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Pokemon cheater Jan 19, 09
Do you think it says it's ok to pirate games?Cause that's the message im getting from it.But really he deos look on the bright side so that's good....
But it does not really work for me cause pirating games is really bad.And illegal.
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Guest Jan 19, 09
quote B2smoove
If those servers go down in the future then what?
I remember reading an interview with Gabe Newell in Game Informer a while back, he said that the plan is if Valve ever goes out of business, they will simply remove the DRM on the games, allowing you to play your games offline and without needing Steam to be connected.
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chautemoc Jan 19, 09
quote oni_hero
Now see, this guy is looking at the positive side of things. This is the kind of person I like and like to be around. Someone who takes something that is normally viewed as a bad thing, and finds the good in it to like about it. Of course that doesn't work for everything.
Or just being naive.
Dont mean to suck the life out of everything, but yes, I understand his point. Its just like, what if I have a laptop with Steam on it, and I want to take it on a business trip for example and play my Steam games on it, but don't have an Internet connection? Its likely I cant do that, which I should be able to if I paid $60 for the freaking thing.
If it was just a natural requirement of the service, yes, I wouldnt care, but theres a difference between that and restricting your customers usage with what you sell them (DRM). It should be theirs once you sell it to them, not something still under your control, in that sense.
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Nagare Jan 19, 09
not 60 just $50

I personally haven't tried this, but couldn't you "log on" to Steam and set it to offline and play your games that way?

And depending on how much of an online gamer you are, you could get a wireless internet card (the AT&T sort) for your laptop.
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chautemoc Jan 19, 09
Details above.

Wireless internet isn't everywhere. And what about when the Internet goes down? Especially wireless, this happens all the time..

Point is..minimal restrictions, if any. Not into it personally.
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B2smoove Jan 20, 09
Exactly, what this boils down to is what are the rights of the consumer versus the rights of the IP holder. As long as you are not pirating the game you should not have restrictions on when I play the game. Why must we be subject to intrusive software like Sony's Secur-rom. When I went out and purchased the game at a store. Why does games like Half-life2 episode what-ever need Steam. I'm quite sure they can make a stand alone version but I think those days are long gone. As for the idea of a patch if they go out of business.... Half-Life 2 alone would require one huge patch.
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chautemoc Jan 20, 09
The episodes require Steam? I didnt think any of them did. Ive seen them in retail..
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