Originally Posted by Ibage
You don't ever own the physical copies either. Just the right to play it. Your key could get banned online with any PC game and you would be forced to single player only. If you have the games on your PC, you can still play em with or without steam.
Why would I get banned online? Cheating? Pirating Games etc.?
I don't engage in any of that stuff so I can't see the possibility of being banned poses a problem.
Originally Posted by justarealguy
You never own a game. You own a license to use said game, no matter if it is a physical copy or one purchased digitally.
Steam is not a game rental platform.
You're probably looking at it as owning the actual IP, I'm talking about my physical copy in my hands. I've resold physical copies of my games, most recent Crysis 2. EA didn't send me a letter saying I can never buy from them again, but Steam will send you a deactivation email if you try to sell your account. Once you buy from them, it yours forever until Steam deactivates your account or it gets hacked. Steam telling you how to use their service is similar to game rentals from my POV. You can keep games from rental sites for an indefinite amount of time until you deactivate your account, then you have to send them all back.
The possibility of them deactivating my account for whatever reason and preventing me from accessing the games I thought were mine, was enough for me to start buying physical copies again. I only have about $150 worth of games on Steam so making the switch was easy. People with much more are tied to them, which is a great business model.
People are paying Steam to use their games for an indefinite amount of time, stored on their servers and linked to your account for use. Console gamers are still enjoying the second hand market while PC gamers are stuck with digital games they barely play.
When I deleted the Steam client on my PC one day, all of my games were deleted also. A great feature to keep us from leaving them.Edited by WorldExclusive - 4/24/11 at 8:23pm