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How can I tell if a corpse is safe to eat?
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First off, no matter the corpse, never eat unless you just made that corpse or you have a method of preservation (tinning, icebox). Rotten corpses cause food poisoning (unless you're a fungus or a ...

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What does 8-bit / 16-bit actually refer to?
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8-bit and 16-bit, for video games, specifically refers to the processors used in the console. The number references the size of the words of data used by each processor. The 8-bit generation of ...

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How do you safely pray to your god?
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The most important and constant variable when it comes to praying is something called "prayer timeout". When you first start the game, you have a prayer timeout of 300. This decrements by 1 every turn ...

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What does Metroidvania mean?
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"Metroidvania" is a term used to describe a sort of exploratory 2D platforming game. It comes from the original games of the Metroid series and some of the middle-era of Castlevania games (most ...

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How do I not screw up the best ending in Cave Story?
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I will say up front that I don't think that Easy difficulty affects this, but I've only played the original. However, unless they felt like being callous, it shouldn't have an impact (considering you ...

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Am I supposed to have multiple high level pokemon?
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It's disadvantageous to stick to a single Pokémon, but not all that impractical. There was once a run of Pokémon Yellow, I believe, done with just a Pidgey. You don't need multiple high level Pokémon,...

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What makes a champion squishy?
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Squishiness is essentially how easily you fall during an engagement - the relative ease of which you can be squished. Whereas a tanky champion can be likened to the solidness of stone, a squishy one ...

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How does dual wielding work in Diablo 2?
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Barbarians (and Assassins, in the expansion) are the only classes who can dual wield. Barbarians can dual wield any one-handed melee weapons - one-handed swords, one-handed axes, one-handed hammers. ...

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What attributes makes a game a Roguelike?
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The two core components that define a roguelike tend to be random generation and a special style of turn-based action. There's a lot of other attributes common between a lot of roguelikes, such as one-...

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When should I use a Rare Candy?
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There's two general reasons to save Rare Candies for later. It takes more experience to gain the higher levels. As such, if you use Rare Candies on the early levels, you're pretty much wasting them ...

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What does it mean for a game to be linear?
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A linear game follows a strict path for the player with little, if any, deviation. Basically, you traverse from stage 1 to stage 2 all the way to the final stage. Take, for example, Ghosts and Goblins ...

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Smartly using smart casting
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Smart casting doesn't mean "It'll cast stuff for you". Smart casting means "When you hit the hotkey, it immediately casts the spell as if you were targetting where your mouse cursor is hovering". ...

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What are pets good for in Nethack?
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It depends on your pet. There are quite a few useful things that pets can do. Here are some of the basic benefits. BUC Test All pets are reluctant to walk on cursed items. They will rarely walk on ...

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How do I eat a ring?
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Meat rings are a special, worthless ring created exactly as you described. Here is the one time that the descriptions of items are important. You know how rings are called things like iron ring or ...

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What are the bosses' weaknesses in Mega Man 2?
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Okay, so unlike the other games, there's no strict cycle in the game. The question that people have linked in comments describes the particular order you probably will want to go, but here's a ...

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Does p2p mean "Pay to Play" or "Peer to Peer"
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This is a contextual acronym, and neither is incorrect nor misused. It's the same that fps stands for "First Person Shooter" when you are talking about game genre, and "Frames Per Second" when you are ...

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How many different endings are there for Cave Story?
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There are 3 different endings. Getting the worst ending involves opting to end the game early by talking to a certain NPC. You won't get to do the final dungeon sequences or fight the final boss. You ...

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Is there a hotkey to gain a point in a skill without clicking the icon?
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Hold down Ctrl while hitting the hotkey for that skill to level it up.

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Listing of Kill/Assist Rewards/Bonuses in LoL?
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The League of Legends Wiki lists all of this. A table for the rewards for kills is shown in their Kill article, which I will mock-up below. Note that as of V1.0.0.152, the bounty values were reworked ...

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Why does one side's minion wave push harder than the other side?
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Left to their devices, minions will eventually be able to push even to the base turrets. Which side accomplishes this, however, is random, and it's basically based on how attacks are being distributed....

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Why select and start?
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"Start" would be used to start the game from the Title Screen. "Select" would be used to select from the options presented in the start menu (such as 1 or 2 players). Some early games actually didn't ...

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How to identify items without getting killed
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The most commonly known method is called "Price Identification", which abuses either proactive knowledge or reactive knowledge to identify items by seeing how they cost in a shop, either in selling or ...

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How do I hoard items effectively?
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There are four main things that help in hording items: getting a bag of holding, keeping a stash, travel improvements, and value assessment. Bag of Holding These can be purchased in tool shops and ...

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What is the correct terminology for games like Final Fantasy (the early ones)
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For the most part, RPG is the main classification. Some might also opt to say JRPG, or "Japanese RPG", meaning to distinguish this narrative-style from the more open-ended style of western RPGs such ...

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How do you wipe your hands in Nethack?
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You need to find a towel and apply it. If you lack a towel, the effect should go away in due time without you needing to do anything. According to Wooble in the comments, this is specifically up to ...

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Does #loot'ing unpaid bags cost money?
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It is traditionally safe to #loot items from containers in a store. It's also free to pick their locks if you have a lockpick or similar such. Looking at the contents of the container is perfectly ...

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How do I loot a chest on top of a teleportation trap?
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A general point is to move the item off of the trap, typically by kicking. A chest, however, has a special kick interaction, so even with kicking boots, you can't move the chest off of the trap. If ...

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Cowering in terror from a wand of death
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The only ways to protect against the death effect directly are magic resistance and reflection. In fact, because of other dangers in Fort Ludios, mostly ending in "DRAGON", I really recommend trying ...

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Taking off an item that has become welded to you
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There are a few ways to remove curses from equipment other than the very obvious "Use the remove curse effect from scrolls or spellbooks". If you have a potion of holy water, you can use that to ...

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In the Nethack early game, should I first venture through the Gnomish Mines or Sokoban?
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Sokoban and the Gnomish Mines present an interesting set of choices. When you think about which one to attempt first, you have to think about the rewards you'll get, and the dangers you'll face. I'll ...

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