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+ - Steam after death?

Submitted by kuzb
kuzb (724081) writes "I'm a gamer. I probably will be until the day it's not possible anymore. Like many others, I've got heavy investment in my steam library which now encompasses hundreds of titles and represents thousands of dollars. As a gamer, the games I've acquired are as important to me as any other item which might have sentimental value to someone else.

It got me thinking, what happens to all this media when I die? What happens with other services where I have media? Is it legal for me to will this content to someone else, or do all the rights to such content just vanish?"

Comment: Thieves looking to steal metal? lolwut? (Score 0) 132

by kuzb (#49151027) Attached to: Vandalism In Arizona Shuts Down Internet and Phone Service

That doesn't even make sense. There have got to be a bunch of easier ways to steal metal than going out of your way to find the exposed pipe that just happens to contain out a bunch of important fibre.

These police are complete fucking idiots if they think this was the motive. It's quite obvious the objective wasn't theft, it was just to cause damage.

Comment: Re:The state is easy to see. (Score 1) 199

by kuzb (#49143809) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

Have you actually talked to an average user? Have you ever tried to get people to use Firefox over Internet Explorer? Do you remember what an uphill battle that was? Now step back and understand that you're now trying to change their operating system.

How well do you think that will go over if it was virtually impossible to get them to stop using the worst browser in the world?

The problem with arguments like yours is they're made on the basis of rationality. However the people you're talking about aren't rational most of the time.

Comment: Re:Developers have had decades to get Linux? (Score 1) 199

by kuzb (#49143781) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

This is bullshit and we both know it. Take you tinfoil hat off for 5 minutes.

The truth is you'd have a hard time even giving Linux away to the average user because it doesn't run any of the software they want to use, and it doesn't run with half the peripherals out there out of the box. Macs alone are a hard enough sell when it comes to that. You need active education to show users they can get the stuff done that they want to do with software that is either equivalent or better to sell the average user a mac over a windows machine.

The truth is that for as far as it has come, Linux is still a sub-par unfriendly experience for the average user that is easily eclipsed by either OS X or Windows. How great it is for your purposes or my purposes is irrelevant because they don't need to target us.

Comment: Re:Easy of porting over is the key (Score 2) 199

by kuzb (#49138455) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

MacOS, PS4, and Wii have one thing in common that Linux doesn't have. They're not moving targets. They don't require a user have expert knowledge. Aside from OS X, they're dedicated to a specific purpose.

OS X has a vested interest in trying to build a gaming ecosystem to bolster Apple's sales, but the stigma of Macs being piss-poor gaming machines will follow them around for a long time to come. Most people can't see a need or a benefit to move away from a Windows PC, but it's very easy to see the drawbacks.

What the world is really waiting for is a console that acts like a dedicated PC gaming machine and is capable of playing all the same software. A machine where you can turn it on, pick your favorite game and just quickly play. Hassle free. They want the ease of a console with the power and flexibility of a PC in terms of upgrade paths and peripherals. If the XBOX or PS4 (as well as game developers) would just take the mouse and keyboard seriously you could transform the entire landscape of console gaming to be much more in line with PC gaming.

Comment: The state is easy to see. (Score 0) 199

by kuzb (#49138361) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

It's not great. It's only good for staunch advocates who refuse to run any other operating system. Linux still isn't good enough for joe sixpack to run it as a daily driver. Until they get joe sixpack on board, it'll forever be a niche product without enough inroads to support a gaming ecosystem.

Developers have had decades to get Linux right on the desktop, and they've failed at every turn. Even distros which did a lot more right than the others still aren't as polished and usable as the alternatives. It's time to get your head out of the sand on this, and start examining the reality. OS X has more of a chance at becoming a capable gaming OS than Linux does, and that's really saying something.

Comment: Luddites can keep their dead trees. (Score 3, Insightful) 260

by kuzb (#49123703) Attached to: The Case Against E-readers -- Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading On Paper

For me, being able to haul around thousands of books and references on a 200 gram e-ink device that goes weeks on a single charge, syncs my current page to all other devices, allows access to dictionaries and wikipedia, and allows easy annotations outweighs all other potential benefits of classic books.

Comment: wtf (Score 1, Insightful) 105

by kuzb (#49106385) Attached to: "Exploding Kittens" Blows Up Kickstarter Records

The oatmeal creator is a true genius to be able to extract that much money out of this many idiots with such a terrible game. I have a whole new high level of respect for him, and an all new low respect for the human race overall. I'm not against the idea of "exploding kittens" - I don't find it shocking or offensive, but there's barely a game worth playing here. Only a complete idiot would fund a game this bad.

Comment: Re:Credibility to rumors? (Score 1) 196

by kuzb (#49096711) Attached to: A123 Sues Apple For Poaching Employees

Tesla didn't just build a car, they built a series of important innovations in batteries and battery charging, and then made it so that they wouldn't enforce patents on anything. Now anyone can design their own batteries based on Tesla's design.

That might not seem like much to you, but I assure you that it's a pretty big deal.

How many QA engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 3: 1 to screw it in and 2 to say "I told you so" when it doesn't work.