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Steam Offline Mode is supposed to work indefinitely, says Valve

#1DisastersaurusPosted 11/4/2013 3:30:45 PM

this is pretty cool.

The fact that Steam requires you to pop online once every few weeks is a bug rather than intentional design according to an official forum response spotted by Blue's News. "There are many components involved in Offline Mode," writes Valve poster Henryg, "some of them have known issues and bugs which we are continually working to improve. We're aware that it doesn't always work as flawlessly as we want it to, but please keep reporting bugs with Offline Mode. It is not broken 'by design'."

He also mentions that Valve are in the process of converting every game on Steam to a new authentication procedure. "Some day soon, once this work is completed, we will eliminate the old authentication system (represented by the ClientRegistry.blob file) and Offline Mode should immediately become much more robust."

Steam's offline mode has never worked quite correctly, to the irritation of many, including the OP on this forum thread. The poster works five week shifts offshore, but can't access Steam games for more than a couple of weeks because of the impromptu online authorisation issue. Henryg suggests that "Offline Mode is designed to be indefinite. You can't access any of Steam's online features such as friends lists or saved game synchronization, of course, but the client should allow you to run in Offline Mode for as long as you like."

A fix is on the way then, but why have Valve kept it so quiet? Henryg says "We have no community managers or PR people, so all the time that we spend on forums is taking away from development time." Ah, I see. well in that case GET BACK TO WORK HENRYG.
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#2Gojak_v3Posted 11/4/2013 3:31:24 PM
You used to have to check in like once a week. Good for them for changing it.
#3ThePCElitistPosted 11/4/2013 3:33:04 PM
Suck that one Microsoft. I just felt like throwing that one out there.
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#4arleasPosted 11/4/2013 4:07:57 PM
From: Gojak_v3 | #002
You used to have to check in like once a week.

No, it didn't used to... I was completely without internet access for a month a few years ago and I was fine... Steam would attempt to connect to the internet (that I didn't have) and then would default to offline mode... that was it. Maybe it got more buggy as they went along, but it's not like this is some new feature they're talking about... this is the way it was always supposed to work.
#5g7g7g7g7Posted 11/4/2013 4:49:11 PM
Last time I moved flat I was without internet for 2 months, steam worked just fine in okay mode, maybe I am lucky.

Or maybe I read the instructions...
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#6sonicteam2k1Posted 11/4/2013 5:17:18 PM
ThePCElitist posted...
Suck that one Microsoft. I just felt like throwing that one out there.

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