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Go find the new STEAM thread

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edited December 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?
Steam Sales is great for current sales and for the history of each game (when it has been on sale before, etc).
SteamGameSales.com is good for what's on sale now.

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!

6. As a Classy Person I am giving away a game on SteamGifts. How do I get the pretty picture to post in the thread?
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7. My Steam Chat Font is Too Small!

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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.
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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 Cleaner
Steam Cleaner is a handy little tool to remove all those .NET installers and DirectX installers and so on that every Steam game downloads because it's apparently 1927 in computer years and nobody has figured out how to let you install a Steam game without going through a 12 step process to reinstall a bunch of stuff you installed yesterday when you played another Steam game.

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.



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It started with this comic:
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And now it is our unofficial official motto.

@Lindsey Lohan's Steam Alphabet song:

A is for Amnesia, Hope you didn't need sleep.
B is for Bad Rats, gifted to you by some creep.
C is for Critter Crunch with rainbow vomitting Biggs
D is for Dead Island where weapons snap like they're twigs.
E is EDF making arachniphobes fit
F is for Faerie Solitaire (you know that you played it)
G is for Grand Theft of anything with tires
H is for Halflife cause it was sort of required
I is Ion Assault as not much else starts with I
J is Jade Empire that a sale finally allowed you to buy
K is a Kingdom that made Rhode Island poor
L is Limbo with spiders galore
M is for Magicka which helps you kill off your friends
N is the Newell who you need to serve to the end
O a game that lets you legally Fling your Offspring
P is for Portal where you can hear GlaDOS sing
Q is Quantum Conundrum where physics makes items fall
R is Rock of Ages where you can play with your balls
S brings Sid Meier whose Civ steals your time without care
T sends you To the Moon, is there dust in the air?
U gives an Uplink where you hack systems with ease
V gives us VVVVVV which has multiple Vs
W has the Worms, flinging grenades like a jerk
X is for X-Com whose revival actually worked
Y is for Ys which no one knows how to say
Z is for Zeno Clash the weirdest game you can play
Oh, and remember:
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And also remember...
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  • Joe BlaqueJoe Blaque Registered User regular
    So, yeah. Everyone who doesn't happen to be gift bombed by me, should definitely take it upon themselves to check out Critter Crunch.

    The value is just too good.

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  • LawndartLawndart Registered User regular
    Oh hey, new Steam thread.

    In addition to some swanky Amazon deals, Get Games is doing another "Get Loaded" sale where the following games are 2 for $15.

    Spec-Ops: The Line (Steamworks)
    Binary Domain (Steamworks)
    Warhammer 40K Space Marine (Steamworks)
    Serious Sam 3 (Steamworks)
    Civilization V GOTY (Steamworks)

    and also:
    Lego Batman 2 (Not Steamworks)

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  • harvestharvest By birthright, a stupendous badass.Registered User regular
    Sale, why did you come when I was short on money!

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  • Lord YodLord Yod Registered User regular
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  • AnteCantelopeAnteCantelope Registered User regular
    Joe Blaque wrote: »
    So, yeah. Everyone who doesn't happen to be gift bombed by me, should definitely take it upon themselves to check out Critter Crunch.

    The value is just too good.

    I don't know anything about it, but after your giftbombing I will move it up near the top of my backlog

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  • Mike DangerMike Danger "Diane..." a place both wonderful and strangeRegistered User regular
    Lawndart wrote: »
    In addition to some swanky Amazon deals, Get Games is doing another "Get Loaded" sale where the following games are 2 for $15.

    Spec-Ops: The Line (Steamworks)
    Binary Domain (Steamworks)
    Warhammer 40K Space Marine (Steamworks)
    Serious Sam 3 (Steamworks)
    Civilization V GOTY (Steamworks)

    <hellboy>aw, crap</hellboy>

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  • HiT BiTHiT BiT Fresh, straight from Pac-Man's Registered User regular
    edited November 2012
    Brand new Steam thread, how long will you last?

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  • HuntingNoobHuntingNoob Registered User regular
    I'll repeat the Skyrim offer here since there are so many new messages in the Steam threads (175 new when I woke up)

    Sick deal on Skyrim for selected European countries. 8£ (10€) with the code NOV20OFFUK at http://www.gamefly.co.uk/Download-The-Elder-Scrolls-V-Skyrim/5002231/

    This title is available for purchase in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom, Iceland, and Norway.

    Cheers to madness for spotting this deal.

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  • AsheAshe Registered User regular
    edited November 2012
    I've been laying mostly low due to having no money to spend either on myself or others, but the class of @APODionysus has dragged me back in. Apparently he also wants to make me cry.

    Thanks muchly for To The Moon!

    PS - Belated happy cakeday to Ante!

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  • DrascinDrascin Registered User regular
    Goddamnt, Steamgifts, work! I have three giveaways that should have finished by now and I want to see who won to give them their games!

    Sorry for the delays to the winners.

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  • DirtmuncherDirtmuncher Registered User regular
    In 10 hours I will serve the Newell again.

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  • SkutSkutSkutSkut Registered User regular
    I entered a Gettysburg giveaway that had like 5 minutes left and won it. Woo? I wanted to check it out anyway.

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  • RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    When did steam start charging tax?

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  • oakkeoakke Registered User regular
    @RoyceSraphim noticed a lack of Zeno Clash in my library and decided to fix that. Thank you sir!

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  • Stabbity StyleStabbity Style Walla Walla, WARegistered User regular
    When did steam start charging tax?

    Washington State, because Valve is a Washington company.

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  • TayrunTayrun Registered User regular
    Thanks be to HuntingNoob and madness for the Skyrim tip.

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  • RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    When did steam start charging tax?

    Washington State, because Valve is a Washington company.

    I feel like an idiot.

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  • CorpekataCorpekata Registered User regular
    edited November 2012
    Lawndart wrote: »
    Oh hey, new Steam thread.

    In addition to some swanky Amazon deals, Get Games is doing another "Get Loaded" sale where the following games are 2 for $15.

    Spec-Ops: The Line (Steamworks)
    Binary Domain (Steamworks)
    Warhammer 40K Space Marine (Steamworks)
    Serious Sam 3 (Steamworks)
    Civilization V GOTY (Steamworks)

    and also:
    Lego Batman 2 (Not Steamworks)

    Posted about this yesterday and they must've ran out of Civ V Gods and Kings because that was part of the offer then, and not Binary Domain. Still a good deal.

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  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    harvest wrote: »
    Sale, why did you come when I was short on money!

    Don't worry,winter sale is coming

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  • RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    edited November 2012
    So I just found out you can't buy 4 packs if you already own the game. Go figure.

    edit: How long is long enough to roll a new winner for a contest? I put up a contest for Audiosurf and it hasn't be redeemed yet. What's funny is that I tried to send this to a friend but she ignored it for over a year.

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  • ShadeShade Registered User regular
    @Roycesraphim just classed me up with some Valley without Wind!

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  • vegeta_666vegeta_666 CanadaRegistered User regular
    Anyone interested in the FEAR games heads up, Amazon has all three for 8.99, Steam codes.

    I believe that's a couple bucks cheaper than buying than from Steam. I've never played them so I might just get this deal myself.

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  • AntihippyAntihippy Registered User regular
    edited November 2012
    Played a few levels of Fly'n.

    Firstly, it's gorgeous. Bright, vibrant and beautiful. The animation is amazing as well.

    Secondly, seems like it's going for a really trite "NATURE BEAUTIFUL TECHNOLOGY BAD" theme.

    The gameplay is also pretty fun. Though it takes some getting used to on KBAM.

    Recommended.

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  • HiT BiTHiT BiT Fresh, straight from Pac-Man's Registered User regular
    edited November 2012
    I'll repeat the Skyrim offer here since there are so many new messages in the Steam threads (175 new when I woke up)
    Sick deal on Skyrim for selected European countries. 8£ (10€) with the code NOV20OFFUK at http://www.gamefly.co.uk/Download-The-Elder-Scrolls-V-Skyrim/5002231/
    I am trying to get it for a gift but my country is not included in the list and I can't add to my cart. If someone could help me buying a copy, I would Paypal him/her the moneys.
    Ok, my brain almost can't handle much class. Not only @Croaker the wizard hit me with a Skyrim key in the Steam chat but he also refused to accept any money from me even if I repeatedly explained him that I already own the game and what I wanted was to gift it to another person!
    This demands an epic song:
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    He's already here!
    The Newell Scrolls told of his return.
    His absence was merely a delay
    'Til the time after sales opened,
    When the sons of Steam would burn their own wallets.
    But no one dared to believe,
    Believe he would come back.
    And when the truth finally dawns,
    It dawns in Class.
    As there's one they acclaim;
    In their tongue, he's Classborn!
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  • CorpekataCorpekata Registered User regular
    Non sale Steam news: Some older Square Eidos games popped up in the registry, namely the Legacy of Kain and older Tomb Raider games. Presumably these are the GOG versions, as the release list matches up (ex, no Blood Omens, but the Soul Reavers and Defiance). Random link http://cdr.thebronasium.com/sub/18300

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  • IoloIolo i not L Registered User regular
    edited November 2012
    Oh, hello, new thread.
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    Looks like amazon has the list of games the $5 codes will be good for in January, http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?tag=cheapassgam08-20&docId=1000728511

    Nice. Now we just need some January price drops.

    EDIT: Looks like Walking Dead is back to $12.50 on Amazon (Steam code). Was up over 20 at the end of the day yesterday.

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  • CorpekataCorpekata Registered User regular
    They'll probably be lame prices generally but if another store puts the game on sale, Amazon will likely price match during the period.

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  • Joe Camacho MKIIJoe Camacho MKII Registered User regular
    So, I just woke up because I have to go to school on Saturday mornings, and after checking my cellphone for any messages or emails I see that classy gentlemen @Iolo has sent me Saint's Row The Third as a gift! So, before leaving to school, I just wanted to say thanks!

    Go go go Steam Sale! This is a good way to start a saturday!

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  • AntihippyAntihippy Registered User regular
    Got SR3 and dustforce.

    Though I'm actually more interested in dustforce.

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  • ResIpsaLoquiturResIpsaLoquitur Registered User regular
    I'm on the fence about sr3. I'm really hoping that bl2 drops, as that's what I want to spend my (rather limited) funds on, but 13 for all of sr3 may get me serving the Newell early.

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  • ShadowhopeShadowhope Baa. Registered User regular
    How is Deadlight? Worth it?

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  • tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    I'm on vacation and neither the stream app or the website will load. What gives?

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  • ResIpsaLoquiturResIpsaLoquitur Registered User regular
    Antihippy wrote: »
    Got SR3 and dustforce.

    Though I'm actually more interested in dustforce.

    I just watched the trailer for that. Holy cow that looks like fun. Have you gotten to play it yet?

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  • AntihippyAntihippy Registered User regular
    edited November 2012
    Nope. Looking forward to it, but I really feel like I should finish mark of the ninja and Fly'n as far as my indie platformer backlog goes.

    It's supposedly difficult and fluid like super meat boy, which should be awesome. Also the music from what I've listened to is fantastic.

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  • TavTav Registered User regular
    Shadowhope wrote: »
    How is Deadlight? Worth it?

    I am wondering this too if anyone has any opinions.

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  • übergeekübergeek Registered User regular
    Woke up this morning to find Conquest of the Wizardlands waiting for me thanks to @Roycesraphim

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  • Idx86Idx86 A man chooses A slave obeysRegistered User regular
    Tav wrote: »
    Shadowhope wrote: »
    How is Deadlight? Worth it?

    I am wondering this too if anyone has any opinions.

    In the previous thread, one or two folks stated it wasn't quite worth $7.50.

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  • Idx86Idx86 A man chooses A slave obeysRegistered User regular
    In other news, Quantum Conundrum is 3.74 on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0088TTJH0/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?tag=childsplaycha-20

    Just when I thought I was done, they pull me back in.

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  • TPSouTPSou Registered User regular
    Anyone found any good deals on Lego Lord of the Rings that I would be able to access in the UK?

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  • Joe Camacho MKIIJoe Camacho MKII Registered User regular
    Idx86 wrote: »
    Tav wrote: »
    Shadowhope wrote: »
    How is Deadlight? Worth it?

    I am wondering this too if anyone has any opinions.

    In the previous thread, one or two folks stated it wasn't quite worth $7.50.

    Indeed, I also read that in the previous thread, there is also a WTF is Deadlight from Total Biscuit IIRC, if you like his WTFs.

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