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[5]: Good Old Games
by Kivada on Sat 14th Sep 2013 01:47 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Good Old Games"
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Not really, gaming, especially when buying physical copies is far more expensive then when I was a kid.

I'm 28, when I was a kid I never paid more then $25 for a a brand new game, but the vast majority of my purchases where at the 7 different used game shops around my area, where I could get some games for literally $0.05 I was looking for something that was widely available and for an older console or was an older DOS/Windows3.x, Apple IIe or Comodore64 game.

At those shops I averaged paying between $10-20 on most anything and could always trade back in for cash what I had beaten if none of my friends or family wanted it.

I remember how we used to go to Funcoland weekly for the newspaper they had with all of the stores current games and their prices, we all used to have a copy and used to pool our money to pick up certain games. Between me and my friends we had all of the major consoles and computers, we used to swap systems all the time and would often buy games for consoles we didn't own, because we knew we could borrow it from one of our friends and either trade it to them for another game or back to the shop.

I personally only owned an NES, Gameboy, PS2, a dumpster dived 286SX running Win 3.0 and a Powerbook 280c I picked up for $50 from the x wife of a lawyer that had ceated on her, she was having a yard sale of all his stuff and I happened by, Mind you this was in '95 and the 280c was introduced in '94 @ $3800... I dunno why she sold it to me for that little.

Compare that to today's physical media prices and the death of the used game shops at the hands of Gamestop

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