Side-Quest 93. Getting Owned by the Terms of Service

Hello and welcome to another Side-Quest episode of Talk This! It’s Dangerous to Podcast Alone! We’re talking about Emma’s choice of side-quest topic which is ownership in physical and digital media. We know you read those terms of service top to bottom, just as we all do.

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The Topic

What does it mean to “own” a game? What’s the difference between owning something physically and owning something digitally? What could greater reliance on digital purchases mean for the game industry? What about streaming services? Where does DRM fall into all of this? What even is DRM?

The Actual Discussion

We talk about a lot of stuff from new digital-only consoles to our own preferences when it comes to physical versus digital in games or otherwise. We dig into the many issues that game streaming services face. The Stadia didn’t make the splash it was expecting to make, after all. We talk about the advent of Steam and how the fervor against DRM was persuaded to quiet down. There’s a good amount to get into here!

Enjoy the episode! Tell us what you think in the comments or on social media. Make sure to check out last week’s episode and look forward to next week’s where we’re talking about Fable and Valorant.

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