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IMDisk Ram Drive and SteamTool Library Manager

There’s quite a bit of information about Ram Drives out there, but it seems somewhat dated. I found one combination that looks kind of interesting. It’s a free Ram Drive tool called IMDisk and a manager for Steam games called SteamTool Library Manager.

I haven’t actually worked with these yet, but from what I can gather, the process works a little something like this.

You first make and mount a new Ram Drive with IMDisk. This will carve out a portion of your memory and make it appear as a hard drive with drive letter.

Next, the SteamTool Library Manager allows you to copy games from your Steam library over to the ram drive.

It all seems pretty straightforward doesn’t it? Some of this information is kind of old so who knows how reliable any of this is. I might be inclined to give this a try, since it doesn’t seem that hard. It’s not quite the automated set up of DimmDrive nor does it have the fail safe mechanism, but it might be worth a look. It doesn’t save anything or have recovery features so if power goes off or the computer reboots, the data is gone. Could be dicey, so not sure if I’m ready to stick Grid in there.

IMDisk Ram Drive
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You really need to get over to Steam and check out the sales

Oh my goodness, would you look at all the stuff on sale at Steam! I thought the previous sales were outrageous!

You can pick up Grid: Autosport for $13. You can snag SpinTires for $10. You can get Rise of Nations for $5. You can get the Age of Empires II HD bundle for $8.50. And there is all sorts of DLC and Expansion Packs on sale. It makes me dizzy scrolling through the list!

Just about everything is on sale. If you need some new games to play, jump over there and load up that cart! Hell, I just picked up the Golf Club for a fraction of the release price!

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It’s time to break out your wallets and head over to the Steam Holiday Sale

Don’t put that wallet away just yet, Steam has kicked off their holiday sale and there is an enormous selection of games on sale. This will run through the New Year (Jan 2) and already includes hundreds of games and will rotate through a huge part of their catalog.

Lots of games in my Wishlist are on sale like Gauntlet, Flockers, The Golf Club, Life is Feudal just to name a few. And on the main page games like Next Car Game, Grid Autosport and all the DLC, Road Redemption, SpinTires, Batman, the Total War series, Nancy Drew titles, Kerbal Space Program, Terreria and Assetto Corsa just to hit a couple of highlights.

The amount of titles on sale is pretty damn staggering. I don’t really need anymore games, since I’ve mainly switched over to playing Shroud of the Avatar these days, but some of these titles really have my interest. You can even pick up casual titles like Dead Man’s Draw and The Room.

I think I’m going to swoop in and grab some of the DLC for Grid Autosport. Then I might get a new game called Frontiers that has my interest, or I might just go all in and get Life is Feudal. Honestly, there is so much to pick from I have to pace myself or I might go broke.

There’s some great deals out there so head over to Steam and keep checking back for more games on sale.

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Big Game Sale Going On at Steam!

If you haven’t checked it out, head over to Steam and check out some of the big sales they have going on. If you’re into racing now is the time to buy with Grid Autosport on sale for $13.59 and Next Car Game Wreckfest for $14.99 and the mud-slinging, gear grinding adventures of SpinTires for $10.19.

There are tons of others on sale as well. From the look of things, damn near 5,800 games have a discount going right now. If you’re looking for something new, head over there before prices jump around again.

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Behind the wheel of a fast automobile – Grid Autosport

image Grid Autosport was on sale the other day and it was too tempting a deal to pass up. I’ve got Grid and Grid 2 from Steam as well as Dirt 2, 3 and Showdown and they’re all a hell of a lot of fun to play. Grid Autosport seemed to cause a divide though. Was it too arcade or was it too much simulation?

I found it to be wildly entertaining! It is far less arcade style than the previous Grid games and is more closely aligned with the experience you get in F1 2013 or F1 2013. I spent almost all of my time in the Touring discipline and it’s quite challenging. It’s not easy to get and hold a high position in a race. Small mistakes will cost you a ton of time and wildly slinging the car with complete disregard for damage won’t get you anywhere. I saw my chance for an overtake in a tight turn and used my car like a battering ram. I ricocheted off my competitors and shoved my way into an open slot. A lap later the right front wheel was shot to hell and the steering was ruined. The car so out of alignment I couldn’t finish.

Seems you have to use a bit of skill, timing, strategy and some luck in order to gain positions in this one. My battering ram approach didn’t work out so well. Let me rephrase, it did work out, just not over the long term. Looks like I’ll need to improve my driving skills.

The graphics are excellent as is the sound. It’s a very good experience and oddly I think this is more along the lines of what Assetto Corsa is trying to put together. Except this game can brake in the turns correctly. It definitely needs a more refined touch in order to race effectively. It’s a great deal of fun, but far more challenging than the other titles. Going through a Season of racing should have you on the edge of your seat looking for an opportunity to make up some ground and throwing your hands in the air when a minor mistake costs you several positions. Nitrous won’t help you recover lost ground from a poorly timed turn.

I’m not a huge fan of all the "Power Packs" and add-ons available for Grid Autosport. This is far too much like the nickel and dime mentality of Electronic Arts and no one should follow that model. That didn’t stop me from enjoying this game, I just think it’s a terrible model to follow.

If you just want go get behind the wheel and tear up the track you’ll be frustrated with Grid Autosport. You’d be better off with Dirt 2, Dirt Showdown or Next Car Game. However, if you want to race through seasons where timing and strategy can win a race, then Grid Autosport will make you happy. I got this on sale and am very satisfied with the purchase.

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