This doesn't make any sense at all. I still have to play while connected online to Steam, and offline mode just boots me out telling me that HL2 isn't ready to be played in offline mode.
So if I'm just supposed to wait, why isn't there any box telling me what my verification status is? And exactly how are they going to activate offline mode on my copy of HL2? Send it to me over steam when I log on or something? I'm really heartbroken. I LOVE this game (I'm battling the chopper in the level with the river) but having to come online to play it feels so...dirty. Like Valve thinks I'm a pirate.
Heh, I buy the guide, the game, and a new graphics card for this, amounting to a total over 500 bucks, and they think I'm a thief.
Give it two weeks, the FBI will be staking out my house.