Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Sep 2013 19:21 UTC

Steam Family Sharing allows close friends and family members to play one another's games while earning their own Steam achievements and saving their own game progress to the Steam cloud. It's all enabled by authorizing a shared computer.

Sounds neat, but it does look convoluted and complex. I have a simpler system, which is quite revolutionary. It's called physical copies and I can just give them to friends. It's magic.

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RE[3]: Good Old Games
by Morgan on Wed 11th Sep 2013 22:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Good Old Games"
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As long as everyone is playing different games, it's just the modern version of buying a bunch of Gameboy cartridges or CD-ROMs to share among your family members... and if you disapprove of that or think it can be stopped, you're either blinded by privilege or a fool.

Actually I agree with you on this, and I'm pretty sure GOG would too. My reply to ptman was simply providing a viewpoint in answer to his question. I never said I was right, just that it was how I saw the situation.

And I'm with you on the insane price of console games too, though actually it's always been pretty high; I remember my brother and I saving up money for weeks to buy Final Fantasy VI (FF3 here in the US) for the SNES for $70, and we took turns playing the same save game since we both "owned" it.

And hey, maybe I'm just as guilty: A few weeks ago my 12 year old niece wanted to start playing "real" Minecraft (she had been playing on her tablet but was curious about the PC version) so I logged in on her computer and showed her around, and never even thought about deleting the game afterward. According to my sister she still plays on my account, though she is saving up for her own account. Since I haven't logged in and played for a couple of months on my own computer, I doubt Mojang even cares...but you could say that that makes me just as "guilty" as ptman and his family sharing of GOG games.

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