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[6]: Good Old Games
by Morgan on Sat 14th Sep 2013 03:00 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Good Old Games"
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The difference with software and "lending", according to content publishers, has always been that if you borrow a book or newspaper or DVD, the person you borrowed from no longer has it and can't use it. So, it can be assumed by the publisher that only one person is using it at a time. With software, you can install copies on both machines and (barring any DRM issues) play both copies at once. That effectively renders it a "loss" for the publisher.

Now, I'm not saying I agree with that line of thinking; after all, one can always copy a book, newspaper, magazine, CD, DVD etc. It's more difficult than software, sure, but it's possible and happens all the time, especially with CDs, DVDs, and books. Personally I see all of the above as shareable media, and while I feel on my own level that family sharing or even sharing with close friends doesn't really hurt anything, it is still against the law in many countries, including mine.

The more the lawmakers try to crack down on casual copying/sharing, the closer we come to a point where even talking to another person about the plot of a book/movie/game can get one in trouble for "copyright infringement". I want to see things move in the other direction, but I also realize how unlikely it is that we will see that happen.

Edited 2013-09-14 03:04 UTC

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