The development of fast internet and online stores made it easier than ever to buy your favorite games. Now-days you can buy a game just with few clicks from the comfort of your bed and you don’t even have to worry about losing or scratching the disk. On the other hand, online stores come with their own limitations, for example, have you ever asked yourself do you really own the games that you buy?
What does it mean to actually own something?
“Ownership is the state or fact of exclusive rights and control over property”,
“One can transfer or lose ownership of property by selling it for money, exchanging it for other property, giving it as a gift, misplacing it”
If you buy a game on physical media, you can play it until you get bored with it, then you can borrow or give it to your friend. You can even sell it to someone else and get a few bucks back. On the other hand, if you buy a game on Steam, or any other platform (apart from partially GOG, which we highly recommend), you are pretty much stuck with it, except if you don’t plan to sell you entire account.
So, how do we fix this?
It’s simple, make a new account for every game! Ok, maybe not every game, but most of the games, you won’t be playing forever anyway… And trust me, it’s not that hard, I did it before.
The process of making a new e-mail and store account takes only a few minutes. Make a template and use it for every game you buy. For example your username + name of the game, in my case that would be n00bSlayer.QuakeChampions@gmail.com and for password, well, figure out something as well. Bonus feature, you will have a bunch of free email addresses.
how to remember all those accounts?
- You can use a free service like Lastpass,
- Let your browser remember your login information,
- Or you can simply use pen and paper 😀
Why are we doing this again?
How many games do you have in your Steam library that you haven’t opened in months, years, or even better, you never even played them? Why not let someone else enjoy them? Yes, you can borrow your Steam account to someone, but then you can’t use it. Steam supports family share, but it’s complicated to set it up and it doesn’t allow you to give a game to someone.
This way, you can simply give a username and password to someone and they will instantly get access to the game. Whether you want to make someone happy or earn a few bucks, join the revolution and claim your ownership rights back!