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Old 10-23-2019, 05:48 PM   #1
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Steam & things

Is it impossible to play a PC game these days that doesn't use Steam, or some comparable always-online DRM manager?
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Old 10-23-2019, 11:26 PM   #2
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Honestly. Depends on the game. There are a bunch of games which still function in Steam's offline mode.

Recently these last two years, Prison Architect was sold from their original developer to a new publisher and that publisher put in DRM. Formerly you could play it without Steam. Now the DRM forces you to play online. Because of this, everyone has turned on the game.

GOG Galaxy has no DRM if the games you want to play are available there. And I on many occasions launch their games without the GOG launcher and don't have issues playing their games.
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Old 10-24-2019, 01:19 AM   #3
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I still consider offline Steam a form of DRM. Same goes for any kind of launcher. Only pirated Japanese VNs I've found use old fashioned distro. Everything new needs always-online AND open NAT.

5G IoT will have all networks move to closed NAT, meaning multiplayer ceases to exist without cloud host or VPN. Google is now charging for GMAIL, so cloud costs are going up from here as the internet struggles with IoT and robots.
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Old 10-24-2019, 11:57 AM   #4
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As I said, GOG. You don't need their launcher to buy, install, or launch games. You can download installer files from their website if you want. Just don't expect all games to be there.

Steam and Epic pretty much have the majority of modern games. You can find indie games on Itchi.io and older games/indie/CD Project Red games on GOG without DRM or any always online unless the game itself is always online.

Unfortunately that's where the publishers have gone over the past 16 years. Customers prefer the ease of Steam and other launchers over individually installing and constantly downloading updates and such and publishers fear pirating so they push for DRM, even though it's been proven to not work.
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Old 10-25-2019, 12:44 AM   #5
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Does stuff get GOG releases that's on Steam? Like could we see Baldur's Gate III get a GOG release or will that be a never?

I want to play the game Sauria, but I was pissed that it's Steam-only. If I were a Kickstarter I'd be complaining to get my money back.
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Old 10-25-2019, 05:24 PM   #6
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Maybe. Beamdog did BGEE and BG2EE realease on GOG and originally didn't plan to release on Steam, Atari did that. But Larian Studios are doing BG3 and they have released new games on GOG, i.e. Divnity Original Sin series.

Usually GOG gets non-AAA titles due to publishers feeling their big investment titles will need DRM and GOG doesn't allow it. Double A titles still pop up on GOG and some indie titles too. It's on a case by case situation.
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