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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 ...
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How can I check if my computer's powerful enough to run a certain game?

Is there a service that I can use to check if my machine will be able to run a certain game?
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Is there a difference between running games in Windowed or Fullscreen mode?

Does playing game when it's windowed increase performance? Decrease it? Does the same also hold true to fullscreen mode? I've always thought that playing on Fullscreen meant a higher fps boost, but I ...
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Install Steam and most games in one large HDD but some popular games on a separate SSD [duplicate]

I have a 1 TB HDD and a 120 GB SSD. On the HDD I have all my data along with Steam and—currently—all my games. On the SSD I have Windows 7 and programs, but there's 50 GB of unused space that I wish ...
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Determining if a game is CPU- or GPU-limited

What is a reliable, but not too time-consuming way to determine if a certain game is limited by the graphics card or by the processor speed? I have some preconceptions about whether I'm mostly GPU or ...
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Switched Windows to Mac, do I have to buy Steam games again to play on Mac?

I recently switched from Windows to Mac. Steam says I have fewer Mac specific games than total games and it should be an equal amount unless you can only download, install, and play once from your ...
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SkyrimSE is Quiet

...too quiet... This was an issue for me with the original Skyrim, but I was hoping maybe it would be fixed in the Special Edition. However, that doesn't seem to be the case. With Windows' volume ...
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Is there a way to bind items to the number keys in Skyrim?

I'm less than impressed with the favorites menu for quick swapping spells in the middle of a fight. Is there anyway I can bind them to the number pad on the keyboard?
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How do I copy an installed steam game on my PC to an external hard drive?

I have installed a game using Steam and it is already on my PC. How do I copy the game into an external hard drive?
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Can I play Steam games without running Steam in the background?

Is there a way I can play without having Steam running in the background?
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When "extending" my desktop across multiple monitors, how can I limit my mouse to one monitor when playing full-screen?

I have two monitors, and I often use the "extend" mode to work on both simultaneously as a large desktop. When playing games full-screen only one monitor is used, and that's fine. However, I would ...
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Multiseat gaming?

Multiseat (see here (SU) and here (unix.SE)) allows multiple users to use one PC with multiple mice/keyboards/monitors as if it were several PCs. It would be great to run some less-hardware-hungry ...
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What are the equivalent PC keyboard keys and mouse buttons of the Xbox 360 game controller buttons shown on the screen?

The PC port of Dark Souls shows Xbox 360 game controller buttons on its in-game messages and the UI. However, I'm playing with a mouse and a keyboard. This makes learning the controls a bit awkward. ...
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How to turn off PS4 controller from PC?

This question details how to turn off the PS4 controller by going into the menu on the PS4. I am using Ds4Windows so that I can use the PS4 controller to play games on my PC. However I am unsure how ...
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How can I extend the view distances further?

OK, I'm lucky enough to have the game run smoothly enough for my tastes on the Ultra settings - so with all the game-provided settings set to maximum. Most of the time it looks brilliant. However, ...
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What important differences are there between the various online game distributors? [closed]

Last weekend, I decided I was going to buy a couple of games, which I haven't done in a while. I seem to remember a time when your choices consisted of either Steam, or... Steam. Now there seems to ...
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How can I fix the mouse lag on the PC version of Dead Space?

When I try and play the PC version of Dead Space the mouse is sluggish and unresponsive regardless of how high I set the sensitivity. Is there a fix for this?
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Stop Steam opening window when computer starts

Is there a way to enable the "Run Steam when my computer starts" option without any window to appear when I login? This way Steam will start running as an icon in the system tray in the bottom right, ...
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Windows 10: Taskbar will be in front of fullscreen games

I will start any video games. They are almost always in fullscreen or windowed fullscreen. Mostly later because I can alt+tab and look up meta-game info when necessary. Ever since the windows 10 ...
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How can I fix the auto-login to the Cerberus network (EA Online)

Whenever I start up Mass Effect 2 and it tries to auto-login to my EA Online Account, I see this screen. Then, I have to manually log in, and I see this screen. Empty login screen. Every time. So I ...
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How can I return to Skyrim after switching to Windows?

When using Alt+Tab, I can't seem to get back to Skyrim. When clicking its icon or Alt+Tab to get back, I just see an empty window. Windowed mode doesn't allow me to use it in a Windowed (Fullscreen) ...
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Was SSI's isometric RPG "M" ever released?

Saw this waaaay back in the day in a FASA/SSI ad booklet that came in my Mechwarrior 2 box: Transcription: What is M? THE MOST VISUALLY STUNNING, TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED, INTRICATE AND COMPELLING ...
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Where do I download the manuals for games I buy on Steam?

I recently signed up with Steam and bought a few discounted games, but I can't find any manuals for them. I assumed they'd be installed along with the games, but I can't find any sign of them or of ...
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Input lag when in third person

I have seen this asked multiple times all over the internet but haven't found a proper answer to this yet. Whenever I'm in third person view I experience major input lag on character movement, i.e., ...
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What does "console port" mean in relation to games?

I read some user reviews for Crysis 2 and some people complain that it's not a great PC game because it's a console port. I'm trying to figure out (without success) what console port means. Of course ...
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Is there any reason to limit my FPS?

I recently built a new computer. It's not mind-blowingly amazing but it's pretty solid, and I can play any game in my Steam library on it. I've been messing around with graphics settings in ...
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How do I turn off mouse acceleration in Skyrim?

Mouse acceleration seems to be on by default, and I can't find anywhere in the launcher settings or the in game settings to turn it off. It's very annoying as it makes it feel as if the mouse is ...
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Where did this guy's face go?

I'm having a bit of trouble in certain areas with NPC's faces disappearing in Skyrim on PC. It's very odd because their skin and eyes are no where to be found but their facial hair stays intact. It's ...
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Is there a way to automatically skip the intro videos in Left 4 Dead?

Every time you start Left 4 Dead, it plays a short video to introduce Valve software, then it plays the game intro video. You can skip these videos by pressing ESC twice, but is there an easier way ...
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How do I report players in Halo: The Master Chief Collection on PC?

I came across an abusive player in Halo: Reach (PC) that was calling people racist slurs. I've already muted them by opening the scoreboard Tab and selecting their name, but I couldn't find any way to ...
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Skyrim instantly crashes to desktop

Two weeks ago I borrowed an Oculus Rift for the weekend and installed some mods for it, following this guide. Now I'm trying to run it again without the Oculus, and it instantly crashes to desktop. ...
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How do I tell if an NPC is essential?

I received the "Lights out!" quest from Jaree-Ra, but it does not match with the personality of my characters. Since I cannot report him to any guard or other authority, I decided to kill him without ...
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What's the difference between buying a "PC game" and a "PC code"?

I have been playing Xbox games on Windows 10 and I want to buy Far Cry 3 to play on my PC. On Amazon I see two different things: one is Far Cry 3 for PC only which is the one I should buy but then ...
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Any way to fix issue where the mouse will select the wrong dialogue choice?

My biggest pet peeve with Skyrim is that its mouseover detection in menus is shoddy so that sometimes I'll click on one dialogue option but the game will actually select a different one. Anybody know ...
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How to increase mouse sensitivity in Skyrim?

How can i increase mouse sensitivity in Skyrim? on the main menu the mouse cursor is sluggish in-game mouse sensitivity is too low Things i've tried: increasing Look Sensitivity in-game: In my ...
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How do I favorite/hotkey a dual wield setup?

I've been playing Skyrim for a while now, and still have not figured out how to properly create a hot-key to my dual wield setup. I've tested with spells, which easily allow you to select multiple ...
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Can I play Guitar Hero or Rock Band on my PC?

Is there any way to play Guitar Hero or Rock Band on my PC? I also wonder if there's a way to get the instruments working on a PC. Any suggestions?
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What will happen to my owned games if Steam were to close?

Years ago, people would pay for physical discs in order to play games. With proper care, those discs could last years. Currently for most PC games, people pay for Steam Keys. So what will happen if ...
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How can I edit coalesced.bin so that I can use cheats and graphics tweaks?

I've seen that I can tweak my game by editing files like bioinput.ini and bioengine.ini, but I couldn't find these files anywhere. They seem to be part of another file called coalesced.bin, and I don'...
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What is a good way to manage multiple characters?

On Skyrim, it seems very difficult to manage multiple characters. Their quicksaves overwrite each other and you have to trace back the date of when you last did a "full save" to load a different ...
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Where are Skyrim screenshots saved?

I just took a screenshot in Skyrim. The message in the corner says it was saved, but it does not say where... Where are these saved on my computer?
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Can I permanently remove a game from steam without uninstalling the game, and then buy the game again without having to install it?

I'm looking to buy Rainbow Six Siege Standard edition so I can upgrade from the depressing starter edition. In order to do this, I need to permanently remove Rainbow Six Siege from my account and then ...
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How to improve animations and textures in Fallout 3 GOTY?

I am planning to restart Fallout 3 now that I bought the GOTY edition (I had previously bought and played the normal version without addons). I remember that, when I played the first time, the only ...
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Can a Dualshock 4 replace a Xbox 360 controller on the PC?

The PS4 is now released in the EU, but due to shipment shortages is not available for sale unless pre-ordered a long time ago. Luckily, it seems as though Dualshock 4 controllers are availble for sale ...
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What are the differences between Normal edition and the GotY (Game of the Year) edition?

All that I can find is the Zomvatar (zombie avatar) maker. Are there other differences between the editions?
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Is there a way to play as another faction (i.e. Bandit) on Skyrim for PC?

I have played LOTS of Skyrim on PC and am a little familiar with the in-game console that lets you add items and things, but I am wondering if there is anyway to use that to modify the game so I can ...
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Can I download Steam games to an external HDD from a city library or other public PC?

I grew up in urban areas so I am used to having ready-access to a decent internet connection. However, due to my work/career, in the future I will likely be living in places with little to no internet ...
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Where does Plants vs. Zombies store its savegames?

I'd like to backup my Plants vs. Zombies savegames. Where are they saved?
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Is there a quick-save shortcut?

Is there a quick-save and/or quick-load shortcut in Deus Ex: Human Revolution?
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Black screen after first battle

I just recently pickup up this game on the Classics Return Humble Bundle and everything was going fine until I finished the first battle. After that, I go back to the apartment and I talk some more ...
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