The unusual request being to PLAY THE GAME FOR WHICH I PAID THEM GOOD MONEY! Once again the only consequence of Steam, for me, is to prevent access to Civ. Yes, yes, you get a lot out it. Great. I don't. The mods, achievements, cloud storage, etc. are not of use to me. What I want to do is play the game. But I can't. Because Steam is too busy. I'm connected to the Internet and was up and running in offline mode a few hours ago. In the meantime I had to shut down. Apparently turning back on is when Steam hijacks your computer to show ads or whatever. I really miss the days when games where on CDs. Yes, I'm that old. The crankiness may have given it away.