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, 19:34
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Re: GameTap Free Game Cutbacks Jan 19, 2009, 19:34
Jan 19, 2009, 19:34
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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.
That is simply not true although it is an often repeated myth (but not by Valve). If it were true, it would be specified in the Steam Subscriber Agreement, but it isn't. It would be very easy to do so. In addition while it is far more likely that you as an individual will lose your Steam account than for everyone to do so, it could still happen, and Valve guarantees nothing in return in either case.

Edit: Sorry about the flapping your keys reference. I guess that was a tad impolite.
If you were really sorry for it, you would have removed it in your edit.

This comment was edited on Jan 19, 2009, 19:42.
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