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Author:  Nesretep [ Thu Oct 11, 2007 1:08 pm ]
Post subject:  STEAM

Perhaps one of you here can see what I cannot. It seems every time I try and run any Steam-based games in offline mode (which I do because I have dial-up and just want to play SP at the moment), it forces me to go online if I want to launch the game at all. It doesn't seem to matter if it is MINERVA, HL2, HL2: Ep. 1, etc. It happens with them all. Any ideas/suggestions?

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Author:  TrenchFeeder [ Thu Oct 11, 2007 6:27 pm ]
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Steam.....is .........well, stupid


That's why I preloaded Ep2, and Portal, then had to wait 3 hours after release restarting Steam so I could decrypt the games little by little.

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Author:  damic [ Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:17 am ]
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That is a old school bug and still not fixed :| did you check the steam error pages?

Steam answers on offline mode

Author:  elyscape [ Sun Oct 14, 2007 3:08 pm ]
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Make sure to run the games at least once while in online mode, and then you can run them in offline mode as much as you want.

Author:  Nesretep [ Mon Oct 15, 2007 12:27 pm ]
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elyscape wrote:
Make sure to run the games at least once while in online mode, and then you can run them in offline mode as much as you want.


That's the way it's supposed to work. No such luck for me!

@damic: As for the steam error pages I hadn't checked them, but I followed your link and read what it said there.

Author:  elyscape [ Mon Oct 15, 2007 12:36 pm ]
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Nesretep wrote:
elyscape wrote:
Make sure to run the games at least once while in online mode, and then you can run them in offline mode as much as you want.


That's the way it's supposed to work. No such luck for me!

@damic: As for the steam error pages I hadn't checked them, but I followed your link and read what it said there.

Odd. I've had no trouble getting it to work like that.

Author:  Nesretep [ Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:02 pm ]
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It used to let me play offline whenever I wanted. But recently, if I try and start a game offline, it pops up an error message saying something about not being able to perform that action in offline mode.

Author:  TrenchFeeder [ Mon Oct 15, 2007 5:24 pm ]
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Well what bothers me about it is, it affects third party games as well. So if I want to show Minerva to my friend, who amazingly is the only person alive without at least having dial up, I cannot

Author:  locworks [ Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Good grief!

http://steampowered.com/v/index.php?area=package&SubId=478
When will the insanity stop?

Author:  Nesretep [ Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Good grief!

locworks wrote:


It'll stop when Steam stops being so annoying! When will Steam do that? Probably never. :(

Author:  TrenchFeeder [ Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:13 pm ]
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Author:  locworks [ Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Good grief!

Nesretep wrote:
locworks wrote:


It'll stop when Steam stops being so annoying! When will Steam do that? Probably never. :(


I was referring to the Complete Pack. I'm curious about the target demographic for that product. Who is going to shell 100 out USD for all these games? If that person is into FPSs, I can hardly believe they didn't get already a big chunk of the pack. If they don't like the genre, why would they buy it.

Author:  Nesretep [ Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Oh...

I see. I assumed you were referring to Steam since this was the Steam subforum. My bad. My statement stands nevertheless.

On topic with your post, locworks...I have to agree. That is a crazy amount of money to spend for games that many people probably already own a fair portion of. There is no indication of any special content either as an enticement to buy, just the games as they are. Some of the games don't give you anything new, and are almost a duplication of others, like Half-life and Half-life: Source. Other than the fact that the physics is enhanced the game is basically the same. Unless you want to play Someplace Else, right? ;)

Author:  locworks [ Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:47 pm ]
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No worries. A solo Steam Half Life download is 9,95 USD. A bargain bin hunt may be even less expensive.

The only realistic scenarios I see for the Complete Pack are:
- burglary, fire, flood, earthquake destroying the disks and serial numbers
- (self)-gift for recent FPS convert or a gamer who's returned from a self-enforced no-game-land
- game dev team setting up a test account/machine

That's a narrow demographic, but since the overhead is close to 0, Valve can do that.

I will now confess buying the Id Super Pack and fall silent for a few minutes.

Author:  Nesretep [ Fri Oct 26, 2007 6:30 pm ]
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locworks wrote:
I will now confess buying the Id Super Pack and fall silent for a few minutes.


OK, let me get this right. You think the Valve Complete Pack is silly, but you bought the id Super Pack. Hmmm...you made the right choice in staying silent. :D

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