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CS:GO PC Gaming

CS:GO Extended Radio Menu with New Commands (2020)

If you ever wanted to say the voice commands like Get out of there it’s gonna blow or other hidden radio commands then follow this guide to get started. Also, this guide includes 4 additional commands you won’t find in other guides. These are:

  1. Sorry!
  2. Need a drop!
  3. Bombsite A
  4. Bombsite B

But first you’ll need to locate your CS:GO’s radiopanel.txt file. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open Steam
  2. Go to your Library tab
  3. Right click on CS:GO -> Manage -> Browse Local Files
  4. Open the folder csgo -> resource -> ui
  5. In the ui folder you’ll find the file radiopanel.txt
  6. Right click on it and keep holding down the right click button
  7. Drag it into some whitespace then let go of right click
  8. Press Copy here to make a backup
  9. Open the radiopanel.txt file
  10. Press CTRL+A to select all the contents and delete them
  11. Copy and paste the code below into the file
  12. Save it and enjoy


"RadioPanel.txt"
{

//"SFUI_StandardRadio"
//"SFUI_GroupRadio"
//"SFUI_ReportRadio"
"Groups"
{
"standard"
{
"hotkey" "1"
"title" "#SFUI_CommandRadio"
"timeout" "5"

"Commands"
{
"go"
{
"hotkey" "1"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Go"
"cmd" "go"
}

"fallback"
{
"hotkey" "2"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Fall_Back"
"cmd" "fallback"
}

"sticktog"
{
"hotkey" "3"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Stick_Together"
"cmd" "sticktog"
}

"coverme"
{
"hotkey" "4"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Cover_me"
"cmd" "coverme"
}

"followme"
{
"hotkey" "5"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Follow"
"cmd" "followme"
}

"holdpos"
{
"hotkey" "6"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Hold_Pos"
"cmd" "holdpos"
}

"regroup"
{
"hotkey" "7"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Regroup"
"cmd" "regroup"
}

"needrop"
{
"hotkey" "8"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Need_Drop"
"cmd" "needrop"
}

"sorry"
{
"hotkey" "9"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Sorry"
"cmd" "sorry"
}
}
}

"group"
{
"hotkey" "2"
"title" "#SFUI_StandardRadio"
"timeout" "5"

"Commands"
{
"roger"
{
"hotkey" "1"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Roger"
"cmd" "roger"
}

"negative"
{
"hotkey" "2"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Negative"
"cmd" "negative"
}

"thanks"
{
"hotkey" "3"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Thanks"
"cmd" "thanks"
}

"compliment"
{
"hotkey" "4"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Compliment"
"cmd" "compliment"
}

"enemydown"
{
"hotkey" "5"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Enemy_Down"
"cmd" "enemydown"
}

"cheer"
{
"hotkey" "6"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Cheer"
"cmd" "cheer"
}

"reportingin"
{
"hotkey" "7"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Reporting_Int"
"cmd" "reportingin"
}

"go_a"
{
"hotkey" "8"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Bombsite_A"
"cmd" "go_a"
}

"go_b"
{
"hotkey" "9"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Bombsite_B"
"cmd" "go_b"
}
}
}

"report"
{
"hotkey" "3"
"title" "#SFUI_ReportRadio"
"timeout" "5"

"Commands"
{
"enemyspot"
{
"hotkey" "1"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Spotted"
"cmd" "enemyspot"
}

"needbackup"
{
"hotkey" "2"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Need_Backup"
"cmd" "needbackup"
}

"takingfire"
{
"hotkey" "3"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Need_Assist"
"cmd" "takingfire"
}

"sectorclear"
{
"hotkey" "4"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Sector_Clear"
"cmd" "sectorclear"
}

"report"
{
"hotkey" "5"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Report_In"
"cmd" "report"
}

"takepoint"
{
"hotkey" "6"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Take_Point"
"cmd" "takepoint"
}

"inposition"
{
"hotkey" "7"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_In_Position"
"cmd" "inposition"
}

"getout"
{
"hotkey" "8"
"label" "#SFUI_Radio_Shes_Gonna_Blow"
"cmd" "getout"
}
}
}
}
}

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CS:GO PC Gaming Rants

CS:GO’s ranking system is beyond stupid

CS:GO is a very popular game developed by turtle rock studios and valve. It’s a big step forward from CS:Source. CS:GO is almost like a modern day CS 1.6, except it’s run by people who have no idea what they’re doing and/or don’t care about anything other than the money it brings in. The game features a matchmaking system and pairs up a group of 5 people against another group of 5 people based on their ranks.

There are several problems with Valve’s matchmaking system including

  • Poor servers – 64 tick vs the standard 128 tick, Valve claims most people’s PC cannot handle 128 tick. I don’t buy it. I think they don’t want to upgrade because it will cost them a few thousand dollars from their hundreds of millions they get from the virtual economies they’ve made
  • Poor localization – Getting paired with mexicans or in europe’s case, Russians. 100+ ping times are not uncommon
  • Stupid team killing rules – If you accidentally kill someone 3 times you’re kicked. They could easily implement a forgiveness system in which the teammate you killed decides whether to give you a strike or to forgive you

CS:GO's ranks, from silver 1 to global eliteBut that’s not what this article is about. No, instead it’s about the genius ranking system that Valve has come up with. A system that’s supposed to be based on skill, but in reality it’s far from it. The ranking system can be summed up quite easily:

  • Win x number of matches – Rank up
  • Lose x number of matches – Rank down
  • Tie – Sometimes rank up if you were on a winning streak

Your performance in these matches only plays a small role in determining your rank. If you queue up with your friends and you’re a higher rank than them and despite being the top on the scoreboard, you’ll still derank if you lose. It’s as though Valve thinks if you’re a higher rank than the other team you should be able to ace (kill every enemy by yourself) every single round. This would make sense if you’re a global elite and you end up facing silvers, but if you’re supreme master first class and you queue up with your friends that are, say, master guardian II to distinguished master guardian there’s no way you can possibly get an ace every single round. It just doesn’t happen.

Silver’s are essentially new to the game, they cannot move around very easily. They cannot aim very easily. Thus, they are easy to kill. They are a lot like bots or computers playing the game. But players in master guardian I and up aren’t so easy to kill. They can move around, they can aim, and usually they can get kills. It doesn’t matter how good you are, you can’t take on an entire team of somewhat skilled players on your own.

Baboon tapping his keyboard and getting frustrated

CS:GO Developer hard at work

If you don’t queue up with your friends and play solo it’s going to be difficult to rank up. Your rank ups are going to be the result of luck, not skill. That’s what makes this ranking system so stupid. Again, it doesn’t matter how good you are, if you don’t win you do not rank up.

Some people on the Internet say they’ve ranked up after a loss, but this isn’t because of their performance, it’s because they were supposed to rank up a previous match but the system failed to notify them. So they rank up the next match regardless of its outcome.

When I first started playing this game I got placed in gold nova master after 10 wins. I actually should have been placed much higher, at DMG, but I was playing with my silver friend and ended up facing gold nova players. Regardless, I quickly ranked up to MG1 then MG2, then MGE, and then DMG. It wasn’t because of my performance, but because I was able to win matches one after another.

Then, I got to legendary eagle, then legendary eagle master, and finally supreme master first class. I can safely say that DMG and above are all pretty much identical in skill levels. There is only a slight difference between a supreme and a DMG player. Usually, the supreme will have somewhat better aim and spray control, but this isn’t always the case. Players at supreme on average didn’t really know more smokes than players at DMG and above, nor did they know more pop flashes, nor did they know about ninja spots.

I have recently deranked from supreme to LEM due to a losing streak and I did not notice any changes in skill level. I got another losing streak and further deranked to LE. Again, there’s not much difference in skill levels.

At all the ranks I’ve played, there was a common theme:

  • One match you’d play against players close to your skill level and end up having a close game. This is the most fun
  • Another match you’d play against players who seem to belong in the silver ranks and end up destroying them 16-0
  • Then finally, you’d play against players who always get an instant headshot the moment they peak you, yet they don’t know any smokes nor pop flashes and they even have terrible movement. In this case, it’s almost always hackers.

Here’s the funny thing about Valve and their ranking system: they recently disabled voice communication between the two teams at warm-up, during the halftime, and once the match is over. They claim this will allow players to discuss strategies, lol. Not once in my 600 hours of playing this game has anyone discussed strategies before the match has started. Here’s the changelog text:

In official competitive matches, voice communications are now team-only in warmup and half-time, allowing players to discuss player roles and strategies.

The true reason they disabled it is to prevent players from raging. For example, if one team has say won only 1 round while the other team has won 14 rounds, the former team is going to rage at the other during halftime. Essentially, Valve wanted to make the game less toxic. Funny, they still use a ranking system that’s based on wins only. What do you think is going to make someone rage? I know there’s lots of players that would rage at their team if they were losing, especially if that player was on a winning streak and close to ranking up.

In short, don’t waste your time playing CS:GO’s matchmaking. Not only are the ranks based on wins and not skill, but it’s filled with hackers. Save your sanity, and get ESEA.

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How to get a Hawken Closed Beta Key

hawken screenshot

Hawken is a new, innovative multiplayer mech combat game that’s focused on providing an intense battle experience while at the same time, keeping the action fast-paced and strategic. Hawken has been in development for over a year now and is planned for release on December 12, 2012.

However, if you don’t want to wait for its release date, you can get a closed beta key and play the game immediately.

To get a Hawken closed beta key, follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.playhawken.com
  2. Create an account
  3. Verify your e-mail address
  4. Go back to www.playhawken.com and sign-in
  5. At the top right, click on Redeem Code
  6. Type in HAWKEN_RPS to get your beta key
  7. Enjoy
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PC Gaming Team Fortress 2

How to fix TF2 crashing to desktop with sound

Team Fortress 2 is notorious for crashing whilst you are playing the game. In some cases, it will crash to desktop with an error message stating hl2.exe has stopped working. In other cases, the game freezes for a second, loops the sound, and then minimizes itself to desktop without the ability to switch back to it and when this happens you can hear sounds from the game, but other than your desktop, you can’t see anything in the game. When this happens, you have to open task manager to forcefully end the team fortress 2 process.

If you are having issues with TF2 crashing to desktop with the error message hl2.exe has stopped working then I recommend you follow these steps:

    Hl2.exe has stopped working

  1. Open steam and go to Library
  2. Right click Team Fortress 2 and click Properties
  3. Click on the Local Files tab and click Verify Integrity of Game Cache
  4. Click on Defragment Cache Files

The above may or may not fix your hl2.exe error.

Now then, if you are having issues with Team Fortress 2 crashing to desktop with sound then the most likely cause of this problem is your graphics card driver crashing. I know this was the case for me and fortunately I discovered a guaranteed fix for this annoying issue. Immediately  after the game freezes and the sound loops, press CTRL + ALT + Delete and follow these steps:

  1. If you are running Windows 7 then Click on Task Manager
  2. Wait for the message that says ‘display driver has stopped responding and has recovered’
  3. After that message appears wait 2 to 3 minutes
  4. Now click try to switch to team fortress 2
  5. Wait a couple of minutes and you should be able to see the game once again

Usually after this happens the HUD becomes messed up, but luckily there’s a very easy fix for this:

  1. Open the console using the ~ key
  2. Type in hud_reloadscheme 1
  3. That’s it!
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List of TF2 Promo and Craft-only Weapons

Listed below are Team Fortress 2 weapons obtainable either only by crafting or by buying a game. These weapons do not drop like normal items.

1) The Apoco-Fists

tf2 apoco fists craft
These are a pair of gloves worn by the heavy. This weapon is identical to the default fists, but cause an enemy to explode when they are killed. In other words, killing an enemy with these fists is identical to killing them with an explosive weapon, such as the rocket launcher or the stickybomb launcher.
This weapon is a promotional item that was given in genuine quality to players who pre-ordered Saint Rows: The Third on Steam before November 15, 2011.
The chance of obtaining this item from crafting is 1 in 7 or 14.28%. To have a chance at crafting this weapon, you will need to obtain a heavy class token, a melee slot token, and 1 scrap metal. The blueprint for this weapon is shown below:
tf2 apoco fists blueprint

2) Three-Rune Blade

Three rune blade tf2 craft

This is a melee weapon used by the scout. It is simply a re-skin of the Boston Basher and has no unique attributes of its own, though, the sound it makes when it hits an enemy is identical to the Eyelander.

This weapon is a promotional item for the game, The Witcher 2, and was awarded in genuine quality to players who preordered the game on Steam before May 17, 2011.

To craft this weapon, you need to own a scout class token, a melee slot token and 1 scrap metal. The chance of obtaining this item from crafting is 1 in 9 or 11.1%. The formula for crafting this weapon is shown below:

tf2 three rune blade blueprint

3) Sharp Dresser

TF2 Sharp Dresser

This is a melee weapon used by the spy. It is simply a re-skin of the default spy knife and has no unique attributes of its own, however, it is not possible to taunt kill with this weapon it does not utilize the fencing taunt.

This weapon is a promotional item for the game, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and was awarded, along with Dashin’ Hashshashin, in genuine quality to players who preordered the game on Steam before November 29, 2011 in the United States and December 1, 2011 for other countries.

To craft this weapon, you need to own a spy class token, a melee slot token and 1 scrap metal. The chance of obtaining this item from crafting is 1 in 6 or 16.67%. The formula for crafting this weapon is shown below:

tf2 sharp dresser blueprint

4) The Maul

TF2 The MaulThis is a melee weapon used by the pyro. It is simply a re-skin of the Homewrecker and has no unique attributes of its own.

This weapon is a promotional item for the game, Red Faction: Armageddon, and was awarded in genuine quality to players who preordered the game on Steam before June 6, 2011.

To craft this weapon, you need to own a pyro class token, a melee slot token and 1 scrap metal. The chance of obtaining this item from crafting is 1 in 9 or 11.1%. The formula for crafting this weapon is shown below:

tf2 the maul blueprint

5) Wanga Prick

tf2 wanga prick

This is a melee weapon used by the spy. It is simply a re-skin of the Saharan set knife, Your-Eternal Reward, and has no unique attributes of its own, however, it does not constitute as part of the Saharan spy set. In other words, if you want the reduced decloak sound volume from the set then you must equip Your Eternal Reward as the melee weapon along with the L’Etranger and the Familiar Fez.

To craft this weapon, you need to own a spy class token, a melee slot token and 1 scrap metal. The chance of obtaining this item from crafting is 1 in 6 or 16.67%. The formula for crafting this weapon is shown below:

tf2 wanga prick blueprint

6) Unarmed Combat

TF2 Unarmed Combat

This is a melee weapon used by the scout. It is simply a re-skin of the Special Delivery melee weapon, the Holy Mackerel, and has no unique attributes of its own, however, it does not constitute as part of the Special Delivery set. In other words, if you want the increased health from the set then you must equip the Holy Mackerel as the melee weapon along with the Shortstop, Mad Milk and the Milkman. Also, this weapon displays the phrase ‘ARM KILL!’ instead of ‘FISH KILL!’ when an enemy is killed by it.

To craft this weapon, you need to own a scout class token, a melee slot token and 1 scrap metal. The chance of obtaining this item from crafting is 1 in 9 or 11.1%. The formula for crafting this weapon is shown below:

TF2 unarmed combat formula
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How to use your PS3 controller as an Xbox 360 controller

PS3 Controller on PC

Keyboard and mouse gaming is great for certain games, but some games, like racing games for example, are better enjoyed with a controller.

If you have an Xbox 360 controller then it’s as simple as plugging it into your Windows-based PC via USB cable and using it. If you have a PS3 controller, however, then it’s a different scenario.
Luckily, there’s a program called MotioninJoy which lets you use your PS3 controller on your PC. You can download it here.
After you download it, simply follow these instructions to get it up and running:
  1. Download MotioninJoy
  2. Extract the archive anywhere
  3. Run the setup file
  4. Run DS3 Tool
  5. Driver manager
  6. Connect the PS3 controller to your PC via USB cable
  7. Select the port that showed up after you connected your PS3 controller
  8. Click Load Driver
  9. Click on profiles
  10. Make sure the mode selected is Xinput-Default Xbox 360 controller emulator
  11. Now you can use your PS3 controller as though it’s an Xbox 360 controller
You can also use your controller wirelessly if you have a Bluetooth adapter. It only costs $2 if you don’t have one. If have a Bluetooth adapter and you want to use your controller wirelessly then follow these instructions:
  1. Connect your Bluetooth adapter to your PC
  2. Click on the Bluetooth pair tab
  3. Click Pair now
  4. Remove the USB cable from your PS3
  5. You should now be able to use your controller wirelessly
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PC Gaming Team Fortress 2

How to fix lag in Team Fortress 2 in Windows 7

I recently upgraded my operating system from Windows XP to Windows 7. I did a clean install of Windows 7 and everything was running smoothly. When I started playing Team Fortress 2, however, I noticed that the game lags behind about a second or so even though my ping times were normal ( < 100 ms).

After a while of playing, I got really frustrated and decided to do something about the lag. I checked the netgraph and noticed the connection was choking. After researching possible causes of this, I came to a conclusion. Windows 7 packs a lot of unnecessary services and one of those services, Multimedia Class Scheduler service, was causing source engine-based games to lag. After disabling the Multimedia Class Scheduler service, I was finally able to play and enjoy Team Fortress 2 without the annoying lag.

How to disable Multimedia Class Scheduler service in Windows 7

  1. Press the start button
  2. Type in services.msc and press enter
  3. Scroll down until you find Multimedia Class Scheduler
  4. Right Click it and click properties
  5. Where it says Startup type, choose Disabled

The Multimedia Class Scheduler service, however, is required for the windows audio service meaning you will not have sound without it, but you can change this by following these steps:

  1. Click on the start button
  2. Type in regedit and press enter
  3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetservicesAudiosrv
  4. Right click on DependOnService and click modify
  5. Remove the line MMCSS
  6. Restart your computer