[Rumor] Steam may let you TRADE & LEND your games!
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:
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!
Another nail in the Xbox One's coffin
If someone back then saw a computer and an Internet connection, they would shit their pants. Hence why computers and Internet used by over a 1/3 of the world today
It's not like I can fix it now.
Alright, that's a cool idea since unlike the Xbox One the circumstance here is pretty legit. But this is great since my friend and I have a lot of games either of us don't have, so this would be pretty cool to experiment,
Digital distribution doesn't just rob the the feeling of ownership from people. It robs actual ownership. Using the word feeling here really downplays the seriousness of the situation. What's truly sad is how many people literally hand over hard earned money for absolutely nothing of value. The real atrocity here is that people have become so stupid and blinded by marketing that the overall laziness of the world has assigned actual value to convenient impulse buys. People today are completely apathetic to these kinds of things. Can you imagine someone of older times buying something that they can't physical hold and do want they want to with? Hell, no. They would you that you're crazy and trying to pull a fast one. Which is the truth of the matter. Digital distribution could be the most clever and devious way to make money ever. Next thing you know they'll be selling "Breathable Air", and I'm sure it'll sell just fine.
If anyone can do it, Lord Gabe can
Excelente. Not Excellente, Double L (ll) has a different sound in Spanish (Sh-- or J-- depending on the region). Grammar nazi out.
Why is Steam so awesome?
If they let you share with 3 - 5 friends. This can be cool. F.e. my bro can try out bioshock infinite and see if hed like it. And than maybe buy it for himself.
Where this will really shine are families. So a dad / mom can share games with there kids or siblings between each other. No need to buy 1 game twice (only if both want to play at the same time single or multiplayer.)
That's pretty spiffy. I have a bunch of Steam games that I got through bundles (mostly Half-Life mods) that I have no actual interest in. I have never played them and never plan to, so it would be really cool if I could turn around and get some positive out of them.