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There is no strict legal definition of what constitutes a service, so it is largely determined by how it is promoted. For gamers, what this ultimately boils down to is that when they purchase a game, they don't really own it. As Jas explains, "services are essentially just a benefit provided on certain terms and don't involve you owning anything".

Instead, gamers purchase a license which gives them the right to use that software provided they agree to and comply with the terms stipulated in the End User License Agreement (EULA) - that thing you have to click through before you're allowed to play. The problem with this is while publishers treat games as services, gamers generally treat games as goods, and it's entirely logical that they do so.


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An interesting article discussing the consequences of the developing business approach to treating games as a service instead of a good, inline with the question of whether or not a gamer really owns his/her games. Let's have a good, clean discussion smile.gif
Edited by DuDeInThEmOoN42 - 3/2/12 at 10:36am
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My opinion:
I paid for it, I own it until I sell it, lose it, destroy it, etc. Games as a service only applies to games like MMOs IMO.
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Game is a service if it runs in the company server. If it can run in my computer then its mine to do as I see fit with it.

An MMO is service as I cant run it fully in my computer as they sell or give me the client for that service. I can do what I want with the client, but if they dont like it (like hacking the client) they will refuse to let me access their service.

An game (even if DRM want to access the publisher server) runs in my computer. I'm free to remove the DRM if it pisses me off and as I do not need to access the content of the publisher server I can play it just fine (minus, probably multiplayer if game has any - although I most likely will be able to play multiplayer in LAN or through third party servers).

In simplistic terms. Laws are different in some countries. Most of the fuss - it seems for me - is companies who want to stop tech progression bcos it threatens their business model. It has not worked in the past (banning the cloth buttons in France in 15 th century, breaking the steam engines in England in 18th-19th century, trying to ban VHS in eighties, etc.). Scary thing is - one day in the future it's the Google and Facebook that are doing the lobby "to do something about it" new tech that threatens their business model. Companies either adapt or die. The bigger they get the harder it is for the to adapt. But dinosaurs do die out - no way around it if they don't evolve with changing environment.
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Originally Posted by lordikon View Post

My opinion:
I paid for it, I own it until I sell it, lose it, destroy it, etc. Games as a service only applies to games like MMOs IMO.
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Originally Posted by Carniflex View Post

An game (even if DRM want to access the publisher server) runs in my computer. I'm free to remove the DRM if it pisses me off and as I do not need to access the content of the publisher server I can play it just fine (minus, probably multiplayer if game has any - although I most likely will be able to play multiplayer in LAN or through third party servers).

100% agreed with both of these.
Edited by XAslanX - 3/2/12 at 11:44am
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Over the past few years the business model used for games has changed dramatically. Originally games were treated like any other media, you bought a copy and that copy was yours to do with as you saw fit. Just like a book you could work your way through it, come back to use it again or sell it on second hand to someone else.

Now we have online authentication, and forced registration. That's not to mention "Downloadable Content" that is charged for seperately. Granted not all DLC is needed in order to play a game these days but the sort of things that are charged for now used to often be given as free additions in patches! Unfortunately I don't see this trend changeing, especially with how well subscription based services such as X-Box Live have done, and also now that On-Live is out in the wild.

This pretty much sums up why I don't get many new games at all these days.
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I usually buy retail copies of games for this very reason and as easy as steam is to use, I won't pay full price for any game on there, 60 dollars for a game is retarded (thanks activision) and 50 for a game that's digital and doesn't come with anything that you would get if you bought retail is a terrible idea. I'll stick to buying retail copies and I'll gladly wipe my butt with the EULA.

I bought it, it's in my possession, its on my computer running with the hardware I bought on a computer I put together, I'll do whatever the hell I want. I'll crack the DRM, I'll upload that crack everywhere I want, I'll use the disks as a burglar deterrent device, and then I'll sell it if I get bored with it to make some extra cash to rinse and repeat with another game I choose.
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This pretty much sums up why I don't get many new games at all these days.

As I was reading your post, I was thinking of quoting a portion of it and saying the above. redface.gif

I don't like where it's headed, and my wallet has shown that. I quite literally spent more on games when I was 8 years old than I do now, which says a lot - I currently posses more disposable income than I ever thought I'd see in my lifetime. There are so so many games I would like to play but refuse to purchase.
    
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As I was reading your post, I was thinking of quoting a portion of it and saying the above. redface.gif
I don't like where it's headed, and my wallet has shown that. I quite literally spent more on games when I was 8 years old than I do now, which says a lot - I currently posses more disposable income than I ever thought I'd see in my lifetime. There are so so many games I would like to play but refuse to purchase.

Do what my buddy did, he bought every game on gog.com haha. Crazy guy
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Everything is headed towards a service model.

Why in the world would they give it to you when they can just license it to you in small parts for a limited time, also requiring you to enroll in their advertising/distribution platform?
    
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Remember when you could just by a disk? (floppy, CD) and, you know, just play it.
Then when you got bored, you'd trade it with friends or sell it.

Now I buy games and I have to agree to the fact I don't own it, I have to install software that has nothing to do with it, just so it can make sure I'm not stealing it and soon, you'll be buying a game linked to your DNA structure so it will need to take a blood sample every few days just so they know it's you.
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