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, 18:57
Kxmode
 
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Re: GameTap Free Game Cutbacks Jan 19, 2009, 18:57
Jan 19, 2009, 18:57
 Kxmode
 
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.

Oh gees. It's not hard to know WHY that's in the SSA. If their service went down they need that text to cover their asses. As was mentioned in an earlier post Valve has already promised to "free" the games if it becomes clear the Steam servers have to go down. But I suspect with the service being as popular and profitable for Valve that's unlikely to occur for a VERY long time. And if it looked like the service might go down I'm sure Valve would take steps to free games well ahead of schedule.

You should think about things before flapping your keys...

Edit: Sorry about the flapping your keys reference. I guess that was a tad impolite.

This comment was edited on Jan 19, 2009, 19:05.
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