Originally Posted by EvilLlama
I feel that there should be a way to make this more convenient. Books have libraries, and although technology does complicate things, why shouldn't there be a similar feature online? People pay a small amount for membership, download the game they want, the game appears as checked out on the library database, is somehow encrypted to make it hard to copy, and the user has to return it on time, renew it, or pay a small fee? Maybe this idea won't work, point is convenience and cost of games need to be looked at if you want make a dent in piracy
So rental copies? The problem with rental for games is that unlike DVDs, we don't have any concept of rental copies (which are more expensive then retail) so the publishers/developers don't get any money beyond the original purchase. This is the argument against second hand games as well.