Ah yes. This appears to work just fine for AA at least. Sweet catch.
Hopefully they won't patch it out before I get AC downloaded.
Unfortunately, this trick doesn't work with Arkham City. It's programmed differently than Asylum, it seems, and it just won't work. The weird thing is that it TRIES to, and it even makes the non-Steam config and save folder in Documents\WB Games.
I just tried it out of the blue, actually. I don't have a lot of knowledge about this stuff, but I remembered seeing some games released in past Bundles have "nosteam" in them somewhere, since they were being made DRM-free specifically for the Bundle at the time. After learning some command line stuff in Linux, I just decided to try it in a Command Prompt, and it worked. I just put the " -nosteam" thing at the end of the shortcut Target and it worked just as if I had typed in the entire code into the Command Prompt.
Well as far as I'm concerned, that's a nice bit sleuthing, even if you consider it just trying things out of the blue.
Thanks, I appreciate it. :D
I specifically said clean
backup, as opposed to such a solution, which would be "dirty". If the installer is used to install any frameworks, DLLs or create necessary registry entries, then the dirty way won't work.
Ah, okay, I see what you're saying. I don't think the installer did any of that, though; when I backed the game up to an external drive and played it on a different, non-Steam computer, I hadn't even run the game from Steam a single time before copying the whole thing, so it didn't even have a chance to do Steam's annoying first-run setup.