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Old 08-22-2012, 09:40 AM   #1
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LXer: How to Help Valve on Linux


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There is a chance that Valve’s visit to the Linux operating system may just come and go. There are a few things that you can do to make sure that this does not happen.

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Old 08-22-2012, 10:29 AM   #2
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It's a response to a specific article that the blogger didn't link to (this one). I posted a response clarifying this, but screwed up by omitting a closing bracket.
 
Old 08-22-2012, 10:39 AM   #3
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I will purchase a game if I can. This depends entirely upon a number of factors: x86_64 support, no DRM, and the quality of the game. I will not purchase 32-bit only DRM'd games, and of course no bad games either.
 
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I don't care for DRM, but like H_TeXMeX_H I definitely want 64 bit support, my main machine doesn't run multilib and I am not willing to change that. I would possibly make another install for that (maybe Arch), but that would be somewhat pointless, if I have to dual-boot I can just run Windows for gaming.
 
Old 08-22-2012, 02:37 PM   #5
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From what I read on wiki it says that the DRM used is not restrictive:

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Steam provides minimal digital rights management (DRM) for software titles, by providing "Custom Executable Generation" for executable files that are unique for each user, but allow that user to install the software on multiple computing devices via Steam or through software backups without limitations.[12] As such, the user is required to have started Steam while connected to the Internet for authentication prior to playing a game, or have previously set up Steam in an "offline" mode while connected online, storing their credentials locally to play without an Internet connection.[13] Steam's DRM is available through Steamworks to software developers, but the service allows developers and publishers to include other forms of DRM and other authentication services on top of Steam; for example, some games on Steam require the use of "Games for Windows – Live", and various titles from publisher Ubisoft require the use of their "UPlay" gaming service.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_%28software%29

This seems to be acceptable. I can authenticate once, then play offline. Of course, I will not be buying the restrictive DRM from EA, Ubisoft and other evil companies that don't even make decent games anymore, but rather choose to focus on making DRM instead.
 
Old 08-23-2012, 04:03 PM   #6
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In me research of Valve, I have found something disturbing that will keep me from using it:
http://games.slashdot.org/story/12/0...aims-from-eula

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"Valve has joined the list of companies that have altered their terms and conditions to prevent users from filing a class action suit. Their official statement says that such claims 'impose unnecessary expense and delay' and are 'designed to benefit the class action lawyers.' In its stead, they've added a new arbitration process, in which Valve will reimburse costs (under certain circumstances) when dispute resolution can't be solved through their normal support process."
I will not accept this arbitration clause, not from anyone. I will post a thread in General to discuss it.
 
  


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