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TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu ___________PIGEON_________San Diego, CA Registered User regular
edited January 2012 in Games and Technology
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1.  Steam's search tool is cumbersome and not very informative. Is there a website, other than Steam's, I can go to find out what's on sale?
2.  Can I register this copy of (Insert Game Here) on Steam?
Here's a list of games you can register on Steam. You can always add a non-Steam game to your Steam games list, so that people can see you playing it. You can also use this to add your own shortcuts with fake names to your Steam games list to make it look like you're playing Episode 3. Hilarious, right?

3.  If I buy a game pack that already includes a game I own, can I gift that game?
Not usually. You're welcome to ask in this thread, although if you Google it it'll probably be answered even faster. Valve games are typically the only packs that let you do this, and even then it sometimes doesn't work.

4.  Why isn't {Insert Game Here} available in my horrible little corner of the earth?
Many Steam games might be unavailable in your country if you have the temerity to live outside of the United States. This is not Steam's fault. Regional game availability is determined solely by the publisher, who should be the source of your ire.  Gifting works regardless of region so you might find some helpful person in North America who can gift you the game. This very thread is a great place to ask!

5.  How do I get an invite to the Penny Arcade Steam group?
The most convenient way is to just post a link to your Steam profile page (getting one of the swank signatures described below makes it easy) and ask for an invite. Just as a word of advice, we tend to prefer that you be a regular contributor to get an invite to the group. The rule of thumb is 6 months of activity on the forums. We are well known for our generosity, and like to make sure any new additions are here for the good of the community, and not to leech during sales. That said, we're a friendly group, so make yourself at home and start posting and you'll be there in no time!

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If you receive a game or pack via a gift or a contest, remember to thank that person either through a PM or by announcing it in the thread. This is not optional. We are classy gentlemen and will act as such.

Steam's new gifting features allow you to store up games in your gift bank when you purchase them, instead of having to email yourself the gift link. It'll be an option during checkout.  


A few things to remember as a giftee:
1. Make it possible to track you from PA Forums to Steam. A link directly to your steam ID is usually the most convenient. Remember, your Steam ID is different than your steam name. If you just include text to your steam name, we have to search and scroll through 5 pages to find you (and we may not find you if you're not using the same name/avatar combo!).

2. Make it possible to track you from Steam to PA Forums. Best bet is using similar avatar/name. Understandably, some people don't want to do that. In that case, you should have "I'm ______ on Penny Arcade Forums!" in your profile blurb.


Generally speaking, if you're selected for a gift from a stranger on here it will be, usually, one of two ways:

You will either post in the thread (so they will go to your profile to friend you and then to the store to send a gift.
—or—
Someone will want to gift a certain game and go to the store page where you can see everyone who has it on their wishlist.

Also, remember that a gifter can see when you added a game to your wishlist. If you add it on the day of the sale, you might have a smaller chance of being gifted it than someone who has been interested in it since release. Gifters should also make sure they are identifiable from Steam to PA Forums. Some people are shy and are too nervous to message a gifter and say "hey thanks, I have no idea who you are on forums!"



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If you decide to run or participate in a giveaway contest for gift copies of games, please remember that all entry submissions must now be made via PM. The forum mods have stated that pages of the thread being filled with pictures, videos, etc. submitted as contest entries will lead to such contests being banned. So please, for the sake of the thread – take it to PMs.  



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Steam Mover
Does your Steam library have 800 games? Do you wish you could move some of those games to different hard drives instead of deleting them entirely and then downloading them again when you want to play them? Steam Mover is here for you.

Steam Price Guide
Do you have the misfortune to live somewhere other than America? Steam hates you! Luckily, this cool website with prices for Steam games all around the world is here to help, so you can know if you want to ask an American friend to buy the game for you or not. Hint: you probably do.

Aussies
You need this program.

It reconfigures your Windows IPSEC settings (run it as an admin) to block out all but the servers which don't count towards your download quota on Steam. Now supports a bunch of ISPs through a graphical interface.

Basically guarantees you won't add to your download quota with Steam.

Also: Download TCPview: TCPView

Then, use TCPview to close all Steam TCP servers (this is important, NOT the UDP ones, just the TCP ones). Steam will then reconnect to a different server, which will hopefully get you a better speed. If you don't go faster in a couple of seconds, retry until you get a speed you like.

I've also been told you Aussies might want to try Angus Wolfcastle's SteamManager. Setting it up is easy is you follow the instructions here. If you find you're still being charged for your steam downloads, try changing the setting like in this link here.



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Steam Signatures
With such a cool service, someone must have done some extra things to build on it. The forums have one such man, who made some super cool Steam signatures. Suds is his name and killing is his game. Except for the killing. The signatures automatically use backgrounds for the games and the correct icon.  Pretty neat, and they're 100% free!

Sample signature:
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Steam Calculator
You can also use a script on his Steam Calculator page to see how much your Steam account would be worth if you had taken advantage of some obscure, arcane combination of special deals that nobody could ever have taken advantage of. Or something sort of like that.

Steam Roulette
Having trouble picking a game out of your burgeoning [strike]backlog[/strike] gamebank to play?  Let VicWhiten's Steam Roulette decide!  Just type in your Steam community ID (easier if you set up a custom URL on your Steam profile page), and Steam Roulette will read your library and randomly pick one game every time you hit "Spin the Wheel!"  It even connects to Steam to allow you to install or start the game with a single click.  

What's all this about serving "The Newell?"
It started with this comic:
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And now it is our unofficial official motto.


//credit for the op contents goes to the ever classy @TychoCelchuuu, and even though he's the OP this time he's leaving this line because he thinks it's funny to talk about himself in the third person.

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  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu ___________PIGEON _________San Diego, CA Registered User regular
    edited December 2011
    In honor of the new Steam thread I have made a comic edit:

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    Alright, adventure team! This goes live in a few hours, closes tomorrow evening. That gives you time to look it over, and make sure it's something you'd actually play...as I say in the description, this game is NOT for everybody.

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  • projectmayhemprojectmayhem Registered User regular
    Posting in the new thread so it doesn't git missed!

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  • CorpekataCorpekata Registered User regular
    Ugh crafted a 10 percent THQ coupon. Least their stuff goes on sale alot, I guess.

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  • SquiddyBiscuitSquiddyBiscuit Registered User regular
    edited December 2011
    In honor of the new Steam thread I have made a comic edit:
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    That's a good one.

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    In honor of the new Steam thread I have made a comic edit:
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    But it's NOT better than coal! ;)

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  • SniperGuySniperGuy Also known as Dohaeris Registered User, ClubPA regular
    mcdermott wrote:
    In honor of the new Steam thread I have made a comic edit:
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    But it's NOT better than coal! ;)

    Not even a little.

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  • Big ClassyBig Classy Registered User regular
    Hmm new thread smell. Or someone let one rip.

    Anyway, nothing for me today. Can't feet more than 2 cheevos too. Bugger.

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  • chocoboliciouschocobolicious Registered User regular
    Better than real coal. Screw that stuff.

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  • Lord_SnotLord_Snot Registered User regular
    In honor of the new Steam thread I have made a comic edit:

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    Fantastic work there, @TychoCelchuuu.

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  • minor incidentminor incident a crow, a scavenger type Registered User regular
    @TychoCelchuuu - I <3 that you left the credit to yourself in the OP.

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  • NATIKNATIK Registered User regular
    10 minutes left on these, so posting them a last time for a new thread, before going out to get some eats, hoping I don't faint on the way from this damn fever/flu/whatever that has decided to claim me, anyways good luck to anyone who entered.

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  • RamiRami Registered User regular
    Are these sales rubbish or do I already own everything worth owning?

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  • ElvenshaeElvenshae Registered User regular
    Love the new thread title.

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  • GaslightGaslight Registered User regular
    I think the only thing left that I'm still hoping for a daily on which hasn't had one yet is Driver San Francisco.

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  • tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    If I'm going to get an Assassin's Creed game it should be AC2 right?

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  • EllthiterenEllthiteren Registered User regular
    It is good to see the Steam thread alive and kicking out new threads every day. And people being excellent to each other. I'm finally diving into this sale and grabbing myself Space Pirates and Zombies and Dungeon Defenders. The first because it sounds too awesome to miss, the second because it has come highly recommended from a couple friends.

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  • GaslightGaslight Registered User regular
    tsmvengy wrote:
    If I'm going to get an Assassin's Creed game it should be AC2 right?

    It certainly shouldn't be AC1.

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  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    So how do I get the cheevo in TF2?

    I didn't know you could drop presents. Or is that just something that happens when you bite the dust during the promo?

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  • pslong9pslong9 Registered User regular
    Any recommendations / reviews of Revenge of the Titans?

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  • ShogunShogun Hair long; money long; me and broke wizards we don't get along Registered User regular
    edited December 2011
    nice to finally see some good daily deals today. Looking forward to some Tomb Raider and some Assassin's Creed. I've heard good things about Two Worlds 2 but I'm not sure they were $14 good.

    edit: why does everyone say bad stuff about AC1 I want to play it because I've never played anything from that series. How bad can it be?

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  • GoodKingJayIIIGoodKingJayIII Registered User regular
    Gaslight wrote:
    tsmvengy wrote:
    If I'm going to get an Assassin's Creed game it should be AC2 right?

    It certainly shouldn't be AC1.

    AC2 is really good. I keep hearing great things about Brotherhood, but I haven't played it myself.

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  • SkyTurnsRedSkyTurnsRed Registered User regular
    Still going back and forth on Lara Croft. Biggest reason is that most people say that it needs to be played with multi, but none of my friends are even remotely interested in it, let alone gamers.

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  • CorpekataCorpekata Registered User regular
    I know Gaben just has to have a plan to mark Jade Empire down 90 percent by the end of sale. Right?

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  • CorpekataCorpekata Registered User regular
    Sheep wrote:
    So how do I get the cheevo in TF2?

    I didn't know you could drop presents. Or is that just something that happens when you bite the dust during the promo?

    Holiday thing. People die, collect present.

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  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    Sheep wrote:
    So how do I get the cheevo in TF2?

    I didn't know you could drop presents. Or is that just something that happens when you bite the dust during the promo?

    They sometimes drop off someone who dies. Pick it up and then TADAAH you got it. Real easy.

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  • Idx86Idx86 A man chooses A slave obeysRegistered User regular
    Love that new thread smell. How many have we gone through since the beginning? Has it been 5?

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  • APODionysusAPODionysus Registered User regular
    In honor of the new thread...

    Everyone buy Machinarium and -before the grace period ends - Sequence.

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  • GaslightGaslight Registered User regular
    Already had the TF2 cheevo from my latest mini-relapse a week or so ago. More coal.

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  • SkyTurnsRedSkyTurnsRed Registered User regular
    Corpekata wrote:
    I know Gaben just has to have a plan to mark Jade Empire down 90 percent by the end of sale. Right?

    Man, I'd buy that in a heartbeat.

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  • Triple BTriple B Registered User regular
    *ahem*
    Triple B wrote:
    Anyone know if AssRev PC is any less of an untested piece of shit than AssBro PC was?

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  • EntriechEntriech Registered User regular
    Still going back and forth on Lara Croft. Biggest reason is that most people say that it needs to be played with multi, but none of my friends are even remotely interested in it, let alone gamers.

    I'll be the first to say I've only played Guardian of Light single player, and had a great time with it. It's pretty well on fantastic.

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  • KetarKetar Duke of Weaseltown Like an agile peacock!Registered User regular
    Crafted all my coal on a whim just now. Got 4 particularly bad coupons, Sol Survivor, and Dota 2. Not sure what I'm going to do with Dota 2 - I'm curious about the game, but have zero experience whatsoever with Dota and Dota-likes, and I don't know if I want to put in the time and effort it would take to get good enough to make it worthwhile. Hrmph.

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  • SquiddyBiscuitSquiddyBiscuit Registered User regular
    pslong9 wrote:
    Any recommendations / reviews of Revenge of the Titans?

    Fun game, but the achievement is near-impossible.

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  • AntithesisAntithesis Registered User regular
    edited December 2011
    **Ah! Never mind, success was found.

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  • APODionysusAPODionysus Registered User regular
    I've never actually played TF2. I think I'll install it while I'm at work for a doubleshift tommorrow. Hopefully can find some PAers to play with who will help teach a newbie.

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  • iamthepiemaniamthepieman Registered User regular
    pslong9 wrote:
    Any recommendations / reviews of Revenge of the Titans?

    Fun take on tower defense. I played it when it first came out and it was stupidly difficult. The they released a patch that toned it down a bit.

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  • minor incidentminor incident a crow, a scavenger type Registered User regular
    Idx86 wrote:
    Love that new thread smell. How many have we gone through since the beginning? Has it been 5?

    I'm pretty sure I made four, starting just before the writer sale. So this would be five during this sale alone.

    Daaaaamn.

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  • LarsLars Registered User regular
    From last thread:
    Corpekata wrote:
    Something that may make you want or hate Spaz more: It's narrated by Totalbiscuit.

    Wait.

    There are people who don't like TotalBiscuit?

    I may not agree with all of his opinions about games (he doenst like adventure/puzzle games for example) but he always seems to be very honest in that it's all his opinion and tries to give a good look at the game for people into the genre.

    I didn't know people had strong negative opinions toward him

    I've never watched any of his stuff because my very first exposure to him was when he registered at this forum and posted this:
    http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/comment/15624144#Comment_15624144

    He didn't seem like someone who's opinion would matter very much to me. I guess he narrarates a video game now though in addition to his regular internet videos?

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