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72. Re: movie analogy May 3, 2006, 17:21 Riley Pizt
And it's pretty safe to say they'll patch the games to be free when they abandon them. No one will want the fruits of the labor to die.
That is naivete in the extreme. First, it is far more likely that Valve will be acquired by a large publisher or media company. And, if that happens, it is almost a certainty that its old properties will never be freely released to the public or have their protections removed. Second, when most companies dissolve, they have their assets sold off to the highest bidder. The former principals at Valve will most likely not be legally able to release files to remove the copy-protection from its former games when that happens. Finally, of all of the game developers and publishers which have bitten the dust such as Acclaim, 3DO, Interplay, etc., name one which released files for its games to remove the copy-protection. I can't think of a single one, and I can think of at least one game from Acclaim which won't run on Windows XP due to its copy-protection.

There are still DOS games out there that can't be played,
Every DOS game can be played on the hardware which ran it at the time of release. That is in no way analogous to Steam which is a network infrastructure which enables its games to run. When that infrastructure fails or disappears completely, Steam games will be no longer usable even if a customer still has working PC hardware and an operating system which ran it before like with DOS games.

This comment was edited on May 3, 17:40.
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