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So if my gf is playing one of my games with sharing will i be able to sign into my account and browse the store? Or even play a different game cos the wording is kinda funny



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Steam Family Sharing is now available to all users...

And no one should care at all. I know I don't. I have been using it throughout the beta and it is a throw away feature in its current form.

It's easier and less intrusive to just share your games through offline mode and be done with it. At least you can actually share then. Having to stop playing a game while the owner plays a different game is just dumb and makes the service pointless.



-CraZed- said:
Steam Family Sharing is now available to all users...

And no one should care at all. I know I don't. I have been using it throughout the beta and it is a throw away feature in its current form.

It's easier and less intrusive to just share your games through offline mode and be done with it. At least you can actually share then. Having to stop playing a game while the owner plays a different game is just dumb and makes the service pointless.

Playing on the same account is a good way to mess up your account statistics and saves, offline or not. Family Sharing gives each player seperate settings, achievements, and saves, and I think that's a pretty huge benefit. Account statistics and such getting messed up is exactly the reason I didn't let my brother play on my account when I was younger.

EDIT: And for the record, this is supposed to be similar to letting a relative/friend play on your PC/console. Of course you won't be able to do it when your friend/relative is doing it. There's a reason they call it Family Sharing, not Game Sharing or Library Sharing.



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Zkuq said:
-CraZed- said:
Steam Family Sharing is now available to all users...

And no one should care at all. I know I don't. I have been using it throughout the beta and it is a throw away feature in its current form.

It's easier and less intrusive to just share your games through offline mode and be done with it. At least you can actually share then. Having to stop playing a game while the owner plays a different game is just dumb and makes the service pointless.

Playing on the same account is a good way to mess up your account statistics and saves, offline or not. Family Sharing gives each player seperate settings, achievements, and saves, and I think that's a pretty huge benefit. Account statistics and such getting messed up is exactly the reason I didn't let my brother play on my account when I was younger.

EDIT: And for the record, this is supposed to be similar to letting a relative/friend play on your PC/console. Of course you won't be able to do it when your friend/relative is doing it. There's a reason they call it Family Sharing, not Game Sharing or Library Sharing.

It isn't supposed to be similar to letting someone borrow your console or your actual PC. It is supposed to be similar to loaning a physical game. If it were limited to not being allowed to play the same game you might have a point but it limits the entire account. You shouldn't have to stop playing game A while someone else is playing game B and so on. Simply logging in and placing your PC into offline mode to play without interuption while allowing a friend/family member to play a seperate or even the SAME game is far better IMHO than the so-called sharing plan.

So far the ONLY plus for the Family sharing option is the ability to filter allowed games which is little more than a parental control feature for those with kids. Outside of that Offline mode is just a better "sharing" solution IMHO.



-CraZed- said:
Zkuq said:
-CraZed- said:
Steam Family Sharing is now available to all users...

And no one should care at all. I know I don't. I have been using it throughout the beta and it is a throw away feature in its current form.

It's easier and less intrusive to just share your games through offline mode and be done with it. At least you can actually share then. Having to stop playing a game while the owner plays a different game is just dumb and makes the service pointless.

Playing on the same account is a good way to mess up your account statistics and saves, offline or not. Family Sharing gives each player seperate settings, achievements, and saves, and I think that's a pretty huge benefit. Account statistics and such getting messed up is exactly the reason I didn't let my brother play on my account when I was younger.

EDIT: And for the record, this is supposed to be similar to letting a relative/friend play on your PC/console. Of course you won't be able to do it when your friend/relative is doing it. There's a reason they call it Family Sharing, not Game Sharing or Library Sharing.

It isn't supposed to be similar to letting someone borrow your console or your actual PC. It is supposed to be similar to loaning a physical game. If it were limited to not being allowed to play the same game you might have a point but it limits the entire account. You shouldn't have to stop playing game A while someone else is playing game B and so on. Simply logging in and placing your PC into offline mode to play without interuption while allowing a friend/family member to play a seperate or even the SAME game is far better IMHO than the so-called sharing plan.

So far the ONLY plus for the Family sharing option is the ability to filter allowed games which is little more than a parental control feature for those with kids. Outside of that Offline mode is just a better "sharing" solution IMHO.

Except offline mode doesn't allow online play, which is pretty big for many people.



The limitations make it so tedious that it's not worth it for me. I'll just keep playing on my brother's account.



pezus said:
-CraZed- said:
Zkuq said:
-CraZed- said:
Steam Family Sharing is now available to all users...

And no one should care at all. I know I don't. I have been using it throughout the beta and it is a throw away feature in its current form.

It's easier and less intrusive to just share your games through offline mode and be done with it. At least you can actually share then. Having to stop playing a game while the owner plays a different game is just dumb and makes the service pointless.

Playing on the same account is a good way to mess up your account statistics and saves, offline or not. Family Sharing gives each player seperate settings, achievements, and saves, and I think that's a pretty huge benefit. Account statistics and such getting messed up is exactly the reason I didn't let my brother play on my account when I was younger.

EDIT: And for the record, this is supposed to be similar to letting a relative/friend play on your PC/console. Of course you won't be able to do it when your friend/relative is doing it. There's a reason they call it Family Sharing, not Game Sharing or Library Sharing.

It isn't supposed to be similar to letting someone borrow your console or your actual PC. It is supposed to be similar to loaning a physical game. If it were limited to not being allowed to play the same game you might have a point but it limits the entire account. You shouldn't have to stop playing game A while someone else is playing game B and so on. Simply logging in and placing your PC into offline mode to play without interuption while allowing a friend/family member to play a seperate or even the SAME game is far better IMHO than the so-called sharing plan.

So far the ONLY plus for the Family sharing option is the ability to filter allowed games which is little more than a parental control feature for those with kids. Outside of that Offline mode is just a better "sharing" solution IMHO.

Except offline mode doesn't allow online play, which is pretty big for many people.

Which is fine. Online enabled games won't allow two people to play off a single game purchase regardless. But having one or more PC's in ofline mode will still allow the connected account to play online while the othersare playing a single player game. WIth the family sharing enabled and everone online that won't be possible.

And you can't "trick" the family sharing by going offline from a connected account while playing a shared game.

Offline mode is just fine afor me and if ayone has visited ANY of the myriad Steam discussion groups on this very topic you will see quite a lot of Steam users are disenchanted with the Family sharing option. As many have noted there, going offline is just a better way to share their Steam library with close friends and relatives. Steam implemented a system that doesn't even allow you to do what we have already been able to do for over ten years now.



BasilZero said:
HigHurtenflurst said:
BasilZero said:
Good for those who have Children or a significant other.

Play one game while they play another :O

"Though simultaneous usage of an account is prohibited, the lender is always able to play their games at any time. If the player decides to start playing while a friend is borrowing a game, the friend will be given a "few minutes" to purchase the game or quit."

From how I understand it you wouldn't be able to do that. It says "simultaneous use of an account" not of a game... Basically you can allow your kid/partner/friend to play games on your account, but never while you are using it.

Hmm....simutaneous usage of an account is prohibited.....wouldnt that defeat the purpose of this o.O - cause isnt that what this is lol.

I thought you would be able to play like for an example

Owner plays Left 4 Dead 2

Friend/Kid plays Counter-Strike GO

Well that was just how I understood the wording they used, but I agree it seems odd, and everyone else is saying it's just for simultaneous game playing (which makes sense they would block that otherwise you could buy 1 or 2 game copies between friends and play online mulitplayer)

Perhaps Steam considers each game purchase as an "account"