Steam is undoubtedly a great idea, but if the future of gaming lies with such a platform, are gamers safe? If Valve wants gamers' trust, they have some questions to answer first.
Well it certainly is a new take on a "oh noes steam will conquer the world". Firstly the no internet argument is getting a bit old and tired. Naturally if you have a naff internet service steam isn't for you. However it is entirely feasible that in the future stores will have a system set up so you can burn the game to disc and then when you get home install the game and do a quick one time authentication of your game and hey presto. I like to think pretty much everyone in the future will have some form of net which will allow them to authenticate the game, if not then find something else to do in your cave. As for lending, erm last time I looked that was actually against the license terms you pay for. There really is no need for lending on steam, the service already provides free weekends and massive discounts on software so I don't see the need for people to encourage "lending". If lending is wanted by a lot of people then steam already allows for a short of sharing. When you buy a game you sometimes get given a certain number of "invites" which you can give to friends and they get to play the game for a limited period of time. So if lending is a popular thing there is a mechanism there already but I really don't think it is a major thing for PC gamers. As for whether we are safe with steam, I always say "if steam starts having problems in the PC world then we will have a hell of a lot more to worry about than just steam closing".
Steam will shutdown when the world runs out of electricity. Until then, game on!
I cant stress how much I agree with this article. I love steam, I really do, but I also still love having a physical copy of something I own. Maybe Im just being old fashioned but I hate "owning" something but still being constrained like via itunes
I for one don't mind not having the physical copy clutter up my already crowded game room. Sure, we can all be fearful of a scenario that Valve either goes under one day, or grows so big that they could become the next corporate machine, but so far, I'm liking what I'm seeing.
Yeah, I'm still on the fence about not having a physical copy. I'm not ready to give it up just yet, I don't think.
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