I talked to Steam Support about Steam Offline. I have been told:
You can set up your Steam account to run in offline mode prior to connecting to your school's network […] you must allow Steam to complete necessary updates in order to enable Offline mode (you must establish a temporary connection to the internet for this reason).
So, I can't go offline while offline. I must remember to go offline while online, or I'm gently caressed. I don't always have this luxury, however.
I've tried using my mobile's internet connection for this purpose. However, much to my surprise, Steam now fails to connect through that as well. Why, thank you so much, Wind.
I'm thus left with two possibilities to enable offline mode while offline:
- A VPN, or
- The Tor network.
Does Steam work through either them? I just need it to connect to the network for long enough to realize that there are no updates, after all, and that it's okay to let me play my games.