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    I have not seen this earlier in the thread but my big worrie its not using steam regulary, its the release day.

    Remember 14 November 2008?
    It is some reason why that day its the record of online for this community. It was a Huge problem with the codes to FM2009.

    Please, have some backup for that problem. You know, fans of this beautiful game wants to have it quick as possible.
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    Does anyone want to go back to activation servers constantly crashing and having to call a phone number to play the game 3 days after you bought it? No? Then I think we should be happy. Besides Steam has some amazing game sales, I purchased FM 2011 a long time ago there for $9.99

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    Quote Originally Posted by vasilli07 View Post
    Just a question...

    If my laptop breaks down, will I be able to deactivate it somewhere else(since my laptop cannot be on) so that I can play on another 1 machine?
    Install Steam on the 'new' machine. To stop people stealing your account it will send a code to your email address. Enter that code and you will be able to use Steam like before. You can reinstall any game you have previously registered through Steam - no need to reactivate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TCBarrett View Post
    I don't know how many folks like me there are out there. But the more DRM that appears, the less money I spend. Music, film, games. They are fun, entertaining activities that I partake in in my spare time. The more arduous and restrictive this is made, the more I feel bullied for being a law abiding upstanding member of the community, the less fun it is. I've been to more concerts than I have bought albums on iTunes (none). I've been to more football matches than I have purchased games on steam (none). And I've been to more plays than I have been to a main stream cinema (less relevant, but included for completeness).

    It's not fun any more. I don't want to play.
    Very well put. Perhaps SI should get a grip that FM is actually a "toy". I suspect and hope that as these silly licensing rules which seem in this case to have been created for a new genre of commodity (ie software) and consequently have been tainted by the worst of the 20th Century paranoia about copywrite, will indeed be subject to new legislation soon - and that legislation will be relaxed.

    You cannot stop the pirates - so punish them, that is the answer. What is really really sad is that the FM fanbase is so very loyal they would rather buy the official game - not a pirated copy, almost to a man. The Snide copy owners only get it that way because it is free. If FM went on sale for £10 they wouldnt buy it they would only get a giveaway snide copy (if they could), or otherwise go without.

    By the way by "toy" comment is in no way meant as a slight to the game or any players, but computer "games" even if in a simulation format are toys, they just are. Long live the toy though.

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    I think in this case of DRM as a chastity belt to thwart the pirates. Did chastitiy belts really do much for the women forced to wear them? ....quite. Sorry I couldnt think of a car analogy but I kind of like this one ! :-)

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    When valve put out a linux client, I will purchase FM2012, although even then I dont really want steam near my PC(s)

    Until then this will be the first copy, I have not bought :/


    And yeah I know I can run steam via wine, but its clunky at best.

    I dont like steam either, just to add to the people who are dissatisfied with the decision. I will admit though my only real experience with it was during the HL2 launch and it was a nightmare.

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    I just want to point out one final thing before leaving this thread:

    If you make something great, it will sell. A fantastic product will always sell, regardless of piracy, thieves or parasites. All the hours put into preventing piracy could have been used for even more fine-tuning and polish of the game, which would ultimately increase sales.

    That is the simple truth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mantralux View Post
    I just want to point out one final thing before leaving this thread:

    If you make something great, it will sell. A fantastic product will always sell, regardless of piracy, thieves or parasites. All the hours put into preventing piracy could have been used for even more fine-tuning and polish of the game, which would ultimately increase sales.

    That is the simple truth.
    Except that the devs who programme the game don't spend even a minute of their time on anti piracy measures, that also is a simple truth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mantralux View Post
    I just want to point out one final thing before leaving this thread:

    If you make something great, it will sell. A fantastic product will always sell, regardless of piracy, thieves or parasites. All the hours put into preventing piracy could have been used for even more fine-tuning and polish of the game, which would ultimately increase sales.

    That is the simple truth.

    Moving to steam means not wasting any more time on anything like that, steam will now worry about the pirates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mantralux View Post
    I just want to point out one final thing before leaving this thread:

    If you make something great, it will sell. A fantastic product will always sell, regardless of piracy, thieves or parasites. All the hours put into preventing piracy could have been used for even more fine-tuning and polish of the game, which would ultimately increase sales.

    That is the simple truth.
    The hours put into preventing piracy are spent by non-programming staff. They are not going to improve anything if they break out the C++ manuals and have a stab at coding.

    I agree that if you make something great it will sell - which is why, even though I sympathise with some of the objections to Steam, I don't think the sales of FM are going to fall apart.

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    Just to add a little fuel to the fire I have to share this as I found it laughable. I apparently have an account from 09 install but had completely forgotten. Was merrily going through the create an account route when it identified that my email address was already registered. Went through the "forgotten password" route only to be provided a code (OK fair enough) and the requirement to supply a "secret answer" that they asked for in French (and not only that french that doesn't translate!) Either I am missing something or there could be problems ahead. Thankfully I took a punt on some passwords I might have used and logged in. I hope others fair better if they can't remember their details!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevgaleuk View Post
    Just to add a little fuel to the fire I have to share this as I found it laughable. I apparently have an account from 09 install but had completely forgotten. Was merrily going through the create an account route when it identified that my email address was already registered. Went through the "forgotten password" route only to be provided a code (OK fair enough) and the requirement to supply a "secret answer" that they asked for in French (and not only that french that doesn't translate!) Either I am missing something or there could be problems ahead. Thankfully I took a punt on some passwords I might have used and logged in. I hope others fair better if they can't remember their details!
    You're not the first, Barside had to jump through similar hoops for the same reason, fortunately he also got there in the end, time to remember where you stored all your old forgotten passwords folks

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    Im pretty sure i am doing something wrong/stupid but none-the-less i will ask i hope for some help! In preparation for FM2012 i decided lastnight to try and play FM2011 on my laptop but with steam offline. I logged into stem chose to change to offline and was told "offline mode not available as my steam account details are not registered on this computer". Can anyone help? I have used the same laptop for years and am 99.9% sure this was the laptop/computer used when steam account was originally created.

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    If you go to Settings on the first tab there is a tick box that says "Don't save account credentials on this computer". If it is ticked, then according to the explanation underneath it will disable offline mode.

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    What if you used an old computer to setup Steam? I've got a new Mac now, but I'm getting that same message Lamby is getting. Is there a way to Reset the computer Steam is associated to?

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    you should be able to move your steam account to any computer, as long as you can go online on the new computer to associate your account, i recently moved mines over to my new laptop without any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by playmaker View Post
    If you go to Settings on the first tab there is a tick box that says "Don't save account credentials on this computer". If it is ticked, then according to the explanation underneath it will disable offline mode.
    I made sure that box wasnt clicked!!!

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    RowRow78 - Have you had an email with a verification code? If not, when you try to login there are two options if I recall correctly. One of them will allow you to request a verification code, which will be sent to your email. The option lets you type the code in.

    https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...4020-ALZM-5519
    Last edited by playmaker; 23-09-2011 at 09:42. Reason: Added link

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    Quote Originally Posted by LambyGHS View Post
    I made sure that box wasnt clicked!!!
    Oh, well that's my knowledge of Steam exhausted I'm afraid! Have you tried whacking it with a stick?

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    Ive always had this problem where if my interent was playing up and i tried to start up FM it wouldnt let me play when i selected "start in offline mode" i would have to sort out the interent problem first, then play FM...really hope someone can offer more than "whacking it with a stick" lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by playmaker View Post
    RowRow78 - Have you had an email with a verification code? If not, when you try to login there are two options if I recall correctly. One of them will allow you to request a verification code, which will be sent to your email. The option lets you type the code in.

    https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...4020-ALZM-5519
    Oh yeah, I did all that and my account is showing as verified, so maybe it is associated with my new Mac, just doesn't want to go "offline"?

    Looking at the web, many people seem to have problems with switching Steam to offline, could I be in the same boat? Any other suggestions? Appreciate your help with this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LambyGHS View Post
    Ive always had this problem where if my interent was playing up and i tried to start up FM it wouldnt let me play when i selected "start in offline mode" i would have to sort out the interent problem first, then play FM...really hope someone can offer more than "whacking it with a stick" lol
    https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...3160-AGCB-2555

    Hope that helps

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    Thanks Eugene, id did find that page just before you posted it up so will try that when i get home from work later tonight. No doubt ill be back here though...

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    So after 35 pages we have our first solid piece of advice before doing anything update your Steam client.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kriss View Post
    Except that the devs who programme the game don't spend even a minute of their time on anti piracy measures, that also is a simple truth.
    I know, but that wasn't the point. And even though it's not the same people focusing on piracy as on coding the game, it's still a big enough issue that it takes away focus on the whole. For example, instead of spending three hours with SEGA debating on what DRM to use, Miles could have spent those three hours quality testing the game and make sure it functions properly.

    But let me rephrase:

    Make the game fantastic. The better it is, the less problems with piracy you will have...because the better it is; the more people will buy it. Plenty of examples of other software developers out there that are so good that their piracy levels are irrelevant, due to their software being so good that people happily pay for it. Panic's 'Coda' is a good example.

    A majority of those who use pirated software aren't doing it because of political reasons (even though they exist), but rather economical ones. Most people who use pirated software would use the legal versions of the game if it was available for £5. Which means there is a price point where people would switch from illegal software to legal software, but that price point increases alongside the quality of the software (up to a limit of course, Adobe Photoshop will never have their majority of users as legal ones, even though the software is good enough for its price).

    Basically - the better the software, the more you can increase the cost without people turning to illegal versions of the application.

    If Football Manager had 50% less bugs at release day, cost 20% less and was widely available without having the need for pointless 3rd party software, they would make a bigger profit than the one they make by going Steam-only. This whole DRM-route is just attacking the problem from the wrong direction, which is common amongst developers and publishers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mantralux View Post
    If Football Manager had 50% less bugs at release day, cost 20% less and was widely available without having the need for pointless 3rd party software, they would make a bigger profit than the one they make by going Steam-only. This whole DRM-route is just attacking the problem from the wrong direction, which is common amongst developers and publishers.
    In your opinion. Without any numbers to back this opinion up. SI/SEGA will have made a business decision based on research and numbers, so in fairness they probably have a better idea of what the best route to take is to maximize their profit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevgaleuk View Post
    Just to add a little fuel to the fire I have to share this as I found it laughable. I apparently have an account from 09 install but had completely forgotten. Was merrily going through the create an account route when it identified that my email address was already registered. Went through the "forgotten password" route only to be provided a code (OK fair enough) and the requirement to supply a "secret answer" that they asked for in French (and not only that french that doesn't translate!) Either I am missing something or there could be problems ahead. Thankfully I took a punt on some passwords I might have used and logged in. I hope others fair better if they can't remember their details!
    Oh FFS what next? Seriously I am considering not buying FM12 now. I shall try my Steam log in tonight (have one from a year or two ago). If I cannot easily get it sorted I shall seriously consider sticking with FM11 for ever more. Life is too short to be buqqered about like this!

    It really is time for an SI directive (maybe a blog) that details how Steam can be used as a positive platform and how poor $ods like me who only use Steam to download the demo once per year can access & use the game they will have bought honestly and with good intention. The odd tw@t poster replying "See ya!" to those who feel like quitting and the odd Mod attempt to talk up Steam (although a t least 2 mods are dismayed that it is to be used with this titile, are really not good enough.

    There is a statisitic that it costs 20% of the cost of recuiting new Customers to support & keep the Customers you already had. But statistics can prove anything is right even when it is wrong - as in the case of the "We're using Steam this year" decision meeting!.

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    If you havent used steam for years whats the harm in making a new account? If you havent used it years it leads me to think you dont really care about any games you had on that account so where is the problem? It takes minutes to set up both a new hotmail and steam account. Tiger you havent even tried and your complaining about it??!!
    The FAQ from SI will come Kriss has already said its in the works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerhgrrrrrr View Post
    Oh FFS what next? Seriously I am considering not buying FM12 now. I shall try my Steam log in tonight (have one from a year or two ago). If I cannot easily get it sorted I shall seriously consider sticking with FM11 for ever more. Life is too short to be buqqered about like this!

    It really is time for an SI directive (maybe a blog) that details how Steam can be used as a positive platform and how poor $ods like me who only use Steam to download the demo once per year can access & use the game they will have bought honestly and with good intention. The odd tw@t poster replying "See ya!" to those who feel like quitting and the odd Mod attempt to talk up Steam (although a t least 2 mods are dismayed that it is to be used with this titile, are really not good enough.

    There is a statisitic that it costs 20% of the cost of recuiting new Customers to support & keep the Customers you already had. But statistics can prove anything is right even when it is wrong - as in the case of the "We're using Steam this year" decision meeting!.
    So, you already have steam to download the demo. You are ranting about the possibility of not being able to access your account before you have tried. Then you posted a statistic just to discredit it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by milnerpoint View Post
    If you havent used steam for years whats the harm in making a new account? If you havent used it years it leads me to think you dont really care about any games you had on that account so where is the problem? It takes minutes to set up both a new hotmail and steam account. Tiger you havent even tried and your complaining about it??!!
    The FAQ from SI will come Kriss has already said its in the works.
    Actually am not complaining am speculating that I may have a similar problem to someone who has tried something I have to do to access Steam, so a fair concern I think. Of course I dont care about Steam, I only used it to get the FM Demo in the past!.
    In case you misunderstood, I believe that if you use the same email account you cannot create a 2nd Steam account? So what, I now have to open another email account to access Steam to access FM? I'd rather spend that time playing FM11, frankly.

    This issue is turning into a trail of small issues that build up to one big one - namely, to play FM12 I will have to do x, y and z, and even then there may be issues. Just maybe I am believing the hype of negative axe grinders here but for me FM12 is already tainted. Balance that with how much I love FM11 right now and I may just have found a way to save myself £30-£40 per year from now on, HOWEVER you are right, I'll try Steam tonight - I havent given up just yet. Wish me luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddymunster View Post
    So, you already have steam to download the demo. You are ranting about the possibility of not being able to access your account before you have tried. Then you posted a statistic just to discredit it?
    Bearing in mind I am not sat infront of my games laptop right now please read my post again in relation to the previous post it responds to and try to understand it.

    You are right though Eddy, it was kind of a rant wasnt it ;-)

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    Oh FFS what next? Seriously I am considering not buying FM12 now.
    Kinda seems like your over reacting without knowing whats going to happen.
    Your right tho you cannot have two steam accounts on one email address, but really how long does it take to set up a hotmail, two mintues at most? You wont even process a day after a few seasons in FM11, infact you could them both at the same time!! Unless your steam client is slowing your computer down too much.........

    To play FM12 you need to do three simple things;

    Log in or sign up to steam
    install FM11,
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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerhgrrrrrr View Post
    Bearing in mind I am not sat infront of my games laptop right now please read my post again in relation to the previous post it responds to and try to understand it.

    You are right though Eddy, it was kind of a rant wasnt it ;-)
    I did the same to an extent. Except I've never used steam since the 09 issues. My main issue is with the lack of choice though.

    I decided I wasn't going to not play FM just because I have a poor opinion of Steam, tried it and liked it.

    I just think people with actual issues are getting swamped with unnecessary arguing, ranting etc (last part not particularly aimed at you).

    I didn't know my password either by the way, took me under 30 seconds to get into my account after I clicked can't remember password or whatever. So there are issues for some people, but for what I imagine is the vast majority, Steam seems to be fairly user friendly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerhgrrrrrr View Post
    Actually am not complaining am speculating that I may have a similar problem to someone who has tried something I have to do to access Steam, so a fair concern I think. Of course I dont care about Steam, I only used it to get the FM Demo in the past!.
    In case you misunderstood, I believe that if you use the same email account you cannot create a 2nd Steam account? So what, I now have to open another email account to access Steam to access FM? I'd rather spend that time playing FM11, frankly.

    This issue is turning into a trail of small issues that build up to one big one - namely, to play FM12 I will have to do x, y and z, and even then there may be issues. Just maybe I am believing the hype of negative axe grinders here but for me FM12 is already tainted. Balance that with how much I love FM11 right now and I may just have found a way to save myself £30-£40 per year from now on, HOWEVER you are right, I'll try Steam tonight - I havent given up just yet. Wish me luck.
    Firstly, I know it's irritating but it might just all go like a well oiled machine, secondly if they hadn't gone this route of DRM they'd have gone at least one other, so instead of X,Y & Z you'd just be doing L,M & P which could have been even worse given the historical evidence (FM09)

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    Quote Originally Posted by milnerpoint View Post

    To play FM12 you need to do three simple things;

    Log in or sign up to steam
    install FM11,
    click play
    Noooooooo! What torture!!!11111

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    Just another question, I can actually install fm on both my laptop and desktop com, right? But I can only play it on 1 machine at a time. Is my understanding, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vasilli07 View Post
    Just another question, I can actually install fm on both my laptop and desktop com, right? But I can only play it on 1 machine at a time. Is my understanding, right?
    Yup that is right, you can install FM on as many computer as you want as long as you have done it through steam, but you can only use your license on one computer at one time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vasilli07 View Post
    Just another question, I can actually install fm on both my laptop and desktop com, right? But I can only play it on 1 machine at a time. Is my understanding, right?
    I fail to see how you'd play it on both computers at the same time anyway?

    It will automatically log out of the account when you login from another computer.

    But you can play on any computer you like, as long as you use the same steam account.

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    tigerhgrrrrrr - look at it this way, while there is a possibility that Steam maybe problematic to set up for 10 minutes/an hour/a day, FM2012 will keep you entertained for a year. I have no feelings towards Steam one way or another - it is a means to an end - but the end result seems to far outweigh any possible problems at the start, if you even experience them.

    It would be a shame to end up wondering if you have missed out on something.

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    Buy the disc version. If Steam doesn't work. Bring it back.

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    I think the general disliking about this idea is that the users who buy this game should not have to jump through hoops just to get this game working. Paying the price for the game should be enough just to go home, install it and play it.........this has been a tried and tested method on every console. Xbox or PS3 don't ask customers to go online to activate their games, its simple plug and play and it works. Lets face facts, people can state the benefits and the negatives about steam but it should not be forced upon someone, the people i feel sorry for are the guys with no internet connection as it seems that SI have basically ignored them. People can talk about "oh how do people in this day and age not have internet connections" but there is such problems of broadband not being available in certain areas of a country.
    And lets say if there are a number of FM gamers who do not have the Internet and they buy this game: first they have to find someone with an Internet connection which means travelling to somewhere to get one, then create a steam account and an email address, then install the game and hope that nothing goes wrong with Steam....seems like alot of bother and we will not forget about the users who won't even see this thread because they don't have an Internet connection.........but who cares about them :-(

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    People who registered with SI have been notified by post.

    The PC and Mac games are too easily hacked. It used to be great to buy PC games off the shelf and have them work. With the internet piracy can become global in seconds. Jumping through hoops with Steam is a necessary evil in delaying the piracy so that SI can benefit from people not canceling pre-orders the very day that pirate copies appear online. Yes they want to make money. I've said this before and according to SI, if 1/4 the people who pirate bought it would double sales. That means 1,000,000 people buy it there are 4,000,000 people playing pirated copies. If someone was blatantly ripping off your software wouldn't you want it shut down or delayed? Look at the Apple Stores in China, selling off rip-off Apple gear, one reporter reported it and all of a sudden a whole rake of them were shut down.

    It's unfortunate that you need an internet connection. And SI didn't just "ignore" them, but they felt they had no other option and they said they didn't take the decision lightly.


    At the end of the day, if this increases sales for FM12 and they make more profit, they'll have more resources to pour into the next one.

    We don't know what will happen next year. Perhaps some bright spark will invent a impenetrable system for software that can't be hacked. Perhaps SI will work on developing their own Client for installing the game? Perhaps they will see a drop in sales and revert back to not using Steam. Perhaps it will be an overall success and they'll implement Steam as a standard?


    However, for now, people without internet connections are in a rut. But make no mistake. This has benefited people where the game was not available on Steam last year, but is this year. Some people in the Ukraine have reported that it can take WEEKS to get a postal service delivering the game. And they were delighted they could buy it through Steam.

    6 of 1 half a dozen of the other if you ask me.

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    Easy as 1, 2 , 3, eh?


    By loversleaper at 2011-09-23

    Maybe I am missing something, a few seconds ago I was checking for new games - but since I am not a hard core gamer it's hard to find something really appealing, FM is pretty much the only game I play on the PC - I wanted to go offline because I am now going somewhere where I won't have internet connection. Luckily (in a weird way) it threw this up so that I know there's a problem before I left because I have experienced other times where I get to the location (with no internet connection) and when I try to load up FM it either requests my password (which I can't do due to no internet connection) or it can refuse to load up FM due to no internet connection.

    I am really wondering if this force move to Steam is really going to be worth it. I cannot imagine that I am the only one experiencing this...

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    That's cos you did it wrong

    https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...3160-AGCB-2555

    Follow the steps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugene Tyson View Post
    That's cos you did it wrong

    https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...3160-AGCB-2555

    Follow the steps.
    1: Start Steam online - make sure the Remember my password box on the login window is checked this is where I was at moments before this message - I was looking through the library and what not

    2: Verify that all game files are completely updated - you can see the update status for a game under the Library section (when the game shows as 100% - Ready it is ready to be played in Offline Mode) doesn't steam do this automatically when you are online?

    3: Launch the game you would like to play offline to verify that there are no further updates to download - shut down the game and return to Steam once you have confirmed that the game can be played I wasn't going to play the game now, just go offline because in a half hour I am going somewhere where there is no internet connection for the weekend

    4: Go to Steam > Settings to ensure the Don't save account credentials on this computer option is not selected just checked, the box is not ticked

    5: From the main Steam window, go to the Steam menu and select Go Offline that is what I did...?

    6: Click Restart in Offline Mode to restart Steam in Offline Mode when you selct Go Offline this always pops up

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    Seems like you skipped a step or two or half did them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugene Tyson View Post
    Seems like you skipped a step or two or half did them.
    Look man, I just re-did the whole thing. Ok, I re-connected to my Steam account, which funnily enough allowed me to go back online - followed the steps and the same thing just happened. I did not miss a step, I am quite capable of doing these type of things, you know...

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    You dont know we have done it wrong until people actually try that out. The problem may be something different.


    ...hmmm you have confirmed my fears of what is going to happen when i get home tonight!
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    Nobody said you weren't capable?

    Steam have a support site. I can't really help you on that other than pointing you towards the steps for going to offline mode.


    All I know is I never had an issue with going into offline mode. And if I ever did it was so long ago that I have forgotten by now.

    Soz.

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    Ok, this is happening in realtime:


    By loversleaper at 2011-09-23


    By loversleaper at 2011-09-23


    By loversleaper at 2011-09-23


    By loversleaper at 2011-09-23

    Now, come in and tell me I am doing a half-ass job of it...

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    It's not my fault you can't get it to work. Those instructions work for most of the people the run steam. If they didn't they wouldn't be on their website.

    As I say, you seem to have a specific issue so I recommend you contact Steam support...

    I can barely see what's going on in those screen shots. All I know there's 3 screenshots regarding the steps and 6 steps?

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    With a bit of googling (amazing thing!!) it appears there is an issue with Steam because of a recent update, expect a fix soon

    http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=2133863

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    Loversleaper - I will see if i can sort the problem out when i get home tonight, however if you find a solution PLEASE make sure you post it up!!! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by milnerpoint View Post
    With a bit of googling (amazing thing!!) it appears there is an issue with Steam because of a recent update, expect a fix soon

    http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=2133863
    Why should I use a 3rd party app to search for things?

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    There are 4 screen shots. The one that is missing is "make sure that the game is 100% updated". Well, FM11 has been at 100% since early November 2010 - if you don't believe me I can easily show you a screenshot of that...

    The other step missing is "launch the game" - which I can't.

    I seriously don't think you actually know what you are talking about. But thanks for the advice about contacting Steam Support, have you tried it? There went me weekend of gamming...

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    Quote Originally Posted by milnerpoint View Post
    With a bit of googling (amazing thing!!) it appears there is an issue with Steam because of a recent update, expect a fix soon

    http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=2133863
    How bizarre! i've just gone into offline mode, gonna go back online, check im updated, and see if i can do it again

    EDIT: I can get in and out, has anyone else tried to see if they cant get into offline mode?
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    Quote Originally Posted by milnerpoint View Post
    With a bit of googling (amazing thing!!) it appears there is an issue with Steam because of a recent update, expect a fix soon

    http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=2133863
    Well, hold on a second while I hold my breath. This makes me feel a whole lot better (now where is that damn disc?...)

    Absolutely lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loversleaper View Post
    There are 4 screen shots. The one that is missing is "make sure that the game is 100% updated". Well, FM11 has been at 100% since early November 2010 - if you don't believe me I can easily show you a screenshot of that...

    The other step missing is "launch the game" - which I can't.

    I seriously don't think you actually know what you are talking about. But thanks for the advice about contacting Steam Support, have you tried it? There went me weekend of gamming...
    Even with 4 screen shots there are still 6 steps. Your own post admitted you didn't need to do certain things, which seems to me you hovered over those.

    Sorry for being helpful? Glad you could be so rude to me.

    I do know what I am talking about because I can get it to work 100% of the time 100% of the time all the time.


    Anytime I can't set a set of instructions to work - I go through each step meticulously and eventually find out I have done one of those incorrectly, or it can be done a different way that's not documented.

    Again, Steam support should be able to help.

    Unfortunate you only discovered this a few hours before you had to leave to an non-internet location.

    You know for next time to be more prepared so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milnerpoint View Post
    With a bit of googling (amazing thing!!) it appears there is an issue with Steam because of a recent update, expect a fix soon

    http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=2133863
    Great - we'll now get another 30+ pages of people moaning :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugene Tyson View Post
    Even with 4 screen shots there are still 6 steps. Your own post admitted you didn't need to do certain things, which seems to me you hovered over those.

    Sorry for being helpful? Glad you could be so rude to me.

    I do know what I am talking about because I can get it to work 100% of the time 100% of the time all the time.


    Anytime I can't set a set of instructions to work - I go through each step meticulously and eventually find out I have done one of those incorrectly, or it can be done a different way that's not documented.

    Again, Steam support should be able to help.

    Unfortunate you only discovered this a few hours before you had to leave to an non-internet location.

    You know for next time to be more prepared so.
    What don't you get?

    One of the steps you pointed out was to launch the game - well I can't now can I?

    The other missing step was that the game needs to be 100% updated - it has been for almost a whole year now...

    I am a little annoyed that you keep suggesting that I am not doing things correctly...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loversleaper View Post
    Well, hold on a second while I hold my breath. This makes me feel a whole lot better (now where is that damn disc?...)

    Absolutely lol
    There you go it's a bug. Fix coming soon.

    I don't use search engines as it's a 3rd party app running through my browser and it's internet based so I can't trust it and won't use search engines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loversleaper View Post
    What don't you get?

    One of the steps you pointed out was to launch the game - well I can't now can I?

    The other missing step was that the game needs to be 100% updated - it has been for almost a whole year now...

    I am a little annoyed that you keep suggesting that I am not doing things correctly...
    I'm a little annoyed that you don't understand that I am not suggesting you did anything incorrectly.

    Let's put this down to a miscommunication on both parts and let it go.

    I have no doubt you followed the instructions. I was just replying to your post where it appeared to me that you skimmed a step or 2. You said you didn't so fair enough.

    Carry on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milnerpoint View Post
    With a bit of googling (amazing thing!!) it appears there is an issue with Steam because of a recent update, expect a fix soon

    http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=2133863
    Couldn't have happened at a worse time, just when a load of potential new users are looking into the stability of Steam it goes & breaks.

    Have to add that offline mode is working fine for me although I have only just installed Steam so I'm guessing there were no previous settings for the update to mess about with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugene Tyson View Post
    There you go it's a bug. Fix coming soon.

    I don't use search engines as it's a 3rd party app running through my browser and it's internet based so I can't trust it and won't use search engines.
    To be fair, your whole attitude is just disgraceful. Are you mocking me? Just because everyone isn't as capable as you that makes it right to mock...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barside View Post
    Couldn't have happened at a worse time, just when a load of potential new users are looking into the stability of Steam it goes & breaks.
    See I told you, Murphy's law

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barside View Post
    Couldn't have happened at a worse time, just when a load of potential new users are looking into the stability of Steam it goes & breaks.
    Haha tell me about , although it doesnt seem every one is experiencing it reading the steam forums, either that, or they havent noticed it yet. From what ive read its affecting people in different ways, and also in others not at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kriss View Post
    See I told you, Murphy's law
    In good old LLM style I shall therefore blame you for mentioning Murphy in the first place, now where is my pitchfork & that kindling I was saving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loversleaper View Post
    To be fair, your whole attitude is just disgraceful. Are you mocking me? Just because everyone isn't as capable as you that makes it right to mock...
    I never mock anyone. Sorry you take it that way?

    My attitude to try and help you is disgraceful?


    My second comment in regards to search engines was a play on how people generally in this thread are afraid of running 3rd Party apps, like Steam, on their computers. But they openly run Internet Browsers and Search Engines which record their every move, far more "intrusive" than Steam is.

    It had nothing to do with your issue.

    Sorry you didn't see the funny side?


    I'll keep my sense of humour for less serious issues in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugene Tyson View Post
    I never mock anyone. Sorry you take it that way?

    My attitude to try and help you is disgraceful?


    My second comment in regards to search engines was a play on how people generally in this thread are afraid of running 3rd Party apps, like Steam, on their computers. But they openly run Internet Browsers and Search Engines which record their every move, far more "intrusive" than Steam is.

    It had nothing to do with your issue.

    Sorry you didn't see the funny side?
    Say, what you want. Your attitude displayed a pee-poor quality, asking people about their reading skills is not funny and people better start being a little more cautious because you are causing hostility. I almost feel like you should give me an apology...

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    I absolutely never once questioned your reading skills?

    I questioned the way in which you followed the instructions, which in the way you posted how you applied the steps it seemed to me you didn't fully follow them.

    I already said I accept you followed them fully and there is another issue at play and to contact Steam support.

    And there was another issue at play. There is a bug in the latest update of Steam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugene Tyson View Post
    I absolutely never once questioned your reading skills?

    I questioned the way in which you followed the instructions, which in the way you posted how you applied the steps it seemed to me you didn't fully follow them.

    I already said I accept you followed them fully and there is another issue at play.

    And there was. There is a bug in the latest update of Steam.
    Your remark on how easy it was to make a search suggested that you did. Now, I urge you to start using your brain and refrain from that sort condescending attitude - for gods sake, is that really too much to ask?

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    Oh good grief give it a rest, is it really too much for you two to stop battling throughout the thread?
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    Yes I quite agree, infractions impending if you both don't cut it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milnerpoint View Post
    Kinda seems like your over reacting without knowing whats going to happen.
    Your right tho you cannot have two steam accounts on one email address, but really how long does it take to set up a hotmail, two mintues at most? You wont even process a day after a few seasons in FM11, infact you could them both at the same time!! Unless your steam client is slowing your computer down too much.........

    To play FM12 you need to do three simple things;

    Log in or sign up to steam
    install FM11,
    click play
    lol totally agree, and I thought we were heading for an arguement there! ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddymunster View Post
    I did the same to an extent. Except I've never used steam since the 09 issues. My main issue is with the lack of choice though.

    I decided I wasn't going to not play FM just because I have a poor opinion of Steam, tried it and liked it.

    I just think people with actual issues are getting swamped with unnecessary arguing, ranting etc (last part not particularly aimed at you).

    I didn't know my password either by the way, took me under 30 seconds to get into my account after I clicked can't remember password or whatever. So there are issues for some people, but for what I imagine is the vast majority, Steam seems to be fairly user friendly.
    Yes fair enough, I havent given up yet though. Almost Steam time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kriss View Post
    Firstly, I know it's irritating but it might just all go like a well oiled machine, secondly if they hadn't gone this route of DRM they'd have gone at least one other, so instead of X,Y & Z you'd just be doing L,M & P which could have been even worse given the historical evidence (FM09)
    To be fair Kriss my whole attitude regarding DRM (Steam, Unilock or whatever) is spoiled by the FM09 debacle. I knew nothing of DRM's before then and had no opionion although a few naysaying posts before release day did bother me a little, but that whole activation "apocalypse" (drawing a few stings from the more pro-Steam generation there - lol) made me hate DRM.Am trying to be positive, am not throwing toys out of prams but my FM11 experince is now going smoothly (3.5 patches on) - its a combination of these factors that makes me a little FM12-intollerant right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by playmaker View Post
    tigerhgrrrrrr - look at it this way, while there is a possibility that Steam maybe problematic to set up for 10 minutes/an hour/a day, FM2012 will keep you entertained for a year. I have no feelings towards Steam one way or another - it is a means to an end - but the end result seems to far outweigh any possible problems at the start, if you even experience them.

    It would be a shame to end up wondering if you have missed out on something.
    True, and reassuring. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerhgrrrrrr View Post
    lol totally agree, and I thought we were heading for an arguement there! ;-)
    There is no need for us to argue over it mate, lets just hope steam sort out any issues they may be having soon!!

    for what its worth my offline steam is working as well, but then its been set that way for months, maybe there is an issue switching between them at the moment for some people, like i say tho steam should release an update soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by themadsheep2001 View Post
    How bizarre! i've just gone into offline mode, gonna go back online, check im updated, and see if i can do it again

    EDIT: I can get in and out, has anyone else tried to see if they cant get into offline mode?
    It seems to only be affecting some people not sure of the technicals about it, but mines is working fine as well. Long may my steam luck continue

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerhgrrrrrr View Post
    To be fair Kriss my whole attitude regarding DRM (Steam, Unilock or whatever) is spoiled by the FM09 debacle. I knew nothing of DRM's before then and had no opionion although a few naysaying posts before release day did bother me a little, but that whole activation "apocalypse" (drawing a few stings from the more pro-Steam generation there - lol) made me hate DRM.Am trying to be positive, am not throwing toys out of prams but my FM11 experince is now going smoothly (3.5 patches on) - its a combination of these factors that makes me a little FM12-intollerant right now.
    I think FM09 left us all a bit shell shocked, I seriously see this as more pain free once the initial stage is out of the way.

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    sorry for posting more but looking more into the steam issue it appears to be an account issue and will only effect some people, obviously not much help to those having a problem but rest assured its an issue they are aware of and are working on.

    now where did i leave my cheque from Valve??...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kriss View Post
    I think FM09 left us all a bit shell shocked, I seriously see this as more pain free once the initial stage is out of the way.
    Unreal!!!!

    Just tried everything as guided. Asks me which city I lie in (in French FFFFFFFFFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) Then doesnt accept my answer.

    Really SI, are you sure this Steam activation thing is a good idea because I am near to saying bye bye right now. Taking ten to calm down now.

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    Breath Tiger!!! Its an issue with the latest update they released, you are just unlucky, dont lose faith just yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugene Tyson View Post
    Seems like you skipped a step or two or half did them.
    Quote Originally Posted by Eugene Tyson View Post
    I'm a little annoyed that you don't understand that I am not suggesting you did anything incorrectly.

    Let's put this down to a miscommunication on both parts and let it go.

    I have no doubt you followed the instructions. I was just replying to your post where it appeared to me that you skimmed a step or 2. You said you didn't so fair enough.

    Carry on.




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    Why should I use a 3rd party app to search for things?
    Quote Originally Posted by Eugene Tyson View Post
    There you go it's a bug. Fix coming soon.

    I don't use search engines as it's a 3rd party app running through my browser and it's internet based so I can't trust it and won't use search engines.
    Why do you feel the need to make these remarks? They might amuse your chums, but they really aren't clever, and just add to the shed load of repetitive, useless posts that you have already made in this thread. Eveybody is entitled to their opinion, stop trying to belittle people who express one that isn't the same as yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kriss View Post
    I think FM09 left us all a bit shell shocked, I seriously see this as more pain free once the initial stage is out of the way.
    Unfortunately I had various but all equally game breaking issues with FM08, 09 & 10. For this reason I no longer buy FM at launch.
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    Why do you feel the need to make these remarks? They might amuse your chums, but they really aren't clever, and just add to the shed load of repetitive, useless posts that you have already made in this thread. Eveybody is entitled to their opinion, stop trying to belittle people who express one that isn't the same as yours.
    why bring something up that was already dropped? your post is equally as unhelpful. Kriss already said something, end of that topic

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    Quote Originally Posted by milnerpoint View Post
    Breath Tiger!!! Its an issue with the latest update they released, you are just unlucky, dont lose faith just yet
    Seems this problem is over 2 hours old reading back. I'll try but this proves the whole point of contention here - I cannot access Steam!, so I could not activate or play FM (assuming Im not in offline mode). SI have jumped into bed with an unreliable partner and we are gonne have to deal with the ba$tard babies or in my case I just may not bother!!! NOT given up yet but tomorrow will be my last attempt. Shame on you SI, SI read and learn!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerhgrrrrrr View Post
    Seems this problem is over 2 hours old reading back. I'll try but this proves the whole point of contention here - I cannot access Steam!, so I could not activate or play FM (assuming Im not in offline mode). SI have jumped into bed with an unreliable partner and we are gonne have to deal with the ba$tard babies or in my case I just may not bother!!! NOT given up yet but tomorrow will be my last attempt. Shame on you SI, SI read and learn!.
    When did you last try and login? what issues do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by themadsheep2001 View Post
    why bring something up that was already dropped? your post is equally as unhelpful. Kriss already said something, end of that topic
    I didn't. It wasn't dropped when I responded to the posts on page 35.

    It would have been the end of the topic had you asked yourself the same question before posting, thus giving youself the chance to work out why it would be unnecessary to then ask me.

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    Steam are so incompetent they ask you security questions in what is not your preferred language (and that question contained faulty characters) then tell you you entered less than 3 characters (when you enter 10). SI your credibility is in the hands of muppets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by themadsheep2001 View Post
    When did you last try and login? what issues do you have?

    See post 3524.

    About 15 mins ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerhgrrrrrr View Post
    Steam are so incompetent they ask you security questions in what is not your preferred language (and that question contained faulty characters) then tell you you entered less than 3 characters (when you enter 10). SI your credibility is in the hands of muppets!
    That is bizarre to say the least. Steam program or are you on the website?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerhgrrrrrr View Post
    Seems this problem is over 2 hours old reading back. I'll try but this proves the whole point of contention here - I cannot access Steam!, so I could not activate or play FM (assuming Im not in offline mode). SI have jumped into bed with an unreliable partner and we are gonne have to deal with the ba$tard babies or in my case I just may not bother!!! NOT given up yet but tomorrow will be my last attempt. Shame on you SI, SI read and learn!.
    Like i say from reading the steam forum it appears some people are having issues with the client because of a recent update they released, as with FM, sometimes updates dont go perfectly, they will fix it as quick as they possibly can. The issue appears to be related to steam not being able to authenticate your account which may explain why it asked your security question in the wrong language. Valve are not unreliable, far from it, but they do appear to have had an issue that they havent managed to sort out yet.
    Last edited by milnerpoint; 23-09-2011 at 18:17.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kriss View Post
    I think FM09 left us all a bit shell shocked, I seriously see this as more pain free once the initial stage is out of the way.
    To be fair to Steam (and I hate to be fair to Steam, because Steam isn't fair to you), the FM09 problems had nothing to do with do with them iirc? 99% of the issues were with either Uniloc's servers going down or shoddily printed serial numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milnerpoint View Post
    Like i say from reading the steam forum it appears some people are having issues with the client because of a recent update they released, as with FM, sometimes updates dont go perfectly, they will fix it as quick as they possibly can. The issue appears to be related to steam not being able to authenticate your account which may explain why it asked your security question in the wrong language. Valve are not unreliable, far from it, but they do appear to have had an issue that they havent managed to sort out yet.
    Well, that's completely unacceptable. Why should an unnecessary third party application be able to prevent you from playing the game you purchased? If it's one minute it's too long.

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    Ooh there's a steam sale. Thanks whoever posted that screenie.

    Now - Alpha Protocol for £1.50 or Rome Total War Complete Edition for £5?

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    Quote Originally Posted by milnerpoint View Post
    Like i say from reading the steam forum it appears some people are having issues with the client because of a recent update they released, as with FM, sometimes updates dont go perfectly, they will fix it as quick as they possibly can. The issue appears to be related to steam not being able to authenticate your account which may explain why it asked your security question in the wrong language. Valve are not unreliable, far from it, but they do appear to have had an issue that they havent managed to sort out yet.
    Next time I dont make it into work I shall say "Im not unreliable, far from it. I just havent made it into the office yet". I do appreciate that your post was trying to help though. FINALLY have opened a new accout (thats 60 mins of my life I wont get back). I am trying to do as I should but why should my experience not be typical? And is this acceptabe? - do remember without DRM you can just put the disc in and play. Anyway I am one step nearer to getting set through Steam for FM12 BUT so far this experience is all I dreaded it to be. To be frank, DRM is a good idea- I just doubt Unilock & Steam are trustworthy enough to make it reliable - or as reliable as would find acceptable, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Ritchie View Post
    To be fair to Steam (and I hate to be fair to Steam, because Steam isn't fair to you), the FM09 problems had nothing to do with do with them iirc? 99% of the issues were with either Uniloc's servers going down or shoddily printed serial numbers.
    Agreed, Steam not guilty in 2008 - the process clearly was though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crispypaul View Post
    Ooh there's a steam sale. Thanks whoever posted that screenie.

    Now - Alpha Protocol for £1.50 or Rome Total War Complete Edition for £5?
    Took the Rome deal, Alpha is decent, worth the £1.50 anyway

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    I really didn't want to buy anything off Steam but Total War: Rome for a fiver, time to rummage down the back of the sofa.

    Edit: Dear lord it's worse than I first thought, Total War mega pack for under £12.

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