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News Comments > Valve: Steam Offline Mode "Designed to be Indefinite"
24. Re: Valve: Steam Offline Mode Nov 2, 2013, 01:03 jimnms
 
Suppa7 wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 23:44:
Slashman wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 23:36:
Suppa7 wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 22:41:
No it's them PR'ing covering their ass. It has a specific month timer, if you don't login to steam for a month you can't go into offline mode.

I know because I've encountered it. It's WAY TOO specific to be a bug, it's a DRM feature to ensure that gabe can monitor your playtime when you play offline games.

So why doesn't everyone get it?

Because most people don't ever shut off their computers for a month and try to play a game. You have to try to play a game in offline mode without ever once opening steam while you had internet. If you once opened steam while connected to the net, steam resets the timer.

It's not like it matters too much with cracks, but still it's just more evidence steamware is crapware. There is no reason you shouldn't ever be able to play LAN games without an internet connection for instance. Steamworks prevents that because it is DRM.

** I should note it doesn't apply to all games, but 90% of games on steam where the developer chose deep steamworks integration. Any game that won't start without logging into steam (which is quite a bit).

My second PC had Steam offline for 3 months or more without ever asking to connect, and like I said in my previous post, it's blocked from accessing the internet through the firewall to prevent my niece from accidentally going online.

I've been to QuakeCon three times and set Steam to offline before going. They do have an Internet connection at the BYOC, but Steam doesn't work when you have 3000+ people trying to connect from the same external IP address. If you don't set Steam offline before shutting your system down and packing it up, you're SOL unless you have a phone you can tether to it, or find someone there that will let you use theirs. I played TF2, L4D and many other games on the LAN with Steam offline.

At home I've played Portal 2 and Civ V on the LAN using the same account with one client set offline, and both of those use Steamworks for MP. After going offline, you have to go in the Settings/Friends and change the profile name to something different.
 
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News Comments > Valve: Steam Offline Mode "Designed to be Indefinite"
23. Re: Valve: Steam Offline Mode Nov 2, 2013, 00:44 jimnms
 
Frijoles wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 20:38:
jimnms wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 20:00:
I had to set a firewall rule to block Steam so she wouldn't accidentally click to go online and knock me off.

Wonder if the Family Sharing thing will fix this completely for you, since you could both be online.. I think. I haven't gotten in to the beta yet.

I'm hoping that's the case. I'll have to create another Steam account though, but I've been thinking of creating one for her and activating these extra keys from bundles that I have. A lot of the games she plays are from bundles, so I just installed the DRM free versions of those, but there are some games that require Steam.
 
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News Comments > Valve: Steam Offline Mode "Designed to be Indefinite"
5. Re: Valve: Steam Offline Mode Nov 1, 2013, 20:00 jimnms
 
It seems like sometimes they don't care about fixing offline mode bugs. I have Steam on two computers at home, one is set to offline so my niece can play games when she comes over. On my main PC I set it to offline mode before I run a backup. Once they completely broke offline mode and took over a month to fix it. I made sure not to go online on the other PC until it was fixed.

On the other PC, once set to offline mode it used to start in offline mode without any prompt. I had to put it online to get an update, and it updated the Steam client. Now when Steam starts it prompts to go online or continue in offline. I had to set a firewall rule to block Steam so she wouldn't accidentally click to go online and knock me off.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Indie Dev Says People Stole 30,000 Steam Keys From Him Nov 1, 2013, 19:51 jimnms
 
People are dicks. I got one of their games (Gemini Rue) in a bundle, then bought the rest on GOG, on sale of course. Hopefully the free game will generate sales for them.  
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News Comments > Arma 3 Campaign Release
13. Re: Arma 3 Campaign Release Nov 1, 2013, 16:29 jimnms
 
Moog wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 08:34:
Very disappointed that the campaign is SP only - was really looking forward to some decent co-op play
I never actually finished the OFP campaign, or even started ArmA 1 or 2's campaigns. I went straight into the editor creating my own and playing other custom missions.

If ArmA3 is like previous BIS titles, you can unpack the mission files and edit them to add MP slots. I did it with some of the original OFP missions, even changing it so you could play from the other side.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Released, Reviewed
52. Re: Battlefield 4 Released, Reviewed Oct 30, 2013, 08:33 jimnms
 
I loaded it up and played the test map for a little bit this morning. It's nice that they put that in so you can practice flying before getting in a game. When I got home tonight I thought I'd run through the SP real quick, since BF3's SP was only about 3 hours long. I still don't think the BF series needed SP, but this is 1000x better than BF3's SP. Four hours later I wasn't even half way through. I wish they'd kept the coop missions in, those were kind of fun.

The performance is much better than the Beta. I'm running it on Ultra with a Core i5 750 @ Stock 2.66GHz and a GTX 660OC. I might have to bump it down to high for MP because there are quite a few places where I notice the frame rate dropping. One bug they didn't fix from the beta is the damn B key opening then console.

Also, during the SP, your team mates will tell you to look for something, then the hint deal tells me to hold a key to enter tactical view, then press another key to zoom. Holding the key lowers my weapon and doesn't seem to do anything else, and pressing the other key does nothing. I looked in the key bindings to see what key was bound to by default and tried binding it to something else, but it still does nothing.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Released, Reviewed
20. Re: Battlefield 4 Released, Reviewed Oct 29, 2013, 12:02 jimnms
 
I wasn't planning to get this on release, but I caved and bought it from GMG a couple of days ago with the 20% off code.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
5. Re: etc., etc. Oct 26, 2013, 18:46 jimnms
 
I saw something similar on a forum post a while back. The only EA game I own on Steam is BFBC2. When I tried to activate it on Origin, it directed me to a website, which then gave me an error (it was months ago, so don't remember the details). I just tried it and it recognizes the key as BFBC2, but then says the key has already been redeemed.  
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut
18. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut Oct 22, 2013, 21:00 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Oct 22, 2013, 18:36:
Steam doesn't list a timer on the "sale", so I'm leaning towards no. But their product pages aren't always 100% accurate, either...

Just grabbed it here...18 gig download. Damn.
18GB! That's almost twice the size of DXHR and DLC combined. I wish they could have patched the original instead of re-downloading everything.

I might go ahead and pick it up and play it. I bought Dishonored and DLC during the summer sale and moved it to the top of my play list. Then they went and released another DLC, so I've put it off until I pick that up, on sale of course.
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut
15. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut Oct 22, 2013, 18:27 jimnms
 
I picked up the DLC during the last sale, but haven't played it yet. The Director's Cut has replaced the original in the store, so it's now seen as a new game. All the achievements are the same, but it doesn't look like they carry over. I achieved all but three achievements in my first and only play through (I missed Legend, Pacifist and Doctorate). I played pacifist, but didn't get the achievement. I don't remember killing anyone other than bosses. I missed one XP book. I saw it too, but I was blocked from getting to it. I meant to go back and get it after I neutralized everyone on that level, but I forgot about it.

I wanted to play through it again, but go on a killing spree. I found myself getting bored at all of the sneaking and would save the game and just go postal for a while before reloading the save and continuing my stealthy play.

Are the discounts time limited? I probably wont get around to playing it for a while. If the discounts are permanent, I wonder if this will ever go on sale lower than $5 and stack the discounts.
 
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News Comments > DICE: Linux Needs "One Killer App or Game"
20. Re: DICE: Linux Needs Oct 13, 2013, 15:27 jimnms
 
I've used Linux since 1996, mostly for servers, but I've tried to use it as my main desktop several times. IMO if Linux wants to be taken seriously as a desktop OS it needs to quit trying to be UNIX. Use the Linux kernel and the open source tools, libraries, etc. and start from scratch to build a desktop OS from the ground up instead of trying to adapting it to a desktop OS.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
4. Re: Morning Safety Dance Oct 7, 2013, 17:58 jimnms
 
Creston wrote on Oct 7, 2013, 14:44:
Yeah, I've depended on it for a few years and to be fair, it's kept my system clean, but it's really starting to become worrisomely bad in tests.

Think I'll go with Comodo. Anyone have any experience with Comodo?

I don't know about Comodo Anti-virus, but I use the free Comodo Firewall, for now. I'm still using version 5. When they came out with version 6, I updated it first on my notebook and quickly uninstalled it. Version 5 has a nice, clean interface and uses very little RAM. Version 6 introduced a bloated turd of an interface which required clicking through several menus to access things that you used to be able to do in one or two clicks. It went from 2 background processes using little RAM (looked at it right now and combined it's only using ~8MB) to version 6 using 5 processes when idle, and spawning new processes every time you access it. Spawning those new processes every time also causes the program to seem laggy. In version 5, double clicking the task bar icon instantly brings up the interface. In version 6, double clicking the task bar icon caused it to spawn one or more new process, which caused a noticeable delay.

This sucks. I've been using MSSE for the past 4 years or so. I like it because it isn't intrusive and resource hungry. It's hard to find good (and free) anti-virus software that isn't bloated crap. Before switching to MSSE, I used Avira free, but then they updated it and while it looked the same, and was still nice and lean, they made it so that the free version would pop up ads every time it updated the database. I wouldn't mind the ads if they were reasonable, but they were giant fucking windows that popped up and took focus away from whatever you were doing, even dropping you out of some full screen games.

Before that, I used AVG. I don't remember which version, but when they pushed out a new version, it turned it into a resource hogging piece of shit. I think a lot of people jumped AVG's ship then. So who does that leave? If you try the free Comodo AV, let us know how it is.
 
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1. South Park Oct 5, 2013, 12:46 jimnms
 
I watched that last night. That has to be the best episode so far.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: i7-4770K 45% faster than AMD FX-4170 Oct 4, 2013, 23:47 jimnms
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 01:40:
There, saved you clicking on it

Also, is anyone surprised? AMD can't salvage the Bulldozer CPU line no matter how much they tweak it. It's got a good power rating but it's got crap performance (and if you compare 1 core vs core 1 the result is disastrous)

By the way, 4770k is only 10% faster then Sandybridge-E cpu of comparable build.. that's pretty damn terrible. Is it because AMD is no competition anymore?

When I click the link, Firefox is reporting:
This web page at www.ocaholic.ch has been reported as an attack page and has been blocked.
 
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News Comments > Watch Dogs & Assassin's Creed 4 Require 64-Bit OSes?
13. Re: Watch Dogs & Assassin's Creed 4 Require 64-Bit OSes? Oct 3, 2013, 14:11 jimnms
 
Creston wrote on Oct 3, 2013, 12:02:
PS4 and 180 are 64 bit, so it makes sense from that perspective. On the flipside, they are releasing 360 and PS3 versions too, so...?

Anyway, any decent PC gamer has been on 64 bit for about four to five years now, so it's good to see the industry finally catching up.

That's kind of what I'm wondering. This is going to be on both current and next gen consoles, so they're going to have a 32bit version on current gen. I just wonder if they are actually doing any enhancements to actually take advantage of 64bit or just forcing it to 64bit on PC just to not have to support two versions.

Either way, I doubt it will effect PC gamers, because any system built within the pas 8-10 years will have a 64bit CPU. The only problem I can see is someone that is more casual/non techie who has a 64bit capable system with a 32bit OS.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. BF4 Oct 2, 2013, 23:09 jimnms
 
I tried to play the Beta today, but gave up after trying to fix some of its problems. First is rebinding the keys. It's the same issue as it was with the BF3 beta, you have to join a game to rebind your keys, then get kicked for being idle and start over. There's a bug when rebinding, while rebinding heli or jet controls, it writes several duplicate lines until the config file gets too big (64MB) and crashes the game.

Once I realized what was going on and just rebound foot controls, I couldn't get rid of the stutter. I'm getting good FPS, but the game stutters every 2-3 seconds making it unplayable. Some forum posts say to use task manager and setting the game's .exe to low CPU priority or set the affinity to use two CPU cores. Setting it to low priority does help a little bit, but it's still unplayable. Setting the affinity two two cores dropped my FPS to single digits.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Flashback
13. Re: Ships Ahoy - Flashback Oct 2, 2013, 13:34 jimnms
 
Requires Uplay, so IPass.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
5. Re: etc., etc. Oct 1, 2013, 08:35 jimnms
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 30, 2013, 22:02:
I hadn't heard of any of these games until this article, and they all look intriguing and well done. I'm especially looking forward to checking out Starbound after having played many hours of FTL.

I thought Starbound was being done by the Terraria devs.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Beta Preloads
13. Re: Battlefield 4 Beta Preloads Sep 30, 2013, 13:25 jimnms
 
I wish EA would give BF3 owners an "upgrade" discount. I like BF3, but BF4 feels more like an expansion than a new game. I honestly I don't feel I've gotten my money's worth out of BF3 yet, so I'm not dropping another $40-60 on BF4. I pre-ordered BF3 ($42 from Amazon), and I think I played the pre-order map twice because few servers ran it and those that did were usually empty. I then picked up the rest of the DLC from Amazon during the xmas sale, but have played very few of those maps as well.

I would pre-order BF4 right now if it were $30, otherwise I'll wait and hope enough people stick to BF3 until BF4's price drops under $30.
 
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1. Re: etc. Sep 29, 2013, 14:16 jimnms
 
I haven't played Freeciv in a while. It's come a long way since the first time I tried it. Way back then the AI was way too good. I remember starting a game and getting lucky to have a continent to myself. The first AI I met showed up next to a coastal city in a battle ship while I'm still in the medieval era. The last time I played it though it was much more polished.

I really like some of the diplomatic things they've put in the game, and wish the Civilization series would borrow some. For instance, in Civilization, you're either at war or peace. When you end a war, you have a peace treaty that lasts so many turns, and you can't go back to war until that treaty expires.

In Freeciv, to end a war you first have to negotiate a cease fire, which lasts so many turns. At any time during the cease fire, you or the AI can break the cease fire and go back to war. If the cease fire period ends, you either go back to war or to the next step toward peace. I forget what the next step is called, but it's supposed to be used to withdraw your military units from the other civ's territory because any units left in the other civs territory when a peace treaty is signed are disbanded (rather than magically teleported like in Civilization). Once again though, you or the AI can always go back to fighting, but if the turn time runs out without breaking out in war again, then a peace treaty is signed.
 
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