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What happens to gamers' digital games when they inevitably shuffle off this mortal coil? We've pondered this question many times in the dark hours before dawn, and it seems we aren't the only ones. A debate has picked up steam on Steam and other platforms about what happens to these increasingly valuable libraries we all collect and whether they can be (legally) passed on to the next generation.

Insider Gaming did the excellent work of collecting obituaries from various platform holders, collating what each company's stance is on potentially merging or passing on a digital library in the event of the owner's death (none of them let you do it, with the potential exception of GOG). Particular to our purview (and unsurprisingly), Sony's stance is also no, and pretty iron-clad on the subject, at least in our reading: "All Content provided through PSN is licensed on a non-exclusive and revocable basis to you for your personal, private, non-transferable, non-commercial, limited use on a limited number of PlayStation Devices."

Additionally, it says: "Users may not sell, rent, lease, loan, sublicense, modify, adapt, arrange, translate, reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble any portion of the Content. You may not reproduce or transfer any portion of the Content." Bleakly, in the event of the death of a gamer, it seems the most that can be done is to request the closure and permanent deletion of the deceased's account. To do this, you must call Sony first and send an explicit, written request using that person's associated PSN email address.

So that's it: when we die, our PSN accounts will seemingly be stuck in digital limbo, eventually subsumed by Sony, with no refunds or returns. Of course, you could always leave your login details in your will or something, ensuring your chosen heir can claim the full glory of their birthright. This humble scribe intends to build a pyre of old consoles and essential physical games and take them into the afterlife in the old-fashioned way, burning alongside them like the heathen kings of old. Resign yourself to fate in the comments section below.