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Seasonal Lies: GOG Launch “Winter” Sale

By Alice O'Connor on December 4th, 2014.

What a frosty DECEMBER scene! Yes, AUTUMN is often snowy in places.

Now look here, GOG. I like what you do in the gameosphere, what with getting the old retro re-release ball rolling and that DRM-free jazz you’ve got going on and all, but let’s not get carried away. You’ve gone too far and I won’t let you do this. Yes, I’m calling you out: it’s not winter round here until December 21, and you don’t get to decide that it is. I don’t care if you do have 800-odd games on sale and flash sales and free games, you can’t launch a “BIG Winter Sale“. Grow up.

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The Witcher 2 And Mount & Blade Free In GOG Sale

By Alice O'Connor on November 12th, 2014.

We said 'Prices so low they're practically free', witcher. PRACTICALLY. Put the sword back.

You know those games GOG sell, yeah? Mostly old ones but a fair number of new things too, right? Those games. Most of them are on sale. GOG launched their autumn sale, with discounts on over 700 of their 860 games. Most seem to be half-price, while bigger discounts come in flash sales and daily deals and bundles and those other sorts of things. They’re also throwing a few freebies out, giving the original Mount & Blade to all and sundry for the next two days, and offering the splendid Witcher 2 free if you visit the site on seven days over the sale. Video games!

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Gratuit: Little Big Adventure Free On GOG

By Alice O'Connor on November 7th, 2014.

Bon voyage!

I struggle to give firm opinions on games I played in the early-mid nineties, back when I’d only just started playing video games. I remember thinking Little Big Adventure was rubbish, but was that because I didn’t like it or because I was terrible at all video games then? Mysteries. It’s a game many people seem to remember very fondly, so perhaps I was a petulant child? (I can hear Pip crying “WAS?” from the other side of London as she reads this.)

Perhaps I’ll go back and check, as GOG are offering the adventure-platformer free for a day to celebrate launching a storefront en français. Lots of other French games are on sale too.

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Sam & Max & X-Wing & TIE Fighter: GOG Get LucasArts

By Alice O'Connor on October 28th, 2014.

It's just luck, the Sam & Max promo board game, you know.

GOG weren’t the first joint in cyberspace slinging vintage video games, but they did get publishers digging a lot deeper into their archives (Good Old Games, they called themselves back in the day). Most publishers came to realise that hey, maybe it’s good for everyone if folks can buy our old games, but some were tangled in knots or lost in mysteries for yonks. It took almost five years for a group to free System Shock 2, and we’re still waiting for the best parts of the LucasArts catalogue.

Or we were, anyway. Here, they’re coming! Sam & Max Hit the Road, X-Wing, and TIE Fighter are now on GOG – the first time they’ve been on sale in years – as heralds of a re-release-o-rama.

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Game On, Man: Aliens Versus Predator Free On GOG

By Alice O'Connor on October 15th, 2014.

Only forgot their 'FREE HUGS' sign, didn't they?

Years of pining for a decent Alien game have been ended by Alien: Isolation, a right little stonker, which probably means it’s time to start hoping for another good Aliens game. That little extra s makes a huge difference, calling for space marines with big guns yelling “Let’s rock!” then melting in sprays of acid blood. If you fancy a fun interspecies rumble on PC, you’ll need to look back a good decade.

As luck would have it (or a convenient marketing opportunity), you can now grab one of the last good Aliens games for free. GOG are giving away Rebellion’s Aliens Versus Predator (the nice one from 1999, not 2010’s so-so Aliens vs. Predator) to get folks testing the infrastructure for the upcoming Galaxy service.

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Birthdays And Holidays: GOG And Humble Sales

By Alice O'Connor on September 9th, 2014.

Not on sale: actual cars.

It’s been a long game-summer. We’ve met loads of new games and formed new game-friendships that’ll surely last forever–I’ll call every weekend–but now it’s time to settle down for a long game-autumn, foraging for game-nuts to stash. Rather than be down about this, GOG and the Humble Store are seeing summer off with big sales. GOG are celebrating their sixth birthday, while Humble just want to party. Cram their game-berries into your cheeks and bury them to play over game-winter.

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FMV Without The Clicking: GOG Starts Selling Movies

By Alice O'Connor on August 27th, 2014.

Things wot you can buy.

Look, all I want to know is: when can I exchange wizard hats for whisky? The few video game digital distributors that seem to have survived the tensies in decent shape are all moving towards selling digital movies and music and software and all that, but when will they get serious and go physical too? When will they sell groceries? When will Steam let me earn virtual wizard hats playing Dota 2 then sell them on the Steam Community Market to fill my Steam Wallet and blow that on official Demoman-branded whisky or Kunkka’s Rum that someone will deliver to my door?

Today we’re perhaps one step closer to realising that dream, as GOG have started selling DRM-free downloads of movies.

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P-p-pick Up A SpaceChem: GOG Now Supports Linux

By Alice O'Connor on July 24th, 2014.

Shut up about that pun. Look, these fine penguins are from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Penguins_walking_-Moltke_Harbour,_South_Georgia,_British_overseas_territory,_UK-8.jpg

“The year of the Linux desktop” is a phrase people have tossed around with increasing irony since the nineties, but it was never going to arrive explosively. Linux has slowly grown and spread into homes through friendly distributions like Ubuntu and Mint, installed as easy and safer alternatives to Windows or to freshen up old duffers (my netbook is Minty fresh now). Games have followed.

Steam and Humble Bundles have helped urge devs to make Linux versions, and now GOG are in on it. The virtuous virtual vendor of vintage (and virgin) video games launched Linux support today, starting with 50-odd games new and old. It’s the first official Linux store release for some. And loads of them are on sale too.

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Shhhh: Omerta First Up In GOG Giveaway

By Adam Smith on June 24th, 2014.

If rambunctious crowds have suddenly taken to the streets around your home, chances are it’s because of the GoG.com summer sale. The site has kicked things up a gear by naming the next portion of its event ADRENALINE RUSH. I hate using the word ‘event’ but sales are about more than discounting products, which is why the Steam one seems like a weird competition that doesn’t make any sense at all.

The ADRENALINE RUSH has a suitably eager description – “A TIDE OF 30 FLASH SALES AT ONCE · 4 SECRET FLASH-GIVEAWAYS · 24 HOURS OF EXCITEMENT”. The first of the giveaways is Omerta: City Of Gangsters, which I didn’t entirely dislike. Rather cheekily, the freebie doesn’t take over the top of the page – looks like you’ll have to scan throught he entire list as the 24 HOURS OF EXCITEMENT continue if you want to find the next free games.

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Even Prices May Die: Magrunner Free In GOG Sale

By Alice O'Connor on June 18th, 2014.

Hey friends, Abdul Alhazred here to tell you that the only thing madder me than me is our prices! So come on down to the Cyclopean Computer Crypt and begin your eternity of gaming.

“Well worth the price of admission,” our Jim said of first-person puzzler Magrunner: Dark Pulse. He had a few reservations, sure, a little dissatisfaction, yes, but overall enjoyed the charms of “Portal with magnets and Cthulhu.” If it was worth parting with your hard-earned money for, why, one would need to have their mind warped by exposure to impossible horrors to not get it for free.

As part of its big summer sale, GOG are offering Magrunner for free to lure people over to have a gander at all the shiny bargains it has lined up. The stars are only aligned for 24 hours, though, and at 2pm tomorrow the offer will escape through a crack in the world.

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Store Wars: GOG Launching Its Own Steam-Like Service

By Nathan Grayson on June 6th, 2014.

GOG’s been slowly moving from strength to strength for years, but now it looks like CD Projekt’s DRM-free baby is ready to step into the big leagues. GOG Galaxy is set to be a client-based service with friends, achievements, automatic updates, and the like ala Steam, only it’s entirely optional. No online game activations required, no sign-ins needed to play. You can play with friends using other platforms (like Steam) too. Trailer – yes, for a store/service – below.

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GOG Looking Into Its Own, Better Early Access

By Nathan Grayson on May 20th, 2014.

It is the year 2014, and the concept of Early Access has gone from outlier to institution. I’m hardly even surprised anymore when a game is announced one day and then I can play it the next. I can only imagine that Super Early Access will come next, with developers sending us napkin doodles and hastily scrawled out brainstorms they had while on the toilet. For now, though, the likes of Steam and Desura may soon have some company. GOG seems to have come down with its own case of alphamania, though it’s utterly adamant that it plans on doing things The GOG Way.

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Wake Up: It’s GOG’s Spring Insomnia Sale

By Nathan Grayson on May 13th, 2014.

That ladybug looks like it's angling to take your game. MAKE IT PAY.

Spring is in the air. And on the ground. And oh god, it’s in the vents. Harrowing, certainly, but worth getting excited over because videogame sales are rampant and also I guess new life is entering the world’s bloodstream. Humble was first to let players feast on the fruits of its deal-cutting prowess, and now GOG‘s following suit with something… rather different. The Spring Insomnia Sale puts various games in the gleaming rainbow sale spotlight, but in maddeningly limited quantities. You know that part of a Steam Sale where you obsessively check for new deals a few times per day? That times a million.

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