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, 20:14
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Re: GameTap Free Game Cutbacks Jan 19, 2009, 20:14
Jan 19, 2009, 20:14
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You can play all the games on Steam without any connection to the internet - you don't even need to do anything special.
Yes, you do need to do several things special. That is how Valve prevents people from sharing their Steam installations/files to have working copies of games. You may be too stupid to see the restrictions of offline mode, but they are there, and you will run into them sooner or later especially if your Steam account disappears.

Reformat your PC, reinstall Windows, and then try to run your games without first authenticating with Steam and see how far you get. Offline mode relies on a stored hash, and that hash varies from PC to PC and Windows installation.

If Steam goes down permanently you can simply use the backup feature to keep them safe.
Steam's backups are useless without first authenticating and building the hash to enable offline mode on the PC on which you wish to play them. Therefore if Steam disappeared or you lost your account those backups would be worthless.

This comment was edited on Jan 19, 2009, 20:40.
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