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[Steam] If you ask whether to buy something, we'll probably say yes.

PeewiPeewi I edited this in 2024I edited this in 2024Registered User regular
edited November 2011 in Games and Technology
OP shamelessly stolen from the broken thread.
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Coping With Steam: Reinterpreted Artistic Commentary on Our Shared Affliction
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Most Frequently Asked Questions

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


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.


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.


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.

Some Words on Gifting

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. 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.


An Important Word on Contests

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.


Helpful Stuff

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.
AUSTRALIANS!!!!

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.
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150KB/s :(

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.

This shit totally needs to go into the OP, I've tipped this to so many people already.

Cool Community Add-Ons

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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  • ShimshaiShimshai Flush with Success! Isle of EmeraldRegistered User regular
    Ah good. The other thread was confusing me to say the least.

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  • TheKoolEagleTheKoolEagle Registered User regular
    so spacesiege isn't even worth >$4? thats a shame because I enjoyed the first dungeon siege

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  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    Oh thank you, man! that bug is weird, annoying, and scary.

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  • LepwaveLepwave Registered User regular
    Seems some other people can post in the other thread still, while others are in a time warp.

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  • heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    Ahh. That new untardised thread smell.

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  • CorriganXCorriganX Jacksonville, FLRegistered User regular
    Its hilarious watching the broken thread. Click the last poster's picture, and check their last comments. Its always something like "Hey guys, why is this post from so long ago?" or "Hey, anyone else seeing old posts here?". Its been like that since last night, and people keep noticing and posting in the thread about it, haha. :p

    I picked up space siege and have played a bit more into it, until the first cybernetic upgrade. Game is pretty decent so far. Good pick up for cheapo, but I guess the time has come for a new daily deal, so its kinda pointless to talk about it. Its definitely not worth full price. :p

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  • Alfred J. KwakAlfred J. Kwak is it because you were insulted when I insulted your hair?Registered User regular
    Goumindong wrote:
    Yes, Witcher 1, just jumping on the discussion. I was having a reasonable amount of fun but then it was all downhill after the opener. MMO style questing completely lost me. Bioware has me a bit spoiled on writing.

    Bioware has you spoiled on writing and you stopped playing the Witcher before you started the first major quest?

    Well it wasn't good. It stuffed me in an open world with questing and exploration with profoundly repetitive combat that was less fun than just quitting and staring at my desktop. I didn't give a shit about any of the characters, and most of the conversations I encountered were tedious. I just wanna know what the good part is, and if I hadn't experienced it yet or if other people are just better at ignoring the bad.

    I suggest trying out Witcher 2, it's quite a different game from the first one I think (didn't play The Witcher for more than an hour maybe, couldn't stand it either). They actually hired an English writer this time (and the story/dialogues are really rather good) and I thought it it felt very much like a Bioware game.

  • L Ron HowardL Ron Howard The duck MinnesotaRegistered User regular
    edited October 2011
    Now you're playing with POWER.

    Now you're playing with fucking shit

    I'm about to finish Deus Ex and I need a new Steam game to play... I know this is stereotypical of me but are there any fantastic platformers (other than Trine) on Steam?

    Here is a list of the platformers that I have. Most of them are 2D, which is what I assume you're going for.

    A.R.E.S.
    Aquaria
    Blade Kitten
    Blocks that Matter
    Blueberry Garden
    Braid
    Capsized
    Cloning Clyde
    Commander Keen
    MDK/MDK2, maybe? It's not a 2D one, but it's 3D. Psychonauts as well if you're going into 3D ones.
    NyxQuest
    Oddworld
    Rocket Knight
    Serious Sam Double D
    Super Meat Boy (you did ask if there were others, that were not just Trine.... :D ) VVVVVVVV counts too (yeah, I know you did some Let's Plays. Figured I'd go for completeness though)
    Terraria, I guess..?
    Toki Tori
    Tommy Tronic

    How's that.
    There's also one based on Half-Life and one of Halo that are free to download on the internets. I don't remember what they're called, but I'm sure you can Google them and get them.

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  • PeewiPeewi I edited this in 2024 I edited this in 2024Registered User regular
    Lepwave wrote:
    Seems some other people can post in the other thread still, while others are in a time warp.

    I haven't tested it, but I think anyone can post in the broken threads. You just can't see it.

  • L Ron HowardL Ron Howard The duck MinnesotaRegistered User regular
    And since my posts were eaten, I'm re-re-reposting it again.
    Re: Fallout2
    If you don't start out as a melee character, in the Cave of Trials, when you're talking with the guy, you can ask him over and over "why do I have to fight?" or something, I forget what the actual line is, and he'll eventually relent and allow you to not do it. It takes a while, and it's almost easier to just suffer through the combat if you're pressed for time. But you can skip all that stupid combat and get right to the Power Suit.

  • CorriganXCorriganX Jacksonville, FLRegistered User regular
    edited October 2011
    Oh shit. THQ Week - Today's deal is 75% off Metro 2033.

    Edit- 33% off their entire THQ catalog as well, excluding Space Marine and Saints Row 3.

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  • SlimceaSlimcea Registered User regular
    THQ Sale Week! (Last one seemed pretty recent didn't it)?

    Metro 2033 for today.

    At a guess - Red Faction, STALKER, Titan Quest, COH will go on special sale for the rest of the week.

    Hopefully they do a Supcom 1 sale though. It's 50% off, wouldn't mind getting it cheaper. If not, time to complete my TA/Supcom collection!

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  • PeewiPeewi I edited this in 2024 I edited this in 2024Registered User regular
    CorriganX wrote:
    Oh shit. THQ Week - Today's deal is 75% off Metro 2033.

    Edit- 33% off their entire THQ catalog as well, excluding Space Marine and Saints Row 3.

    Also:
    Additionally, Steam Cloud integration has been added to many of your favorite THQ titles, allowing your game saves to travel with you wherever you play. Just launch your Steam copy of games like Metro 2033 and your game saves will be copied to the cloud.

    Short of a deal on Dow2 Retribution that's better than the last few ones, I don't think there are any THQ games I'd be interested in getting.

  • heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    So, how many times now has Metro been on sale now?

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  • carmofincarmofin Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    Hmmm, so what is stopping people from buying 1000 copies of Metro and selling them for 5 dollars a week later? Just curious which part I'm missing.

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  • TheCanManTheCanMan GT: Gasman122009 JerseyRegistered User regular
    carmofin wrote:
    Hmmm, so what is stopping people from buying 1000 copies of Metro and selling them for 5 dollars a week later? Just curious which part I'm missing.

    You could pretty much say the exact same thing about everything that's ever been on sale anywhere.

    And I think I may have sprained something when I jumped at buying it at that price.

  • NEO|PhyteNEO|Phyte They follow the stars, bound together. Strands in a braid till the end.Registered User regular
    Dammit steam, not a week after I buy supreme commander after noticing it arrived on steam, it goes on sale.

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  • ParielPariel Registered User regular
    Man, the THQ package looks good. If only I could convince myself to pay $50 for, well, anything.

  • CorpekataCorpekata Registered User regular
    Sale that might go under the radar: Supreme Commander, which was barely added to Steam like a week ago, is half off (7.50).


    God I hope Titan Quest is a daily. Have been in the mood for a dungeon/loot crawl for a while and been a while since one has been on sale.

  • TheKoolEagleTheKoolEagle Registered User regular
    is it wrong of me to want to buy supreme commander 1 and expansion even though i own the game already? its just I have the original disc and the expansion on driect2drive

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  • harvestharvest By birthright, a stupendous badass.Registered User regular
    Finally buying Metro 2033. I played it a bit when it came out but was sorely lacking in the video horsepower department. This time I'm ready :D

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  • PurpleMonkeyPurpleMonkey Why so derp? Registered User regular
    Arrgghh I barely have enough money as it is but now they put on Metro 2033 for that cheap and given it's a THQ week Dawn Of War 2 will probably go on sale at some point as well D:

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  • BullioBullio Registered User regular
    Really hoping non-THQ hits pack games make the dailies this sale since I bought the pack during the summer sale. I'm looking at you, Space Marine (which doesn't even qualify for the normal 33% off meaning it won't be a daily :().

    I believe this was eaten by the buggy old thread, but I completed Portal 2's co-op campaign (minus DLC) with a friend last night. GLaDOS had some really fantastic lines, but overall the "plot" was really lacking. I was also expecting it to start during a certain point of Portal 2's singleplayer campaign, but it seems to be completely isolated from it.

    We totally broke the first room of the last area, too. I found out later, through this video, that this is how it's supposed to be done.
    The box never did that for us despite our trying to retrieve it that way, so we assumed we were supposed to get to it later. We ended up
    timing our jump from the big upper platform so that we landed on the first grated ledge, then jumped off that toward the wall with the levers and flipped them. It worked, thus allowing us to completely bypass the block and lasers.

    It's the first real "I don't think that's the way you're supposed to do it" moment I've had in a Portal game.

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  • SteevLSteevL What can I do for you? Registered User regular
    As someone who still hasn't started playing Metro 2033, I am quite happy to hear of the Steam Cloud support for whenever I finally do get around to it.

    Also, yay, new thread.

  • Big ClassyBig Classy Registered User regular
    Hey a new reason to play Metro 2033, woohoo for steam cloud.

  • IoloIolo iolo Registered User regular
    Thank goodness. I felt adrift without a Steam thread to check.

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  • SightTDWSightTDW Registered User regular
    Really? They really added cloud support to Dawn of War 2 the day after I finished and uninstalled Chaos Rising?

    You just know its going to go on sale too. If I waited one more weekend to play it I could have gotten some co-op going for sure, but there's always Retribution.

    Would love to see Space Marine get a sale. If it drops around $30 I will be all over it. Same goes for Dawn of War Platinum if it drops around $10. I was even just thinking last night how we were due for a Steam sale since I seemed to have money. Those things tend to time out together.

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  • Lord_SnotLord_Snot Живу за выходные American ValhallaRegistered User regular
    Nice one Peewi, for making this secondary thread.

    God Damnit Steam. I spend my last 5 euros on Universe Sandbox, thinking that there won't be anything until Midweek Madness, and then this happens. On the plus side, I still can't afford Dawn of War II unless it has a special sale.

    Another thing, after seeing that STALKER was on sale, I thought that Call of Pripyat would be too, disappointed to find that THQ didn't publish that.

  • TheCanManTheCanMan GT: Gasman122009 JerseyRegistered User regular
    SightTDW wrote:
    Really? They really added cloud support to Dawn of War 2 the day after I finished and uninstalled Chaos Rising?

    You just know its going to go on sale too. If I waited one more weekend to play it I could have gotten some co-op going for sure, but there's always Retribution.

    Would love to see Space Marine get a sale. If it drops around $30 I will be all over it. Same goes for Dawn of War Platinum if it drops around $10. I was even just thinking last night how we were due for a Steam sale since I seemed to have money. Those things tend to time out together.

    Space Marine and Saints Row the Third are both excluded from the "Entire Catalog" sale. So it'd be an absolute miracle if either of them went on any kind of sizable sale. Maybe you'll get a 10 or 15% off, but I even doubt you'll see that.

  • Big ClassyBig Classy Registered User regular
    Shimshai wrote:
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    Ferrari? in GTA IV? WHAT

    Meet Niko Bellic, Sadistic asshole covered in blood.

    Man, finally got some mods working with the game and its a blast. I just wish i can get red of this stupid teture pop in, its hideous. It'l like Rage, where every time I turn some testures will pop in after a second.

    It's funny, the last time I played GTA IV, I don't really recall texture pop-in being this bad, but I started playing a few days ago again (on PC) and it is pretty terrible.

    Coincidentally, their graphics engine is called RAGE!

    From the last thread but I noticed it only after reinstalling windows 7 so it could be a new patch with either the game or windows. Its bloody hideous though and seems to get worse over time indicating a memory leak. And they say saints row 2 was badly optimised.

  • LawndartLawndart Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    I can't remember there ever being a daily sale on a game preorder, although I remember they had a 10% preorder discount on Space Marine for a while before they added a copy of Darksiders instead.

    So I'm not holding out much hope that Saints Row The Third will get any daily discount, especially considering how that might aggravate the folks who've already preordered it at full price.

    I'm also not expecting Space Marine to be a daily deal since it's still a bit too new, but then again maybe they'll throw it up for something like 15-20% off just to see how many units they can move. Of course, that would pretty much just be price-matching Amazon since Space Marine is a Steamworks game.

    And yeah, at this point I'm at a loss as to what THQ games I want but don't already own.

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  • SightTDWSightTDW Registered User regular
    TheCanMan wrote:
    SightTDW wrote:
    Really? They really added cloud support to Dawn of War 2 the day after I finished and uninstalled Chaos Rising?

    You just know its going to go on sale too. If I waited one more weekend to play it I could have gotten some co-op going for sure, but there's always Retribution.

    Would love to see Space Marine get a sale. If it drops around $30 I will be all over it. Same goes for Dawn of War Platinum if it drops around $10. I was even just thinking last night how we were due for a Steam sale since I seemed to have money. Those things tend to time out together.

    Space Marine and Saints Row the Third are both excluded from the "Entire Catalog" sale. So it'd be an absolute miracle if either of them went on any kind of sizable sale. Maybe you'll get a 10 or 15% off, but I even doubt you'll see that.

    My hopes and dreams hate you, but my wallet loves you, so that's a wash.

    That's what I never understand about these sales. Wouldn't you want to put things that aren't in the pack on the daily sales? Its one thing when its a company's entire catalog, but it looks like THQ just picked games out of a hat to put in there.

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  • Banzai5150Banzai5150 Registered User regular
    I love me some Bioware games, but man, I really found the story writing in Witcher 1 and 2 to be leaps and bounds above Bioware's. Maybe I just enjoy different things? I can live with that. Yeah the combat in 1 was repetitive and you were running all over at times, but the story is what held me, and just the character Geralt was so well done I didn't mind.

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  • Lord YodLord Yod Registered User regular
    So they're adding cloud to my THQ games a week after my hard drive fails and I lose all my saves. :(

    Also buy Metro you apes it's incredible.

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  • CroakerBCCroakerBC TorontoRegistered User regular
    Lord Yod wrote:
    So they're adding cloud to my THQ games a week after my hard drive fails and I lose all my saves. :(

    Also buy Metro you apes it's incredible.

    I just wanted to say that you appear to be the only other person in the world who bought Nexus: The Jupiter Incident. And that other people should do so.

  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    To be fair, Yod has bought everything on Steam

  • AlegisAlegis Impeckable Registered User regular
    I am here to tell you to buy Metro 2033

    it's good stuff

  • Lord YodLord Yod Registered User regular
    Played Nexus for about an hour last night (I guess I forgot to close the launcher so Steam thinks I played it all night) and it's actually pretty cool!
    I have too many games

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  • JungleskyeJungleskye Registered User regular
    Witcher 2 is by far one of the best RPG's done in quite some time.

  • AsheAshe Registered User regular
    Ooh, Metro again. Top game, go buy it! I feel the need to replay it too.

    I wonder what else will pop up during the week to taunt me. Do we think Saints Row 2 might end up as one of the daily deals for 75% off rather than the current 33% or something? 'Cos that would definitely push me over the edge into Newell-Serving territory.

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