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Wait, so if you buy a valve game from a store, register it to your steam account and play, there's no option to un-register it from your account if you want to sell it? I can see, for obvious reasons, why one cannot sell games they purchase directly from steam. I had no idea physical disks that were purchased from a store cannot be un-linked from one's account...
yeah, me either
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Yea that always got me mad because I purchased audiosurf on one of my old steam accounts that I made thinking it was my main steam account with all my games on it, then when I realized what I did and found out you can't transfer games to you other accounts I got so pissed.
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Actually there are circumstances where you can transfer your games to another account. You have to contact Valve though.
    
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Wait, so if you buy a valve game from a store, register it to your steam account and play, there's no option to un-register it from your account if you want to sell it? I can see, for obvious reasons, why one cannot sell games they purchase directly from steam. I had no idea physical disks that were purchased from a store cannot be un-linked from one's account...
The physical disks you buy from a store do not actually contain the GAME data on them.... They contain a loader for STEAM and a code to ACTIVATE the game once it has linked up with STEAM.

I bought a store copy of L4D... yet it still downloaded the vital info to make it work from STEAM and thus tied the game to my STEAM account.

Pretty much, I guess the money you pay for the game is pretty much for the "privledge" to play the game, not to actually own the code.
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Actually there are circumstances where you can transfer your games to another account. You have to contact Valve though.
Yes.
Similar circumstances come about if you buy a game (have the disks and the manual) from a 'retailer' and for some reason it's been 'fraudulentlty' registered by 'somebody else'. Wink wink.

Not that I'd ever do that, I love Steam.
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ALL games are legally bound to you anyway, so a steam game is no different.
The only thing is that people are able to get away with it with retail copies.
Steam are careful with that, and made their games locked to one account.
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The physical disks you buy from a store do not actually contain the GAME data on them.... They contain a loader for STEAM and a code to ACTIVATE the game once it has linked up with STEAM.

I bought a store copy of L4D... yet it still downloaded the vital info to make it work from STEAM and thus tied the game to my STEAM account.

Pretty much, I guess the money you pay for the game is pretty much for the "privledge" to play the game, not to actually own the code.
Wow, I had no idea it worked that way...

What about non-valve, non-steam games that you can activate/register on your steam account?
    
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Wow, I had no idea it worked that way...

What about non-valve, non-steam games that you can activate/register on your steam account?
I am pretty sure that everything you buy on Steam stays there.
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Wow, I had no idea it worked that way...

What about non-valve, non-steam games that you can activate/register on your steam account?
There are only a few games that can be activated to a Steam account. The rest are just games that you may have installed. They aren't attached to the Steam account at all.
    
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Wow, I was all for steam/valve games before, but now I'm not so sure... Then again, I can't remember ever selling a previously-purchased game, LOL. I guess as long as Steam is alive, there's nothing to worry about.
    
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