[Rumor] Steam may let you TRADE & LEND your games!

Posted on July 2, 2013 - 8:00am by CaztheGamerGuy

Editor's Note: Catching up from the post SGC madness, there are a few news stories that were missing from the top page. Rumor or not, I think this one is pretty interesting. It isn't the first time I've heard it and reading through the post, I doubt it will be the last. Share your opinion in the comments.

If there is one criticism about digital distribution is that it robs the consumer of their feeling of ownership. Seeing the debacle of the Xbox and Microsoft's removal of DRM and used games policy (just a reminder, their policies are "subject to change"... Have fun!) clearly showed us that we aren't ready for a future where games are treated like licenses.  Licenses you're not able to sell.

However, things may be changing soon.  According to a NeoGAF user who was poking around the Steam beta's language files, Steam may be allowing users to share their game library with their friends:

"SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicense_Title" "Shared game library" "SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_OwnerText" "Just so you know, your games are currently in use by %borrower%. Playing now will send %borrower% a notice that it's time to quit." "SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_BorrowerText" "This shared game is currently unavailable. Please try again later or buy this game for your own library."

Here's the actual picture of the source code:

Now of course, this has yet to be confirmed from Valve themselves.  However, the prospect of Steam allowing you to trade in your Steam games or let you lend them to a friend is a welcome one in my books.

And yes, I know about the ruling in Europe.  You legally own your Cave Story+ Spain.  Excellente!

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