The OP in this thread is 100% correct about everything they said.http://www.larian.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=519172&page=1
It's impossible to get anything across to the Steam defense brigade, as they will always without fail defend Valve/Steam to no end with failed logic they think they're justifying and use absolute utter nonsense they say is right and just to troll.
Lets separate some facts from what the Steam defense brigade thinks (Which they say are facts despite proof being given which in turn they say isn't proof)
FACT 1: To say Valve can't or doesn't ban accounts for no reason is false. There is overwhelming evidence that has shown that valve does in fact do this. The Steam defense brigade tirelessly goes to no end to deflect those facts with nonsense such as the people obviously did something wrong and anything else they can use to justify Valves corrupted ways. Fact is a search result provides the overwhelming evidence which the Steam defense brigade says doesn't exist or there is no proof.
FACT 2: You cannot continue playing the games on your account if Valve either does an IP block, or outright bans an account. I personally have been IP blocked which locked me out of my account altogether so I know what I'm talking about. Now even though despite the fact that the federal laws explain why an IP block from a distributor cannot be justified, The Steam defense brigade says the federal laws are wrong and Valve can still do it (and then they list of all these reasons that the federal laws outright make null and void.) Federal laws have final what the agreement can say, not the other way around as the Steam Defense brigade continues saying. And even when the links to the federal websites are given and shown in black and white, the Steam defense brigade still says the laws are wrong or that it doesn't say that and all this other nonsense. If the laws were pointed out in black and white, then saying the laws don't matter or that it doesn't say that, makes the person that said that an idiot.
FACT 3: The Steam defense brigade doesn't understand the difference between a game ban, and an account ban. Once again I've been account banned via an IP block and I could not access my account at all. Since the Steam defense brigade have never actually had an account ban, it explains why they don't grasp the concept. That, and they troll.
FACT 4: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS BEING OFFLINE WITH STEAM. If someone says they've unplugged their internet completely and are still able to launch Steam and have it go into OFFLINE MODE then that means they have already been connected to the internet which is why you can access offline mode. How about unplugging the internet and then deleting the log in credentials that can only be retrieved ONLINE which is what allows offline to happen, and try and gain access to your account again and see how well that works out.
FACT 5. YOU CANNOT ACCESS YOUR STEAM GAMES ANY TIME YOU WANT.
The Steam defense brigade says they can access any game on Steam whenever they want, as well as they don't need to be connected to the internet to access offline mode which is because they already have access to it. But lets look at the REALITY of what the Steam defense brigade always avoids when brought up.
Anyone saying they can their Steam account and the games on it any time they want is in reality saying these two things:
1. They can go into the middle of nowhere that does not have an internet signal with a brand new computer right out of the box still install Steam, access their library of games, and still play them.
2. If the credentials which is what makes offline even possible are deleted, then Steam account access is 100% impossible because the credentials that make offline even possible can only be retrieved by being online.
Those two aspects PROVE there is no such thing as OFFLINE when it comes to Steam.
The true definition of Offline means even with no internet connection, Steam can still be installed on a brand new computer, which then someone can log into their account and play the games in their library.
Steam is a disgusting piece of garbage that has no regard for anything, is totally immoral, corrupted, and does a lot of things that are 100% illegal, and make it next to impossible for the people they do this to, to take action against them.