Everyone knows it and many of you are using it: the digital distribution platform Steam. Unlike with well-known retail games, it is not possible to share games with friends unless you pass your personal account data to them. But this might change quite soon! The beta client of Steam's software now contains an interesting three-line code, which truly speaks volumes. Grief.exe
- a NeoGAF user - was the first to discover following lines:
"SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicense_Title" "Shared game library"
"SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_OwnerT ext" "Just so you know, your games are currently in use by %borrower%. Playing now will send %borrower% a notice that it's time to quit."
"SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_BorrowerTe xt" "This shared game is currently unavailable. Please try again later or buy this game for your own library."
As you can see, this code is probably about a button labelled "Shared game library" and two error messages that might appear when starting a game, which is marked as "loaned".
What do you think about this function? Wouldn't it decrease the number of sales drastically?
Please keep in mind, that Steam has not said anything regarding this matter and that it is not ensured, that this possibility will be available for everyone.