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Steam Family and Friends Sharing

#11Ch3wyPosted 9/11/2013 10:59:09 AM
Yeah this is confusing. They keep saying it's for people who share computers, but then they're talking about things like not allowing simultaneous gameplay.

Maybe this is a big deal.
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#12BogePosted 9/11/2013 10:59:35 AM
TheSuspected posted...
Boge posted...
I can't tell if they're saying it only works for 1 computer or not. If so, what's the point? So they don't get their own achievements, big deal.


Though simultaneous usage of an accountís library is not allowed, the lender may always access and play his games at any time. If he decides to start playing when a friend is borrowing one of his games, the friend will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.

Chances are this will work across multiple PCs.


That's what it sounds like to me. If that's the case, this is pretty awesome.
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#13The_Dark_Slay3rPosted 9/11/2013 11:00:12 AM
Ch3wy posted...
Meh.

It would be a big deal if it wasn't just for people on the same computer.

It's not.

How do I enable Family Sharing on my computer?
Family Sharing is enabled in one of two ways: You can either locally enable sharing in Account Settings, with Family Sharing & Devices, or remotely respond to a userís Steam request to share your previously installed games via email.
http://store.steampowered.com/sharing
#14GoIrish80Posted 9/11/2013 11:00:33 AM
Cool feature, but I don't really think it has that huge of an impact.

I don't know why people keep comparing Origin and Steam...they're not even really competitors. If EA wanted Origin to be a legit competitor to Steam, they'd work a hell of a lot harder on games that aren't published by EA. But it's pretty clear that all Origin is to EA is a distribution service for THEIR games. Anything else is just a bonus.
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#15WyzeGyePosted 9/11/2013 11:02:52 AM
the whole point of games with friends and family is to play them together.

if you can't play the same game at the same time, there's no point.


this is how it's always been, only difference is that now you don't risk getting a ban for letting your 8 year old brother play with your account.
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#16arleasPosted 9/11/2013 11:07:27 AM(edited)
Actually the best thing I can see about all of this is for those people who have like 5 different accounts because they're worried about having all their games on one account (I know at least two people personally who have 2 or more accounts)... This way they can put all their games in reach of one account without having it actually be on one account, unless the lending thing means you can't have more than one library on loan to you at one time....
From: WyzeGye | #015
only difference is that now you don't risk getting a ban for letting your 8 year old brother play with your account.

Will I be punished for any cheating or fraud conducted by other users while playing my games?

Your Family Sharing privileges may be revoked if your library is used by borrowers to conduct cheating or fraud. We recommend you only authorize familiar computers you know to be secure.


While maybe you won't get a vac ban, it would suck if you lost the ability to share because your 8 year brother couldn't help his cheating urges.

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#17Mudkip57Posted 9/11/2013 11:09:34 AM
If this works the way that I think it'll work, then this is pretty neat
#18Orestes417Posted 9/11/2013 11:10:47 AM
Though simultaneous usage of an accountís library is not allowed, the lender may always access and play his games at any time. If he decides to start playing when a friend is borrowing one of his games, the friend will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.

Yeah... sounds nearly completely useless to me. Wake me up if the friends and family can play games in my library while I'm using other games in said library.
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#19Ch3wyPosted 9/11/2013 11:12:00 AM
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#20Doomsday FortePosted 9/11/2013 11:14:55 AM
It does sound a little bit of a letdown. I'm sure many people would be absolutely fine with "I can lend you X while I can play Y but if I want to play X, you'll be told your session's ending and given an offer to buy the game" but that's not happening (for now?).
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