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Is there a legal way to obtain games not available in certain Steam regions?

I'm currently living in Japan. These are the games that I want to buy but for some reason (publisher's discretion?) is not available: Valkyria Chronicles Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm series Is ...
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Is using a Steam achievement manager against Steam rules?

First off, I'll give some background on why I'm asking this: I enjoy achievement hunting in my steam games, so I have no intention of unlocking all achievements. However, there are several games ...
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What is the legality of Pokemon showdown? [closed]

http://pokemonshowdown.com has been around for a while, and it is still up and running today. Is it because it is legal to play there? Or are there other factors in play?
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Is it legal to import software(Game) from the US to India, which is not for sale in India?

I am a big fan of GTA (Grand Theft Auto) and I am a PC gamer waiting for GTA V PC version for months now. I have seen that it will be available on Jan 27th on amazon.com and we can pre-order it. As ...
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Does using Bots in WoW Break the ToS?

Does using bots in WoW break the Terms of Service if you are indeed present of the computer and chatting away like nothing is happening? I say this because I notice who are just doing the EXACT same ...
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Legal ways of playing old games that aren't for sale any longer

There are a few old games that I want to play again (mostly Earthbound for the SNES), however I am finding it REALLY hard to get hold of a copy for a good price, as well as the requirement of ...
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Where can I find EULAs for games BEFORE I purchase them?

After impulse buying NFS: Hot Pursuit for €6.8, I noticed that Steam needed me to accept its EULA. That EULA mentioned I might have to install EA Download Manager Origin to get some content. I was not ...
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Are the Strategic Simulation Inc. Advanced Dungeons and Dragons games now in the public domain?

Does anyone know for certain whether or not the AD&D games produced by SSI in the '80s have been released to the public domain? I have seen them offered for download at several abandonware sites, ...
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Is playing MW2 via AlterIW legal?

Long ago, I bought a copy of MW2. As I run it, it requests me to make a Steam account and assign the game to it — otherwise, it doesn't let me do anything at all. Not even single player. :( On ...
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Other than being ethically correct, what are the benefits of playing with original game CDs?

Guys please don't take me in the wrong sense. I am not advocating for piracy. In fact I want to know about the advantages of playing with original game CDs so that I can attract gamers in my region, ...
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When I buy a game, what do I actually pay for?

Recently a discussion came up amongst friends. Some of us like to record our gameplay and put it up in YouTube, own3D, etc. Problem is, some of us are getting copyright strikes / copyright claims, on ...
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Can two accounts play a game only bought on one account, on the same computer?

I play Garry's Mod a lot and I am over at a friends house who also enjoys games. I downloaded steam for her and I noticed that Garry's Mod is downloaded onto my hard drive. I legally own the game, ...
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What can/should you do if you buy a fake copy of a game? [closed]

I recently purchased a copy of Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride from a large retail corporation. It turns out that the game is a fake, as I cannot advance beyond the first scene of the ...
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How do you know whether a game is in the Public Domain?

There's a lot of games out there whose original creators have long gone out of business. How (if at all) do these enter the Public Domain, and how can you tell? Are there other kinds of abandon ware?