Talk about proof of the fallibility of Steam. Remember, this means even if you were trying to play offline ... a storm somewhere else in the world is keeping you from your game.tagged: game, gaming
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I bought Rag Doll Kung-Fu about a year ago off Steam, I needed to log-in to play the thing single player. It was shite. I can imagine the anguish of not being able to play a single-player game because of server difficulties on the other side of the country.
That is THE specific reason that I don't buy Steam games. I found that problem first day with HL2, when I needed to wait at a car dealer for repairs & thought I'd get a few moments of gaming in... until I was, as everyone knows, DENIED because I was offline.No more Steam for me. No matter how cool the game.
Well, shortly after completing Half-Life 2 (about a week after getting it) I moved some stuff around on my hard drive and managed to confuse the hell out of Steam. It couldn't find the login prompt anymore. I tried uninstalling, reinstalling, whatever. It must have been on the registry level because Steam was hosed.Good thing I didn't want to try that Counter-Strike thing I kept hearing about...What I love though is that guys like Doctorow go all Wang Chung on Apple for being unfriendly to consumers. I use iTunes all the time. I use it even when my network is down. I play my iTunes library on my radio. I burn it to CD's. I listen to it on my very un-Apple Nokia phone.But if Valve gets caught in an ice storm, anything you ever bought off Steam is kaput. And as far as I know - there's not anything you can do about it. I bet there's more than a few lines in their EULA to protect them in cases like this one.
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