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Remember being able to rent and play used PC games?

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2 years ago#1
None of that is possible, now, is it? As Steam becomes the main distribution as well as DRM platform all game devs now flock to rely on, practically all PC games today are restricted to one CD key per copy and one copy tied only to one user's account. Sharing of games is now only something console users can enjoy.
Who else than to thank Valve's Steam for that?
2 years ago#2
We traded something decent, for something even better.

I prefer Steam over renting and used games.
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2 years ago#3
Honestly no. I remember being able to rent console games, but PC games had limited installs and key-codes as far back as I can remember.
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2 years ago#4
Hey...you're not supporting the devs/publishers by renting....is the typical defense. Honestly though...there just isn't enough of a demand I'm guessing on the PC front for such services to exist. Demo's are usually few and far between....so it's either bite the bullet or grab the eye patch.
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2 years ago#5
Steam sales happened.
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2 years ago#6
Nope. I can remember one shop trying out renting pc games for awhile but they stopped within a few months for reasons that should be pretty obvious - you're essentially selling the game for the price of a rental.

First games I can remember using online cd key registration were Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament - both of which predated Steam.
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2 years ago#8
we traded a used market for deep discounts (i.e. steam sale)

IMO getting a $60 game for $5, but not being able to trade it is a reasonable trade-off.
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2 years ago#10
ehh not necessairly i mean lots of people played shadowrun returns with out steam or even buying it at all.... and cd-roms killed off the pc rental market as at the time you installed he whole game and didnt need the cd unlike now days
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