Windows Skyrim Without Steam

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Washac, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. Washac macrumors 68020

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    A while back I purchased a physical copy of SKYRIM Legendary Edition which includes all the DLC.

    I have recently removed Steam from my Mac and no longer wish to use their services.

    Problem I have is in playing SKYRIM which I do under Bootcamp via steam, but I want to remove steam from the Bootcamp, is there a way I can still play MY physical copy of a game that I purchased ?
     
  2. SingularityG macrumors 6502

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    From what I remember, Skyrim was originally DRM-free and so I guess you could replace the *.exe with a DRM-free executable.:)
     
  3. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    Out of curiosity, why?

    In any event, the short answer is no, you can't.
     
  4. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Why? Easy answer that one, when you BUY from steam you BUY nothing, you physically OWN nothing, you are just paying for the RIGHT to play a game, and most of the BIG games are still charged at top money with no physical copy. Please do not NOT throw their sales at me etc etc, counts for nothing. Steam as far as I am concerned is ruining has ruined the games market, well for me anyway. Oh and selling games that do NOT work or work properly even after months of patching, and NOT admitting the game is in this state at point of sale.
     
  5. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Shame that there is no way, I now have a physical copy of a game that I cannot play because of steam, and it is because of steam. This game as others can and would work if the exe was written to do so as mentioned above.

    Give us the paying public the choice, steam with DLC and patches, absolutely NO steam with no DLC and no patches, I would go for the second option everytime, game company site can supply patches etc.
     
  6. G51989 macrumors 68030

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    The main reason services like steam exist for lots of major PC titles is to prevent piracy.
     
  7. ElderBrE macrumors regular

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    So pretty much the same as the hard copies you have, which are also licenses to play the games, not to own them.

    Personally, I think Steam and services like it are great not only to find games, but make it really easy to purchase legally, install and play without hassles or having to go to any shop to get them. Lots of time saved.

    Sounds like a case of living in the 90s...
     
  8. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Burn a copy of your Steam games to disc if it helps you feel better. But if you bought it through Steam you will most likely need Steam running to play it.
     
  9. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    PC game sales would be dead if it wasn't for STEAM.

    As others have said owning a hard copy gives you no more rights than a STEAM download. Here for example because of the terms and conditions of PC games and PC DRM you can not trade in a PC game to the likes of GAMESTOP, meaning benefits of owning a 'physical' copy is muted in comparison to the differences owning a physical copy of a console game.

    Likewise with STEAM at least your library goes with you. Buy a new PC or laptop and hey presto you have your library of games. Buy a PC version and later want the game on MAC, Steam has you covered with crossbuy.

    Don't want to pay €49.99 for a new game, wait for Steam sales where you'll be able to get it for a 1/4 of the price ....

    Steam is not bad, everything we had before or as an alternative to it for anti piracy was and is FAR FAR Worse and FAR FAR draconian.

    And like it or lump it, 90% of all physical retail games still end up having to be activated through steam. If your really so anti-steam then it might be time to look for another hobby or buy a console for you gaming fix, because STEAM is going nowhere.
     
  10. ElderBrE macrumors regular

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    I'd like to add here that even though it is a good anti-piracy system, I did not even consider it so until someone made it obvious to me. The system is a good way to buy and since it made buying easy, I no longer felt the need to download any games in a non-legal way.

    It has done to gaming what iTunes did to music:

    Most piracy was because you had no better alternative. The moment you have a legal alternative to do the same, many people don't mind paying, and it is the case for me. Steam makes my life easier, not more complicated. Business needs to move with people and technology, not the other way around.
     
  11. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    ^ This.

    You own the physical disc, not the content contained thereon. This has been the case long before Steam came into existence.
     
  12. madeirabhoy, Dec 31, 2013
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    this. with steam sales, theres no reason to pirate.

    downside is i not only buy games i really want, i buy stuff after a few glasses of wine that the next day i think "why why why did i buy the complete You Dont Know Jack" series
     
  13. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Wrong. Steam allows offline mode.

     
  14. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    I'd say for someone who hates Steam, sticking to Mac games on the App Store and elsewhere and then going with a console for mainstream titles not on Mac as well as that console's own exclusives would be the way to go.

    There you have an abundance of entertainment options available to you with no Steam and no Windows needed.

    Works for me except that I also like Steam and have that on my Mac for even more choices and connection to my friends who play on the service they provide.
     
  15. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I did not say I hate steam as such, I dislike it, and you know my reasons.

    If they had a game that I could not get from anywhere else and I really really really wanted it then I can swallow my pride and use it, I have to play Skyrim via steam as it seems there is no way out, even offline mode still connects you in someway so I am stuck with it.
     
  16. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    What? Offline mode doesn't connect you, I've used it when I had no connection to the Internet at all. No hardware attached that would result in any form of WiFi or Ethernet or whatever else you can imagine. When it says offline, it means offline.
     
  17. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    So why do I get messages bottom left corner about pressing certain keys etc, while playing when in offline mode.
     
  18. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Because it's still connected and running through steam overlay. That does not mean you have to be online.
     
  19. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for clearing that up :)
     
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    DRM gotta love it hate it. :p I know I do, but I deal with it because it's required to play that favorite game. Some DRM goes over the top and even I won't play (as I think of Diablo). And those other solo games that require you to be online to play and/or won't allow you install more than 3 copies, now they are messing with your access to the game. This is the way of technology. I bought a book, I could sell my book, now with electronic books, that's out the window although some services are nice enough to allow loaning. A price is being paid for convenience. That does not mean I have to be happy about it. I'd ditch DRM in a hearbeat if I could, this is why I'm plan on purchasing The Walking Dead from ImageComics instead of ComiXology, where the former gives me a DRM free version, I can keep forever and backup as I please.
     

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