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Remember being able to rent and play used PC games?

#1MackorovPosted 10/6/2013 9:36:12 PM
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?
#2DerPancakePosted 10/6/2013 9:38:26 PM
We traded something decent, for something even better.

I prefer Steam over renting and used games.
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#3jakisthePosted 10/6/2013 9:39:13 PM
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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#4LazyyAmericanPosted 10/6/2013 9:40:17 PM're not supporting the devs/publishers by 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 it's either bite the bullet or grab the eye patch.
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#5ZeraphLordSPosted 10/6/2013 9:40:35 PM
Steam sales happened.
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#6AsellusPosted 10/6/2013 9:41:30 PM
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.
#7TheC0ndemnedOnePosted 10/6/2013 9:45:21 PM
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#8fallenswordsPosted 10/6/2013 9:48:19 PM
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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#9TheC0ndemnedOnePosted 10/6/2013 9:49:29 PM
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#10nightshadeAPosted 10/6/2013 9:51:08 PM
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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