verrul wrote on Jul 26, 2011, 15:02: you can go to steamapps folder and open commonapps and make your own shortcuts and outside of VALVE and some online games you do NOT NEED STEAM LOADED. just for the activation one time that's it.
This is not true. For most non-steamworks games sold on Steam this can be done, but not for steamworks titles. Since Steamworks titles are mostly the only games I buy on Steam that doesn't really help me.
You can run steamworks titles offline. You just don't get the advantages of Steamworks, such as online save games and such. Civ5 works totally fine in offline mode and is highly integrated with Steamworks.