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StingingVelvet: I wonder how many of these would have issues running without a proper install.
From what I can tell, every single one of the games on the front page worked for me without ever doing a first time install from Steam. Which is good because I wouldn't consider a game that still needs Steam to run for the first time to truly be Steam free.

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Kristian: The reason for my posts was because I was afraid that people were gonna be misled by this thread into thinking some games are DRM free which may not be. The list you link there is awesome, but not infallible it gets changes every once in a while. I am just urging caution so that people don't get burned by well hidden, unknown or undiscovered DRM.

I have seen people in this thread stating that games are DRM free because it worked for them to copy them out of the Steam folder. That is far from sufficient to make such as determination. That could work on say a game requiring a constant connection to the internet. Shouldn't we require some pretty solid proof before stating that games on Steam are DRM free?
How exactly would one get 'burned' in this case? By attempting to run a game and getting an error? Big deal... Anyways all of the games on the front page work WITHOUT Steam, WITHOUT an internet connection, and WITHOUT additional DRM features. That, my friend, is the very definition of 'digital rights management' free. They are DRM free. Really. They are. I promise it's okay. The Steam police aren't going to show up at your door. I would urge you to try out the games you own from that list for yourself. There's no harm in double checking.
" Anyways all of the games on the front page work WITHOUT Steam, WITHOUT an internet connection, and WITHOUT additional DRM features."

How do you know the last bolded bit? How do you know they don't use any kind of hardware based authentication?
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Kristian: " Anyways all of the games on the front page work WITHOUT Steam, WITHOUT an internet connection, and WITHOUT additional DRM features."

How do you know the last bolded bit? How do you know they don't use any kind of hardware based authentication?
Lol. Why don't you just try the games out for yourself. It sounds to me like you're going to have a stroke over this issue, so perhaps your best bet is to just ignore this thread and assume that all games have ultra mega secret DRM and can never be played without CIA authentication and a top secret SCI clearance.
Post edited November 23, 2012 by Qwertyman
or we could just stick to listing games who's DRM free status has been confirmed by their publishers and developers.
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Kristian: or we could just stick to listing games who's DRM free status has been confirmed by their publishers and developers.
No.
Then this thread will be an unreliable guide to which games on Steam are DRM free.
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Kristian: Then this thread will be an unreliable guide to which games on Steam are DRM free.
Does that mean you'll be ignoring it, then?
It means I won't be relying on it without checking the info elsewhere when making purchasing decisions. Neither should anyone else that cares about what DRM their games have or don't have.
Tested this one:

Pineapple Smash Crew

And it runs without steam. (really a fun little flash game)

And for Kristian's info. It involves "installing" it on my main gaming PC, 7zing the folder dumping it on to a flash disk moving to the Business PC un7z the zip, and playing it from there. The Business PC has never had steam installed on it, and never will. If it runs and plays without problem, one can conclude it's DRM free.
I recently got "SEGA Mega Drive Classics Pack 2 " and it runs without steam. Don't have the others to test them :(
hmm... Closure seems to belong in the pastbin of games needing steam running.
Got GT Legends, it runs fine without Steam, but only tested it on my game machine, as the rest isn't capable of running it
I'm kind of surprised The Witcher and The Witcher 2 aren't on this list. Do they actually require Steam to run?
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pedrovay2003: I'm kind of surprised The Witcher and The Witcher 2 aren't on this list. Do they actually require Steam to run?
Well if you buy them on Steam you can definitely come here to GOG and claim your free 'backup' copies so in a roundabout way you defiantly get a code that allows you to acquire a DRM free version when you purchase them on Steam...





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amok: Home is DRM free

MacGuffin Curse requires steam client

Anna can be run without the client, but you then need to activate it with the key

And the Bard's Tale needs steam also
But I'm assuming that the Apple Emulation versions of the original 3 games you get bundled with Bard's Tale are DRM free though, right?
Post edited January 10, 2013 by Fever_Discordia
I'm going to be hated here, not trying to be a troll, but Steam IS drm.