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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.

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  • SudsSuds Registered User regular
    @UpsetProps won Skyrim

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  • I needed a gnome to post.I needed a gnome to post. Registered User regular
    i love pizones

    How long until Steam has a /pizza feature

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  • IoloIolo iolo Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Skyrim giveaway is a hell of a nice way to kick off the new thread.

    Also I'm reposting these because Handgimp rules:

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  • heenatoheenato Registered User regular
    Being able to order a pizza with my steam wallet money would be amazing.

    M A G I K A Z A M
  • Triple BTriple B Bastard of the North MARegistered User regular
    i love pizones

    How long until Steam has a /pizza feature

    I can get behind this.

    Kinda like one of those cards that gets a hole punched in it every time you eat at a restaurant or whatever. Buy 5 games, get a free pizza. Fuck yes.

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  • Bobkins FlymoBobkins Flymo Your motherfucking life ends thirty minutes from now.Registered User, Moderator mod
    So we will serve and look like the Newell.

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  • I needed a gnome to post.I needed a gnome to post. Registered User regular
    midweek madness

    breadsticks at 75% off

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  • LepwaveLepwave Registered User regular
    It's gonna take a lot of pizzas to look like the Newell.

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  • I needed a gnome to post.I needed a gnome to post. Registered User regular
    the summer sale is about steam's new partnership with pizza hutt

    get 10 achievements get a free personal pizza

    10 lucky winners will win every pizza on their wishlist

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  • LepwaveLepwave Registered User regular
    Grand prize winner will win a lifetime amount of pizzas.

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  • Bobkins FlymoBobkins Flymo Your motherfucking life ends thirty minutes from now.Registered User, Moderator mod
    Lepwave wrote:
    It's gonna take a lot of pizzas to look like the Newell.
    Do you realize how many pizzas this thread would get if you got a free one with every five games?

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  • heenatoheenato Registered User regular
    the summer sale is about steam's new partnership with pizza hutt

    get 10 achievements get a free personal pizza

    10 lucky winners will win every pizza on their wishlist
    All pizzas on my wishlist would be Hawaiian. Okay. Maybe a beef one in there somewhere.

    M A G I K A Z A M
  • Banzai5150Banzai5150 Registered User regular
    God damn you people, I want Pizza now.. Not only just a Pizza, it must be a Pizza, a Pizone, and some breadsticks and about 30 of each so I can become the new Gabe!

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  • LepwaveLepwave Registered User regular
    Rorus Raz wrote:
    Lepwave wrote:
    It's gonna take a lot of pizzas to look like the Newell.
    Do you realize how many pizzas this thread would get if you got a free one with every five games?

    Not enough to look like Newell, HIYO!

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  • Bobkins FlymoBobkins Flymo Your motherfucking life ends thirty minutes from now.Registered User, Moderator mod
    I am eating pizza right now.

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  • vegeta_666vegeta_666 CanadaRegistered User regular
    I am owed at minimum 41 pizzas.

    I actually really want pizza so this would be quite nice. Not at all once but maybe a couple a week.

    Backlog news: Bulletstorm is beaten! It was a very fun game, it got little iffy at the end but it managed to not overstay it's welcome. I'm sad there won't be a sequel though. And now, I am about halfway through LIMBO and enjoying it. Though, I feel ashamed to say I alt+tab every so often for a walkthrough.

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  • cardboard delusionscardboard delusions USAgent PSN: Saint_XLRegistered User regular
    @madpanda and I are looking for 2 mans who want in on a Payday 4 pack. Let us know we are trying to obtain a coupon :D

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  • Bobkins FlymoBobkins Flymo Your motherfucking life ends thirty minutes from now.Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited January 2012
    I really am not.

    Limbo switches back and forth between wanting to be a slower puzzle game and a quicker platformer that I'd rather not spend 20 lives figuring out which for this section.

    Bobkins Flymo on
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  • bloodatonementbloodatonement Registered User regular
    Everquest did it 7 year ago. Come on Gabe, get on it.

    God, I'd go broke if steam sold (and had crazy sales) on real world items.

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  • APODionysusAPODionysus Registered User regular
    No no no.

    Cheevos give you pepperoni in your inventory. It is traceable. 10 pepperoni can be crafted, but while you might get a large pizza out of the deal, you might just get salad.

    Most of you will get coupons for discount pizza... Redeemable only between the hours of 8am and 11am at Pizza Huts that offer table service.

  • Bobkins FlymoBobkins Flymo Your motherfucking life ends thirty minutes from now.Registered User, Moderator mod
    "The goal for the future is to eventually let people do more things like this," Kramer said. "They could type /harry potter and get the new Harry Potter book delivered or /star wars and get the new Star Wars DVD
    I wonder how that panned out.

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  • lostprophetlostprophet Registered User
    New thread already? We haven't even solved the mystery of elbasunu's name yet. Gotta get some Scooby Doo up in this

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  • gilraingilrain Registered User regular
    Oh, wow! @Iolo just randomly gifted me Orcs Must Die!

    What's that? I think I hear some kind of classiness parade in his honor!
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    Oh, er... well, the parade itself is sort of classy... but it's definitely for classiness! Thanks, Iolo! :D

  • LepwaveLepwave Registered User regular
    New thread already? We haven't even solved the mystery of elbasunu's name yet. Gotta get some Scooby Doo up in this

    Clearly it's too many vowels.

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  • RoyceX7RoyceX7 Registered User regular
    new thread smells goooooood

    Steam: RoyceX7

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  • Vi MonksVi Monks Registered User regular
    Reposting for the new thread:
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  • vegeta_666vegeta_666 CanadaRegistered User regular
    Rorus Raz wrote:
    I really am not.

    Limbo switches back and forth between wanting to be a slower puzzle game and a quicker platformer that I'd rather not spend 20 lives figuring out which for this section.

    Yeah, that's really why I have to check so often.

    Sometimes I have some time to think and plan and sometimes not, with no indication of which it's going to be.

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  • SumanaiSumanai muh PTRegistered User regular
    edited January 2012
    RoyceX7 wrote:
    new thread smells goooooood

    That's pizza smell!
    Hmmmm new pizza smell....

    Sumanai on
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  • Lord_SnotLord_Snot Живу за выходные American ValhallaRegistered User regular
    You guys should go buy Dustforce. It's plain awesome, kinda like a 2D Mirror's Edge with a sweet soundtrack.

  • heenatoheenato Registered User regular
    Lord_Snot wrote:
    You guys should go buy Dustforce. It's plain awesome, kinda like a 2D Mirror's Edge with a sweet soundtrack.
    Oh. I will eventually. But right now, the choice is between save up for dustforce, or save up for a controller I don't have to jump through hoops to get working, and doesn't have a dead zone the size of niagra falls.

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  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu ___________PIGEON _________San Diego, CA Registered User regular
    New thread? COMIC EDIT

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  • vegeta_666vegeta_666 CanadaRegistered User regular
    Lord_Snot wrote:
    You guys should go buy Dustforce. It's plain awesome, kinda like a 2D Mirror's Edge with a sweet soundtrack.

    I keep hearing this comparison and I love Mirror's Edge and sweet soundtracks.

    This week however was groceries and rent and bills so, I seem to have found myself with $2 in my account. Soon Dustforce, soooon.

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  • SoundsPlushSoundsPlush yup, back. Registered User regular
    Lord_Snot wrote:
    2D Mirror's Edge

    CRITICAL HIT

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  • Bobkins FlymoBobkins Flymo Your motherfucking life ends thirty minutes from now.Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited January 2012
    It's like 2D Mirror's Edge.

    Only it doesn't suck!

    Bobkins Flymo on
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  • RandomHajileRandomHajile Not actually a Snatcher The New KremlinRegistered User regular
    It's spelled "P'Zone®" you heathens!

  • DrascinDrascin Registered User regular
    Hey, everyone, how's the conversion of the Sega Classics, on average? I really am feeling like getting Sonic 3 for old times' sake, but I've heard there's trouble with the saves or something?

  • bobwocobobwoco Registered User regular
    It's that beautiful (pizza-y) new thread smell!

    also, I'm planning on getting Morrowind pretty soon. what should i expect?

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  • The ListenerThe Listener Registered User regular
    Hmm, debating on if I want to keep my two coupons, a -50% Valve, and a -%25 Atari. Using the first on Portal 2 would be rather cool, but I don't know if I will use the -25% Atari before it expires in case my PC build goes slower than planned. Any must-have Atari games out there, or should the coupon find a better home?

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  • RandomHajileRandomHajile Not actually a Snatcher The New KremlinRegistered User regular
    Also, I have a coupon for today's daily deal if anyone wants it. Brings it down to $2.50.

  • SkyEyeSkyEye Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Someone in this thread is going to end up stabbing the manager of a Pizza Hut one hundred and fifty times and stealing all the pizones isn't he?

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