Originally Posted by dharmaBum
If your internet's down, you can't play CS:S, WoW, CoD4 MP, anything Battle.net, ect,ect. I guess Valve, Blizzard, and IW are all treating us like dirt too, right?
I'm having a hard time understanding the vitriol as well. There is most likely going to be a "de-license" app like bioshock has for system reinstalls, so that point is moot.
There's a lot of high-minded talk everywhere about having to "support PC gaming" and "don't pirate" but when the you're called on to do just that, and tolerate a small, (at worst) mild inconvenience to do so, everyone throws a fit.
The difference between Mass Effect and the games you listed is.... THEY ONLY PLAY ONLINE.... Mass Effect is SINGLE PLAYER.
In a parallel universe, Windows XP requires to connect to the internet to check your key everytime it boots up.
You buy windows XP and install it on this craptastic pentium 3 laptop for your grandma so that she can type things out because she can't talk anymore and people will be able to read what's written on the screen.
Your grandma is in a shopping center and is trying to ask someone for bread. She turns on her computer and it tells her : Error, connect to the internet to boot up Windows.
1st fix: Illegally crack it. Usualy just copy and paste a file... you MIGHT have to run one sometimes. Easy as cake. You can even tell your grandma on the phone how to do it in 15 seconds.
2nd fix: Suck it up. Stay on the "legal side" and you won't be able to use the machine for what it could be useful half the time.
That's what Mass Effect is to people. Whenever your internet is down, you can just fire up this single player game and have fun but noooooo! it needs to be connected to the internet....
This is why Steam is praised. Someone above said that whenever you turn it on it checks for updates and that can take ages and that you always need to be connected to the internet to play.
1. OFFLINE MODE! Save your information on the computer and you will never ever need to connect to the internet ever again.
2. Right click on the game. Remove Check for Updates. It will never ask you to update again. Naturally, for multiplayer games it will not let you play until you update... but if you want to play a multiplayer game, you are connected to the internet.