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What do you think of Valve's plan to allow game sharing via Steam?

In a small-scale trial starting mid-September, Valve will let Steam users share video games with friends and family members via a new 'Family Sharing' initiative. Users will be able to share their games library across 10 other devices. Those using shared games will be able to store their own saved games and earn in-game achievements. What do you think? Will you use this function? Will this spread to other platforms?

Seeking Opinion Gaming 3 years ago
Holly Seddon admin
Holly Seddon
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Kent, UK

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Andrew Weekes expert
Andrew Weekes Techy engineer, father of two. Sevenoaks, GB
Technology expert

I didn't know about this, but I like the idea a lot.

We use Steam a lot at home, and it's one of the few DRM (Digital Rights Management) services I use willingly, largely because of the stunning deals they frequently have.

The ability for my sons to share a game with their friends and maybe play it together sounds like a great idea.

It's a logical extension of the Steam idea, not dissimilar to the Kindle book lending arrangement. It's just the digital world catching up with the convention.

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Opinion 3 years ago
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James Brodie expert
James Brodie Test Director Birmingham, GB
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I think this is part of the natural evolution of gaming. I think we are reaching a point where we won't be able to improve on the quality of the game itself and it will be down to the delivery and how we interact with our games. This could be one way of making console 'mobile' and fighting back against the tablets.

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