i know you need a connection to validate your account...thats fine. but after that is done, it should work regardless if you have internet or not. past versions of the launcher would vomit a popup on you saying minecraft servers were down, and you could at least play offline. now that doesnt seem to be the case...dismiss the popup and nothing happens. not cool. many people are on wifi only, and should not be punished for not having an active connection should the interwebz not be available. please do not cripple the ability to play offline.