GameTap Free Game Cutbacks

The GameTap Blog announces a large number of games will be removed from their library of free offerings as of Thursday, at which time one of their paid "Gold" memberships will be required for continued access. Their reasoning is this: "As many of you know, over the past year or so we’ve released well over one hundred games for free, in order to entice people to sample what GameTap has to offer and, hopefully, subscribe to our service. This strategy has worked incredibly well for us, and now we’re ready to move on." This leads to a pitch to subscribe, but they offer the following outlook for penny-pinchers: "If you can’t afford that, don’t worry, we’ve still got quite a few games for you to try out. Not only are we keeping over 40 games around for you, we’ll also continue to entice you with weekly samplers - full, free games you can play for one week only. Going into the future, these games include Sid Meier’s Pirates!, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, X-Com: UFO Defense, and many more we have not yet announced. You can guarantee that a lot of the games we’re removing will make brief appearances in the future!" Thanks Voodoo Extreme.
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Jan 19, 2009, 17:37
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You buy them. You don't have to keep paying money to have access to them.
That doesn't make it ownership. It simply makes it a one-time lease/rental payment. Valve can turn off the spigot to your account at any time for any reason it chooses without any compensation to you. I suggest you read the Steam Subscriber Agreement and Steam's other usage policies.

They've even said that if Steam is ever shutdown that they will do all they can to allow users to keep access to the games they've bought.
That is a canard, and even if it were true, the Steam Subscriber Agreement trumps it. I suggest you actually read it. Valve guarantees nothing of the sort, and those users who have had their accounts terminated or otherwise lost them have had this agreement thrown in their faces when they protested the termination.

It's just like buying a retail game - you don't "own" it
It is not just like owning a retail game. With a retail game the customer owns the media and can resell or transfer it to another person. With Steam you cannot sell your account/subscription nor can you sell or transfer any or all of the game subscriptions you have "purchased" in your account. Yes, a few retail games have DRM which inhibits sale or transfer, but those are still rare and it is still possible to sale or tranfer even these games.

With games on Gametap you pay rent; when you stop paying you lose access to the games.
Yes, Gametap's terms of subscription are akin to a traditional rental. The great thing about Gametap is that you don't have to pay a large fee upfront to pay a game like on Steam. For $10 or less (99 cents for the first month), you can play as many games as you want for that flat rate. For games with little or no replay value such as almost all single-player games, this is a true bargain price that is only bested by piracy.

That doesn't happen on Steam.
No, with Steam it happens whenever Valve or a game publisher says it happens. And, when it does happen you will lose a hell of a lot more than just $10 a month if you have paid for a lot of games.

This comment was edited on Jan 19, 2009, 18:53.
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