Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Aug 2012 22:53 UTC
Games Interesting. The Verge summarises the loads of news and rumours coming out of OnLive today - much of the staff seems to have been laid off, and an acquisition could be imminent. Who will it be? Apple? Google? Microsoft? EA? Valve? CommodoreUSA?
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A lesson to be learned
by WorknMan on Sat 18th Aug 2012 00:50 UTC
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2005-11-13

Whether this is true or not, I hope this gets users of other cloud-based services to start asking some serious questions, and I'm especially looking at you, Steam users.

Sure, they might have promised to unlock the games when/if the service ceases to exist, but is that somewhere in a written agreement, and legally binding? If not, you guys are probably going to be taking it up the ass at some point in the future. I can imagine a scenario where Valve closes up shop and gives users the middle finger when asked about maintaining access to games that people hav spent hundreds of dollars on. It's easy for companies to promise the world while you're handing them money, but let's see what happens when it's time for them to deliver.

Sometimes, it might be worth the risk when they have a fire sale and the games are going for like $5, but people who are spending serious cash on services like Steam REALLY need to start thinking about this stuff.

Edited 2012-08-18 00:52 UTC

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RE: A lesson to be learned
by linux-lover on Sat 18th Aug 2012 00:57 in reply to "A lesson to be learned"
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2011-04-25

Steam is a bit different as the games a stored locally on your machine. Valve has said if they go under they will simply let unlock the DRM from the games.
They created the DRM, they can unlock it (actually people have thrown cracked copies on thepiratebay anyways...).

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RE[2]: A lesson to be learned
by WorknMan on Sat 18th Aug 2012 01:01 in reply to "RE: A lesson to be learned"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Steam is a bit different as the games a stored locally on your machine. Valve has said if they go under they will simply let unlock the DRM from the games.


Like I said, do they have a legal obligation to do so? And could they legally unlock games from the service that they themselves did not create?

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RE: A lesson to be learned
by viton on Sat 18th Aug 2012 02:46 in reply to "A lesson to be learned"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

It's easy for companies to promise the world while you're handing them money, but let's see what happens when it's time for them to deliver.

Then you get this:
your lifetime service will end on October 31, 2012.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/112783391065033208484/posts/16WyAvu37wE

Edited 2012-08-18 02:49 UTC

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RE[2]: A lesson to be learned
by zima on Tue 21st Aug 2012 04:49 in reply to "RE: A lesson to be learned"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

When you hear "your lifetime service will end" - run!

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RE: A lesson to be learned
by Ultimatebadass on Sat 18th Aug 2012 08:47 in reply to "A lesson to be learned"
Ultimatebadass Member since:
2006-01-08

It steam goes belly-up and does not provide access to games I've bought from them I'll just download my whole steam library from some torrent site. I imagine people playing online multiplayer games will have it tougher though.

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