Digital ownership of games

Dont know if you are aware of the recent ceo talks about how Digital ownership of games doesnt actually mean they belong to you but you have a licence to use them for whatever time the game's company want. I am kinda a lot irritated about that fact and how its legal and nobody do anything to change it. I mean if you buy a physical copy of some game you can have it forever and they cant do nothing about it but if you pay the same price for a digital one you cant? How is that logical and legal? As someone who only plays on pc i have around 400 games mostly free, but nothing belongs to me even the ones i paid them....

  • Since you buy those games instead of renting them, these companies might face a bad day in court when they decide to remove a game. The terms and conditions might say that the customer doesn't own a game, but a court might decide that an average customer is under the impression that he bought that game because the company didn't communicate it properly. And then it's game over............ or game on, depending how you look at it.

  • This is a very complicated topic that has been ongoing for years; it's nothing new, sadly. The fact that you don't own digital games, but merely a limited license to use those games digitally, stems from the root that you don't actually "own" the physical games either. You own the physical media and can do with it what you want once you buy it, but you don't own the game on it; you own a limited license to play that game. This means you can't take the game that's on the physical media, modify it, and then call it or sell it as your own. The intellectual property, the content, binaries, and everything else belong to the developer/publisher or the owner of the IP (even a more complicated solution). So, while most of us are under the impression that we "fully" own physical games, we actually don't; we only own the media the game is on, while the ownership of the game is pretty much the exact same as the ownership of digital games - you own just a limited license (according to the End User License Agreement and Terms of Service) to play that game as long as you follow the terms of that license, and as long as the company issuing that license keeps it that way, or stops existing, in which case the game is either acquired by another entity or ceases to exist altogether. Like I said, it's a very complicated topic that would need a dissertation to fully understand the fine print.

  • I agree. The same goes for music streaming: buy the CD and it's yours for ever. Are you even guaranteed to be able to keep the digital version? 

  • It is this sort of thing that puts me off streaming TV subscriptions as shows are added and removed at the will of the company. As for games, it is a grey area as there is no physical "thing" that you own. As great as the advances in technology are, things become more complicated!

  • Yes, but then the company can move them to slow servers where they delay maintenance. Better to then have external servers where the ´old´ games can run as long as there are players.

  • Good point. But a slow server would be only important when it comes to only games, no? And that would be fine in my opinion.

  • You only have to look at examples of Games being being removed due to the eshops closure last year with Nintendo affecting 3DS and WiiU games. Companies are getting away with it arguing they don't have to support the availability in perpetuity.  

  • I feel that there should be some form of protection of consumers so games (and the servers!) don't just get taken away.

  • This should not be even a thing, we can just all decide not to buy games and they have no other choice.

  • Offline in reply to AR

    ITs a shame, that's the online server dependence... and Its a petty if someone wants to replay some game that had payed for it...

    On another hand, this fact keeps the door open to do regularly "remakes" and earn another time 30 bugs for the same game that it was but with better visuals. If there is a game that nobody misses, then they may not do it, but if some game has media repercussion, then they may do that...