They both just say Steam required for activation. The game will run a check to make sure the Steam client is installed or it will not run. This may not be a popular opinion but this type of situation encourages people to make cracks. I don't know how often the checks are but internet connection required for activation, online play, and periodic entitlement verification; It's every single time. FelipeInside: i started playing on my desktop then i installed it on my laptop and had to start all over so i dont think it has cloud saves maybe theres an option to turn? Just because you don't like that choice doesn't mean it doesn't exist. What has paranoia to do with this? They are probably one of the most benevolent game companies out there.
While this in and of itself is the purest for of capitalism, it's not condusive of a free market economy. So basically, having to start Steam to play the very few games bought in Steam with my hard earned money is quite pointless to me. Depending on the game this will still launch steam, all you're doing is jumping straight to that game without having to navigate in steam, but steam will will load. So basically just no good reason other than paranoia? If I don't need the Notepad++ to run in order to play my game, it should stay off. Killing steam after the game has launched is apparently possible. The only time it's really a problem is when your internet goes out, and you're trying to launch the game, and Steam tries to connect to the internet first. If it ever did become bad, I used to crack every game I bought, I'd do it again for the games I need to crack.
So basically just no good reason other than paranoia? Seems like a lot of work for little gain. Elemental: Fallen Enchantress and Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes are trademarks of Stardock Entertainment. You only need steam to play steam contracted games. Specifically, Steam displayed an 'Installing' window for a few seconds and then closed, after which the game wouldn't load. No one forces you to use Steam. You can't start most steam games without also launching steam.
I love gta for what it is but this is a bad route to take. Steam works takes away some choices while giving others. Playing in 'offline mode' means that the game you are playing isn't using your internet connection. This has nothing to do with the footprint of the client. It just isn't something that you are supposed to be able to do. Complaining about Steam is like complaining about Windows.
In recent discussions on the stardock forums, it was mentioned some Steam games can run without the Steam app. It won't make a difference for either one of us: they will still make money, and I will still have ways to entertain myself. However, the next day, I noticed this all went away. This is a can of worms though, as developers have a choice as to what their distribution platform will be. From there, it should load normally—although we think some of the problems are due to a Rockstar Social Club connection issue. I don't suppose anyone could give a sure fire way to start a Steam game without the Steam client, such that I could create desktop or ideally taskbar Win7 shortcuts to start Steam games without the Steam client? Steams footprint is minuscule, any machine made after 2004 isn't going to be struggling to run it. What's frustrating is steam's business practices.
I don't car about footprints or mumbo jumbos. I don't need the screenshot feature. To truly keep the Steam Client off-line you have to disconnect from the internet. Several folk mentioned in another thread that they can kill Steam while playing their game using the Windows Task Manager, and their game would still run. Making sure that no unnecessary software is running seems perfectly logical to me. Complaining about Steam is like complaining about Windows. Quoting Teslacrashed, reply 12Why even bother killing steam after launching a game.
Try verifying the game's integrity via Steam to see if that helps. Why not just try it instead of asking? I don't need the achievements. It's only a temporary solution — Rockstar is working on a fix as we speak — but if you can't wait to get started, it's good enough. By the way, you do have a choice on whether or not Steam runs on your computer. They still update their games that are 5+ years old! Thanks for answering my question. It's not stealth installing itself on your computer.
I mean, if they had made it do this every time, at least we would know where we stand. Only single player games would work in offline mode and each one would need to be tested. I may accept that for some games which I can count with the fingers of one hand but that doesn't mean that I like it, just that I have already assumed that the shortsight of the industry has already doomed us. Maybe they'll lighten up in the future. The sun will still rise tomorrow. Curious, I've never heard that. I don't hate Steam, I used to, not so much.
Taking good care of the security of your system should be in everybody's interest. With the 'activation required' generation you can install the game which will automatically install the Steam client , but once you have it activated you can remove the Steam client uninstall, then delete approx 200 files the uninstaller mysteriously misses, including the reinstall hook it leaves in processes, then use a registry cleaner to remove it from the registry. I don't need it to autoupdate my game I can check myself that stuff, thanks. What makes steam unique is that it only has software requirements; utilizing your computer as the hardware components. I don't need the social stuff never used it.