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Old 06-03-10, 05:51 PM   #97
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I certainly love how religion and games clashÖ What a complete waste of time. Pretty simple stuff. If you donít like something because of your religion donít consume it.
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Old 06-03-10, 10:10 PM   #98
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If you donít like something because of your religion donít consume it.
I totally agree on your stance. But sadly, these overzealous nutters are everywhere and can be found all over the world.
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Old 06-04-10, 01:03 AM   #99
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Retail if possible, but will always go STEAM if it's cheaper than retail (like on steam weekend deals or something...christmas deals were great).
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Old 06-06-10, 11:28 AM   #100
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For those who like Steam, what happens if Steam dies? What will happen to all of your games?
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Old 06-06-10, 02:41 PM   #101
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what will happen if there a fire in your house and you lost all your retail games? or someone took them from you. your SOL
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For those who like Steam, what happens if Steam dies? What will happen to all of your games?
The common line seems to be "who cares about that far in the future," which is kind of sad. Most people probably don't play games that old though, like I do.
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The common line seems to be "who cares about that far in the future," which is kind of sad. Most people probably don't play games that old though, like I do.
I don't expect Steam to die anytime soon, so I DON'T CARE. It's more common for old games just not to work due to incompatibility then steam dying. Even if Valve stopped making games, Steam would continue to go on because it has become a seperate entity.
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I don't expect Steam to die anytime soon, so I DON'T CARE. It's more common for old games just not to work due to incompatibility then steam dying. Even if Valve stopped making games, Steam would continue to go on because it has become a seperate entity.
You don't know any of that though... who could have predicted at the height of their era that Sierra would die within 10 years? I'm not saying it is likely, but acting like Valve cannot fail in the next 20 years or more is just silly.

And you know old games that cannot play on a modern system are extremely rare Magus... I know of one or two, tops.

Despite that though, worrying about Steam closing down someday is not really the reason I turned against it. The main reason is simple: buy a retail product and you control your access to the game and when and how you play it. Buy a Steam product and Valve control your access to the game and when and how you play it. That makes the retail version much, much more valuable to me, and it's cheaper most of the time, which makes it an easy decision.

People give away their control over their game collections to Valve for the convenience of Steam, and I don't think it is worth it.
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Old 06-07-10, 04:55 AM   #106
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Steam dying with all games going poof is highly unlikely. What is somewhat more probable is a buyout or takeover of some sort. If that happens the most likely event is that the buyer keeps the catalogue, because it's in the interest of the buyer. A potential buyer might be a company like Microsoft (who's GFWL is pretty pathetic so far). But I think they will buy a smaller one, like GamersGate or Impulse. Anyway, I do believe that we will see some kind of merger outside Steam fairly soon.
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It's very possible it will shut down someday... actually, it's almost a guarantee it will at some point, it is not going to last forever.

More importantly though, it could change... online all the time, limited access, pay-to-play, who knows. The point is Valve, or whoever else comes to control it, has the complete authority and ability to control your entire game collection, which is not a collection of products what-so-ever, but a list of access checkmarks on an account. They control your games, not you... you have no games actually, you just have an account they can take away or modify on a whim.

It's just not appealing to me anymore, even if they never do anything "wrong" with it. I just don't support the fundamental idea of entertainment as a service, I like to own things.
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I totally agree on your stance. But sadly, these overzealous nutters are everywhere and can be found all over the world.
true, but when religion can influence politics then it gets really bad.
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