Originally Posted by GrizzleBoy
In response to the "you don't own the games, you only buy a license".
As I've said a few times in the past, you are indeed buying a license, but not for yourself.
The way Steam works means you're actually buying a license FOR Steam, its just that Steam allows you to access those licenses provided you agree to any and all t&c conditions past, present or future, no matter what they are.
If it were actually the case that gamers were actually owning ANYTHING they purchased, be it the game, the license or the right to access them a third partys terms and conditions would be moot.
However as it stands, the Steam system means you literally own nothing at all. It may not be so from some countries legal standpoint, but from a practical standpoint you own nothing.
If you have to agree to someone else's terms to access your stuff, and you have a very limited ability to actually do anything with that stuff due to that same someone else actually controlling all that happens with your stuff, then it was never your stuff.
Its their stuff. In real world speak/situations, it their stuff.
Its the equivalent of walking into a gaming shop and buying a game, but that game has to stay at your friends house and you need to access their house so you can play it.
You can't sell it because it needs to be in his house at all times.
You can't borrow it to your other friends. It needs to be in his house at all times.
If you ever have a falling out, he gets to keep your game. Because it needs to be in his house at all times. If you lose access to their house, you lose access to your own possessions?
Doesn't sound right does it? Was it really yours? Was that game you spent money on ever really yours?
If I didn't know any better I'd have thought everything from the license, right down to the right to access that license actually belonged to him, not you?