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Orogogus wrote on Jan 23, 2015, 12:44:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 23, 2015, 03:00:
In Germany it's actually illegal to copy your passport... ;p Anyway I am not saying it would be easy, but if not Steam then who has the market power to do this? Steam simply needs to partner with the national level systems that are in place for this, it's not like US/Germany/France/England don't have that already in place, tons of online shops verify your age here when you buy adult only stuff.

I can't speak to other countries, but in the US there is very, very little verification. It's up to the shipper to arrange for the deliveryperson to confirm age of the receiver upon receipt; companies shipping cigarettes & alcohol get caught in sting operations all the time for not even doing that.

That said, verifying age is very easy in Germany.... passport shows your age ;p And you don't even *have* a (real) passport unless you are 18. So the solution here is a physical location (Deutsche Post related) where you register once, and where steam can ask "does this dude have the age to access this?" and done. Could be done 100% anonymous. Now that is a German only solution, but when there isn't a global alternative then Steam simply has to use the national services.... it would not make them into the NSA of GAMES That said, Steam likely knows more about you than the NSA.

If you're giving a company your name, birthday and passport I think that's 75% anonymous at best.

Again, I don't think the US has anything similar. Minors can get "real" passports, although they need a parent/guardian present at time of application. Drivers licenses are administered by the states. And it's frankly intrusive to require this kind of documentation to buy games, just so we can comply with someone else's censorship laws.

And that's to say nothing of the idea of Valve setting up and manning physical kiosks across the world for this sole purpose. I mean, come on.

Well seems to me we have steam censoring stuff with or without it The matter of age verification is always kinda iffy on the internet anyway and when I can I would always choose a store that simply doesn't care.. plenty of THOSE around.. where you can buy uncensored games
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