I cannot stress enough how important it is to understand that Apple, Google, or Amazon can simply _decide_ to remove access to anything you've "purchased", including many physical goods (if they are internet-connected and running proprietary software), and you have absolutely no recourse.

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This also applies to games you’ve bought you’ve bought digitally as well, *especially* if it requires an internet connection to work, even if it’s a single-player game (I’m looking at you, Elite Dangerous!)

IIRC, you’ve basically bought a license to play a game, you don’t own it in the traditional sense… A license that can be revoked on the whim of the company you ‘bought’ it from

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One exception might be games you’ve purchased from someplace like GOG.com, which IIRC are DRM-free

@Christian @tindall Which is why emulation and cracking becomes even more important these days. Not for piracy, but preservation.

It's a good thing cracking groups and filesharer are usually one step ahead at hiding backups of our cultural goods.

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