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Would something like that ever be possible? Often I see users having all sorts of strange issues, which can never be accurately fixed without owning the game itself, often these games are either abandonware or incredibly obscure and obtaining them is for the most part almost impossible.

 

I'm not sure if this would be very helpful in the long run though, or even legal.

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By sharing do you mean sending a copy of the broken game's files so that issues can be recreated? Or just sharing installers and things like that?

Either way I doubt it would be legal (not like it would bother me).

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I don't think there's anything illegal in sharing game libraries, especially when the service explicitly allows it.

 

The real world corresponding would be lending your game to a friend.

The actual determinant factor should be 1 game copy = 1 game license == 1 person is allowed to use that

 

It's a really smart idea imo.

The only thing to take note is that this would make sense only when the issue is game-specific, or OS specific at most (or I mean, anything that doesn't resemble this stupid case)

 

But the more the editors available the more different configuration we have, the better I guess.

 

EDIT: ok, I guess everything I said is not even wrong, though every known digital service explicitly forbid license transfers. So I guess nothing to see here.

 

EDIT2: http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/PaulKilduffTaylor/20150925/254656/The_Key_Masters_Reselling_and_the_Games_Industry.php

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All digital games are specifically for single person use only, so sharing them in any manner is as illegal as just downloading illegal copy from the internetz. Even GOG.com and other DRM-Free stuff. 

 

As this is wiki, better approach is just get more editors on board who have their own game library and those who do not own the copy of the game will just rely on (trustworthy) references and doing general cleanup (layout, grammar, adding references, etc.)

 

Not to mention that "PCGW users" are bit too broad group. People would join in just to play games for free at that point. 

 

I don't think there's anything illegal in sharing game libraries, especially when the service explicitly allows it.

 

The real world corresponding would be lending your game to a friend.

The actual determinant factor should be 1 game copy = 1 game license == 1 person is allowed to use that

Only service allowing sharing is Steam and that's Family sharing, its only purpose is to share games with family members withing same household, if you start to share it with random people you are violating their rules. Not to mention you need to log in at the same computer at least once and sharing passwords (and basically using remote desktop) is also againts steams SSA. Of course people have just been taking advantage of this feature as steam doesn't heavily monitor anything, but it doesn't make it any more allowed. 

Steams Family sharing is basically same thing as Playstations local accounts. If single local account with PSN account connected to it has the game, everyone on that machine can download and play it. I have actually been using that feature to get JP and US stuff and play them with main account. 

 

Lending a physical game to a friend might be the only legal scenario, but I'm pretty sure that would be almost impossible scenario, not only because PC games aren't physical that much (as physical games are basically codes in box) but also location differences. 

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