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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Steam for Linux


From: Yogesh Girikumar
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Steam for Linux
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2012 12:56:59 +0530

On a side note:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1499900830/sir-you-are-being-hunted

DRM free != Source Open :(

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On 9 November 2012 03:33, Zygo Blaxell <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 08, 2012 at 11:36:06AM -0800, Jason Self wrote:
>> > A long standing, highly respected PC gaming company.
>> > Proprietary
>> > DRM protections
>> > Limits play to only those machines authorised by Steam.
>> > DRM scheme is widely regarded as "good" by PC gamers
>
> The "good" part of the DRM scheme is that it's built into a hosting,
> distribution and communications framework.  OK, so that's really nothing
> to do with the DRM at all, but some users often conflate the two as
> they are (thanks to the DRM) utterly inseparable.
>
> Compared with _other_ game DRM schemes, Steam is very liberal in what
> it permits.
>
> Games associated with your Steam account can be distributed on demand
> to any machine you log into.  I understand there are also various services
> for messaging (during and between games) and comparing high scores with
> your peers, although I haven't bothered much with those.
>
> The non-DRM parts of the Steam framework are well worth replicating
> as free software, and game developers expect services like these to be
> available when they choose a target platform.  Leave out the DRM and add a
> "fetch source for this game" button.
>
>> Why is any of this tolerated?
>
> Games are not important, and computers are cheap and available enough
> to dedicate an entire disposable machine exclusively to playing them.
>
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