- Dec 4, 2012
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People already pirate games which are found on Steam. This allows people who'd be looking to abuse any such "free rentals" to simply pirate, which has been an option to them for far longer than this refund policy was even in place. Also, to quote myself earlier:It's NOT the refund that the short games are worry about. It's the "Free Rental" Abuse that short games devs are worry about.
You play a game to the end and return it for full price, is "free rental" and is morally wrong.
Current 2 hours test-period is opened to that abuse for games shorter than two hours. There should be flexibility to cover this up. No one is against refunding. Like 30 mins or 1 hour is enough to decide whether you like the game or not for Short Games.
[...] refunded sales, like pirated copies, do not necessarily mean lost sales since you are unable to prove that those potential customers were going to buy your game to begin with if not for the availability of such refund policies in place. Correlation does not imply causation. A portion of these customers might [actually even like the game and wish to purchase the game since it was enjoyable], which actually may [...] [increase] sales.