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Thursday - October 16, 2014
GOG - Baldur's Gate 1&2: Enhanced Edition
GOG announces you can now purchase DRM-Free versions of the Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, and Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition. Here are the details.
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition - a grand return (for both Windows and MAC OS X) of the most historic RPGs ever made is happening now on GOG.com and it's 50% off for the first three days, for both titles. That's only $9.99 and $12.49 respectively for the enhanced Baldur's Gate experience available for Windows and Mac OS X!
Since the initial release in 1998, Baldur's Gate and its sequel have entertained millions of Dungeons & Dragons fans around the globe and received countless awards. This classic saga of mystery, intrigue, and adventure has set the standard for computer role playing games ever since. Running on an upgraded and improved version of the Infinity Engine, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition includes the entire Baldur's Gate adventure and Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack. The final chapter - Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition includes Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, the epic conclusion of the Bhaalspawn saga. Both games contain never-before-seen content: new combat-focused adventures, and a total of seven exclusive party members to join you on your journey.
This enhanced take on the series brings the experience back to life with full widescreen support, remastered area artwork from original renders, and a host of other interface and gameplay improvements. Can you resist the evil within you, or will you embrace your monstrous nature? With Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition, there has never been a better time to find out. Discover the magic, or rekindle an old love affair on GOG.com for only $9.99 and $12.49 until Sunday, October 19, at 14:29 GMT!
Saturday - October 11, 2014
GOG Weekend Promo - BIG Games BIG Sale
For the next three days GOG is selling a bunch of different games for up to 80% off.
Get Banished, Age of Wonders 3, Blackguards, and more titles up to 80% off!The BIG games are here this weekend, and they have BIG discounts. Need some help facing those juggernauts? Then let us help you navigate the weekend promo lineup! Banished is your ultimate survival city-builder, that neatly reminds that hunger and cold are way more dangerous than natural disasters. Blackguards is a modern tribute to tactical RPGs focused on multi-faceted combat, with a staggering number of unique hex-based battlegrounds. And if you are a classic adventure games fan you just can't go wrong with Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure, a triumphant return of FMV, fedora hats, and snarky, tongue-in-cheek humor. Not enough? Make sure to check out the promo page with plenty more BIG titles up to 80% off. You have time until Tuesday, October 14, at 3:59AM GMT. Don't miss out!
Saturday - September 27, 2014
GOG - Fall Favorites from Atari & Kalypso
GOG is also having their own sale this weekend on some games from Atari & Kalypso. The game I'm most interested in is Master of Magic if you have not bought it yet.
Get RollerCoaster Tycoon series, Blood 1&2, Tropico games, plus more Atari and Kalypso titles 60% off!
The Fall Favorites from Atari and Kalypso are all 60% off this weekend!
Let's see what's on the gaming menu:Life is a rollercoaster? Then try RollerCoaster Tycoon and show everyone what you're made of. Actually grab all three great amusement park management games, that let you create the rides you always dreamed of. If you'd rather smash some faces, instead of carefully planning your next investment, you can't go wrong with Chronicles of Riddick. This acclaimed action title will have you taking on the role of the ultimate bad-ass, the most wanted man in the universe… Vin Diesel!
But what if you don't want to get your hands all dirty? Well, you can always send your goons to do the dirty work. Set in the Golden Twenties, Omerta: City of Gangsters Gold Edition , allows you to become the aspiring boss of the underworld, setting up gambling dens, extorting money, and run your competition out of business with less-than-savory methods.
These, and many more Atari and Kalypso titles are available 60% off this weekend. Don't forget to drop by the promo page to pick out your fall favorites. You have time until Tuesday, September 30, at 3:59AM GMT.
Saturday - September 13, 2014
GOG - Indietastic Game Sale
GOG has a new sale for the weekend called the Indietastic sale. The sale contains quite a few games, and one RPG game called Inquisitor. Here are the full details.
Battle Worlds: Kronos, Ether One, Blazblue Calamity Trigger, and more Indietastic titles up to 80% off!
You know GOG.com has a lot of affection for the indie scene and for plenty of reasons. Some devs take on risks that none of the big AAA powerhouses would dare to consider, introducing original, untried concepts into their games. Others look to the past to re-create the feel and mood of the finest titles in the history of gaming, the ones that still give gamers a warm and fuzzy feeling, while adding their personal touch to create something fresh. To give you a sample of what we consider Indietastic this weekend we have a selection of 31 games on sale. Let's take a look at some of those titles:Dyad, a one-of-a-kind shooter, is a psychadelic trip at warp speed and straight into the audio-visual nirvana.
Wednesday - September 10, 2014
GOG - Pre-order Gabriel Knight Now
GOG announces you can now pre-order the Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition for $16.99. This might interest the adventure fans on the site.
You are Gabriel Knight, a struggling novelist and bookstore owner, plagued by a horrific, recurring nightmare and more ordinary financial problems. Along with your assistant, Grace Nakimura, you begin investigating a series of gruesome ritual killings in the voodoo capital of America--New Orleans. Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition, is a trully exceptional blend of what classic and brand new adventure games have to offer.
The 1993 award-winning original, one of the finest entries in master storyteller Jane Jensen's body of work, receives an astounding remake with high-res hand-crafted backgrounds, detailed 3D character models, re-orchestrated music, and additional in-game content. Regardless if you are a veteran of classic adventure gaming, or a newcomer to the Gabriel Knight franchise, you can't go wrong here. Pre-order Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition and get ready for the re-imagined dark and mysterious adventure.
Tuesday - September 09, 2014
GOG - Game Video 2014 Contest
The GOG website is holding a new video contest where users can submit their short videos to win a free copy of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Here are the details.'
Contest: GOG-Game Videos 2014
Make a video about a game you love on GOG.com, win Witcher 3 pre-order!
This week, we're celebrating GOG's 6th birthday, reminiscing about our gaming highlights over the years. Every single person on the GOG.com team has a favorite title in our catalog of classic and modern games, that they can talk about for hours. But enough about us, let's talk about you. What is your special game on GOG.com? Tell us about it!Make a short video (no longer than ~7 minutes, please), presenting a GOG.com game that you hold dear for one reason or another.
Upload it publicly to YouTube or Vimeo making sure its name follows a certain format: [your name] + GOG-game Story: + [game title] (so, for example, mine would be "G-Doc's GOG-game Story: Gobliiins Pack"). Include a comment "This, and many other DRM-free games can be found on GOG.com" in the description of the video, also linking to the GOG.com page of the game you feature. You can use the video footage from the game freely, mix it with footage of yourself, and do other creative things, that don't violate copyright (be mindful of your background music choices!).
Please be so kind, and end your video with the following image. Post your video in the comments below, just to be sure we won't miss it.You have time until Monday, September 22, at 9:59AM GMT, and after that a jury consisting of GOG.com staffers will pick the winners within a week. Ten videos we like the most will receive a digital pre-order of "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (or its equivalent in gift codes, if they already own it). We reserve the option to also give away a number of runner up prizes.
Monday - September 08, 2014
GOG - 6th Birthday Promo!
6 years old already. They grow up so fast don't they. Viva la GoG!
80% off on select games to be announced. Keep an eye on them as they change.
Saturday - September 06, 2014
GOG - Autumn Assortment Sale
GOG.com is having as new Autumn Assortment sale for the next three days. Doesn't look to be any RPG's in the sale, but the games offered might interest a few of you.
Stronghold Crusader HD, Empire Earth series, Space Colony, Evil Genius, and more of the fall's finest 60% off!
The evenings are getting longer and the summer sun is waning. All the signs are there: autumn is coming. It's only adequate then, that this weekend the prices on GOG.com will fall like golden leaves. Go ahead and take a look at our Autumn Assortment of 27 titles, all 60% off until Tuesday, September 9, at 3:59AM GMT. Let's take a peek at some of the titles!Stronghold HD and Stronghold Crusader HD both feature a finely balanced mixture of "castle sim" and a challenging real-time strategy game, set in the turbulent Middle Ages.
Evil Genius gives you the chance to become an old-school Bond movie villain (only this time, the evil mastermind's plan to take over the world hangs mostly on you), plotting away in his secret island fortress. With plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor the game will give you a tour of all the fun spy thriller clichés. For a more hands on approach to problem solving you can always join the Commandos, a hand-picked group of the army's finest, on their daunting World War II missions. To succeed, your elite squad needs to follow a carefully developed plan, that plays to the strengths of individual soldiers and masterfully synchronizes their attacks.
Saturday - August 30, 2014
Marcin Iwinski - Interview @ Forbes
GOG & CD Projekt Co-founder Marcin Iwinski is interviewed on Forbes about the company's latest changes at GOG.com. You may remember they sell movies now.
Forbes: The major selling proposition about GOG.com, both in gaming and now in movies, is the sale of DRM-free goods. What do you see as the demand there? How big is that market for GOG.com, and could the big publishers – of games or films – be persuaded to abandon DRM? What would it take, in your opinion?
Iwinksi: Since 2008 – when we started with just one gaming publisher and 30 games in our catalog – we have expanded our games library to more than 750 titles from 200+ partners. We have millions of visitors every month, not to mention millions of dollars of generated revenue for our partners. Why does it work? Simply because people want to feel that they own what they buy and are free to use their purchases as they see fit.
Although in the digital world it is only a file, it is still a world of difference. We believe that DRM is nothing more than an unnecessary annoyance and that all digital distribution should be free from it.
To talk about numbers – our revenues for last year were at the level of $20M and that’s only for games. Considering the fact that most of our sales are still generated from classic games, you can clearly see the potential for growth. We are moving more and more into the new games segment, but we also thought our model should perfectly extend to movies and TV shows. We obviously want to include classic catalogs of the movie majors and we believe that we can achieve this just the way we did with the gaming majors: convince them with numbers, and show them that it is not a threat, but instead a chance to grow their business.
Wednesday - August 27, 2014
GOG - Renewed
Good Old Games has been renewed and changed.
Here is the summary we received:
Today I'd like to introduce you a fresh version of GOG.com!
We're still 100% DRM-free and, besides the games, GOG.com now offers DRM-free movies:) More details here.
- Local currency option - from now on you can decide if you want to pay in US Dollars or in your local currency (Euro, Pounds Sterling, Australian Dollars or Russian Roubles)
- New payment methods - Sofort, Giropay, Webmoney and Yandex
- Fair Price Package - there are some games in our portfolio which follow regional pricing scheme. Any difference between regional price and standard US Dollars price will be refunded by GOG.com by adding this amount to the account in Store Credit
- Improved interface and new look
Want to know more? Check here.Unfortunately there are some games that can't be offered in our new local currency pricing scheme. Still there is a chance to get them up to 80% off until 3:59AM GMT September 2nd, 2014!
The videos are 20 documentaries about internet and gaming culture.
There are in total 35 games that will be removed from the catalogue (including the Gothic games), so if you don't have them yet, this might be your chance.
Saturday - August 23, 2014
GOG - Electrifying EA Classics Sale
GOG.com is selling a few EA classic games for a discount this weekend.
Weekend Promo: Electrifying EA Classics
Get SimCity 4 - Deluxe Edition, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper 1 & 2, and more DRM-free EA classics 60% off!
This weekend over 40 classic from the Electronic Arts collection hit GOG.com with a solid flat-rate 60% discount. With such a shocking offer we couldn't call this great promo anything else than Electrifying EA Classics! You'll find memorable stand-alone titles here, as well as all-time favorite series. Games from many genres to suit all tastes and temperaments. Whether you are an adventurous soul, a keen manager, or a daunting pilot, you'll find an excellent match for yourself on our promo page. But before you go there, let's take a quick look at some of the brilliant games we offer you today, shall we?
Monday - August 18, 2014
GOG - Sale Witcher Series up to 80% off
Witcher III Pre-Order is still only 10%.
On the odd chance you've just never picked them up, they are both great games.
Sunday - July 27, 2014
GOG - Accidentally Gives Away Games
Polygon has a new article about GOG.com accidentally gives away thousands of games for free. The plus side is they are not demanding anybody give the games back.
Here was GOG's response to the glitch.
Thank you for your honesty. Yesterday, due to a small glitch on our end, you and a bunch of other lucky people ended up getting games from the Linux Launch promo for free. Don't worry, though, as it's totally cool with us and you may keep them. Yes, we will not be removing these titles from your account and we do hope you will enjoy them! :)
Of course, if you prefer, like some of our community members, we can always remove them your shelf - just let us know replying to this email. Again, there's no problem if you want to keep them :)
Friday - July 25, 2014
GOG - Telltale&Daedalic Weekend Promo
While some might debate Blackguards & Monkey Island as true RPG's, they are on sale right now at GOG for up to 90% off (depending on what you own and don't own already).
Daedalic Entertainment and Telltale Games titles up to 90% off!
Daedalic Entertainment and Telltale Games have become powerhouses when it comes to adventure games. Thanks to new, more innovative, as well as classic-inspired point-and-click titles, the genre is entering another golden age. With this weeks promo lineup you can all treat yourselves to both old-school gems and innovative new takes on adventuring with one additional treat from slightly different category. What treat, you ask? Of course Daedalic's recent successful venture into RPG territory--Blackguards Special Edition, a complex turn-based game of deep tactical combat, set in the often-visited world of DarkEye, available for only $22.49.
And now, back to adventure games! One look at the Telltale and Daedalic Adventures--and you'll probably agree that there is plenty for both newcomers and veterans. Sam & Max Save the World for only $2.99, Back to the Future: The Game for only $2.49, Tales of Monkey Island for only $3.49, Memoria for only $6.66, Deponia 3: Goodbye Deponia for only $6.66, and more! With 20 games in our weekend offering, the next few days should give your hands a steady exercise in pointing and clicking.
Celebrate the past and present golden age of adventure games and check out our Telltale and Daedalic Adventures promo page, to pick your favorite titles. You have until Tuesday, July 29, at 3:59AM GMT to get them up to 90% off. It's adventuring time!
GOG - Now Supports Linux!
GOG.com has officially launched support for Linux games. Here are the details.
GOG.com Now Supports Linux!
50 games for the free OS available right NOW!
A while ago, we've announced our plans to add Linux support as one of the features of our digital platform, with 100 games on the launch day sometime this fall. We've put much time and effort into this project and now we've found ourselves with over 50 titles, classic and new, prepared for distribution, site infrastructure ready, support team trained and standing by, and absolutely no reason to wait until October or November. We're still aiming to have at least 100 Linux games in the coming months, but we've decided not to delay the launch just for the sake of having a nice-looking number to show off to the press. It's not about them, after all, it's about you. So, one of the most popular site feature requests on our community wishlist is granted today: Linux support has officially arrived on GOG.com!
The first 50+ titles we've have in store for you come from all the corners of our DRM-Free catalog. Note that we've got many classic titles coming officially to Linux for the very first time, thanks to the custom builds prepared by our dedicated team of penguin tamers. That's over twenty fan-favorite GOG.com classics, like FlatOut&Flatout 2, , Darklands, or Realms of the Haunting we've personally ushered one by one into the welcoming embrace of Linux gamers. That's already quite a nice chunk of our back-catalog, and you can expect more from our dedicated Linux team soon!
Now, for the recent titles. We've got some indie games with native Linux versions that finally find their well-deserved spot in our store. Among them, debuting on Linux, CLARC - a well received original comedic Sci-Fi puzzler. On top of that, be on the lookout for two new additions to the GOG.com catalog: Gods Will Be Watching (coming in a couple of hours) and Unrest:Special Edition (Linux build coming right up!), both of them very fresh and intriguing. This is the very first time we can provide you with all the PC versions of a premiere game, and we will continue to do so in the future. If there's a Linux version of a title we're releasing, our aim is to deliver it to you Day-1. But enough about us, let's talk about the games. Here's what you can be playing on Linux today:
Wednesday - July 23, 2014
GOG - Nostalgia is a Powerful Drug
Polygon has an interesting interview with GoG Galaxy.
Let’s say that you’re trying to play Dungeon Keeper, a game that came out in 1997. That piece of software was designed to work with a version of Windows that is seven generations old. There’s no earthly reason it should play on a modern computer.
And yet there are people out there who can make it work.
Scattered across the internet, devoted fan bases secret that kind of information away. One team in Poland is constantly reaching out to these communities and soliciting their rarified knowledge, collecting and digesting their expertise so that other gamers don’t have to. All in the quest to automate the process, so that older games can be played just like new ones; with a single click.
"If someone is in the community for a game that was released 15 years ago," says Magda Oracz-Chomiuk, "then that’s somebody that really loves that game." As the head of product management for, she should know. She deals with them every day.
"It’s not about money for them," Oracz-Chomiuk says, "It’s just about the games."
Sunday - July 20, 2014
GOG - Nordic Nobility Sale
Well the following sale came to my attention two days late, but you still have one day left to buy a bunch of Nordic Games in the latest GOG Nordic Nobility weekend sale.
Weekend Promo: Nordic Nobility
Red Faction 1&2, Full Spectrum Warrior, The Book of Unwritten Tales, and more exciting titles 70% off!
This weekend we've prepared for you a promo presenting games that belong to the Nordic Nobility! Looking at the catalog of titles available on GOG.com via the publisher Nordic Games, one just cannot miss the fact how exceptional some of them are. Just look! There's one of the most notable RPG sagas, where you play as the nameless hero destined for greatness. There are some excellent FPS titles that truly belong to the genre's hall of fame. There's a war game notable for being one of the few tank simulation games. There's a pair of adventure games notable for brilliantly spoofing the fantasy genre as a whole. Everywhere you look--an exceptional game with a pedigre.
Thursday - July 17, 2014
GOG - GamesCom 2014 Party Invitations
GOG,com is hosting a party at GamesCom 2014 for 70 members for the company's website. If your interested here are the details of how you can attend the party.
Invitation: Party with GOG.com at GamesCom!
Join us in Cologne on Thursday, August 14!
GamesCom Cologne is the biggest European games industry show and we know that many of you will be attending. We'd love to take this chance to meet you! Alas, we think that the middle of a busy trade show is not the best place to hang out with you, dear Goggers. We'd like to meet you in a more friendly venue and spend some time chatting, sharing a few beers, and playing some games in a relaxed atmosphere of a gamer-friendly pub. So, we'd like to heartily invite you to the GOG.com Party that will be taking place on Thursday, August 14, from 5:00PM to 10:00PM local time, in one of the local pubs not far from where the GamesCom main show will be located.
We've got 70 open spots. To reserve yours, contact us at email@example.com and give us your full name and the GOG.com username (or usernames, if you're bringing a friend) and the time we can expect your arrival. We'll ask you to RSVP before the event, to make sure you didn't change your mind about attending. We'll let you know if you made the main guest list. If you're late to register, we'll get your name on our backup list and contact you if a spot opens on the main one.
We have some cool activities planned for you! You'll be able to play some games in our NVidia-powered GOG arcade. We've got lots of GOG goodies to give away. There'll be prizes to win in contests. Beer and soft drinks will be waiting at the bar for all of our guests! A big chunk of GOG.com Team is going to be there, and we look forward to meeting you all in person. If you know you'll be attending, please also drop a note here in the forums below, so all other Goggers will know they'll get to hang out with you! Also, feel free to make suggestions as to what would you like to see in the GOG.com Party.
Sunday - July 13, 2014
Cheat Code Central - GOG & Abandoning DRM
Cheat Code Central has a short article from one of their editors about abandoning DRM, and using GOG instead of Steam. So what do you guys think?
Here's a confession for you: I don't use Steam. In fact, I refuse to. Besides only having a medium-powered laptop that can't handle much of anything available for consoles, I am also staunchly opposed to DRM. I'm sure Valve has only the best of intentions for their customer base and consumers in general, but DRM is DRM. If I buy something, I want to own it. I know that's an antiquated notion in 2014, but that's just how I am. Luckily, that's where services like GOG come into play. If I'm going to buy digital, I don't want to have a mandatory online connection just to play.
Saturday - July 12, 2014
GOG - Weekend Promo: Indie RPG Sale
GOG.com next weekend promo is for a bunch of Indie RPG's where you can get up to 60% off on your selection of games. So what are you waiting for?
This weekend, GOG.com features over 20 incredible Indie RPG Icons 60% off! The RPG genre is doing extremely well these days, and some of the best titles offering a throwback to the classic gameplay mechanics, or adding some amazing new twists come from the independent game development scene. You've heard about many of them, now, you can easily make them a part of your collection. There's one title in particular, we'd like to put in focus here.
Saturday - July 05, 2014
GOG - TopWare Reloaded Sale
GOG.com is having a new sale for the next three days on all TopWare Interactive games. The sale includes both Two World games, and a mix of other games.
This weekend, we offer you GOG's entire TopWare catalog 60% off, and you'll find that many of the games have been updated with exquisite new bonus content. Take Knights & Merchants, a medieval real-time strategy with in-depth society simulation and epic-scaled armies. Even though the game came out in 2001, a community of talented fans doesn't stop in their effort to, fix and tweak it, make it enjoyable for the modern gamer, and support it with all the features the fanbase demands. All this goes towards a impressive mod, called KaM Remake. Get the game for only $2.39 check out the mod, and witness the magic of PC gaming community! The game now comes with a new official soundtrack, in both high-quality MP3 and FLAC format.
Monday - June 30, 2014
GOG - Final Hours of Sale
Just a few hours left in the GOG Summer Sale. All 30 bundles that were on sale before are now again on sale.
Saturday - June 21, 2014
GOG - Gamers & DRM @ Load The Game
Load The Game has a few comments from Guillaume Rambourg the Vice President of GOG North America. He states that gamers should not be treated as criminals.
Developers, publishers and service providers should not focus on treating paying customers as criminals with restrictive DRM (digital rights management) according to GOG. Speaking to Eurogamer Guillaume Rambourg, vice president of GOG North America, said: “DRM is only impacting the good-hearted passionate gamers out there. The very same gamers who are ready to spend $50 or more to own their favourite triple-A title and support our industry.”
“Going through some cumbersome online activation procedure? Sometimes even having to connect to the Internet to activate the single-player mode of your favourite title? Or even worse, being obliged to remain online to play that single-player mode? That’s not really the best way to reward those faithful gamers who just spent quite a chunk of their monthly income to buy your game.”
“Our industry should be cherishing and treating all gamers with respect, those people who pay our wages, servers, development projects and what not. Instead, we just make it frustrating for them to buy games. How schizophrenic is that? DRM is not protecting any product. It is harming your fans and your brands in the long run.” Rambourg highlighted research conducted by the company into The Witcher 2, which when sold DRM free on GOG.com saw far few pirate copies being downloaded than it had done when distributed through Steam and other services. He believes that this is because they are treating gamers as adults and with respect, adding: “Let’s make it easy and rewarding for gamers to buy games. They are not criminals and they do not need DRM.”
Saturday - June 14, 2014
GOG - Summer Sale 2014 Launches
GOG.com has started their huge Summer Sale 2014, and sent out a short PR statement about the details of the sale.
GOG.com Summer Sale 2014 Launches With Giveaways, Flash Deals, Daily Bundles, and 700+ Games at Least 50% Off.
The DRM-free retailer set to deliver daily multiple game bundles and more than 200 flash deals, all up to 90% off, featuring all-time favorite gaming classics and sensational indie titles; and loads of surprise flash giveaways. The GOG.com Summer Sale kicks off today.
With rising temperatures and increasing risk of sunstroke, GOG.com have decided to give gamers a reason to rest in the shade for a while: It's time for the 2014 DRM-Free Summer Sale! Offering a variety of lightning-fast deals for games like Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure, Don't Starve, and Wizardry 8; as well as daily bundles on Ubisoft classics, Hasbro Dungeons and Dragons RPGs, Bullfrog classic titles, adventure games of all ages, and so much more. They'll even have more than a few giveaways sprinkled into the mix for good measure. On the first day gamers can take advantage of fantastic deals on titles like Kentucky Route Zero, Divinity: Dragon Commander, and Luftrausers.
With a flood of rapidly-changing deals gamers will need to check back often. Make sure you don’t miss out on the best that has to offer!
Wednesday - June 11, 2014
Desktop Dungeons - Releaesd on GOG
Thanks to Aubrielle we have news that Desktop Dungeons is now on GOG for $9.99.
Desktop Dungeons is a quick-play, roguelike-like puzzle game that gives you 10-20 minutes of dungeon-crawling action per serving. Casual players can enjoy endless coffee-break gaming sessions in infinitely random dungeons, while hardcore enthusiasts can unearth the game's subtleties and tackle challenges of unrealistic viciousness. Down all paths lies frequent death, easy accessibility and the urge to play just one more dungeon.
Friday - June 06, 2014
GOG - New DRM-Free Galaxy Platform
I missed this information in my earlier news posting, Anyway it seems GOG is going to challenge Steam and Origin with their new DRM-Free GOG Galaxy platform.
We had a dream.
Now, we're on our way to make it real! Introducing GOG Galaxy! The worlds only DRM-Free Online Gaming Platform, from GOG.com, the biggest DRM-Free game store, a part of the CD Projekt family.
Thursday - May 22, 2014
GOG - Interview @ Games Industry
Games Industry.biz has a new interview about the recent GOG Insomnia Sale. The interview includes both GOG's VP of North America Guillaume Rambourg, and VP of Business Development Oleg Klapovsky.
Klapovsky said the team had underestimated how popular the Insomnia promo would be. When they first tried it last year, they queued up a list of deals they figured would take customers maybe two weeks to burn through. Instead, they snatched up all the deals in just five days. And that's even with some games that struggled to sell through their allotted copies.
"There were some blockers we didn't expect," Klapovsky said. "I still remember the game Jack Keane 2, that appeared during the night European time, and it postponed the next game for six hours or so."
The GOG forums soon lit up with players frustrated by Jack Keane 2's continued presence as the lone discounted game. Rambourg said users began asking each other to buy copies just so they could cycle through to the next deal. Later on in the promo, Rambourg said the GOG team decidedly to lightly troll the fans, bringing Jack Keane 2 back in the rotation with an absurdly large allotment of discounted copies. That gag aside, Rambourg insisted they play fair with the counter. If a game stubbornly refuses to sell and brings the promo to a halt, then so be it.
"Honestly, I think it's part of the fun that some games might block the whole process," Rambourg said. "It's just like life. It's never black or white; it's always gray... Let's see what happens. People talk, they interact, they have fun with it. We don't see the promo as something that should be carefully scheduled, that should be totally smooth."
The good news for GOG is that bumps like that are just part of the entertainment value for those following along. The better news is that the Insomnia promos have been working. In the first 24 hours of the most recent sale, GOG saw 620,000 unique visitors come to check out the deals. About 90,000 games were sold in the first two days of the promotion, and in the first wave of titles, each game was only offered for an average of three minutes before all the copies were snapped up. Theme Park was the fastest seller, moving three copies a second for the brief time it was on sale.
Tuesday - May 20, 2014
GOG - Interview @ Eurogamer
Eurogamer interviewed Marcin Iwinski the co-founder of CD Projekt about whether GOG would be open to selling Early Acces Games. Here is a sample of his answers.
Early Access releases are becoming more and more common - almost routine - but that's not necessarily a good thing. "Scam" release Earth: Year 2066 was hauled off Steam for misleading customers and taking their money. And while that's an extreme case - and there are also many good Early Access games - there are enough milder examples of developers not quite delivering what fans who paid them believed they would, to make Early Access a concern.
It's against that backdrop that I raised the topic with Marcin Iwinski, co-founder of CD Projekt, the company that established and owns popular retro-game download shop GOG. He's considering Early Access, he said, but there are a couple of things GOG would have to change first.
"We're obviously looking at it," he begun. "As you know our concept is different; first of all it's DRM-free and second it's curated. I'm often very lost in a lot of stores - apps being my example today. Or even Steam. I don't know what's happening; there's hundreds of releases a month, and I really believe - and our community's clearly showing that - there is a place for a platform which is choosing the stuff.
"With the approach that Steam has they decided not to, and it's fine, it works extremely well for them and some developers, but it has threats like the one of bad Early Access games. And it's tempting, it's really tempting: you're a developer and you can get to Early Access and charge 40-whatever for your game, for your non-working alpha. And they're pocketing immediately.
"We would definitely consider it," he said, "but again it would be the GOG way. It would have to be curated and, we believe - we are always saying this very openly - we are responsible in front of the gamer for what they're buying on GOG."
Monday - May 12, 2014
GOG - Spring Insomnia Sale
The insomnia sales are back at Good Old Games. In the spring Insomnia Sale, a limited number of games is sold with discounts up to 90%. When this limited number of games has been sold out a new game is sold, out of a total of 100 games.
GOG - New Indie Mix Sale
GOG.com is having a new sale I missed called the Indie Mix Sale. You still have about a day left to buy a select bunch of games for up to 85% off.
Be sure to use the follwing link here to help support the site.
Miasmata, the Geneforge Saga, Hotline Miami, and more up to 85% off!
Indie games are always throwing something interesting into the mixed bag that is gaming. Untried concepts that would seem like a risk to the big AAA publishers (whose games tend to have budgets that require scientific notation) are brought to life. Concepts such as an alternative version of Texas, or an 8-bit open world romp through the video game memories of yesteryear have all been brought to us by indie games with all the attention to detail and love of the craft that an indie developer can provide.
Friday - May 02, 2014
GOG - Ubisoft Sale
This weekend Good Old Games has a discount on Ubisoft games, which amongs others of the Heroes of Might & Magic and the Might and Magic series.
Monday - April 28, 2014
GOG - Community Cast Highlights
GOG has posted a new video of select parts of the Twitch.Tv Q&A stream for anyone who missed the live event eairlier this week.
Marcin "iWi" Iwinski, and Piotr "Destro" Karwowski, all show up on a live 'cast to talk about all things GOG.com. You can watch the whole livestream here (http://www.twitch.tv/gogcom/c/4113792), but we have prepared some highlights for you of the best of the questions.
Thursday - April 24, 2014
Sudeki - Released on GOG
GOG.com is now offering the anime inspired ARPG Sudeki for $5.99.
Sudeki, a world torn apart into light, shadow and dark. Rent asunder by deceit and betrayal, the land cries out for a peace that only four united heroes can bring.
Beyond the protective walls of Illumina Castle lie miles of pastoral, rolling countryside, though once a serene landscape, the Aklorian forces have transformed the countryside into a charred battlefield. Simply passing through the region is unsafe, as travellers must be ever alert for ambushes.
Four friends have joined together to aid their queen. Though destined to encounter ancient gods, primordial wonders, and marvelous inventions, foes and betrayal haunt their every step. A keen eye could prove vital, exposing essential clues. And as the companions make their way through darkness and light, they’ll discover that those two extremes have more in common than they once imagined...
Saturday - April 19, 2014
GOG - Mac Versions & Language Packs
GOG.com has a new post on their website with information about new mac versions, and language packs for various D&D games they sell on site.
Mac versions, new language packs for D&D games and others
Good news, Mac gamers! All of our classic Infinity Engine games from Hasbro are available for Mac OS X. You can now play Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga, Baldur's Gate 2 Complete, Icewind Dale Complete, Icewind Dale 2 Complete, Planescape: Torment, and the non-infinity engine but still a D&D classic, Temple of Elemental Evil on your Mac! There's more: all of the above games, as well as some others receive additional language packs, today. In total, we're adding over 50 new language versions to 15 of our classic games!
Wednesday - April 16, 2014
GOG - Live Community Q&A
GOG.com released a press release with information they will be hosting a Live Community Q&A on Twitch.tv. Here is the information if you're interested in participating.
Marcin Iwinski, GOG.com Veteran Employees to Host Live Community Q&A on Twitch.tv, April 22, 6:00 PM GMT
As promised last month to their users, GOG.com founder Marcin Iwinski, head of PR and marketing Trevor Longino, and VP of online technologies Piotr Karwowski will answer community questions during a livestreamed Q&A on the company's Twitch.tv channel. Gamers are welcome to start submitting questions to GOG.com's Twitter profile and to the dedicated forum thread and ask them live using Twitch.tv chat when the stream goes live on Tuesday April 22, 6:00 PM GMT (that's 2:00 PM EDT and 11:00 AM PDT).
Apart from user-generated questions veteran staffers will address recent GOG.com-related events like the company's regional pricing policy change as well as talk about the past, present, and future of bringing DRM-free new and classic games to PC and Mac. The event will launch GOG.com's continuous presence on Twitch.tv. For all gamers who tune in early, the livestream will be preceded by 30 minute-long Let's Play of the beginning of Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure, launching on GOG.com that very day.
Tuesday - March 18, 2014
GOG - Goes Linux
There aren't many newsbits to find here covering a Linux game, unless it is about a PC game that happens to be running on Linux as well, so it isn't really a platform we look at when we try to bring you news on RPGs.
Good Old Games however has decided to bring you DRM free Linux games this fall and they intend to start with a library of at least 100 games.
We just wanted to announce that, after much deliberation, we've decided that one of the next steps for us is to support Linux. Now, we're not ready to launch Linux games on GOG.com just yet. We've only been working on bringing these Linux games to our service for a few months, and there's lots more to go, but we wanted to let you know what's going to be coming this fall to a digital distributor near you.
We're initially going to be launching our Linux support on GOG.com with the full GOG.com treatment for Ubuntu and Mint. That means that right now, we're hammering away at testing games on a variety of configurations, training up our teams on Linux-speak, and generally getting geared up for a big kick-off in the fall with at least 100 Linux games ready for you to play. This is, of course, going to include games that we sell which already have Linux clients, but we'll also be bringing Linux gamers a variety of classics that are, for the first time, officially supported and maintained by a storefront like ours.
This is, as we mentioned, something that we're in the early stages of, so we can't talk about what games will be a part of our GOG.com on Linux gaming launch--in part because we, ourselves, don't know what those games are--but we hope that you're excited about the fact that we're able to set "GOG.com Support for Linux" in our community wishlist as a task that is "In Progress." We know we are!
Monday - March 17, 2014
GOG - Regional Pricing Plans Abandoned
A few weeks ago Good Old Games announced a change in the pricing of their games and they would go to regional pricing in order to be able to make DRM free games available to everybody sooner.
That created quite some comments on the GOG forums and last week Marcin Iwinski and Guillaume Rambourg let everybody know that they are returning to their roots to offer DRM free games with fair pricing.
We're not perfect, we're exploring new frontiers, and we make mistakes. We thought DRM-Free was so important that you'd prefer we bring you more DRM-Free games and Fair Price was less critical and that it could be sacrificed in some cases. The last two week's worth of comments in our forums (nearly 10k!), show that's not the case. We didn’t listen and we let you down. We shouldn't sacrifice one of our core values in an attempt to advance another. We feel bad about that, and we're sorry. Us being sorry is not of much use to you, so let’s talk about how we will fix it.
One: DRM-free forever. Abandoning fixed regional pricing means it will probably take longer to get some games, but you've made it clear that sacrificing fair pricing for more DRM-free games isn't acceptable.
Two: We will adamantly continue to fight for games with flat worldwide pricing. If that fails and we are required to have regional prices, we will make up the difference for you out of our own pockets. For now it will be with $5.99 and $9.99 game codes. In a couple of months, once we have such functionality implemented, we will give you store credit instead, which then you will be able to use towards any purchase and cover the price of it in full or partially. Effectively gamers from all around the world will be able to benefit from the US prices.
This will apply to every single game where we do not have flat pricing, such as Age of Wonders 3 (full details here), Divinity: Original Sin, and The Witcher 3. If you remember the Fair Price Package for The Witcher 2, this will be exactly the same.
Three: We still intend to introduce the pricing in local currencies. Let us explain why we want to do it and how we want to make it fair for everyone. From the very beginning our intention was to make things easier for users whose credit cards/payment systems are not natively in USD. The advantages are simple because the price is more understandable and easier to relate to. There would be no exchange rates involved, no transaction fees, and no other hidden charges. However after reading your comments, we realized we have taken an important element away: the choice. In order to fix this, we'll offer the option of paying in the local currency or the equivalent in USD. This way, how you pay is always your choice.
Four: You are what matters, and we will be sure to involve you all more in what we're doing and why we're doing it. Let's start by meeting you at GDC - we’d like to invite you to meet us face-to-face Monday the 17th at GDC. Obviously, not all of you can come to San Francisco, so we want to invite all of you to an online event with us early in April to ask us whatever you would like. More details soon.
The bottom line is simple: there may be companies that won't work with us (although we will work hard to convince the most stubborn ones ;). Yes, it means we might miss out on some games, but at the same time GOG.com will remain true to its values and will keep on offering you the best of DRM-free gaming with Fair Prices.
Once again thank you for caring so much about GOG.com. We will work hard not to disappoint you again.
Tuesday - February 25, 2014
Summoner - Released on GOG
The console RPG Summoner is now available on GOG.com for 20% off.
A power too great for mortals to harness, a quest too great to pass upon.
Summoner, a brilliant console-style RPG that starts small and unfolds into an amazingly complex and exciting experience that just keeps on giving, is available 20% off on GOG.com. That's only $4.79 for the first week.
Summoners have toppled empires and challenged gods. They are venerated as saviours and feared as destroyers. With rings crafted by the ancient Khosani, the gifted can call forth demons, dragons, and elementals, but only the strongest can control the forces they unleash. Born with the mark of the Summoner, Joseph possesses a power greater than emperors and gods. As a child, he summoned a demon to save his village, and watched in horror as those he loved were destroyed. Nine years later, the armies of Orenia invade, and Joseph must confront the prophecy he was born to fulfill.
Thanks for the link SpoonFULL.
Saturday - February 22, 2014
GOG - Strategy & Action Weekend Promo
GOG.com is offering select Strategy & Action games for 60% off.
Get Jagged Alliance titles, Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord, Sacred, Ghost Master, FlatOut, and more strategy and action classics 60% off!
What's makes a balanced gaming diet? As we understand it, it should be composed of a solid main course, and something lighter for dessert. In our Strategy First catalog it's not hard to compose such a delicious meal. One of the deep and complex strategy games would serve as the main course, and there's plenty of action games to go with them. If just one plate leaves you hungry for more, there's no point in denying yourself seconds. Everything on the menu is 60% off, this weekend.
Friday - February 21, 2014
GOG - Risen 1 & 2 DRM-Free Release
Risen 1 & 2 will soon be on GOG.com according to a German post from Deep Silver at World of Players. Here are the details.
Surprisingly good news from Deep Silver. The publisher for the games Risen and Risen 2 just announced in our forum that the PC versions for those two games will soon be available on the download portal GOG.
Games on GOG are sold without DRM (or any other kind of copy protections for that matter) and can be purchased without giving up ownership.
An exact release date has yet to be announced, however
Tuesday - February 18, 2014
GOG - Doomdark's Revenge Released
GOG.com has released a classic game called Doomdark's Revenge for $5.99.
Doomdark's Revenge is a revamped version of the 1985 game, retaining its gameplay and graphical style, just adding some more intuitive interface and high resolution graphics. At its core, however, this is the exact same title that enthralled the imagination of many gamers almost three decades ago. The turn based game mixes elements of an adventure with a robust, well-written storyline, an epic wargame in which you manage and command large armies, and a role-playing game with much focus on exploration of the game's incredibly detailed landscape. You already slew the evil Witchking Doomdark, now you're up against his wicked daughter, Shareth, the Witchqueen of Carnage. This is no easy task, as the sequel introduces a whole new level of independence to the NPCs whose help you need to complete it, and beating the game in any of the possible ways will prove quite a challenge. Let one of the oldest, yet greatest stories ever told in a computer game unfold before you!
Friday - February 14, 2014
GOG - Dungeons & Dragons Sale
GOG.com is offering their entire Dungeons & Dragons catalogue for 80% Off.
By popular demand, one of the highest value offer on GOG.com makes a comeback on Valentine's Day, because we love you, and we know you love D&D! In the Destination: Dungeons and Dragons promo you will find the following titles: Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate 2, Icewind Dale, Icewind Dale 2, Planescape: Torment, Dragonshard, Neverwinter Nights, Neverwinter Nights 2, Temple of Elemental Evil, and Demon Stone--all of them DRM-free, complete with the expansions, and delivered with a generous selection of bonus goodies. All that, with up to 80% discount. That mean getting your hands on the entire collection of ten classic Dungeons and Dragons games on GOG.com will cost you only $21.10.
As a bonus you can also get Dungeon Keeper for FREE. Thanks Menigal for the tip.
Saturday - February 08, 2014
GOG - Totally Topware Weekend Sale
GOG.com is offering the entire Topware catalog for 70% off.
Two Worlds series, Earth 2100s series, Knights and Merchants, and other top Topware classics 70% off!
This weekend, we offer you GOG's entire Topware catalog 70% off! Among all of the games it features, we'd like to put one in the spotlight the most. There are games that never get hyped much in the media and aren't considered milestones of their genre, but still success in accumulating a modding community so large and dedicated, that you could say the development of such title never really stopped. Such is the case of Knights & Merchants, a medieval real-time strategy with in-depth society simulation and epic-scaled armies. Even though the game came out in 2001, a community of talented fans doesn't stop in their effort to, fix and tweak it, make it enjoyable for the modern gamer, and support it with all the features the fanbase demands. All this goes towards a impressive mod, that we recently featured in one of our Mod Spotlight editorial. Get the game for only $1.79. check out the mod, and witness the magic of PC gaming community!
Thursday - February 06, 2014
GOG - Stalker Series Released
GOG.com is now selling the whole Stalker series for $14.97.
Shadow of Chernobyl + Clear Sky + Call of Pripyat up to 70% off!
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, the phenomenally immersive FPS survival horror series set in the terrifyingly believable radioactive "Zone" surrounding the explosion site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, is available up to 70% off on GOG.com. That's only $14.97 for the set of three for the next 72 hours.
Thanks for the tip SpoonFULL.
Monday - February 03, 2014
GOG - FLAC Game Soundtracks
GOG.com announces on their new game blog they are now selling better quality soundtracks. Here are the details.
Over 30 FLAC lossless gaming soundtracks now on GOG.com!
Good news audiophile gamers! In GOG.com we take pride in providing you with lots and lots of downloadable goodies bundled with our versions of the games we sell, with no additional costs. Whenever its possible we try to make the GOG.com edition of each title a digital equivalent of an exclusive boxed collector’s edition. The number of MP3 gaming soundtracks we offer with our games is something we’re quite proud of. But—as any music aficionado will attest—lossy MP3-ecoded files are not the perfect medium for amazing scores. That’s why today, we’re taking it one step further. Over 30 FLAC-encoded lossless soundtrack have been just added to our games, and you can grab them alongside their respective games (in most cases for the price of the game bundle with the OST included will be $5.99 or $9.99).
Wednesday - January 29, 2014
GOG - Time Machine Sale
GOG is having a time machine sale going from 1983 to 2013 where you can buy games for big discounts. Here is how it works:
There's more than just buying games incredibly cheap to our DRM-Free Time Machine Sale! We're ready to pass its steering wheel (or rather the control console) to YOU. Each game in the sale is offered for a limited time only, and how long we stay in its year is up to you! Each time you see a new game on sale you can vote to either add or subtract 1 second from the timer. Each time you buy a game, you add 3 seconds to the time of it being on sale. We begin with 1983's Zork, bundled with the rest of the Zork Anthology of 6 games in total, for only $1.79. How long will it last on the front page? You'll be the judge. What comes next, as the game of 1984? Let's find out!
Currently it is in 1996.
Tuesday - January 21, 2014
GOG - World of Aden Promo
GOG.com is selling two classic RPGs called World of Aden: Thunderscape and Entomorph.
Both games set in the World of Aden up to 70% off
Thuderscape and Entomorph: Plague of the Darkfall, two very different classic RPG titles sharing the original setting of the World of Aden, are available bundled on GOG.com with 70% discount. That's only $3.58 for both for the next 24 hours.
In 1995, that is 19 years ago, Strategic Simulations Inc. set out to create a whole new fantastic universe that would become a canvas, on which they would depict epic campaigns and heroic sagas. The legendary developer team decided to take the popular pulp-fantasy tropes, put them through a grinder, mix in some steampunk pizzazz for that special coppery aftertaste, and slap a catchy--and a tad pompous--name on their creation. Thus, the World of Aden came to existence. It never became as popular as some of the fantastic realms of eternal fame, and it only witnessed two heroic campaigns in the end, but it surely deserves its place in the role-play gaming hall of fame. Today, GOG.com invites you for a trip to this amazing forgotten land.
Saturday - January 18, 2014
GOG - Winter Quest Fest Promo
GOG,com has a new weekend sale called "Winter Quest Fest". It includes King's Quest, Space Quest, Quest for Glory, and Police Quest series.
Weekend Promo: Winter Quest Fest
Nowadays, hearing the word "quest" your mind will probably follow the train of thought inevitably leading to the realms of role-playing games. But 20 years ago? In the 1990s, when Sierra Online was the towering mountain in the landscape of game development, the word "quest" was almost synonymous with an adventure game. Last week we did celebrate the fact that point-and-click adventure genre is doing almost as well as in the good old days. Today, we take a look back at the best that said good old days had to offer. Retrogamers, rejoice! For we give you the Winter Quest Fest, with all the quest titles form the GOG.com classic catalog, as well as many other memorable titles from the nostalgic treasure chest that is Activision catalog, with a substantial 60% off discount! Let's take a closer look at one of the adventures that await you, shall we?
Friday - January 10, 2014
GOG - New Release BloodNet
GOG.com annouces that BloodNet a dark cyberpunk adventure game with RPG elements is now available on the game service.
BloodNet is a remarkable game that brilliantly blends horror and cyberpunk in a mixture of adventure and RPG gameplay. You will explore the gritty locations of a high-tech futuristic city full of cyber-enhanced freaks, and tread the dangerous paths of the Cyberspace, that houses more demons than it did ever before. Build a team of deckers, cyberpunks, mercenaries, and rage gangers to help you in your desperate fight for your last threads of humanity. With a dark, memorable story, a haunting setting, graphics that aged surprisingly well, and hours of exciting and original gameplay, this classic title is a cyberpunk delight you cannot say no to.
Thursday - January 09, 2014
GOG - The First 5 Years
GOG.com has a new post celebrating their first five years. Here's hoping we have many more to go with it in the future.
As a new year begins, and with 5 very successful years in the digital gaming market, GOG.com takes a look at its past. Join CD Projekt's Marcin Iwiński, Guillaume Rambourg, our Managing Director, and Piotr Karwowski, our Creative Director (both of them core members of the GOG.com team who were with us for years), as they talk about the company's history, the concept behind it, and the best (and one not very good) ideas in our history.
Thanks for being with us, dear users, and for making GOG.com the awesome place that it is!
Saturday - January 04, 2014
GOG - Curse.com Partnership
GOG.com has a new announcement of a partnership with Curse.com.
Announcement: Curse.com Partnership
Get a free GOG.com game with your Curse.com premium membership!
What a great day to have a curse! Curse.com premium membership, that is. We've partnered up with the fast-growing gaming network to make their sleek paid accounts offer even more awesome than before. Each premium user--whether they're upgrading their account or already have premium subscription--now gets to pick one of ten games redeemable on GOG.com. That's our way of putting a cherry on top of the already extensive offer, that includes--but is not limited to--unlimited access to a feature-full online gaming client, beta-keys giveaways, and various discounts with selected partners.
Thursday - January 02, 2014
GOG - Interview @ Arstechnica
Arstechnica has a new interview from Wired.co.uk with GOG’s Managing Director Guillaume Rambourg about DRM.
Wired.co.uk: What was the story behind setting up the GOG.com website?
Rambourg: It all began in the mid-90s, when friends Marcin Iwinski and Michal Kicinski started their business as retail distributors in Poland. Back then, Poland was a very highly pirated market, with most gamers using outdated hardware and not having too much money to spend on games. That's a tough market to break into: one where people aren't used to paying for games.
To convert pirates to paying customers, the founders of CD Projekt introduced a budget series of classic PC games which quickly became one of the company's best sellers. The reasons for the budget titles' success was both kind of simple and also kind of complex. The budget line was made of carefully picked top quality games with tons of goodies (manuals, posters, world maps, and whatnot) made available at an attractive price.
It's since been proven in many arenas that pirates are willing to pay for computer games if they feel that the price is equivalent to the game's value, but this was new and crazy thinking at the time. From there, Michal and Marcin dreamed bigger: if it worked in Poland, why shouldn't it work worldwide? Going DRM-free was a natural consequence of this train of thought: if you trusted your customers to pay for reasonably priced games, why would you want to use copy protection and treat gamers like potential thieves?
Wired.co.uk: Did the situation in Poland regarding piracy mean you considered DRM in a different way from other digital distribution sites, or is it a universal problem that you were hoping to find an alternative solution for?
Rambourg: Trust and respect for your customer is quite a universal set of values, I think. It's not always been a very popular value in the computer gaming industry, sadly. Our founders' Polish market experience was important, because it proved that you could build a successful business model on trust, even in a difficult market. DRM is an ineffectual tool (games are still being pirated at launch—if not earlier!—even with state-of-the-art DRM systems) and it antagonizes paying customers, because effectively the pirate is getting a less constricted gaming experience. This is crazy. Our belief in trusting and respecting our gamers who are part of GOG.com remains at the core of how we approach our customers.
Wired.co.uk: Do you feel that DRM policies are getting better or getting worse overall?
Rambourg: I wouldn't necessarily like to differentiate between those policies. Sure, some are more annoying than others, like the always-online requirement, which practically stops you from playing your game if you don't have an Internet connection available at all times, but all in all, DRM is just terrible as a concept. With no real progress in its efficacy, big publishers and developers are trying new, more aggravating ways of copy-protection. Thankfully, the resistance from gamers is stronger than ever before. Wins, like the recent Xbox DRM policy reversal, caused entirely by gamers' strong reaction, prove that tolerance for DRM is dropping.
Wednesday - January 01, 2014
GOG - Fallout Games Removed
GOG.com has news that every Fallout game has been pulled off their gaming catalogue.
Removed from catalog: Fallout 1, 2, & Tactics
Today, we bid farewell to the legendary post-apocalyptic 2D classics.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we needed to pull the three classic Fallout games, that is Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics, from sale and remove them from our DRM-free catalog. These classic titles have been with us since day one, that is for over 5 years now, and they were always one of the highlights of the selection of games that we offer. There are very few titles in the history of computer role-playing games, that have had so much impact on the gaming landscape, players' expectations, and even the popular culture. The iconic setting, the memorable quotes, and unparalleled amount of fun and challenge these games provide--it's all burned in the memory of a whole generation of gamers. Probably even more than just one generation. It was an honor to have you here, Fallout. Take good care of yourself out there, try not to mistake a gecko for G.E.C.K. (not even remotely the same thing!), and remember to take your Rad-X pills!
All those who acquired Fallout, Fallout 2, or Fallout Tactics on GOG.com prior to the date of removal (that is before Tuesday, December 31st 2013, at 3:59PM GMT), will still be able to download the games' install files (as well as the bonus content) via the "My Games" section of their user accounts. Gift-codes for these three games acquired in our recent giveaway are no longer valid. However, if you own a gift-code for any or all of them that was purchased outside of the said giveaway, you'll still be able to redeem it in the foreseeable future.
Tuesday - December 31, 2013
GOG - Let's Party Sale
GOG.com is having another huge sale called Let's Party to go along with the New Year. You can find a variety of new bundles to suit any taste. Here are the details.
Let's Party Promo!
Say farewell to 2013 and welcome 2014 with 15 special bundle deals up to 80% off.
2013 is coming to an end. Oh, what a fun year this was to be a gamer! Especially a PC gamer, as our console brethren got quite a sizable share of stress and frustration along with their fun, mostly due to the controversy around the new console generation DRM policies. Luckily, the NoDRM movement scored quite a success there, and some of the gamers' worst nightmares did not materialize in the end. Meantime, here at GOG.com, it was another year of DRM-free gaming. We got bigger, we got better, and our catalog of the best games in history got more extensive. Business as usual. It was a good year to be a GOG.com user, and we can promise you this: the next one is going to be even better!
But you're probably anxious to hear about our promo for today, right? Well, we did wrap up the 2013 DRM-Free Winter sale last Sunday. But this doesn't have to mean we can't offer you some amazing deals today still! Remember all those bundles and packs that competed for your support to become the daily community choice? We know that a whole lot of people were disappointed to see their favorites get fewer votes than the other deal and seemingly vanish into oblivion. Fret not! We kept all those offers safe for you, and you can get them all now. Just navigate to our main page, and see for yourself: 15 special bundle deals up to 80% off. Nice, huh? Well, there's no better party than a gaming party, so let make the transition from one year to the other to the sound of laughter, mice clicking, and keyboard tapping! Hurrah!
This final 2013 special "bonus stage" offer will last until Thursday, January 2nd 2014, at 9:59AM GMT.
Happy New Year of gaming, everyone!
Saturday - December 28, 2013
GOG - DRM-Free Winter Sale Wrap Up
If you missed any of the bundles from the GOG.com DRM-Free Winter 2013 sale now is your chance to buy them again. So head over to the site as you only have less than one day left.
Thursday - December 26, 2013
GOG - Various RPG Sales
GOG.com still has various RPGs for sale as part of the Winter 2013 sale. Here is a small sample.
Arcanum - $2.99
Neverwinter - $4.99
Neverwinter 2 - $9.99
Anachronox - $2.99
The Witcher 2: Assasin of Kings - $9.99
Wednesday - December 25, 2013
GOG - Rule by Magic Bundle
GOG.com continues the Winter 2013 sale with another bundle called Rule by Magic.
King's Bounty: The Legend
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic
Master of Magic
Lords of Magic: Special Edition
Saturday - December 21, 2013
GOG - Fantasy Through History Bundle
GOG.com is at again with another daily bundle called Fantasy Through History. As usual you only have about 20 hrs left as I write this. Here are the games offered in the bundle.
Fantasy Through History 80% off
King of Dragon Pass
Lords of Midnight, The
Wednesday - December 18, 2013
GOG - Festivmas Winter Sale
GOG,com continues the Winter 2013 Sale with a bunch of bundles on sale today. Get ready to break your wallet as I bought almost everyone of them again.
And a few more I didn't list so what are you wating for?
Tuesday - December 17, 2013
GOG - More Winter Sales
Here are the games that are offered in both bundles.
Tales of Might & Magic
Might and Magic: 6-pack: Limited Edition
Might and Magic: 7: For Blood and Honor
Might and Magic: 8: Day of the Destroyer
Might and Magic: 9
To Infinity and Beyond
Icewind Dale Complete
Icewind Dale 2 Complete
Monday - December 16, 2013
GOG - Roguelike Bundle Sale
If your a fan of Roguelike games like me then GOG.com has a new bundle as part of the Winter 2013 sale. The offer is only good for another 15 hrs.
FTL: Faster Than Light
Sword of the Stars: The Pit
Sword of the Stars: DLC
Sword of the Stars: The Pit Gold Edition Upgrade
Sunday - December 15, 2013
GOG - Dungeons & Dragons Sale
GOG.com has a new sale on most of it's Dungeons & Dragons games as part of it's Winter 2013 sale. You can buy the bundle for 80% off , or buy each one separately.
Thursday - December 12, 2013
GOG - 2013 DRM-Free Winter Sale
Well it's that time of the year again as GOG.com starts the 2013 DRM Winter Sale.
2013 DRM-Free Winter Sale Begins Now!
600+ games discounted by at least 50%, bundle deals up to 80% off, daily personal deals!
It is here: 2013 DRM-Free Winter Sale on GOG.com! The biggest, the loudest, the most varied, and the most exciting sale we've ever done begins now. How big is it? There are way over 600 games from our catalog steadily discounted by at least 50%. How loud is it? Let's just mention the fact, that we're opening with a triple nuclear blast. On top of regular discounts you'll have daily deals including games presented by YouTube personalities, hot thematic bundles chosen each day by our dear users, offered with up to 80% discounts, and--finally--daily personal deals where you pick one of the special offers available to you, and you only. How exciting is it? Well, you probably get the idea by now. So, there you have it: time to save BIG on the best games in history, available DRM-free for Windows and Mac.
That's not all either you can now also get Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics for free.
Free Games: Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics
All classic Fallout games available FREE for 48 hours!
Holiday season is upon us! If you are a long-time GOG.com user you know well enough--or if you're relatively new to our service, you're about to learn--that we just love offering great games for free whenever it's possible. This year for instance, we've given away innumerable copies of the action-rpg gem Torchlight. Today, we're taking our gifting habit a step further. No, actually make that two steps, as we're handing out a package of three games this time around. For the upcoming 48 hours you'll be able to add Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics to your GOG.com collection, completely FREE of charge. That's $0.00 (or, if you prefer the currency of the nuclear wasteland, 0.00 bottle caps) for all the three classic games in the legendary post-apocalyptic RPG series, until Saturday, December 14, at 1:59PM GMT.
Saturday - November 30, 2013
GOG - BOOM! Black Friday, Baby! Sale
GOG,com is having another huge weekend sale with 65 games that are 70% off.
Weekend Promo: BOOM! Black Friday, Baby!
65 assorted games 70% off, no risk of getting trampled!
The time has come to unveil our special Black Friday promo First, let's put things in some perspective, though. There are a few great things about the Black Friday retail festivities, and one really, really bad one, that kind of spoils all the joy for many people. On one hand, you can go out there and grab consumer electronics, games, movies, and other tech-goods with insanely attractive discounts, finally getting those things you wanted, but without the guilt of paying too much for stuff that's not essential to your wellbeing. On the other, you risk getting seriously battered-up in the process, as hundreds, or thousands of other people will be trying to do just the same and they won't take competition kindly. Each year people get injured in their pursuit of great deals. Badly injured! Killed even! Even if the media blow the thing way out of proportion, the risk still exists.
Why take any risks? You're entitled to great Black Friday deals without exposing yourself to raging crowds. Take the digital route, this year! We've prepared a huge selection of titles for you, and applied a huge discount to all of them. Games that usually cost $9.99 are now available for only $2.99. Titles with $5.99 regular price tag are up for grabs for only $1.79. That's 70% off discount on a selection of 65 fantastic games. You can greatly expand your DRM-free collection and emerge victorious from this whole Black Friday ordeal, without staring into Death's cold eyes even once. You don't even need to rush in--we give you plenty of time to plan your purchase, so you don't end up with something you bought because it was dirt cheap, not because you really wanted it. That's Black Friday GOG.com customer love style! The offer lasts until Tuesday, December 3, at 10:59AM GMT.
Tuesday - November 12, 2013
GOG - Wasteland 1 Now Available
GOG.com announces you can now buy the original Wasteland for $5.99. Remember the game is free if you were a backer of Wasteland 2. Here are the details.
Pioneer the post-apocalyptic open world.
Wasteland 1 - The Original Classic, a post-apocalyptic open world full of awe and danger, as imagined in a 1988 RPG, is available for only $5.99 on GOG.com
They say that ever since the nuclear holocaust, America is no longer a place for heroes. They say, that it is no longer the land of the free. Know, that they've been lying to you. In the atomic wasteland of the year 2087, there is still room for bravery, justice, and order. There are men and women standing guard to what is left of civilized society, facing villains, mutants, bandits, and monsters on daily basis. When everyone else just gave up, they roam the ruins of our nation's sinful past, and do the impossible to bring law to the badlands. They are the Desert Rangers, and this is their story.
Back in 1988 Wasteland 1 - The Original Classic (or just Wasteland back then) took the fresh memory of living in constant fear during the Cold War, reached for the aesthetics of the Mad Max movies, added solid cRPG mechanics, and offered gamers an experience that would soon inspire a whole gaming sub-genre. Long before Mr. Ron Perlman announced to the world that "war never changes" in the iconic opening sequence to Fallout, the post-apocalyptic grim future was a vision already present and persistent in the minds of gamers. That was mostly because of Wasteland. The open-ended free-roam gameplay, paired with incredibly rich and suggestive setting made a lasting impression on everyone who dared to visit the nuclear desert. With challenging difficulty level and great variety of NPCs, quests, and locations, this fantastic title is still a blast to play!
Saturday - November 09, 2013
GOG - Activate Autumn Weekend Sale
GOG.com is having another weekend promo with a few RPGs included .
Weekend Promo: Activate Autumn
Get Arcanum, Pharaoh + Cleopatra, Vampire: The Masquerade, Quest for Glory as well as all the other "Quest" games, and more amazing Activision titles 60% off!
The days grow shorter, the weather gets nastier by the day, but as a trade-off, there's more time for gaming in the evenings. It's time to Activate Autumn, with a superb collection of 32 memorable titles. Oh, wait... that's wrong. What I meant was: 32 game boxes. Some of them contain more than just one game, so the actual number of discounted Activision titles amounts to impressive 55! And you can get them all 60% off until Tuesday November 12 at 4:59 AM GMT. Let's take a peek into some of the boxes!
Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magic Obscura summons the spirit of Fallout into a unique world where steampunk meets fantasy in a creative mixture of imagination and pure isometric RPG awesomness. In Arcanum, you get the absolute freedom to create any kind of character you want and pursue whatever quest you find the most fitting. If you're looking for a game that will drain dozens of hours of your free time and have $2.39 in digital loose change--here's your best pick!
Gabriel Knight, a tormented young writter, came to be a celebrity of the point-and-click adventure genre. The first game he stars in--subtitled "Sins of the Fathers"--features beautiful pixel-art graphics, over 7000 lines of fully-voiced dialog, and a dark story balancing on the verge of madness and occult. The game launched a successful and recognizable series that earned its place in the adventure games' hall of fame. Be sure to check the other two games that complete the trillogy: Gabriel Knight2: The Beast Within and Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned.
Quest for Glory 1-5 is an amazing collection of Sierra's innovative action-RPGs. Each of the five games can be played as a whole but you can also treat the series as one big adventure, as the character and his accumulated wealth can carry on from one game into another. Become a mage, a thief, or a knight and explore the five huge worlds, each based on a different culture and mythology, from Germanic fairy tales, through Arabian and Slavic folklore, right down to Greek myths. Experience the game that set many standards in the "new school" of computer RPG.
Monday - November 04, 2013
GOG - Ultimate Ubisoft Sale
GOG.com is having a sale on all Ubisoft games this weekend. It's a good chance to finally buy the Heroes of Might and Magic games. Also remember it's still sunday were I live so you have a day left according to the counter.
Weekend Promo: Ultimate Ubisoft
Assassin's Creed, Heroes of Might and Magic series, Rayman Origins, FarCry 1 and 2, modern Prince of Persia games, and many more unforgettable Ubisoft titles 60% off
Welcome to our unbelievable Ultimate Ubisoft promo. The publisher is famous for releasing original titles, full of pure gaming magic and memorable moments. This weekend you can get more than 40 Ubisoft titles 60% off. Amazing action-adventures in the ancient Middle East or dystopian future, first-person perspective shooters telling the stories of secret agents or special forces operatives stranded on dangerous islands, strategies set in fantastic lands, the distant future, or our very own mundane reality, colorful platformers, racing games, dungeon-crawling RPGs--all this and more waiting for you and tempting you with low, low prices. Let's put some titles in the spotlight, shall we?
Monday - October 28, 2013
GOG - Classic Gem Promo: Darkstone
GOG.com is having a new sale on the classic hack-and-slash game Darkstone.
Darkstone, a classic hack-and-slash that introduced 3D graphics into the genre, will have you hacking through hordes of horrors with a 60% discount on GOG.com. That's only $2.39 for the next 24 hours.
When your legal name is "Lord Draak" and you wield the power to transform yourself into a giant dragon, becoming an evil overlord seems like the obvious career choice. Then, if by some strange and totally unexpected twist of fate, you end up deprived of your magic, banished from the realm, and nearly killed you are, again, left with not much of a choice. You obviously need to gather back your minions and devise a new evil plot to terrorize the land and rebuild your reign of fear, violence and darkness. Right? RIGHT?! Well, tough luck, Lord Draak, this game is not about you. It’s about the valiant heroes that are out to get you. Let's repeat that part: Out. To get you. Right. Now.
In Darkstone a party of up to four adventurers sets off on a quest to free the realm of Uma of its oppressor. In the co-op multi-player mode each player controls one of them. In single-player you can switch between two characters and the computer will take control of the one you leave unattended. There are four provinces to explore, each with its own set of quest-filled, procedurally-generated dungeons to keep you busy and boost the game’s replay value. If you enjoy hacking the minions of evil and slashing through one dark, damp dungeon after another, preferably with some friends at your side, but this title somehow is missing from your DRM-free collection, today is the best day to grab it!
Sunday - October 27, 2013
GOG - Witcher Story Contest Winners
GOG.com has a new video showing off the winners from Witcher Story Contest.
As a part of the birthday celebration, The Enigmatic T has done a dramatic reading of the 10 winning entries in our Witcher Flash-fiction Compo. Listen to 10 Witcher SHORT Short short stories (up to 100 characters). Amazing, aren't they?
Thursday - October 17, 2013
GOG - Witcher Story Contest
GOG.com is hosting a new contest were you can send in a short story to win a few Witcher shirts, and medallions.
Creative Contest: The Witcher Short Short Short Story
Give us a 100-character Witcher story. Win official The Witcher t-shirts and wolfhead medallions!
Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy saga upon which CD Projekt RED's The Witcher universe was built, consists of five novels. The legend of Geralt, however, began with a 1986 short story. Even in his very first feature, the white-haired monster hunter was already a complete and fully-developed character with unmistakable personality and demeanor. It's amazing just how well the debuting author managed to define the hero and his reality in such short form. This was 27 years ago, though, and the current forms of communication have taken a turn towards haiku-like limited form. It's amazing what people are able to convey within 140 character limit. One might imagine, that nowadays, you could see a complete fantasy short story in under--say--100 characters. In fact there's an example of one, just below this post.
Do you think you would manage to squeeze a Witcher story within 100-character limit? If you think you can, tweet it with the #GOGWitcherStory hashtag. That's 100 characters of the actual story + 16 characters of the hashtag. Alternatively, you can give us your story in the forum thread below. Naturally, the 100-character limit applies here just as well. Two entries per person tops (each of them still needs to be a separate, self-contained short short short story). Prizes? Of course there are prizes! Authors of the 3 best stories will receive exclusive The Witcher: Wild Hunt t-shirts, and wolf-head medallions. 4 runner-ups get just the medallions. All the winners will also get one $5.99 GOG.com gift-code, each. The deadline for submissions: Friday, October 18, 9:59AM GMT (the GMT part is important!).
Sunday - October 13, 2013
GOG - EA Game Sale
GOG.com is hosting another huge weekend sale this time offereing up most of it's EA games for up to 60% off. So check it out if your interested.
This weekend we're all about classics! There's 33 exciting games that you can get with a 60% off discount in our Exciting EA Exclusives weekend promo. With a vast selection of retro-gems priced at only $2.39 each, and two relatively newer titles (which are vastly considered classics as well) for only $3.99 and $5.99, it's safe to say, that you can not often find better value for your money in the gaming world. That's not all, however! Every purchase you'll make grants you a free copy of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition! If you already own it on GOG.com, we will email you a gift-able code, so you can pass it on to someone who hadn't had the chance to meet Geralt of Rivia yet. Now, let's take a quick look at some of the featured games, shall we?
First of all, let's look at the classic Bullfrog Production titles, because just recently they've undergone some major upgrades. Syndicate received the American Revolt mission pack taking the future corporate executive work to a whole new level of awesome, thus becoming Syndicate Plus. Similarly, the fantasy underworld management game, Dungeon Keeper, became Dungeon Keeper Gold, with extra added evil in the form of the Deeper Dungeons expansion. Hidden Worlds have been discovered in the Arabian desert, making Magic Carpet into Magic Carpet Plus. Populous now invites you to the Promised Lands filled with new challenges, and Populous: The Beginning has yet some Undiscovered Worlds in store for you. Each of them can be yours for only $2.39, each!
Jade Empire: Special Edition opens the land of kung fu legends before you and lets you immerse yourself in the fantastic version of the Orient. In this RPG classic brought to you by people who gave us RPG gaming monuments like Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights, you'll discover an epic tale of courage, power, honor, and betrayal set in one of the most colorful and suggestive gameworlds ever created. Master one of the unique fighting styles and train your own disciples who will rise to power along your side. Choose your own path and become a hero or a villain in your very own martial arts legend. The extended Special Edition of the game even comes bundled with an MP3 soundtrack. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity for epic adventure, while it's only $5.99 to start your oriental journey!
That's only a few titles from the selection of 33 games you can grab 60% off this weekend in our Exciting EA Exclusives promo. Head out to the promo page, to see them all! The offer lasts until Tuesday, October 15, at 3:59AM GMT. Don't miss out!
Thursday - October 10, 2013
GOG - Witcher & Dragon Commander Sale
GOG.com has two new sales that will interest many here. Read below for the links with the details, and enjoy everyone.
Divinity: Dragon Commander is 40% off (that's only $23.99) until 3.59 AM GMT on 14 October 2013. The same discount applies to the Divinity: Dragon Commander - Imperial Edition pack, and the Divinity: Dragon Commander - Imperial Edition Upgrade DLC (the one to use if you already have the regular edition but would like to upgrade it to the "imperial" version). That's not all. We've barely started! We've engaged in dark acts of enscorcery and are offering them up to you! This is an actual thing: we took an actual dragon from the actual game of Dragon Commander and printed it in all three of the dimensions that you and I readily perceive. We have taken the purely digital and made it analog. There is no end to our power! The universe is ours to command--to control! BWAHAHAHA--aherm.
Buy any game on GOG.com and get the Witcher 1, too, free for a limited time!
This is the final week of our 5th Birthday Celebration. We're going to go above and beyond the call of birthday, though, and give you guys something incredible for our final thank you: buy anything on GOG.com--yes, anything--and get a free copy of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition with any purchase.
Saturday - October 05, 2013
GOG - Entertaining Interplay Sale
GOG.com is having another huge sale on select Interplay titles they sell for up to 50% off. The deal last for the next three days so get it while it's hot as they say.
Weekend Promo: Entertaining Interplay
Get Fallout series, Descent series, MDK, Kingpin, Redneck Rampage and many, many more stunning Interplay classics 50% off!
This weekend, we get back to the basics with our Entertaining Interplay Promo! Looking at this vast selection of classic titles one can't help but to ask: why are some of these still missing from my collection? Almost everything in this promo is a must-have for every classic PC-gaming enthusiast. Luckily you can grab everything you were missing with a 50% off discount this weekend. Let's take a look at some of the half-priced gems, shall we?
It's only $4.99 for each of the classic post-apocalyptic RPG, Fallout. That will leave you with enough bottle-caps to grab yourself a nuka-cola later. In the same price you can get the games from the Descent series. In this case, you should probably invest the money you save into some vertigo medicine. And speaking of vertigo, a game that starts off with a sequence of stratosphere free-fall and explodes into an orgy of bullets and badassery, MDK is available for only $2.99. Get into the action!
That's only a few of 34 Interplay games you can get 50% off this weekend. Make sure to navigate to the Promo Page, to see the whole robust selection. The promo lasts until Tuesday, October 8, at 9:59AM GMT.
Sunday - September 29, 2013
GOG - Content Level-up: Bullfrog Titles
GoG.com is now offering the expansions for Dungeon Keeper, Syndicate, Magic Carpet, and Populous for free.
GOG.com 5th birthday celebration continues and we have some more gifts for you! This time, it's a nice pack of add-ons to the classic Bullfrog Productions titles in our EA catalog. There's plenty of previously not included content being added as you read this to five prominent Bullfrog games. If you bought them them previously, the updated versions will become available to you shortly. If you don't yet have those memorable classics in your collection, now you have some extra incentive to get them. Let's see what games get the Level-up treatment today, shall we?
Syndicate receives the American Revolt mission pack taking the future corporate executive work to a whole new level of awesome, thus becoming Syndicate Plus. Similarly, the fantasy underworld management game, Dungeon Keeper, becomes Dungeon Keeper Gold, with extra added evil in the form of the Deeper Dungeons expansion. Hidden Worlds have been discovered in the Arabian desert, making Magic Carpet into Magic Carpet Plus. Populous now invites you to the Promised Lands filled with new challenges, and Populous: The Beginning has yet some Undiscovered Worlds in store for you.
That's it! Five excellent, content-filled expansions await you in our classic Bullfrog titles. Again, if you bought any of these titles previously, you should now have access to the newly extended version without any additional fee. Have fun!
Saturday - September 21, 2013
GOG - Interview @ IncGamers
IncGamers interviewed GOG’s Trevor Longino about DRM, piracy, and the future.
IG: GOG is perhaps best known for having a firm no-DRM (Digital Rights Management) stance, which I believe you’ve had from the very start. Was that a decision informed more by ethics, or by business?
TL: A bit of both, but I’d lean more heavily on the ethics of DRM informing the business decisions. We were already opposed to DRM, and when the founders started the company, we knew that if there was one thing that would be sure to anger people who wanted to play classic games–which don’t have DRM, by and large–it would be to add DRM on top of them. Making a game substantially worse for the consumer and then selling it? That sounded like madness.
You probably note that the same argument applies to new games: why would you take something that doesn’t naturally have DRM and then add it, which makes your game worse for paying customers? That’s a good question, and we still don’t know the answer to that.
IG: Is there any situation you can envisage where DRM might be acceptable? Perhaps one in which an asteroid can only be prevented from striking Earth through the addition of DRM to a videogame.
TL: No – humanity is dooooomed!
Honestly, if that was somehow required for the continued existence of humanity, of course we’d be willing to put up with it. While it’s true that psychologically, games are practically required for a healthy consciousness, computer games are not. Video games are a hobby, not a necessity for life.
You can construct circumstances where DRM is acceptable, but I’d note that it’s not necessary. Adding DRM to games is like adding DRM to books or music–it’s been done, but both of those industries are learning that it doesn’t actually make any difference in piracy.
Friday - September 20, 2013
GOG - September RPG Special
GOG let us know they have a gazillion DRM-free RPGs on sale over the weekend. Included are the following games & franchises:
- Two Worlds
- System Shock
- Vampire the Masquerade
- Legend of Grimrock
- Septerra Core
If you haven't registered on GOG yet, please consider using our ref-link in the banner at the top.
Saturday - September 14, 2013
GOG - Square Enix Catalog Sale
As of 0615 hours this morning, we have confirmed massive signs of a noncorporeal invasion force that is determined to directly hijack our entertainment and slowly invade everyone's minds. Fast work by some of our Unusual Circumstances SpecOps team has funneled these aliens into a containable area, though. We have managed to secure them in a select list of video games--specifically titles like Deus Ex, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Thief™ Gold, Anachronox, and a few more--and the non-corporeal aliens are currently inhabiting the enemy A.I. routines. That means we can find them, we can fight them, and we can kill them.
The space-time rift that the aliens are using to invade is unstable and our physicists project that it will close on Monday the 16th September at 23:59.59 Eastern Time. CENTCOM has arranged for a video game retailer to steeply discount the usual price of these titles to facilitate intervention--they're all 60% off for the duration of the invasion.
You've been contacted because you're part of the elite few who can handle an assignment like this: we need you to buy these games, install them, get in there, and kick some alien butt. The world's counting on you, soldier.
Saturday - September 07, 2013
GOG - Adventures from Daedalic Sale
Weekend Promo: Adventures from Daedalic
Night of the Rabbit, Deponia, Edna & Harvey and more imaginative adventure games up to 60% off!
The golden age of adventure gaming is not over. Sure there are timeless classics that make your brain melt and mouth water, but you don't have to look to the past to experience captivating storytelling. Meet Daedalic, the makers of enthralling new worlds ripe with magnificent puzzles and pulsating life. Let us take you on a journey with Adventures from Daedalic! This weekend, all of Daedalic's games in the GOG.com's catalog are up to 60%! Let's have a look at some of these exceptional adventures:
Friday - August 23, 2013
GOG - Thunderscape Released
GOG.com has released a classic 1990s dungeon crawler called Thunderscape.
Thunderscape, a classic 1990s dungeon crawler with real-time exploration of a vast and diverse underworld and challenging turn-based combat against many fearsome fiends of chaos, is available on GOG.com for only $5.99.
The world of Aden is in great peril. The demonic, corruptive power known as the Darkfall fills the world with monsters, abominations, and evil-inspiring artifacts. The realm is in dire need of defenders, and it's your job to lead them against the forces of chaos. You will explore a dark and dangerous underground to reach for the power you'll need to bring the light to where darkness reigns. A small party of stalwart adventurers seems to stand little chance against the hordes of evil. It's up to you to prove, that miracles do happen in fantasy worlds.
Thunderscape presents you with many time-proven RPG ideas that work together so well, that it's astounding that anyone would want to modify them. You get a party of six brave champions, a large gameworld to explore, lots of items to collect, stats to build, and enemies to slay. While roaming the world, the game progresses in real-time, switching to turn-based combat whenever you approach (or get ambushed by) an opponent. With everything that made dungeon crawlers so successful in the 1990 and some very distinctive steampunk-ish feel, this game is highly recommended to all cRPG fans looking for a challenge!
Wednesday - August 21, 2013
GOG - Launches Submission Portal for Indie Devs
GOG.com has launched a submission portal for indie developers. They are allowing devs to submit their own games to be considered for distribution. It seems to be lining up to compete with Steam Greenlight.
Your game on GOG.com--join the DRM-free revolution and reach more gamers!
We already have dozens of Indie games on our platform. See what their developers say about GOG.com. Here's...
Anne & Ville Mönkkönen of Instant Kingdom, developers of Driftmoon
Kan Gao of Freebird Games, developer of To the Moon
Calvin French of Kitty Lambda Games, developer of The Real Texa
and Lars Doucet of Level Up Labs, developer Defender's Quest
Thank's guys! It's nice to hear you enjoy working with GOG.com. It's been a pleasure for us as well!
Thanks go to Wulf for bringing this to my attention.
Friday - August 16, 2013
GOG - Dungeons and Dragons Sale
GOG is having another Dungeons and Dragons Sale with up to 75% off. It's a good deal if you don't any of the offered games yet.
Tuesday - July 16, 2013
GOG - DRM-Free Works
GON: Now obviously GOG has been about no DRM from the start – has that ever caused any problems with any of your relationships with traditional publishers? Or any developers that you’ve spoken to who have wanted to release something — maybe you’ve said, “Hey, we’d love to release your old game on GOG,” and they’ve said, “Oh, but you don’t have any DRM, do you?” Has that ever been a sticking point?
Trevor: It can be. There’s a very persuasive argument we have, which is money. You speak to a developer or you speak to a publisher and you say, “But look at all the money we’ve made!” They’re like, “I guess this ‘no DRM’ thing can work!” Of course, for certain scales of money, you know — we went to EA, not initially, not in the very beginning. At the beginning we were like, “Well, we’ve been open for three months and we’ve sold this many games” and this is the kind of money we had experience with and EA was like, “Eh.” They wouldn’t have cared about that much money because we were a brand new company that had just started.
GON: Yeah, small change.
Trevor: Then we added EA what, eighteen months ago, I think. Maybe a little bit more than that. By that point we had Interplay, Activision, Atari, I think we had Ubisoft by then. So we had this stable of big companies who had joined in and we had a large user base and we just said, “This is where we are, this is what we’re doing.” There are still some problems, but the problems are increasingly less about “We don’t want DRM-free games for our classics” and more like either, “Man, we don’t know who owns the rights for this,” or just, “We don’t have anybody whose focus is restoring old content at this company, so we have no idea who you should talk to.”
Friday - July 05, 2013
GOG - 24-hour Summer Sale Finale
If you regret missing any of GOG’s Summer Sale bundle deals they will discount all of the offered Summer Sale daily bundles. Sorry to say you have a little over four hours left as this sale was brought to my attention to late.
Wednesday - July 03, 2013
GOG - Discusses DRM with AusGamers
GOG is interviewed by AusGamers on DRM and the sites goals for the future.
AusGamers: With the recent explosion in crowdfunding, we’ve seen many independent studios promising to publish DRM-free copies of their completed games, but all major publishers remain averse to even experimenting with selling their smaller budget new release games without copy protections. What do you think the main reasons for that are?
GOG.com: First and foremost, the reason for using copy-protection is "decision-making by spreadsheet." For some of the mentally lazy people in the industry, putting a tick in a "piracy protection" box is enough to help them sleep at night. DRM, of course, doesn't do anything to fight piracy, as it is the first thing to go when a pirated game is uploaded to a torrent site. The only people affected by the DRM are, unfortunately, the legal users who bought the game with their own money.
As to crowdfunding, it is actually an interesting way to combat piracy, because you are actually selling the game BEFORE it's possible to pirate it. It is another instance of the human relationship acting more effectively than any DRM to boost sales - whenever the creators have an ability to show their face and showcase the people and process behind game development, they become humans and not a faceless corporation. This makes convincing people to pre-order much easier.
AusGamers: It’s clearly absurd when rights holders directly attribute every unit pirated as a lost sale, but do you think some games are more at risk for potential revenue to be impacted by piracy than others, such as those with more casual-user appeal?
GOG.com: I don't think that distinguishing between casual gamers and hardcore gamers is helpful here; I think that people who have created something that is distinctive and different and have put the time into building a passionate community are more insulated against piracy than people who release shovelware. People are smart: when it looks like a developer didn't care about the game, then they tend not to either. Passion, engagement, craftsmanship - these are the things that put value into a game, and that value, in turn, is what sparks the gamers to invest their money into it.
AusGamers: Even with old classic games, I expect large publishers would be extremely reluctant to allow those to be sold without any copy protection. What is the general approach GOG takes when convincing publishers that making their game available in your store is in their best interest?
GOG.com: In business, the most convincing arguments come from hard numbers: when we started in 2008 with the Interplay catalog we had help from sister company from CDProjekt, who had been distributing games in Poland since the 90s, about the correlation between sales and DRM. The data supported our belief that DRM does not increase sales or limit piracy in any way. Along the years we have been able to gather more data on the subject specific to different types of games we have been releasing: classics, but also newer AAA titles and brand new indies.
Across all those game categories the numbers show how useless DRM is at everything it was supposed to achieve. So why penalize the gamers for no reason? More and more publishers are understanding our message and our data is enough to convince them to give it a try. However, some companies are just not ready to go DRM-free yet, even if they understand and agree with the numbers we provide. There is only so much we can do.
Saturday - June 29, 2013
GOG - Rogue Legacy Released
GOG has a new game available called Rogue Legacy for $14.99.
Rogue Legacy is a genealogical rogue-"LITE" where anyone can be a hero. Each time you die, your child will succeed you. Every child is unique. One child might be color blind, or they might have Tourette's. They could even be a dwarf.
That's OK because no one's perfect, and you don't have to be to win this game. But you do have to be pretty darn good because this game is HARD. Fortunately, every time you die, all of the gold you've collected can be used to upgrade your manor, giving your next child a step up in life and another chance at vanquishing evil.
Monday - June 24, 2013
GOG - #NoDRM Summer Day 6 Sale
GOG continues it's #NoDRM Summer Sale with two new bundles available for the next twelve hours.
In the RPG Rarities Bundle, we offer you a selection of five recent notable indie role-playing titles for only $14.95. Each and single one of them is unique and special in its very own way. Evoland is as much of a console-style action-RPG, as it is a nostalgic retrospective of this genre presenting its evolution from the early 8-bit era to modern times. Anodyne also draws inspiration from Zelda-like titles, but uses these time-proven gameplay ideas to tell a allegoric story of an inner trip into one's own subconsciousness. Sword of The Stars: The Pit is a fun and addictive modern roguelike game delivering a great level of challenge and replayability in a colorful, yet ominous, hard-SciFi setting.The Real Texas provides unexpectedly deep and refined gameplay mechanics paired with a zany, yet at times thought-provoking story and colorful and silly art-style. Finally, there's Costume Quest taking us on a Halloween-themed trip into the land of kids' imagination executed with Double Fine's signature charm and creative gameplay mechanics. All of these games truly deserve to become a part of your collection, but we know they get often overlooked in the company of larger and more celebrated RPG titles that are aplenty on GOG.com. You can see what you've probably been missing out on for 75% less than usually.
There are few genres available in our catalog that can be compared in their popularity to the RPGs. Managerial strategy, especially of the city-building and managing kind, is one of them. Today, with 70% discount, you can grab the Builder's Boon Bundle, a whole pack of such games. The phenomenal Hellenic Acropolis (Zeus+Poseidon) and its Egyptian counterpart Pharaoh + Cleopatra will allow you to raise the legendary empires to their full ancient glory. Children of The Nile will allow you to stay even longer in the amazing setting of ancient Egypt and rule the people from generation to generation, thus forming a dynasty destined for immortal memory. Caesar 3 will let you witness, protect, and build even further the glory of Rome. In Lords of Magic you'll get to run your very own fantastic kingdom, taking car of its military, resources, and even diplomacy. Finally, Lords of the Realm: Royal Edition (1+2) and Lords of the Realm 3 will take you back to the medieval times, where your rule can turn the tide of historical events. All that multi-layered and deep strategic goodness can be yours for only $16.13!
Friday - June 21, 2013
GOG - Huge Amount of Discounts
For the Next 23+ hours Good Old Games brings us a massive list of games with extra discounts (when bought as a bundle) many of which aren't RPGs but quite a few of them are:
- The Witcher 2: 70%
Thursday - June 20, 2013
GOG - Summer Sale: Might & Magic
The summer sale of today on Good Old Games brings us all Might & Magic games with a discount of 75% when purchased all or 50% when purchased individually.
Wednesday - June 19, 2013
GOG - Summer Sale: The Witcher 2
Amongst other games, the Witcher 2 is on sale at Good Old Games with an 80% discount in their summer sale, resulting in it being $5.99 for the next 20 hours.
Tuesday - June 18, 2013
GOG - Summer Sale Started
In addition for a day their Dungeons & Dragons games can be had with a discount of 80% (if all are bought) or 50% individually. This contains all of Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, and Neverwinter Nights and Temple of elemental Evil, PST, Dragonshard and Demon Stone.
Besides this, you can get Torchlight for free now for a bit less than 48 hours.
They have a new deal every day, so check back at GOG often.
Monday - June 03, 2013
GOG - The DRM-Free Revolution
Forbes contributor Erik Kain has an interview with managing director Guillaume Rambourg of GOG.
“It’s hard for the industry to think this way,” Rambourg says, “but consider this: if Zork I had an always-on internet connection requirement, do you think it would still be possible to sell the game 33 years later and have it work? It does work just fine on GOG.com, and the rights holders make revenue on this great old classic, but that’s because it’s not crippled with a short-sighted DRM policy. Of course, it wasn’t possible to use DRM like that back in the day, but I think it’s best for all of us who like seeing the classics that shaped gaming that it wasn’t.”
Always-online should be reserved for MMORPGs, Rambourg says, because large online games are built with an always-online internet connection in mind. It’s the point of this sort of game.
“However,” he says, “using an “always-online” feature for games that very much look and taste like single player titles is really a worrying trend to me and just like any short-sighted fasion out there, I hope it will just vanish in a near future.”
Mostly, however, Rambourg thinks the company’s success boils down to something simple: customer service.
“We treat our gamers like humans,” he says, “not criminals—and I think this is why our community is so active and faithful.”
Like any relationship, fostering trust between a business and its customers is crucial, and CD Projekt and GOG.com have figured out how to cultivate trust and respect with a tough crowd: gamers. The video game industry should take note. Abandoning DRM may sound risky, but abandoning your customer base is a far greater threat to the bottom line. If anything, CD Projekt and GOG.com have illustrated how important service is to the video game industry, and how adding value and treating customers with respect can pay dividends.
Friday - May 31, 2013
GOG - Activision Sale
Good Old Games brings us us an Activision Adventure Sale, which includes adventure series such as: King's Quest, Police Quest, Space Quest, Gabriel Knight, Phantasmagoria and several others.
Next to adventures there are also some RPG's listed, like: Arcanum, Vampire the Masquerade, Betrayal at Krondor, Return to Krondor and the Quest for Glory series.
Friday - May 24, 2013
GOG - Wizardry VI-VIII Available On GOG
GOG just sent out a press release announcing the last three chapters of the Wizardry series are now avaible on their service .
The cult classic RPG series Wizardry finally arrives on GOG.com
DRM-FREE DIGITAL DISTRIBUTOR RELEASES THE BEST GAMES OF THE WIZARDRY SERIES: WIZARDRY VI: BANE OF THE COSMIC FORGE, WIZARDRY VII: CRUSADERS OF THE DARK SAVANT, AND WIZARDRY 8
(23 May 2013) -- Gather your party and prepare for some dungeon crawling! GOG.com, the DRM-free home to the immortal classics for PC and Mac, has delivered another all-time great in its catalog: it's time for some Wizardry! The last three entries to the genre-defining classic RPG series are available now at GOG.com.
Wizardry, set in a world boldly mixing fantasy and Sci-Fi themes, has gathered quite a cult following of loyal fans along the years. Celebrated for creating one of the most complex storylines in RPG history and equally praised for its unmistakable sense of humor, the series is still perceived as one of the most influential creations in the history of RPG games. Wizardry games have appeared on many "all-time best" lists and have received numerous distinctions, such as RPG of the Year (Wizardry VII, Wizardry 8; Computer Gaming World), Best Role Playing Game of 1991 (Wizardry VI; Power Play), Top Ten Best PC Games of 2001 (Wizardry 8; GameSpot). With one of the more intricate class systems in the history of the genre, over 700 (yes, SEVEN HUNDRED!) hours of gameplay, and an import feature, allowing players to finish the entire trilogy with the same six-character party they started out with, the Dark Savant Trilogy follows up on the promise of an epic adventure. Wizardry 8, the last entry to this celebrated series, is also a proof that a smooth transition to the next generation of games is possible. A thoroughly modern makeover of its 2D predecessors, that took 9 years to finish, the game has performed an uncanny feat of updating its architecture into 3D, without losing any of its character.
With releases of Wizardry VI: Bane of the Cosmic Forge, Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant, and Wizardry 8, this summer might turn out to be an all-indoor season for cRPG lovers old and new. Wizardry VI + VII (including the original DOS version, and the Wizardry Gold edition of the title) will be available on GOG.com for only $5.99 and Wizardry 8 for $9.99 from Thursday, May 23 2013, 6:00 AM EDT!
Wednesday - May 15, 2013
GOG - Anvil of Dawn Released
GOG has released a classic RPG called Anvil of Dawn. The game is avaiable for $5.99.
What's cool about it:
- A tough, but accessible to newer players, classic RPG with a vast world to explore!
- Features a "learn by doing" skill system without the need to collect and grind for experience points.
- Customize your character as you see fit as there are plenty of character stats to fine-tune to your liking.
The world of Tempest is in need of a champion! You have been summoned to embark on a noble journey to save all of humanity from an evil fate. You must keep your wits about you, your sword must stay sharp and ready, and your spells charged as you forge through Tempest's massive landscape. Descend into the maws of many a dark and and dangerous dungeon in search of your quest's end.
You'll have at your disposal more than 25 spells and items of great power, each drawing upon one of the elemental forces such as earth, wind, fire, and lightning. Whether you prefer a more tactical approach or attack all-swords-swinging, Anvil of Dawn features a hybrid of real-time and turn-based combat to satisfy your needs. Remember, your choices and actions affect the ebb and flow of combat so think, and act, wisely. Are you prepared to pay the ultimate price, to steal away the gift of a dark god, and journey to the Anvil of Dawn.
Monday - April 22, 2013
GOG - Survey Results
GOG has posted results of a recent survey. The questions on the survey dealt with topics on DLC, DRM, and pre-release alphas. Prepare to be surprised by the results.
Thanks go to PCGamer for the newsbit.
In almost all cases, the surveyed customers voted in favour of the additions. That’s somewhat surprising. GOG have historically focused on bringing old, DRM-free games to digital distribution, and creating bespoke special editions through bonus content. That might suggest a user base who would be sceptical of the modern industry’s love of extending a game’s life through additional post-release content. That, apparently, is not the case; although it’s worth remembering that the survey wasn’t set up to judge whether these features are popular or liked, just whether they should be allowed into GOG’s catalogue.
Of the general survey questions, the most supported potential addition was DLC, followed by episodic games and “Early Access” alphas. All three got over a 60% positive response. DLC and Episodic Season Passes also got majority of support, although these proved more controversial, with 52.29% and 56.23% yes votes respectively.
The only proposed plans that failed to gain majority support were for non-MMO multiplayer games requiring some form of online activation to access. Serial Key protection was narrowly rejected – 50.47% said no – while a third-party account was overwhelmingly dismissed, with over 70% of respondents dismissing the idea. Understandable perhaps, except the response was quite different when users were given specifics.
Planetary Annihilation was offered as an example, with GOG noting that it’s online and skirmish focused, DRM-free for offline, but also that: “A unique key is required for Internet multiplayer, and an account with the developer’s service is only required for the persistent online features.” Given this choice, almost 78% of respondents were happy for the game to be sold.
Which makes it hard to draw firm conclusions. At best, the thing to note is that, far from people being immovably against DLC, or even DRM, consumers are more interested in judging things on a case-by-case basis – and what bonuses they’re being offered as a result of perceived negatives.
As for GOG, as well as assuring they’ll be considerate with their offerings of DLC And episodic content, they conclude by saying, “any game that we bring you guys with persistent multiplayer features will be at least as offline-friendly as Planetary Annihilation is.”
GOG - Gothic Series for Under $10
The complete Gothic series is on sale for 24 hours for less than $10 at Good Old Games ($2.49 a piece).
Saturday - April 20, 2013
GOG - Telltale Crazy Sale
Good Old Games is hosting a big sale this weekend offering massive discounts on select adventure titles. The games included in the sale are listed below.
Back To The Future: The Game $3.74
Sam & Max Save The World and Sam & Max Beyond Time are each $4.49.
Tales of Monkey Island and Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse $5.24
Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures $2.99.
So What are you waiting for the deals only good for two days.
Friday - April 12, 2013
GOG - Interplay Sale, Save 50%
Good Old Games have an Interplay sale, including the Fallout games and many others.
Friday - April 05, 2013
GOG - D&D Weekend Sale
Good Old Games has a Dungeons and Dragons sale this weekend, with up to 80% discount for the following titles: Baldur`s Gate 2 Complete, Baldur`s Gate: The Original Saga, Icewind Dale 2 Complete, Icewind Dale Complete, Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone, The Temple of Elemental Evil, Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard, Neverwinter Nights 2: Complete, Neverwinter Nights: Diamond Edition, Planescape: Torment.
Friday - March 29, 2013
GOG - Topware Weekend Sale
Good Old Games has a sale of Topware titles this weekend. As far as games with more or less RPG thingies goes, they have: Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator, Two Worlds, Gorky 17 and Jagged Alliance 2: Wildfire, but from some non-RPG fun there are other titles on sale as well.
Friday - February 15, 2013
GOG - RPG Weekend
Good Old Games is running a RPG weekend promo with the following games: The two Witcher games, all Divinity games, Geneforge 1-5, the Gothic games, Torchlight, Septerra Core and Darklands.
Friday - February 01, 2013
GOG - Strategy First Sale
Good Old Games is having a Strategy First sale with discounts for Jagged Alliance, Jagged Alliance 2, Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games, Sacred Gold and plenty of other games.
Wednesday - December 12, 2012
GOG - Season Sale, 474 games 50% Off
Today Good Old Games start their season sale lasting until the 3rd of January 2013. in this sale a total of 474 games are available with a discount of 50%, with extra daily deals.
Friday - November 30, 2012
GOG - Nordic Games Weekend Promo
Good Old Games have another Nordic Games Weekend, with 18 games, of which as RPG's count: Gothic 2 Gold Edition, Gothic 3, Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods Enhanced Edition, Spellforce 2: Shadow Wars, Spellforce 2: Dragon Storm and Spellforce Platinum. Most games are on sale for $2.39 or $3.99.
Tuesday - November 20, 2012
GOG - Pick 5 Games for $10
At Good Old Games you can now buy 5 games from a list of 20 and pay only 10 dollars.
Pick 5 & Pay $10 Promo allows gamers to pick any 5 games from a list of twenty great indies and pay only $10, regardless of the selected games. These twenty fantastic titles include Torchlight, Resonance, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, Botanicula, Geneforge 1-5, and 15 others--7 of which are also on Mac--are available for the next 7 days in GOG.com's Pick 5 & Pay $10 Black Friday special. That's an incredibly low price of $2 each. Gamers can pick one of 15,504 different sets of 5 games and save up to $59.95.
Users who own some of the games will get a giftable code for the games they have. This promo ends Tuesday, November 27 at 4:59 AM GMT.
Friday - November 02, 2012
GOG - EA Sale
Good Old Games are having a sale of EA games during the weekend that can be bought with a 60% discount. Amongst these games are Ultima 1-9, Ultima Underworld 1 and 2, Lands of Lore 1-3, Nox and many others.
Saturday - October 20, 2012
GOG - Pay what you want for Interplay games
GOG has a Pay-What-You-Want sale for Interplay games bundles, though it's not quite as simple as pay anything for any game.
You can pay what you want for the first bundle of eight games (including JA2: Unfinished Business), pay over the average for a bundle of 20 games including Descent 3 and Stonekeep and pay $34.99 for 32 games including the original Fallouts.
Sunday - September 16, 2012
GOG - Diamonds of D&D Stacking Promo
It's a long wait for Project Eternity and Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition has been delayed, so GOG's Diamonds of D&D Stacking Promotion might be just the ticket. The discounts stack as you buy more titles, up to 65%:
Starting this Friday at 10:00 AM GMT GOG.com has a great promo with Hasbro / Dungeons & Dragons games, including: Baldur's Gate 1 & 2, Planescape: Torment, Neverwinter Nights, Icewind Dale 1&2, Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone, D&D: Dragonshard, and Temple of Elemental Evil.
These games will be available up to 65% off--that means $3.49 for Baldur's Gate 2 or Icewind Dale.
It will be a stacking promo, meaning, you will receive a 30% discount when buying one game, 33% for two, and finally, up to 65% off when buying all 9 games. If you already own some of the games on GOG.com, these will be added to your stacking discount: if you own 5 games, and want to buy the other 4, you qualify for the biggest discount.
If you don't own any of those fantastic RPGs and want to buy the complete collection it's only $31.41--that's nine of the greatest for half the price of a new PC game.
Monday - September 10, 2012
GOG - King of Dragon Pass Released
The classic adventure/RPG/Strategy/Sim mix King of Dragon Pass is now available for $5.99 from GOG:
When your tribe decided to settle down in the unexplored territories of the Dragon Pass, you knew they would need a strong, uncompromising leader to survive, so you stepped up and claimed the mantle of chieftain. With it came the responsibility of making countless decisions that shape the future of your clan, its neighboring tribes and--in the big picture--the world of Glorantha itself. Will you prove to be a leader just and brave enough to lead your people towards prosperity in this strange land full of magic and dangerous creatures? Will you be able to forge lasting alliances and win the wars against those who oppose you? Do you have what it takes to unite the clans and become the very first King of Dragon Pass?
King of Dragon Pass is a game like no other. It combines strategy, adventure, RPG, and civilization sim, but it focuses mostly on storytelling. Each turn the game offers you with a choice to make and the progress of the story depends solely on your decisions. The difference between right and wrong is seldom obvious, but whatever action you take, be ready to face its consequences later. There are virtually limitless ways the story can unfold, so each play-through--whether it's a quick game or an extended campaign--promises new adventures and plot twists!
Monday - May 14, 2012
GOG - Quest for Glory 1-V Released
GOG has released the entire Quest for Glory series in one bundle for $9.99:
One of the best series of the 90s--the adventure/RPG hybrid that combines high draw with low humor--the Quest for Glory series is now on GOG.com. Pick up all 5 games in the series for just $9.99! In addition to the manuals, maps, books and other goodies, we're also including the original EGA version for Quest for Glory I as well as the remake!
Tuesday - April 03, 2012
Good Old Games - CDPR Giving Away a "Legendary" Game Thursday
CD Projekt Red will give away a "legendary" PC RPG for free on GOG.com this Thursday, 5th April, Eurogamer can reveal.
The giveaway coincides with CD Projekt's Spring Conference, which is being streamed live at 5pm GMT (presumably 6pm BST).
Note that giveaway has nothing to do with the "extraordinary" conference announcement CD Projekt has been teasing.
Free copy of The Witcher?
Tuesday - March 27, 2012
Good Old Games - Relaunches as "GOG.com"
Good Old Games has relaunched as "GOG.com" (if you're failing to notice the difference, the words have gone). They'll now be adding newer games, have refreshed the site and Legend of Grimrock is an exclusive new preorder:
Year after year we’re getting bigger and so our service needs to adjust. Bigger means more users, and therefore more website features, more social interaction, more customer love. Bigger means AAA new and newer titles and more partners--and especially developers!--signed every month. Bigger means a mix of the classic titles that you’ve come to know and love from GOG.com and newer with the kind of great gameplay that makes them feel like instant classics.
GOG.com does not need a brand-new start. We’re doing great and hundreds of thousands of you agree that the road we’ve taken is the right one for the industry to follow. However, spring is nearby, and a little cleaning to spruce up the place is never amiss. Fresher GOG.com means changes to the website layout, which now offers a more modern look; it also means we’re featuring our Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus accounts at the footer of every page and more social integration overall. Fresher means more of the features you want. The My Account page now has a built-in search feature, new organization options for the games library, and the website is no longer the only way to deliver notifications to gamers. We’re offering the new, faster than ever GOG.com downloader, which integrates support for downloading game patches, goodies, and notifications to keep GOG users up to date on changes to games they have purchased, replies to forum threads, or PMs.
There's also an interview at GameSpot if you'd like to read more.
Monday - March 26, 2012
Good Old Games - Announcement Coming
My internet connection has fallen over, so this barebones update comes via my mobile phone's hotspot - apologies for the slow updates, which might last a couple of days.
Late last week GOG starting releasing a series of humorous "ad" videos, teasing an announcement tomorrow. Head over and try to figure out what is happening.
Thursday - March 15, 2012
Good Old Games - Anachronox Now Available
GOG has released Tom Hall's classic, Anachronox:
Anachronox is charming, intelligent, witty, fun, and entertaining from the very first minute you start until the final lovingly-crafted moments of the engaging story. The game is not simply an RPG: it combines Japanese-style elements (like fairly linear story, cinematic direction, and turn-based non-random battles) with Western-like side quests, dialogues, and sense of humor, mixing in some puzzles and a story straight from an adventure game for good measure. Yes, the game was known to be kind of buggy at launch, but a pair of official patches and a later pair of fan-made patches have taken care of that and you can play it with virtually no issues. The most important thing is that the story flows like an entertaining novel--light-hearted, bizarre, and humorous, but at the same time the gameplay is addictive and challenging.
Wednesday - February 22, 2012
Good Old Games - D&D - Buy One, Get One Free
GOG has a D&D-themed sale and it's pretty hot - buy one, get one free - plus Temple of Elemental Evil free one top if you don't already have it:
Surprise sale for all of you RPG lovers! From now until 23.59 pm EST on the 28th of February, we’re offering you a chance to buy one D&D game and get one FREE! More than that, though, if you buy ANY D&D game during our sale, you will get Temple of Elemental Evil for free if you don’t already own it!
Thanks jhwisner! Think I'll buy PS:T and grab BG2 and ToEE for free just so I don't have to dig out disks when I replay.
Wednesday - February 01, 2012
Good Old Games - Thief Gold Now Available
Garrett, the main protagonist in Thief trilogy, is one of the gaming’s most appealing hidden anti-heroes. Sure, he’s a thief (and a killer!), but he makes it up with sarcasm, intelligence, and rougish appeal. Thief’s surprisingly elaborate storyline throws Garret between a rock and a hard place where he needs to restore the political and magical balance of the city by using silence, stealth, and thievish skills as a weapon. The chaotic Pagans and technological Hammerites are preparing to tear the city apart in their battles with each other, and it seems that only a little judicious theft can keep these titani forces from clashing. No matter who's the employer and who's the victim, he plans to stay neutral and is always upholding his beliefs with a simple key principle: always get the loot.
...and Rock, Paper, Shotgun has an article on installing it and a widescreen mod, fixing the non-working videos and so on.
Monday - December 12, 2011
Good Old Games - 50% Off Sale
GOG has a 50% Off Holiday Sale on assorted titles (and you can also download Empire Earth for free until December 21st).
Thursday - November 24, 2011
Good Old Games - Starflight 1 & 2 Released
Starflight 1 & 2 are now available on GOG. They were the best space opera adventure RPG games I played as a kid and still replay to this day. If you can handle the clunky UI (compared to games now-a-days) and the basic graphics then you are in for a treat.
In Starflight 1 you embark on a mission to save the galaxy’s future by discovering the secrets of its past. With over 800 unique planets in 270 systems to explore, you never know what might lurk behind the next star. Each newly explored system might lead to a powerful artifact, a mysterious alien race, or another piece of the puzzle that will unravel the ultimate mystery. And that's the really great thing about this game: the feeling of exploration and fulfilling that deep human need that drives us towards the unknown.
Starflight 2 keeps all the great gameplay of its predecessor, but makes everything bigger and better. Many aspects of the game were vastly enhanced: the game’s diplomacy, the size of the galaxy, and the number of alien races you can interact with are all improved the second time out. The gameplay—if not the graphics—are reminiscent of another classic game in our catalog where you wander around the galaxy exploring stars and chatting with humorous aliens who want to control the galaxy. The plot starts you out in a standard science fiction mode, but it builds to a fascinating and satisfying climax at the end. Basically, if you enjoyed Starflight 1, the sequel will be right up your alley.
Friday - November 18, 2011
Good Old Games - 60% Off 1C Titles
All 1C titles are 60% off this weekend at GoG. You can pick up King's Bounty, Fantasy Wars, Space Rangers 2 and others for $3.99.
Good Old Games - "Good New Games"
The CD Projekt conference also produced news for GOG, as they look to add new games in the future. The press release:
Newer games to be added to catalog as the DRM-free digital distributor sets its sights on being the second largest independent digital distributor on the 'Net
(WARSAW, POLAND -- 17 November 2011) GOG.com, the DRM-free digital distributor with a difference, announced its plans for 2012 and 2013 today, stating that it while it will continue to add classic titles to its catalog it is also pursuing newer titles, it seeks to continue its impressive growth rate over the next two years, and looking for exclusive release opportunities with certain developers.
Speaking to a room of investors and journalists, Managing Director Guillaume Rambourg stated, "GOG.com has been performing very well the last three years, as we've mentioned previously both at CD Projekt conferences and at venues like the London Games Conference last week. We have an audacious plan for the the next two years to continue GOG.com's success story, and that depends on three things.
"First, we will be adding newer games into the catalog in 2012. Traditionally, GOG.com has looked for great classics that are three years old or older. We will continue to add classic games, of course, but we are actively working to sign newer titles now. Of course, these new titles will have to come at a new, higher price point, but our key focus will always be on the same core values that have made GOG.com great so far: completely DRM-free games, flat prices everywhere in the world, and extra content and goodies for our fantastic customers.
"Second, the consistent growth that GOG.com has had since we launched in 2008 has been a great success story. We've been profitable since our first month, and the fact that we've come from nowhere to bring over a million classic gamers to our website every month and over six million games downloaded proves that gamers want an alternative to the usual digital distributors. We want to continue this growth, and we have a plan for this: more than 400 products in our catalog by the end of 2012, combined with new partners, more franchises, and continued improvements to make GOG.com a better website will help us achieve this goal.
"Finally, we want to work closely with ambitious developers and independent publishers who feel a kinship with that 'good old spirit' that GOG.com embodies. Thanks to the commercial success of The Witcher 2 on GOG.com, more and more people realize that our values are universal. They are coming to GOG and asking if we can carry their titles. We’ve made GOG.com the destination for classic PC games, but now is the time to take this to the next level and emerge as the best alternative digital distribution platform for all PC games.”
Friday - September 23, 2011
Good Old Games - 60% Off D&D Titles, 6M Downloads, Witcher 2 Reduced
A trio of items at GOG, today. First, all D&D titles are 60% off, including Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment and the like to celebrate their 3rd birthday.
Second, GOG are heading toward 6 million downloads and offering a free game to all when that occurs (thanks, Frozen Fireball):
When the counter on the main page of the website hits 6 million, two exciting things will happen. First off, the lucky user who downloaded our 6 millionth unique game will receive everything that's currently in the catalog, absolutely free! Secondly, everyone who has an account on GOG.com will be able to download Broken Sword: Shadow of The Templars Director’s Cut for free, thanks to Sir Charles Cecil and Revolution Software. The offer will be valid only for 48 hours starting from hitting the milestone, so be sure to check GOG regularly or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Let's get cracking to unlock this achievement as soon as possible - it's all in your hands now!
Lastly, The Witcher 2 is permanently reduced in price and also going on promo (taking it down to $29.99 when v2.0 launches next week on the 29th).
Monday - September 12, 2011
Good Old Games - Nox Now Available
Frozen Fireball points out Westwood's classic Nox is now available on GOG, which we've discussed a little on the forums but not announced with a newsbit previously. Check it out here.
Friday - September 09, 2011
Good Old Games - Ultima 4+5+6 Released
GOG has released a pack of Ultima 4 + 5 + 6 for $5.99:
Experience fantasy role-playing’s most distinctive and award-winning series in this special three-game collection. Ultima: The Second Trilogy follows the spellbinding tale of the Avatar in this richly detailed and challenging story. The setting is medieval Britannia, but the stories are timeless and involve universal issues that explore the essence of virtue. First, there is the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment in Ultima IV, where your personal ethics are tested in a treacherous struggle to demonstrate the eight virtues of Avatarhood. Then in Ultima V, you rely on your new-found strengths and skills to oppose a tyrannical leader who warps the virtues you uphold through his twisted legislation of morality. Finally, in the epic concluding chapter of Ultima VI, you, the Avatar, must resolve the cultural conflict between a race of hostile creatures and your own. It all adds up to a relentless test of character in a world where things are not always as they appear, and evil is not easily defined.
Thanks, Frozen Fireball!
Tuesday - August 30, 2011
Good Old Games - Ultima I-III released
On GOG you can now get Ultima I-III for USD 5,99. As an additonal bonus, manuals, cluebooks, maps and spellbooks are included for each game. A quote about what's cool about it:
This pack includes: Ultima I, Ultima II: Revenge of the Enchantress and Ultima III: Exodus
Three epic adventures set in a vast, open world full of mysterious places, evil creatures, and deadly secrets. Find out for yourself how these retro graphics have caused so many sleepless nights
This is how the acclaimed cRPG series started, created by the legend of computer gaming - Richard Garriott a.k.a. Lord British
And here's a quote about the games - how it all began:
In the beginning of this adventure, hordes of nightmarish creatures stalk forth from the lair of Mondain the Wizard to devastate the tranquil kingdoms of Sosaria. Step into the burning world of Sosaria. Take up the weapons of time and sorcery in a battle to destroy Mondain
Saturday - August 27, 2011
Good Old Games - Ultima 1-1V Coming Tuesday
Both Kalniel and Frozen Fireball send news via PC Gamer that GOG will release Ultima 1-IV on Tuesday 30th. The first three will be bundled for $5.99 and the Ultima IV will be free, apparently:
The gregarious and gracious guys at Good Old Games are at it again: Richard Garriott’s Ultima I, II, III, and IV will become the latest additions to their collection of PC classics for sale on Tuesday, August 30. The first three Ultima games will come bundled for the same price. And Ultima IV? That’ll be free for the taking!
Thursday - August 18, 2011
Good Old Games - Contest to win The Witcher 2 or other games
The contest is closed!!
To celebrate the biggest gaming event in Europe, GamesCom, Good Old Games have given us some goodies to give away. So we are running a contest where everybody has a chance to win.
The prizes are:
- 1 The Witcher 2 Collectors Edition
- 5 Good Old Games game codes, to download a game you like
Participating in this contest is simple: Just post a comment to this newsbit.
On Monday the 22nd 6 random winners will be selected and staff members can post as well, they just can't win :-)
Tuesday - June 21, 2011
Good Old Games - All Interplay Games 50% Off
Good Old Games has a summer staycation sale where you can get 50% of all Interplay Games like Fallout
Here's a snip from the announcement:
Staycations’ are all the rage as the economy continues slowly staggering back towards recovery. But even if you're not looking to save cash on your summer vacation, there are still reasons why you should keep indoors, on your PC, and enjoy some classics. Vacations can be expensive (and dangerous!) so why put yourself through all the hassle when you can have a similar experience for much less with GOG.com?
The first staycation sale will end on July 4th 2011
Source: RPG Codex
Friday - June 03, 2011
Good Old Games - EA Games Added - Including Ultima Underworld 1/2
In a ground-breaking, earthshaking, and jaw-dropping deal we've managed to sign with EA and will be releasing more than 25 legendary classics from the globally renowned publisher. With today’s announcement three widely known and much awaited brands get the revival treatment from GOG.com: Wing Commander: Privateer, Dungeon Keeper and Ultima Underworld 1+2.
We will be adding more than 25 titles from EA over the next few months, so the games will be unveiled gradually, but we can already reveal that the next upcoming titles from this huge deal are: Crusader: No remorse, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri and Magic Carpet.
While the agreement between Electronic Arts and GOG.com brings back many acclaimed and well known franchises, it doesn’t include the much anticipated System Shock or Syndicate series at this time. After releasing the first six Electronic Arts classics, we will take a break from the concentrated awesome until later in the summer.
Thanks also to Capt. Huggy Face and other forum posters for similar news.
Tuesday - December 14, 2010
Good Old Games - Holiday Promo Sale
Archmage Silver points out GOG's Holiday Promo Sale, with up to 50% discounts for some 300 odd games. For example, Divine Divinity is a mere $2.99 and Planescape: Torment is $6.99.
Friday - November 26, 2010
Good Old Games - Age of Wonders Sale
You can get the Age of Wonders Trilogy for $12.97 or individual games from the series for 30% off. Deal expires on Monday:
Friday - November 19, 2010
Good Old Games - Ubisoft Games 30% to 50% Off
This weekend you can get any Ubisoft games for 30% off at GOG. If you buy all of them at once you will get 50% off. Might and Magic 6 Pack and Beyond Good and Evil to name just a few are only $6.99 or $4.99 for each game if you buy the whole package.
Monday - November 15, 2010
Good Old Games - Baldur's Gate 2 Released
You can now purchase the beloved classic, Baldur's Gate 2 and it's expansion for $9.99 at GoG. As a bonus you'll get 2 manuals, 15 wallpapers, soundtrack, 13 avatars, 87 artworks, a map and the Throne of Bhall reference card. I never really know what to think of the bonuses. I guess they're a nice addition for a ten dollar purchase.
The real bonus is not having to worry about getting it to run on a modern day PC. That is all the bonus I need.
Tuesday - November 02, 2010
Good Old Games - Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic Released
GOG has released Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic. You can get it for $9.99. It comes with 3 wallpapers, a soundtrack and 2 avatars.
Friday - October 29, 2010
Good Old Games - NWN Module and Model Contest
In the first contest you are tasked with creating a module titled, "The DRM Monster and The Treasure of GOG".
The second contest is a little more difficult. You need to create a model of the evil DRM monster.
The top five entries for the module contest will get five free games each.
The top entry for the model contest will earn the winner three free games.
You have until November 24th to submit your module or model.
Here are the guidelines and rules:
1. 3 Areas: an interior starter area, an exterior transition area and a final interior.
2. No custom content. You can only submit a module file (no haks), a character file (see #5) and screenshots (see #8).
3. Up to 3 friendly NPCs
4. No more than 10 hostile creatures
5. Include a premade character capable of surviving the module
6. No more than 5 conversations
7. 10-20 minutes playtime.
8. Include 2 to 5 screenshots
1. To keep things simple, the judges will review all entries from both GOG and the NWN communities and choose the 4 best modules from each community. From the chosen modules, judges will pick 4 winners while the 5th one will be chosen in a poll on the GOG forums and be awarded the title of "GOG community's favourite module".
2. The Contest ends on November 24th. That is four weeks folks, so get cracking.
3. There will not be a point scoring system that reflects the numerous elements of the module (i.e. plot, conversations, area design etc.). Instead judges will be instructed to choose the module whose overall presentation appeals to them the most.
4. The winning modules will be posted to the vault and become the property of the NWN community. There will also be a special mod spotlight on GOG.com which will highlight the winning modules.
DRM Monster Model Guidelines and Rules:
1. Submit a hak file that contains all the needed files for the monster to appear in the game.
2. The creature should have animations. It is acceptable to take an existing NWN creature and modify it. However, it should not substantially resemble the original creature. It should reflect the personality of this monster: it's DRM'ness
3. The Contest ends on November 24th. That is four weeks from now.
4. The judges will choose the entries that appeal to them the most. No point based system will be used.
5. The winning modules will be posted to the vault and become the property of the NWN community.
Wednesday - October 27, 2010
Good Old Games - Neverwinter Nights Diamond Edition Released
The rpg hits just keep on coming from GoG. They are now offering Neverwinter Nights Diamond Edition for $9.99. This package includes 3 manuals, 16 HD wallpapers, in-game soundtrack, 28 avatars, 77 artworks and a map. Of course, the game is still DRM free. The diamond edition included both expansion packs and three premium modules.
Thursday - October 21, 2010
Good Old Games - Age of Wonders 2 Released
GoG has released Age of Wonders 2. If you enjoyed Age of Wonders or are a fan of turn-based, fantasy-themed strategy games then this game is for you. Here is the overview:
Age of Wonders II is the wildly anticipated sequel to the award-winning strategy phenomenon. Delivering an invigorating mix of Empire Building, Role-playing, and Warfare, Age of Wonders II brings turn-based strategy to new heights.
Awakened to join an immortal group of Wizards in the Circle of Evermore, you must restore balance to a world on the brink of collapse.
* Dictate the fate of the world from within your Wizard's Tower, a transmitter of power used to channel your ground-shaking spells.
* Reign supreme over one of 12 distinct and races such as Elves, Frostlings, Draconians, Dwarves, Halflings, Humans, and even the Undead.
* Specialize in 7 spheres of magic including Air, Fire, Life and Death.
* Enlist the aid of more than 30 loyal champion heroes who possess the unique ability to wield over 100 mighty artifacts.
* Research and cast powerful enchantments, fierce combat magic, and world altering spells.
* Confront rivals in Multiplayer via a LAN or over the Internet for up to 8 players - options include Play by Email, Hot Seat, and the exciting Simultaneous-Turn System allowing all players to move at the same time!
Wednesday - October 20, 2010
Good Old Games - Free Gift
GOG has announced people who were members before the relaunch furore will get a free copy of Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games as a gift:
Any user who created an account before we closed down the site and moved out of beta (that's September 20, 2010) will receive Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games for free! We'll be adding the game automatically to your accounts during the next days, so don't worry if the game is not yet there.
Of course, we're not forgetting about all those users who joined the GOG family in the last few weeks. Together with Strategy First we're launching a special promotion to offer their GOG catalogue at a 50% discount.
If you've been a part of GOG beta and you already bought Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games, please click here, as we have an alternative gift for you.
Thanks for being with us!
Wednesday - October 13, 2010
Good Old Games - Temple of Elemental Evil Released and Antara for Free
They say good things come to those who wait and a good thing is exactly what Good Old Games has just released. It now has in its ever growing library Troika's Temple of Elemental Evil. At its release it was a very flawed gem, but over the years those flaws have been polished down and made into a truly fine gem of a game. You can get it here for $5.99.
I should also mention that GoG now includes Betrayal at Antara for no extra cost if you get Betrayal at Krondor. They're now calling it the Betrayal at Krondor Pack. Antara is not set in the same setting as Krondor and Raymond E. Feist had nothing to do with it, but the combat is similar. The gameplay will feel familiar if you played BAK before it. You can get both games here for $5.99.
Note: Thanks to EvilKoala, ouiyepp and VoxClamant who also sent this tip in.
Thursday - September 23, 2010
Good Old Games - Relaunch PR
So, GOG sent us a lengthy official relaunch PR:
GOG.com Officially Launches, Revives Baldur’s Gate and other Classic Hasbro-Licensed PC Games
The definitive resource for DRM-free classic PC games leaves beta with a new site, new features and some of the best games of all time from Hasbro and Atari.
Warsaw, Poland – September 23, 2010. GOG.com (http://www.gog.com) celebrates its second anniversary with one of the biggest announcements ever for fans of classic PC games. After reviving and releasing more than 230 classic PC games and attracting hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers, the DRM-free platform leaves behind its “Beta” status and has officially gone live. GOG is commemorating the milestone with a new site, brand new features and the massive announcement of a deal with Hasbro to breathe new life into some of the most desired titles in PC gaming history, including BioWare’s role-playing opus, Baldur’s Gate: The Original Saga. The titles from Hasbro will be unveiled gradually in the coming weeks, and today's announcement is just a small taste of what’s to come.
Available now for $9.99, Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga (Role-Playing Game, 2000) is the first part of one of the most important franchises from the RPG masters at BioWare and features the core game, as well as the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion. Utilizing the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D) ruleset, the game was deemed an instant classic upon release and praised by many as a revival of computer role-playing. Baldur's Gate, set in the Dungeons & Dragons setting of Forgotten Realms, gives players the best from the RPG genre and provides countless hours of great, classic gameplay.
Leaving beta means lots of changes to the site itself, as well. A sleek new design makes it even easier to browse through the huge catalogue, share one’s passion for classic games via popular social media, get to know more about the classic games available and recommend favorite titles to other gamers. Among other changes, the team has introduced GOGmixes, which are, in short, user-created lists of games around one theme.
“We've decided to celebrate our second anniversary in typical GOG fashion: big, loud and with style. Announcing the agreement with Hasbro and launching the new site was a perfect way to finally leave the beta stage,” said Guillaume Rambourg, Managing Director at GOG.com. “We're very excited to see users’ reactions to the new features and we're exceptionally excited to see how they like the Hasbro deal and the incredible games we're releasing in the coming weeks. It's worth waiting for every new release."
Check out four chapters of GOG.com Revival videos on http://youtube.com/gogcom to learn more about the new GOG.com, explanation of the recent events, announcement of Hasbro games and a summary of the service's first two years.
Wednesday - September 22, 2010
Good Old Games - Will Be Back!!! [Updated]
Well it's official! This whole thing was a joke. GoG's homepage has a video with the managing director and co-founder of GoG dressed up as monks and apologizing for their sins. A little funny actually seeing them dressed up as monks apologizing for their prank. They gave some reasons as to why it went wrong like saying that back in the day people could be a little more silly. They also spoke about that they gave plenty of hints in the orginal message and tried in the writing to give everyone a *wink, wink* *Nudge, nudge* "Say no more" "Say no more".
I think if they just gave everyone a heads up that GoG will be down on a certain date AND THEN posted that message a lot of people wouldn't of been so mad, but that's just my opinion.
Personally, I don't care. They're back and even better than ever with Baldur's Gate and it's expansions being released. It's confirmed they will have other RPGs with the D&D license. Is that another hint that Planescape will be coming soon?
The new and improved GoG will launch at 8:00 am EDT with all of it's new additions. So go grab your GoG downloads when they reopen because I know a lot of people were worried about that.
[Update] GameBanshee sends in their notes direct from the press conference:
New features include a mini-catologue divided by gaming genres, a community overview at the bottom of the page with GOGmixes, ratings and discussions, in a quick overview for purchasers. The games catalogue has been overhauled to make searching for games and genres easier.
GOGMixes are the "biggest" new feature: they're a list of titles with recommendations and short descriptions from other users. This is primarily to give an easy overview for users who are interested in certain genres (they use adventures and tactical games as examples), but who don't have a lot of knowledge in that genre.
Tuesday - September 21, 2010
Good Old Games - Update, Video
There's a new update at GOG reaffirming the official update on Wednesday but it's accompanied by a video...
We confirm that the official statement from GOG.com's management concerning the ongoing events will take place on Wednesday at 12 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. CET)
Thanks for being with us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDRvuKjissQ
EvilKoala points out an article at Neoseeker that slowed some of the images down, resulting in flashes of Baldur's Gate and what looks like a revamped GOG. So, the pendulum swings back to publicity stunt.
Monday - September 20, 2010
Good Old Games - Update, Announcement Wednesday
There's a new statement up at GOG offering an apology and saying they "had to close the service due to business and technical reasons". A full announcement will come on Wednesday. It certainly doesn't sound like a PR stunt to me but time will tell:
First of all, we apologize everyone for the whole situation and closing GOG.com. We do understand the timing for taking down the site caused confusion and many users didn't manage to download all their games. Unfortunately we had to close the service due to business and technical reasons.
At the same time we guarantee that every user who bought any game on GOG.com will be able to download all their games with bonus materials, DRM-free and as many times as they need starting this Thursday.
The official statement from GOG.com's management concerning the ongoing events is planned on Wednesday. If you want to receive further information about GOG.com, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you're a media representative or to email@example.com if you're a user without a GOG account.
Sunday - September 19, 2010
Good Old Games - Offline, Closed?
As several posters have noted on our forums, GOG.com seems to have suspended operations. Here's the announcement on the site:
Dear GOG users,
We have recently had to give serious thought to whether we could really keep GOG.com the way it is. We've debated on it for quite some time and, unfortunately, we've decided that GOG.com simply cannot remain in its current form.
We're very grateful for all support we've received from all of you in the past two years. Working on GOG.com was a great adventure for all of us and an unforgettable journey to the past, through the long and wonderful history of PC gaming.
This doesn't mean the idea behind GOG.com is gone forever. We're closing down the service and putting this era behind us as new challenges await.
On a technical note, this week we'll put in place a solution to allow everyone to re-download their games. Stay tuned to this page and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.
All the best,
You may note there's nothing definitive and they leave the marketing door open through Facebook and Twitter. Speaking of Twitter, here's a new tweet:
The official statement from GOG's management about the situation will be announced soon. We'll have more details about this tomorrow.
Marketing gimmick? Actual closure? Ending beta?
Thursday - September 16, 2010
Good Old Games - Age of Wonders Released
As rumoured, Age of Wonders has been released on GOG with the later games from Triumph Studios to come along soon. It's been a long time since I dabbled with it but it was a pretty sweet fantasy TBS game, as I recall and worth a look if Elemental has piqued your interest in the genre.
Thursday - August 19, 2010
Good Old Games - Gamescom Sale
Up to next week Thursday Good Old Games is giving a 40% discount on several games, such as Gothic 2 Gold, the Realms of Arkania series and Spellforce Platinum.
Friday - July 23, 2010
Good Old Games - Arcanum & Vampire the Masquerade on Sale
Good old Games is offering a reduction of up to 30% when you buy Arcanum and Vampire the Masquerade: Redemption.
Friday - June 11, 2010
Good Old Games - RPG Promo
I try to avoid GOG to spare any appearance of a conflict with our advertising but, sometimes, it's worth a post. GOG is currently serving up six RPG games at 30% discount (or bundle the lot for $23.75). Head over if you don't own Arx Fatalis, Divine Divinity, Warlords: Battlecry 3, Realms of Arkania 1+2 or Realms of Arkania 3.
Tuesday - April 06, 2010
Good Old Games - Spring Sale
It's Spring Sale time at GOG and a bunch of good titles are 50% off. If you don't have Fallout or Divine Divinity or Gothic 2 Gold or others, head over for some silly prices. I remember paying a bucket load to import Gothic 2 Gold from the UK back in the day. Ah, the memories.
Thursday - March 25, 2010
Good Old Games - Atari's Classic PC Games Added
CD Project has just announced that Good Old Games will be adding the classic pc games from Atari to their catalogue. Here's the full press release:
ATARI BRINGS CLASSIC PC GAMES TO GOG.COM
Outcast, Master of Orion and Master of Magic Among Titles to be Added to GOG.com Catalogue in Coming Weeks
Warsaw, Poland - March 25, 2010. GOG.com continues to build its unmatched catalogue of classic PC games with the addition of hit games from Atari, as per a deal announced today during the CD Projekt Spring 2010 conference. The games will be added to the GOG.com catalogue throughout April, and will include such glorious gems of yesteryear as Outcast, Master of Orion and Master of Magic.
"This is a great step forward for GOG.com and DRM-free digital distribution," said Marcin Iwinski, Co-Founder of CD Projekt and GOG.com. "This deal is really just the first step in what we expect will be a long and fruitful relationship. Atari has a tremendous number of cult classics within their grasp, and we hope to sign these in a near future!"
To commemorate the announcement, GOG.com is giving away ten games on Twitter (http://twitter.com/GOGcom/statuses/11031692238). More information about the Atari titles will be revealed at http://gog.com in the coming weeks.
GOG.com - or Good Old Games - is the ultimate destination for classic PC games. Leading the DRM-free digital-distribution revolution, the site offers more than 200 of the greatest PC games of all time at low prices and free from intrusive copy protection. GOG.com is much more than just another digital distribution site, featuring an extensive community component that allows players to rate, review and discuss their favorite PC games, as well as insightful articles from respected games journalists. Visit http://www.gog.com/en/frontpage/pp/972a67c48192728a34979d9a35164c1295401b71 and start your journey to the past.
About ATARI, SA
Atari group is a global creator, producer and publisher of interactive entertainment for interactive game platforms that include PC, online, consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony and advanced smart phones (i.e. iPhone). Divisions of Atari, SA include Cryptic Studios, Eden Studios, Atari Interactive, Inc. and Atari, Inc.
Atari benefits from its global brand and an extensive catalogue of popular games based on classic owned game franchises (Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Lunar Lander), original owned franchises (Test Drive, Backyard Sports, Deer Hunter), MMO games from Cryptic Studios (Star Trek Online, Champions Online) and third party franchises (Ghostbusters, Project Runway, Dungeons and Dragons).
For more information please visit www.atari.com
Hopefully Wizards of the Coast realizes the potential here and gives them the green light to release the Infinity Engine series, The Temple of Elemental Evil, Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone, and other D&D titles.
Let's hope we get the see the Baldur's Gate Series, Temple of Elemental Evil, and the other D&D titles. I guess this is up to Wizards of the Coast to decide if they see the potential here.
Monday - January 11, 2010
Good Old Games - Might and Magic Contest
GoG is having a contest to see how much you know about Might & Magic 6. They took three screenshots: one, two, three. You have to tell them where these locations are in MM6. If you're right your name will go into a drawing. They will draw 9 free GoG game coupons, 3 for each image. The contest ends January 14. Here are the details of the contest:
Time to test your perceptiveness and knowledge of one of the greatest RPG series - Might and Magic.
Some time ago we've ran a similar contest concerning Gothic. You've asked for more of those challenges, so here it is. We've took three screenshots from Might and Magic 6: one, two, three. Your goal is to tell us the names of the locations we've captured. Send us your answers to users-at-gog.com until Thursday, January 14 at 11:59 EDT. If you know the answer for only one image, send it as well - we'll draw 9 free GOG game coupons, 3 for each image. So the more locations you'll guess right, the bigger chances to win a game or even 3 games! Only one entry per user is allowed.
Monday - December 21, 2009
Good Old Games - Holiday Christmas Sale
2009 has been an astoundingly positive year for www.gog.com so they are having a Christmas sale where you can save from 25-40% of nearly all the games in their catalogue. RPGs included in this sale are classics such as Realms of Arkania 1-3, Jagged Alliance 2, Gothic 1-2, Divine Divinity, Fallout and many more. This is their way of saying thanks to the community that made 2009 a great year for Good Old Games.
For good measure, here's the full press release:
GOG.com Discounts More than 170 Classic Games in Holiday Sale DRM-Free Digital Distribution Outlet Celebrates the Season with Great Deals on Games like Fallout, Duke Nukem 3D, Beyond Good & Evil and Many More
Warsaw, Poland - December 21 - Still busy giving away the Tex Murphy 1+2 bundle for free to every registered user, GOG.com (http://www.gog.com) is continuing its seasonal celebration with the launch of a bargain-filled Holiday Sale.
From today until January 3, GOG.com offers up to 40% off nearly every game in its catalogue. Among 171 discounted titles gamers will find Fallout, Duke Nukem 3D and Freespace 2 for $3.98 each, Beyond Good & EvilTM and Heroes of Might and Magic® 3 for $7.49, Jagged Alliance 2 and Sacred Gold for $5.99 and many, many more. The full list of games with discounts, along with recommendations from the GOG.com team, can be found on the promo page found at http://www.gog.com/en/page/xmas09.
"2009 has been an amazing year for GOG.com, during which we've expanded our catalogue to more than 170 games and brought in lots of new users from around the world," said Adam Oldakowski, Managing Director of GOG.com.
"This Holiday Sale - along with the free Tex Murphy 1+2 giveaway that's still going until December 24 - is a way for us to give back to the loyal fans that have made our site such a success. It's a great opportunity for them to grab the games they have on their wish-lists and to clear their gaming backlog in advance of 2010, when we'll have lots of amazing announcements that will further cement GOG.com's position as the best place to get classic PC games."The Holiday Sale is on until Sunday, January 3 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, and includes all games from GOG.com catalogue excluding those released in December. Discounts vary from 25% up to 40% off for a game.
Thanks goes to Deadlyus who writes in with the info.
Thursday - December 03, 2009
Good Old Games - Myst Now Available
A little off the rpg track, but for those into older games the classic adventure title Myst revamped into the Myst Masterpeice Edition and other Cyan Worlds titles including Riven are now available at GOG.
Here's the description:
Myst Masterpiece Edition is the remastered, higher-quality version of the original Myst - a first-person graphic adventure game. The story puts you in the shoes of "the Stranger", an otherwise unnamed person who arrived in the strange world, or "Age", soon after reading an unusual book called "Myst". The world appears to be deserted, so the Stranger is left with only one thing to do - explore. Here is where the game truly shines - there are a lot of unique locations to visit, each with a hidden secret waiting to be unraveled. It's not just about exploration, though, as there's an enthralling backstory with multiple endings to discover.
And just for our forums administrator Jaz, the old 3rd person shooter, MDK(Murder Death Kill) is now available there as well.
Tuesday - October 20, 2009
Good Old Games - Realms of Arkania 3 Now Available
Good Old Games adds Realms of Arkania 3: Shadows over Riva to their catalogue completing the Realms of Arkania Trilogy.
Realms of Arknia: Shadows over Riva is a classic RPG game based on a popular German pen-and-paper RPG system The Dark Eye. Once again you take control over a party of heroes to fight evil Orcs and save the people of Aventurien. The third part of the series features an extensive 3D scrolling world which made RPG fans all over the world really excited when the game was released in 1996. To create your band of heroes you can use the detailed statistics system or you can export your party from the prequels! There's no time to waste as the game offers weeks of classic RPG gameplay.
Something sinister is happening in the seaside town of Riva. Brave and honoured warriors refuse to fight the horde of Orcs attacking the city. An evil force preys on their minds and souls. Can your small band of heroes defeat it in time?
The object of the game is to unmask the men behind the scenes, to unriddle secrets and to never fall for the enticements and allures of Evil. Only those who see through truth and lies will survive this adventure.
Good Old Games - Jowood Catalog 30% Off
GoG is having a sale on all of Jowood's games. These include Gothic 2 Gold Edition and Spellforce Platinum. You can buy the whole bundle which includes 8 games for $47.52 or just buy one and still recieve 30% off. The offer is only good till Monday, October 26 at 11:59 PM.
Friday - October 09, 2009
Good Old Games - Ishar & Robinson's Requiem
For the duration of this weekend Good old Games has two role playing series available for a total of $5.98; four games in the Ishar series and two in the Robinson's Requiem series.
I didn't play any of them so I have no opinion on whether this is good or not, but maybe you have!
Thursday - September 24, 2009
Good Old Games - Realms of Arkania 1 & 2 Now Available
Good Old Games adds two more classic rpg's to their catalogue with Realms of Arkania:Blade of Destiny and its sequel ROA2:Star Trail. The third installment, Shadows over Riva is slated for a future release. Price for the two-game bundle is $5.99.
Here's the announcement:
The Realms of Arkania 1+2 pack consists of the games Blade of Destiny and Star Trail. They're both role playing games, based on an actual pen-and-paper RPG system. Similar to the Ishar or Might and Magic series, the games let you lead a party of characters through a 3D environment of towns and dungeons. What makes this game unique among other RPGs are its turn-based combat system, which uses an isometric view and an extensive and detailed statistics system that defines every hero. Both games offer you days of gameplay and, once you finish Blade of Destiny, you can export your party to its sequels. Both games are solid titles in their own right and must-haves for any fan of classic RPG games.
and game overview:
An epic RPG based on the popular German paper & pencil series, "Das Schwarze Auge" (The Dark Eye). Games that draw you in so deeply that the hours slip by like minutes.
The atmospheric old-school feel, interesting game system and character development are fun, but the real strength of this games lies in their cool dungeons, which are chock full of tricks, traps, puzzles, and side events to keep you occupied for a long, long time.
For the download page, click here.
Thursday - September 03, 2009
Good Old Games - Might & Magic 6 Pack LE Now Available
Good Old Games lives up to last month's promo and now has the Limited Edition of New World Computing's classic rpg series, Might & Magic, available in a six pack containing Might & Magic 1-6.
The price is $9.99.
Here's the description:
Might and Magic is a series of first person perspective role playing games, dating back to 1986. The games are fantasy-themed, but there is a bit of science fiction lurking just beyond the veil of sorcery and monsters. In each installment you lead a party of adventurers on various quests, on one of many worlds scattered in the Might and Magic universe. The games use solid mechanics, similar to pen-and-paper RPGs, and offer great character development possibilities. The Limited Edition 6-Pack consists of Might and Magic 1 to 6, plus the bonus adventure Swords of Xeen...
Thanks to forum member mytgroo for the heads up.
Friday - August 21, 2009
Good Old Games - HoMM 2-3 Plus Might and Magic 1-6 Scheduled for Release
Skavenhorde gives us a heads-up that GOG now has the classic turn-based strategy game Heroes of Might and Magic II (including the Price of Loyalty expansion) available for download. Continuing with their re-release for current operating systems of the 3DO/New World Computing titles acquired by Ubisoft, they've also announced that HoMM3 and parts 1-6 of the Might and Magic rpg series are scheduled for the near future:
Aug 20, 2009
We're happy to announce an update of the existing catalog of Ubisoft's classics.
The extension of the existing agreement brings more classic Ubisoft titles like Heroes of Might and Magic® 2 Gold Edition, Heroes of Might and Magic® 3 Complete Edition, The Settlers® 2 Gold Edition and the stunning Might and Magic® 6 Limited Edition, which includes parts 1–6 of the landmark RPG series. Already available for all GOG.com users are Heroes of Might and Magic® 2 Gold Edition and The Settlers® 2 Gold Edition for $9.99 each, while the remaining two games will be added in the coming weeks.
Monday - May 04, 2009
Good Old Games - Ishar 1 & 2 Available
I have to admit to having never even heard of these but Joakim writes that GOG has added Ishar 1 and 2 to their stable. Ishar looks something like Eye of the Beholder and the pair are sold together $5.99.
Wednesday - April 01, 2009
Good Old Games - Septerra Core and Free Game
Good old Games has reached its 100 game milestone with the addition of a free game. The 99th game is the TopWare RPG Septerra Core and the 100th game is Teenagent a point and click adventure, which new registered users get to download for free.
Friday - March 27, 2009
Good Old Games - Interview @ Strategy Informer
Strategy Informer talks to Lukasz Kukawski, Marketing & PR Manager for digital download site Good Old Games about their business model, the new Ubisoft additions to their catalogue, DRM, and how things are going for them so far:
Strategy Informer: What is the underlying ethos behind Good old Games?
Lukasz Kukawski: Good Old Games is a digital distribution platform dedicated to classic PC games. What is different about GOG.com and other services, aside of the games catalogue, is that we offer DRM-free games. This means after you buy a game on GOG.com you can download it as many times as you want, install it on all computers that you own, burn it to CD and play it without having an internet connection. It's like a CD version of the game, but without the CD...
Strategy Informer: What games to consider ‘old’ enough to feature in your catalogue? What’s your cut-off point?
Lukasz Kukawski: As for how old game should be to appear on GOG.com, there's no specific rule for it. Simply saying we release games that aren't new, so don't expect the new Dawn of War or Empire Total War. The shelves in game stores are too short to have all games on them, that's why a game that is 6 months old is sometimes hard to get. We want to offer games that are hard or even impossible to find in retail...
Strategy Informer: What are your thoughts on DRM?
Lukasz Kukawski: We are all gamers at GOG.com and frankly saying we hate DRMs implemented in games. We don't think DRM is the best way to fight piracy. You won't find any copy protection that haven't been broken, so this won't stop pirates from getting the games the illegal way. DRM is more of an obstacle for legitimate buyers than people who pirate games, because if you get the pirated version you'll get it stripped from all forms of copy protection and you can do with the game whatever you want...We think that the best way to fight piracy is to offer good games in a reasonable price with cool additional content.
Saturday - January 31, 2009
Good Old Games - Disciples Bundle on Weekend Special
Good Old Games is offering a DRM-free bundle of Strategy First's fantasy turn-based strategy Disciples series, which includes both Disciples:Sacred Lands Gold and Disciples 2:Gold including all the expansions plus Rise of the Elves Gold for $15.99 (5 games/expansions plus bonus soundtrack,artwork and avatars.) If you've already purchased one of these titles from GOG, you can pick up the other for $8.49 on this deal. The offer is good til Monday February 2, and if you register and purchase using the link at the top of this page, the Watch gets a microscopic cut of the proceeds.
Wednesday - January 28, 2009
Good Old Games - Announces Gothic 2 Gold and Spellforce Platinum
Good Old Games and Jowood have signed an agreement where they will add Gothic 2 Gold and Spellforce Platinum in the near future.
JoWood and GOG.com Take Gamers to Hell and Back with Painkiller and More Bloody Good FPS Joins Panzer Elite Special Edition and Other Titles on DRM-Free Classic Games Site
Warsaw, Poland – January 27 – Today GOG.com (http://www.gog.com), the best place for digitally distributed, DRM-free PC classics, announced an agreement with JoWood Productions to bring a number of acclaimed titles to the GOG.com games catalogue, starting with Painkiller Black Edition (http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/painkiller) and Panzer Elite Special Edition (http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/panzer_elite_se). Both games are available today for $9.99 each – as always, DRM-free and guaranteed to work on Vista and XP. Other JoWood games destined for GOG.com include Gothic 2 Gold, Spellforce Platinum, The Guild Gold and Alien Nation.
Painkiller Black Edition is a perfect fit for GOG.com with its old-
school action-heavy gameplay and top-notch visuals. The critically
acclaimed game pits players against hordes of hellacious beasts, with
little more than weapons of incredible destructive power at their disposal. Panzer Elite Special Edition is perfect for armchair generals and generally anyone who’s always wanted to drive a tank but couldn’t stomach the idea of sitting with a couple of other men in the
tank’s steamy, tight and uncomfortable confines. The game allows players to command a platoon of US or German tanks as they relive some of the most intense tank battles of World War II.
Adding JoWood Productions' games is another exciting step toward
becoming the ultimate place for fans of classic PC games,” said Adam
Oldakowski, Managing Director of GOG.com. “All of these games have
found large fanbases around the world, and we hope that we can show off these great titles to even more people.”
Promoting our games over the GOG.com network is a great opportunity for JoWooD not just to increase sales, but even more to distribute our classic titles to gamers who love to play those “good old games”. As JoWooD has to offer an extensive product line, we are confident that the GOG.com community is a perfect target for our titles", said Georg Klotzberg, Head of Sales of JoWooD Productions.
Painkiller Black Edition (http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/painkiller)
and Panzer Elite Special Edition (http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/panzer_elite_se) are now available at GOG.com, with the release of other games from JoWood's catalogue planned in the near future. Stay tuned for more news concerning new deals, more new releases and new service features in the upcoming weeks.
Friday - January 16, 2009
Good Old Games - RPG Weekend
This weekend Good old Games have an RPG weekend where all RPGs can be bought with a 15% discount. The following are the list of games that are part of the deal
- Arx Fatalis
- Fallout 2
- Fallout Tactics
- Invictus: In the Shadow of Olympus
- Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader
- Sacred Gold
Make sure you register at Good Old Games through our banner. In that case we get a small percentage of everything you buy.
Wednesday - December 24, 2008
Good Old Games - Holiday Specials
GOG.com announces special deals from their catalog of DRM-free good old games. They now offer the following Holiday Special Bundles for $9.98 each: Fallout & Fallout 2; Descent 1, Descent 2, & Descent 3 (including the Mercenary expansion); Stonekeep & Lionheart; Freespace 1 (including the Silent Threat mission pack) & Freespace 2; or MDK & MDK2. They also announce the additions of Patrician 3 and Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus to their online store and the addition of an Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee retrospective for your reading pleasure.
Source: Blues News