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Good… New Games? GoG Is Changing

By John Walker on November 17th, 2011.

What will that O stand for now?

Good Old Games have certainly built themselves a brand. Over the last few years the Polish project has leapt forward from offering a few provincial classics to a really impressive catalogue of games that made the 90s and early 00s interesting. Clearly they’ve been letting in many more recent games of late, with Fahrenheit appearing last week for example. And they used it to launch their own game, The Witcher 2, earlier this year. But it seems they want to expand even further, going directly into competition with the likes of Steam, Impulse, GamersGate or Origin. Which is always a bold step, but one made much more interesting when you consider their DRM-free requirement.

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ExTemplary: Broken Sword Free At GOG

By Adam Smith on September 29th, 2011.

I too often root through garbage looking for free games. No more!
This doesn’t require a great deal of thought. If you don’t already own the Director’s Cut of Broken Sword, I’d recommend dashing over to Good Old Games in your internet vehicle of choice, for there you can download it for free. GOG are celebrating their six millionth download and this is their way of partying. How jolly nice of them. If you haven’t already played it and have even a passing interest in point and click games, conspiracy theories or gorgeous hand-drawn graphics, this really is your lucky day. The offer ends October 1st, 7.59 AM EDT so you’ve got plenty of time, but don’t dally. Onward!

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Meow! GOG Release Wing Commander III

By John Walker on September 13th, 2011.

He's no cat person.

When Good Old Games released their first batch of EA games, it seemed pretty odd that the Wing Commander included was Privateer. Fortunately they’ve now righted that wrong by previously sticking up Wing Commanders 1 and 2 for $6 for the pair, and today they’ve added the most famous of the series, Wing Commander III: Heart Of The Tiger. Or as it’s more commonly known, The One With Mark Hamill In It.

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Ultima IV Is Free On GoG Right Now

By Jim Rossignol on September 1st, 2011.

The view out of Wizardry's window.
Ultima IV, which is a game from the time when games really were games, and not transmedia double-dip marketing opportunities, is now free on GOG. Haha, games are really old. I am old. Oh dear.

(Thanks, Lewie!)

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Win GoG Games Via The RPS Forums

By Jim Rossignol on June 3rd, 2011.


The chaps at GoG.com have offered to sponsor our forum relaunch with a little competition. It’s going to work like this: we want you to go to this thread and post a capsule review of any game you like. It has to be shorter than one-hundred words, but can otherwise take on any format. The funniest, cleverest, and most inventive ten review authors – as decided by the RPS team – will each get to choose any single game from the GoG.com line-up (The Witcher 2 excluded).

You’ve got until Midday UK time on Monday. Go.

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Something Afoot At GoG

By Jim Rossignol on September 19th, 2010.

Woo
Hrm. So there’s something going on over at DRM-free digital distribution site GoG.com. The site is down, and in its place a message that, in part, reads: “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.” (And the message seems to have changed since I read it earlier, which is interesting.)

However, it’s not necessarily over, and there will be a solution for everyone to download their games. We contacted the GoG team and received this message: “As the message on the site says, this doesn’t mean GOG is gone. We’ll have more to share in the coming days.” So we wait and see. My guess? They’ll be assimilated into another digital distribution system, something like that.

EDIT: This unfortunately-timed Bit-tech article is worth a read.

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Good Old Games Has Good New Sale

By John Walker on July 9th, 2010.

This webiste. £400,000,000.

Everyone loves a giant sale. How else are you supposed to get your giants cheap?! Ahahaha! Oh, that was good. Hey, remember that time I did the giant sale joke?

In other news, Good Old Games is having a great offer this weekend. There’s a 50% discount on the Rebellion pack, which’ll give you (deep breath) Evil Genius, Empire Earth Gold, Empire Earth 2 Gold, Empire Earth 3, Ground Control + its expansion, Ground Control 2: Operation Exodus, Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs. Death, Lords of Magic Special Edition, Lords of the Realm Royal Edition, Lords of the Realm 3, and Republic: The Revolution, all for $40.89.

If you already bought any of the games in that collection, you’ll still get 50% off the rest of them if you complete the pack, or 30% off only some of them. This continues until Tuesday morning, and seems a decent way to get a big pile of interesting games.

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Mega-Bargain Bucket: Steam Goes Sales Mad

By Alec Meer on December 23rd, 2009.

Digital distribution’s a funny bugger – it’s growing ever harder to predict and apply patterns to it. One day, a new videogame from Steam et al is more expensive than its boxed-copy counter-part, then a few weeks later it can be selling for next-to-nothing. The Steam Christmas sale is almost unreal in both the amount and extent of its discounts, and it’s going to be having Valve’s competitors howling with despair. Honestly: some of these deals are yer-actual-genuine-proper-mental. Today only: Mirror’s Edge is £3.24, GTA IV is £5. In general over the seasonal shakedown: Braid is £1.74, Medieval II: Total War is £2.50, Ghostbusters is £5, Batman’s £20… And dozens and dozens more. Of course, there are sales on at the other major download services too..

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Same PR Problem As EST: GoG Sanitarium

By Kieron Gillen on November 11th, 2009.

How many of you have been into a mental ward, really? I mean, this is clearly after hearing some bad news, but Psychonauts MENTAL ILLNESS AS COMEDY FEST suddenly seems really in bad taste.

When Chris SmallGods mailed me about this, I was determined to post about it. Primarily… well, to cover old sins, really. Not that I ever reviewed it – Sanitarium only was released when I first inched into Staffwriterdom – but it was pretty much ignored and/or brutalised by the British games press, and slowly climbed to a cult-status ever since. It’s basically – if you squint – John the Baptist to Planescape Torment’s Jesus Christ in terms of the failure of UK critical response of the period. Anyway – this psychological adventure game is now available on GoG. I’ve never played it, but – from what I’ve had grasped from God knows how many conversations about it from friends – that it’s basically Psychonauts if the designers didn’t find anything funny about mental illness. The examination of Lucasart’s influence on the adventure is manifold… but in reducing suitable topics for adventure games to “gags” if probably the most noticeable, were I to be critical.

Anyone played it? Do you think it’s still worth playing? And similar! The ever-handy youtube Footage follows…
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GoG Releases The Longest Journey

By John Walker on September 17th, 2009.

OH GOOD GRIEF, John's going on about The Longest Journey again.

Any excuse to post about The Longest Journey. That’s my motto. And this is quite a good one. Good Old Games are putting emphasis on that first G today with the addition of one of time’s finest adventures (and the game that’s most important to me) to their catalogue. It is of course also available on other download sites, but getting it via GoG means it’s DRM free, and it turns out, cheaper (just)! Hooray (just)! If you’re in the right country! TLJ is currently £5.99/9.99€/$9.99 on Steam. Via GoG it’s $9.99, which translates to £5.45 in the UK, but for our European allies it plummets to 6.11€. If you want to know more about the game, and why it’s so damned special, there’s a million squillion things to read about it on this site. If you haven’t played it yet, I hate you. But I’m prepared to forgive you.

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A Note On Ground Control Being On GoG

By Jim Rossignol on July 14th, 2009.


Update: cheaper Ground Control bundle here, but only for Britons.

Quite a few people sent in comments about classic, resource-free, 3D real time strategy Ground Control being on GoG.com. It’s interesting to see the game up there for a number of reasons, not least because the original game was actually freely distributed by Vivendi for quite some time. Of course with Vivendi disappearing into the ActiBlizzard merger there’s all kinds of funny things going on with the ownership of their games, their distribution and so on. Rebellion – the chaps who are making the new AvP game – now own Evil Genius, Ground Control, Empire Earth and Lords Of The Realm, and they’re distributing them via that aforementioned digital download service. I suspect a few of you will have something to say about all those games, but Ground Control was a particular love of mine, and I wanted to say a few things about the GoG bundle, and why it might actually still be worth a few dollars.

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