For many gamers, Valve is the premier gaming company. Time-and-again they manufacture critically acclaimed successes and find some way to revolutionize the industry. From their many hit games, such as Portal or Half-Life, to their fantastic computer client, Steam, Valve finds ways to please the players. Recently, it seems as though Valve is continuing their already glorious run of listening to the people.
In the recently released Steam client beta, there is one particular file which seems to be alluding to game sharing of Steam games. That's right; Valve might be allowing gamers to lend their games to friends just like anyone can do with any game disc. This is great news for anyone who has a lot of friends who use Steam, who has a lot of Steam games, or who knows someone who has a lot of Steam games. It seems like it would work like this: the players would set up a shared game library and, if the borrower was playing a game but the owner wanted to play that game, the borrower would get a prompt to quit if the owner tried to log into the game.
Now before you get all excited and call up that friend who has the entire Steam library downloaded, remember that this is merely a rumor. Many things have appeared in the files that have not come to light, or that have come to light much later than expected. We will just have to wait patiently and see if Valve pulls through for us once again.
What do you think? Do you desperately want this to become reality? Or are you suspicious of Valve's benevolence?