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[HowTo] skip tutorial in SimCity

Whenever you hit a new server to play you’ll encounter this screen.Maxis has cleverly hidden away skipping the tutorial screen so that people will ALWAYS go through it.  Not to worry though as there’s


SimCity [2013] Crash to Desktop, Online Issues, White Screen problems and various fixes

SimCity has just launched and like most PC games in memory, there’s a LOT of issues to be had — mostly with the always-online DRM of the game but that’s really out of our


[HowTo] Fix Steam always validating cache files

Yes, that annoying Validating Steam cache files message pop-ups up each time you launch Team Fortress 2 or Counter Strike Source from a cold boot (meaning you haven’t launched the game since your PC


[Fix] Steam: stuck on preparing to launch

Gadzooks, seems like Steam isn’t all that cheery and bug free after all. If you’re like me then you’ve seen the message above more times than you’d like to. Especially since Steam should launch


Generic Game Problem Fixes

There are a literally thousands of PC configurations which is why a universal fix for graphics problems isn’t possible.  The closest we can get for a universal fix is a general checklist that we’ll rundown through


GPU Driver updates

With the need for updated drivers for gaming, here is a compiled list of links for non-manufacturer specific drivers. Important Note: For discrete GPU users, if you’re using manufacturer specific drivers, jump to the list below. Graphics


[Fix] Dragon Age 2 Crashes, Installation Issues, Crash to Desktop (CTD), framerate issues, save game problems

Ah yes, Dragon Age II is here but like quite a few games before it, there’s quite a few problems that prevent you from enjoying the game. These range from the all too common


HowTo: Fix Fallout New Vegas crashes, audio issues

The newest game in the Fallout series, Fallout: New Vegas is awesome but is quite a disappointment as it’s broken right out of the box. While I didn’t experience Fallout New Vegas crashes


[Fix] Civilization V Crashes, Direct X issues, Black Screen

After playing with Civilization 5 for quite awhile (and found a fix to skip that annoying intro movie), the next logical step is to fix some of the most common problems encountered when playing


HowTo: Fix “The Battle.net Account does not include an associated copy of Starcraft 2” error

You’ve just bought StarCraft II, installed it on your system, entered your CD-KEY in Battle.Net, got the confirmation (and thanks) from Blizzard that your game is now authenticated.  Upon launching the game and logging


Civilization V skip Intro Movie

After installing Civilization V, the Intro Movie will be the biggest headache that you’ll encounter. Why? There’s virtually no way to stop it (short of hitting CTRL + ALT + DELETE) from running it’s


[Fix] Sims 3 crashes, Crash to desktop, generic errors

Fixing Sims 3 crashes is probably one of the most common task I’ve been doing on my PCs.  Simply put, it’s EA’s most buggy, unoptimized and unfixed game.  Still, it’s fun as hell so


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