Can I play Civ 5 without having Steam installed?
I purchased Civ5 Game of the Year Edition (physical CD) in June from Amazon - a seemingly brand new, unopened package. I was never successful in installing and opening the game, and the Valve/Steam system was beyond confusing (I had no idea that you'd have to do anything other than purchase the game and pop in the CD). For nearly 6 months, Valve/Steam reps have been entirely unhelpful and their most recent reply said they couldn't help me because the CD was previously purchased and the CD activation code had been registered in the past (explains the "duplicate / error" message I received when trying to get the game going). As you can probably already tell, I'm a total novice when it comes to this kind of tech thing - although I'm a Civ vet... started with Civ1 around 1992 - so apologies if my rank amateur rambling is too much. As it stands right now, I have nothing to show for the $38.44 I spent to buy this game on Amazon... nothing except 6 very frustrating months. So, is there a workaround I can use (legal or otherwise)? Or anything else you could recommend? I have a MacBook Pro Mac OS X 10.7.5 Thank you VERY MUCH for any help you can offer me! Like everyone else, I just want to get on to playing a favorite game! Thanks! - theo