What does "free" on Steam mean?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by guyducati, May 12, 2010.

  1. guyducati macrumors regular

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    I know what free means. :)

    I'm just wondering, when Steam says Portal is free until May 24, does that mean, its free for download until May 24, or you can only play it for free until May 24? Will Portal just stop being free May 24?

    Thanks
     
  2. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    It means Free to own. After may 24 you still own it and can play.
    Steam often has "Free weekends" which are different. These only allow you to play for the short time. They are specific when it means short time playable only (they even include times)
     
  3. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    It is free through May 24th. After that time if you haven't gotten it for free, you'll have to purchase it.

    Until May 24th, it is free to own. If you get it free to own, you keep it afterwards also. It will keep working after May 24th.
     
  4. guyducati thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, thanks. Ya I was confused with the "free weekends," that's all.

    Now, I want to play Portal, but it just wont download...
     

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