#1 Posted by OldManLight (819 posts) -

At the risk of being morbid. My mind went on a tangent and i began to wonder what happens with digital purchases once you die. Do they just linger until the account has become inactive long enough and then it's just deleted? Do any of these services even count as assets? What if you had currency in an account that had not been spent? Is the service responsible for making sure those funds are even owned by a living person?

#2 Posted by Random45 (996 posts) -

At the risk of being morbid. My mind went on a tangent and i began to wonder what happens with digital purchases once you die. Do they just linger until the account has become inactive long enough and then it's just deleted? Do any of these services even count as assets? What if you had currency in an account that had not been spent? Is the service responsible for making sure those funds are even owned by a living person?

The stuff will probably just sit there forever until the service is closed down.

#3 Posted by JoeyRavn (4946 posts) -

They are buried with you, so you can game in the afterlife. Ancient Egyptian custom, from the times of the Atari 2600.

#4 Edited by MonkeyKing1969 (2528 posts) -

@oldmanlight said:

At the risk of being morbid. My mind went on a tangent and i began to wonder what happens with digital purchases once you die. Do they just linger until the account has become inactive long enough and then it's just deleted? Do any of these services even count as assets? What if you had currency in an account that had not been spent? Is the service responsible for making sure those funds are even owned by a living person?

The games themselves are not assets since what you own is really a 'single user licence' to play, so you own nothing there. The funds in your wallet could be seen as an asset, but unless you have $500 in there they are probably not worth pursuing. You could call Customer Service, but in the end you might need a lawyer or you might need to spend hours on the phone, so it would cost more than what is in the wallet.

#5 Posted by vikingdeath1 (925 posts) -

well my cousin knows my steam password so... they'll probably go to him!

but to be serious I do think this is an interesting question, digital rights management is something that keeps changing as more "Things" become digital. (Games, currency, files in the Cloud, BitCoins, etc) We live in Crazy crazy times!

#6 Posted by Abendlaender (2734 posts) -

I don't really care cause I'll be dead then.

#7 Edited by DeadpanCakes (776 posts) -

They eventually decompose and rejoin the earth along with your body.

Circle of life, man.

#8 Posted by triviaman09 (780 posts) -

People are just now starting to think about these kinds of things. There will probably need to be legislation on the issue. As of right now it can be very hard for next-of-kin to inherit or get at this stuff, at least as I understand it.

#9 Posted by Demoskinos (14519 posts) -

@oldmanlight said:

At the risk of being morbid. My mind went on a tangent and i began to wonder what happens with digital purchases once you die. Do they just linger until the account has become inactive long enough and then it's just deleted? Do any of these services even count as assets? What if you had currency in an account that had not been spent? Is the service responsible for making sure those funds are even owned by a living person?

The games themselves are not assets since what you own is really a 'single user licence' to play, so you own nothing there. The funds in your wallet could be seen as an asset, but unless you have $500 in there they are probably not worth pursuing. You could call Customer Service, but in the end you might need a lawyer or you might need to spend hours on the phone, so it would cost more than what is in the wallet.

Thats the thing though as more things go digital it makes only sense that you could "pass along" that licence to another living person. I'm sure as time progresses the legality and laws surrounding digital purchases and lockers will start to become more clear. Its an interesting topic though.

#10 Edited by AlexanderSheen (4904 posts) -

I remember, more than a year ago, on the Bombcast Patrick was talking about this topic and how he wanted to look more into it and eventually write a piece about it. Did he wrote that article?

#11 Edited by VoshiNova (1633 posts) -

Holy shit! I know what's going to be at the top of my will.

Now I just need to let people know I own lots of cool games and have them battle it out for my ultimate friendship boost +!

#12 Edited by IAmNotBatman (626 posts) -

They put your transaction history data onto a USB stick and while your digestive system is still active they put it in there and you become one with the games.

Spoiler: Via the anus.

#13 Edited by I_Stay_Puft (2955 posts) -

That's why when you start writing your will in the future, you need to make sure you're leaving your username and passcodes to your accounts. ;/

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#14 Posted by CookieMonster (2414 posts) -
#15 Posted by indieslaw (327 posts) -

I have a letter in my belonging that contains a few passwords. Enough that, if I were to die, my family would be able to get into enough stuff to get whatever they need. I don't think its morbid, just practical.

If someone were to really dig into my personal belongings now, that might go bad, but I think there's less risk of that than, say, bus death.

#16 Posted by OldManLight (819 posts) -

I have a letter in my belonging that contains a few passwords. Enough that, if I were to die, my family would be able to get into enough stuff to get whatever they need. I don't think its morbid, just practical.

If someone were to really dig into my personal belongings now, that might go bad, but I think there's less risk of that than, say, bus death.

so what if someone breaks into your home, robs you, and discovers your password codex?

#17 Posted by Bell_End (1208 posts) -

jesus takes them for sunbeams

#18 Posted by indieslaw (327 posts) -

@indieslaw said:

I have a letter in my belonging that contains a few passwords. Enough that, if I were to die, my family would be able to get into enough stuff to get whatever they need. I don't think its morbid, just practical.

If someone were to really dig into my personal belongings now, that might go bad, but I think there's less risk of that than, say, bus death.

so what if someone breaks into your home, robs you, and discovers your password codex?

It's not a likely target for theft (or wasn't, until I owned up to it on the internet ^^), and I have enough tantalizing tech stuff that I imagine home burglars would be satisfied with that. I plan on moving it to my safety deposit box, but I imagine a fire safe or something like that meant for documents would be a good place for it too.

Bottom line, if someone finds this thing, they've earned it, and I'm super-fucked possession-wise anyhow.

#19 Posted by LTSmash (598 posts) -

Cloud saves.

#20 Posted by Milkman (16482 posts) -

They, like your physical form, dissolve and are absorbed by the cloud.

#21 Posted by HeyGuys (326 posts) -

Why they go to digital heaven of course!

#22 Edited by Skooky (473 posts) -

They age in your digital locker like a fine wine.

#23 Edited by HatKing (5777 posts) -

I WANT TO BE BURIED WITH THEM.

#24 Posted by Tireyo (6408 posts) -

I don't really care cause I'll be dead then.

Exactly what I thought.

#25 Posted by Flappy (2112 posts) -

They go to my dog. He's old enough to know how to hold a controller.

#26 Posted by benspyda (2015 posts) -

Digital purchases don't care whether you are alive or not. You pass on you steam details to someone, your purchases live on through them.

#27 Edited by Deadmanforking (566 posts) -

They get sent to the digital locker.

#28 Posted by benspyda (2015 posts) -

Printed out and read at your funeral.

#29 Edited by mina_mina752 (121 posts) -

well u can just tell ur friends the account pw when u are near death (something to remember u by)...if u are afraid of insta-death u can just store ur accounts data on ur cell phone so ur family can find them after u dies (just remember to delete the porn clips before that)...or better solution u can always find a doctor to treat ur anxiety

#30 Edited by NMC2008 (1227 posts) -

They die from grief.