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With all the developments in MMO's over the last ten years, including increased security, item malls, Steam and similar products, I am wondering at what point do we, as gamers, actually own a game or IF we ever own it. Many games that you purchase require addtional purchases or subscriptions in order to play or to play effectively. Most require on-line registrations, keys, etc.
New pushes in the industry are attempting to restrict what you can do with the game after your freely purchase it, such as preventions against after market sales, or preventions against just giving it to a friend or family member, or from altering it in any way. While many of the efforts of the manufacturers are understandable or reactionary to certain property rights violations, other actions seem to be infringing on our rights as paying consumers. I am wondering what your thoughts are on this subject.