560 you should be able to push everything to max I would imagine. I'm lucky with 2x GTX 470, I didn't notice that LOD and shadows both had an ultra setting, and I get a respectable ~30 fps @ 2560x1440 everywhere I've been.
Sep
7
comment Why do turtles and snakes love my marble brick house?
@SaintWacko: I'm 90% sure I saw it in changelogs, but I could be mistaken, I'm still playing on 1.2.5 for the sake of mods myself.
Sep
7
comment How to increase draw distance / actor fade?
@DavidYell: Damn... Can't say I've had issues myself. Have you got up to date graphics drivers? I noticed a huge improvement when I updated mine but it wasn't buggy before either. Might be worth mentioning what graphics card you have too, but at this point I'm not sure what you can do in game to help since this is the setting that is supposed to help this sort of thing.
Sep
6
comment Why do turtles and snakes love my marble brick house?
@SaintWacko: Was fixed in 1.3, but since Technic is 1.2.5 (for now at least) that should work.