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misteryo: Did anyone ever definitively demonstrate just how long Steam will let you keep it in offline mode?
Not that I know of, but if you want a data point of one, I got just barely under two years in offline mode playing Skyrim, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Warlock, and a handful of other games.
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stg83: I think no one can really topple the very low bar set by KingBradley's thread.
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tinyE: He paid me another compliment today. It's like being praised by Jesse Helms. :P
Jesse Helms is dead. Just like James Brown.
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tinyE: He paid me another compliment today. It's like being praised by Jesse Helms. :P
Haha...yep, he is a big fan of your work. ;)
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pedrovay2003: Go grab yourselves some lunch, kids... This is going to be a long one.
One question: What is this "Steam" you are talking about? I can't seem to find it on GOG's catalogue.
Post edited April 26, 2015 by mrkgnao
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misteryo: Did anyone ever definitively demonstrate just how long Steam will let you keep it in offline mode?
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OneFiercePuppy: Not that I know of, but if you want a data point of one, I got just barely under two years in offline mode playing Skyrim, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Warlock, and a handful of other games.
That's pretty helpful, actually. Thanks!
it is helpful for those of us with a big back catalogue.

Unfortunately I've made multiple accounts to bypass the unfair family sharing system.

Though some clever batch files might help.
How to run Steam games? Why would anyone want to do that... Especially within such a terrible service and with such a lengthy and painful procedure... If your product key isn't already used from your freshly bought product, then the lousy support will doorstop you and if this is not enough, then the heavy DRM or the EXTRA drm-measures (such as social club for GTA V) are going to get you. If you are lucky enough to bypass all these ignoring that this is sheer luck or divine providence and still ok with using that and paying for it too, then its your call. Good luck with that, though...
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Emob78: Jesse Helms is dead. Just like James Brown.
Here's a list of more dead people.
low rated
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Emob78: Jesse Helms is dead. Just like James Brown.
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Fenixp: Here's a list of more dead people.
Don't forget Don Henley.
Post edited April 26, 2015 by tinyE
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Emob78: Jesse Helms is dead. Just like James Brown.
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Fenixp: Here's a list of more dead people.
I prefer findagrave.com. Much more thorough. Found the headstones to many an old friend and kin. Partied with a bunch of them. Sadly, they're not here. I am. The party goes on.
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pedrovay2003: There are two types of games that don't work using this method: games with third-party DRM (like Games for Windows: LIVE, Origin or Uplay) and games that have Valve's CEG DRM built into them. CEG stands for Custom Executable Generation, and it's exactly how it sounds: A game with CEG creates a special .exe file that's locked to the machine that initially downloads the game. If you move that game installation to a new PC, it won't run until a brand-new .exe file is downloaded.
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jamyskis: around 80-85% of games on Steam use GFWL, CEG or Uplay
Sorry to put you on the spot but can you come up with any data to support this? With all the indies now on Steam and GFWL dying (dead?), I have a hard time believing it's 80-85%.

On the plus side, I didn't know what CEG stood for until now. :)
Well, it seems like I got the wrong idea by trying to help people run Steam games offline. I figured people would like to know how to play games in the future they wouldn't be able to get here on GOG, but I suppose I was wrong. My apologies. If there's a way to get rid of this thread, I'd be happy to, but I don't think there's a delete button.
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pedrovay2003: There are two types of games that don't work using this method: games with third-party DRM (like Games for Windows: LIVE, Origin or Uplay) and games that have Valve's CEG DRM built into them. CEG stands for Custom Executable Generation, and it's exactly how it sounds: A game with CEG creates a special .exe file that's locked to the machine that initially downloads the game. If you move that game installation to a new PC, it won't run until a brand-new .exe file is downloaded.
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jamyskis: I appreciate all the work you've put into this lengthy howto Pedrovay, but ultimately this paragraph demonstrates the futility of it all, because around 80-85% of games on Steam use GFWL, CEG or Uplay. There are no Steam games with enforced use of Origin.

The remaining 15-20% are mostly games that either cannot be protected with CEG (Flash games, DOSBox games, straight NoCD cracked ports of old Windows games), or a minority of indie games where the developer simply didn't see the point in DRM (and where they have consequently also released on DRM-free platforms like GOG or Desura).

The remaining "portable" Steam game probably number no more than 20.
Actually, most games on Steam don't use any extra DRM other than the client; CEG is barely present at all, even though it's Valve's own DRM, and almost nothing uses Games for Windows - LIVE anymore, since the service was shut down.
Post edited April 27, 2015 by pedrovay2003
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pedrovay2003: Well, it seems like I got the wrong idea by trying to help people run Steam games offline. I figured people would like to know how to play games in the future they wouldn't be able to get here on GOG, but I suppose I was wrong. My apologies. If there's a way to get rid of this thread, I'd be happy to, but I don't think there's a delete button.
Please don't ? Those who approves read, bookmark and give a plus, others simply jump into the anti-steam bandwagon.
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pedrovay2003: Well, it seems like I got the wrong idea by trying to help people run Steam games offline. I figured people would like to know how to play games in the future they wouldn't be able to get here on GOG, but I suppose I was wrong. My apologies. If there's a way to get rid of this thread, I'd be happy to, but I don't think there's a delete button.
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Narakir: Please don't ? Those who approves read, bookmark and give a plus, others simply jump into the anti-steam bandwagon.
Okay, that sounds good to me. I'll leave it up even if only a few people find it useful.
There is a slightly easier method which you might want to try first. If my method doesn't work then use the one in OP.

1) Find out the game's title. It's that big white text towards the top of the game's page on steam.

2) Try and find that title on this page (this might not be as easy as it sounds if the title contains full punctuation, like F.E.A.R):
http://www.gog.com/games

3) Purchase. Download. Install. Enjoy.

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pedrovay2003: Well, it seems like I got the wrong idea by trying to help people run Steam games offline. I figured people would like to know how to play games in the future they wouldn't be able to get here on GOG, but I suppose I was wrong. My apologies. If there's a way to get rid of this thread, I'd be happy to, but I don't think there's a delete button.
Don't. And don't apologize for posting useful info. Will definitely be helpful for those games not available DRM-free on GOG or elsewhere, and for which this works..

Thanks +1
Post edited April 27, 2015 by ZFR