Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Apr 2013 10:47 UTC
Games More and more evidence is pointing towards the next Xbox requiring an always-on internet connection in order to play any games - i.e., once you lose your connection, you can't play any game at all. Three minutes after losing your connection, "your" game will suspend itself and stop playing. Microsoft's Adam Orth took to Twitter to defend this anti-consumer practice, but he did so in the most ungraceful of ways.
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RE: Comment by Beta
by WereCatf on Fri 5th Apr 2013 13:24 UTC in reply to "Comment by Beta"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

Well, if Valve doesn’t work on steam’s offline mode


Steam's offline-mode has always worked just fine for me, though I admit that Valve should communicate more clearly the fact that you must launch the game atleast once in online-mode before you can play the game in offline-mode.

support multiple user accounts


That's something I've been hoping for a long time now. The way it currently works on Windows-machines is, well, outdated, so to speak.

and download windows (some ISPs have time-based b/w monitoring)


I think I saw some post somewhere that this and bandwidth-limiting are in the plans, but I can't remember where. And nevertheless, there was no mention of any time table.

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RE[2]: Comment by Beta
by Beta on Fri 5th Apr 2013 14:24 in reply to "RE: Comment by Beta"
Beta Member since:
2005-07-06

Steam's offline-mode has always worked just fine for me, though I admit that Valve should communicate more clearly the fact that you must launch the game atleast once in online-mode before you can play the game in offline-mode.

It’s kinda pointlessly constructed though ‐ the only time I ever need offline‐mode is when I’m suddenly offline for a reason beyond my control, and Steam naïvely doesn’t support that concept…

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RE[3]: Comment by Beta
by WereCatf on Fri 5th Apr 2013 14:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Beta"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

"Steam's offline-mode has always worked just fine for me, though I admit that Valve should communicate more clearly the fact that you must launch the game atleast once in online-mode before you can play the game in offline-mode.

It’s kinda pointlessly constructed though ‐ the only time I ever need offline‐mode is when I’m suddenly offline for a reason beyond my control, and Steam naïvely doesn’t support that concept…
"

I don't quite understand what your problem is, could you clarify?

I just disconnected my Internet and attempted to launch a game without manually switching to offline-mode: worked just fine. I then plugged Internet back, quit the game and fired it up again and disconnected Internet while in-game: still works just fine. To my eye it works just as it should.

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