Wolf’s Wicked Words: Family Sharing, South Park And Sausages
It is election day here in sunny South Africa and what better way to spend your time in an arduously formed line than reading about something no one cares about.
Eventual election-related banter aside, let’s talk games. Let’s face it, demos of games are unfortunately mostly a thing of the past. I was psyched at the end of each month to insert one of the many discs from the [withheld] into my PC and start playing some demos. It was a great way to stay relatively up to date with recent releases and try a sizable fragment of a game before running to the nearest game retailer and plonking out a handful of crumpled notes onto the counter as drool inevitably fall to the floor and result in a lawsuit against the store due to the person behind you suing the store for the obvious lack of a wet floor sign.
Demos are still available to download and not that big of a deal for anyone with a internet connection and plenty of data to spare. It is not an aspect of the past, but less focus has been given to this integral part of gaming. Many games in recent years that I have been craving for after watching gameplay videos or reading previews didn’t and still don’t have a demo available for someone to try. Is this because publishers do not have enough confidence within the titles they have indeed agreed to publish? There is however an interesting option to share your library with someone on Steam. This had me trying a few titles to play to completion, but as a result of how the Family Sharing option functions, I decided to actually buy a game or three for myself.
Why did I buy a game or even more for that matter, that I already had access to thanks to a number of friendly blokes sharing their libraries with me? Well, the fact that I am not able to play the games whenever the other person is playing anything on their list is definitely a major factor, but the main reason for my asking other fluffy bunnies to share their libraries with me is to try the game for myself and if I like it, to eventually buy it for myself. As much as I’d like to buy all the titles I fancy at once, I’d also like to actually eat and instead systematically add to the already “approved” titles. This is pretty much the exact same logic one would derive from the case of a demo, but now you have larger complete demos. (So to speak.)
This was extremely helpful when wanting to try out South Park The Stick of Truth. I played the game, enjoyed it hell of a lot more than I initially thought I would and a few days ago I went on a bargain hunt and purchased it on console, because comfort. (I even started watching the series.)
Have any of you lovely folks made use of the Family Sharing option within Steam and what are your thoughts on it? It really is a welcome feature and the whole idea of “borrowing” digital copies of games still baffles me.
Please excuse me, I have yet to lure some sort of animal with a moldy sausage.