I really hope that I am missing something. How can I start PA2 when not being online?
In every Telltale Game I've bought so far (Sam & Max 1-3 and Tales of Monkey Island) I could use my serial number to unlock the game and then play it with no need of an internet connection.
But PA2 shows a loading screen forever when I start it offline.
While i can accept to validate the registration once after a fresh install, there is absolutely no need in forcing the user to be online to play a fully offline game.
This kind of DRM is unacceptable for two reasons.
1) The user is not able to play the game when not able to get online - maybe the ISP has a failure, or the user is using a notebook.
2) Telltale's validation service does not work - hopefully fixed fast, but what will happen when the company for whatever reason does not exist anymore (worst case, but seen before).
So please if there is a way to start PA2 offline, please tell me how.
Otherwise stop that madness. I think I won't buy any more games from Telltale if I need to be online to play offline games.
Five Minutes ago it was not possible to start PA2. I could not load the Telltale webpages as well. If it was a problem at Telltale's or my side does not matter. In that period of time it was impossible to play the (offline) game I bought.
As I wanted to submit my first edit, the whole Telltale domain could not be connected again. It lasts for quite a long time now and sadly it proves my concerns of my original post.
As it may take a bit (I am sure it is a problem at Telltale - database error displayed on forum) I can add some thoughts.
With DRM you want to ensure your own content is not pirated. That is okay and fully comprehensible. But as soon as these measures restrict the honest buyer of your product, you have failed.
Most likely there will be a cracked version of your software and the user of that will not have that restrictions. It is easy to see what seems to more attractive.
I really want to support developers with buying the software worth buying, but it really sucks that I have to use cracks of my bought games, just to get rid of the need to insert that damned game DVD.
Oh, looks like the sites are back.
Telltale, please think about a patch with no need to be online.