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, GOG.com Team
:( GOG has been great, both community and service-wise. It's a big damn shame to see it go. Judging from their Twitter, it seems to have been the policy of not allowing games with DRM in them on their website;
Sometimes it's really hard being DRM-free... hard to keep things the way they are and keep management and publishers happy
17th June 2002
Only word that applies, I think!
I never went on GOG. Was it like Starforce and Steam?
EDIT: 9/21/10: I meant Stardock, but it's late for that.
Killer Kyle;5397422I never went on GOG. Was it like Starforce and Steam?
GoG was basically a sanctuary for old games, and CDProjekt were very specific with the requirements for a game to appear on their website. Any kind of DRM was forbidden, and compatibility with XP/Vista/Seven was required as well(in the cases of very old games, the publishers/developers had quite a task in making them compatible, from what I can understand). All games were priced at either $5.99 or $9.99, and some even included huge bundles of extras. Fallout 1/2(can't recall which one) included the entire game soundtrack, art work, and the Fallout Bible.
So yes, a Steam for games pre-2005, but without the requirement for an application to be installed.
17th June 2002
Not exactly. It was a website, with a catalogue, and you could download any game you fancied, patched and compatible with the latest Windows, and you were left with an executable file.
You could do whatever you wanted with the file, for it was free of DRM. Most of us chose to install it and play the juicy game it contained.
The was no central client that required you to be online periodically. All you downloaded was the game itself, middleman not included. And if you lost the file for any reason, you could just pop back onto GOG and download it again, free of charge.
Wow. That is a big loss. Hopefully something like that is still out there.
I saw that too, it sucks.
There's some very solid[SIZE="1"](*)[/SIZE] rumours circulating that this is all a PR stunt. Supposedly, they're just exiting the beta phase properly. I'll quote a person on NeoGaf:
People, relax. It's just a marketing stunt. Worse one ever. I don't know who at CDP thought this was a good idea to drop the beta and go final in such manner, but he's a moron.
And yes, it is a stunt, CEO warned financial forums couple days ago to ignore what will appear on Gog site soon. .t. It's a mess overall...23rd there was supposed to be full blown conference (like the one in Spring, when they've shown Witcher 2 for the first time), but it was just annouced it won't happen and there will be online conference instead.
Anyway, bassicaly GoG is simply ending it's beta phase and going final, that's all. Some speculate it will get a standalone client too.
[SIZE="1"](*) By solid I mean that there isn't any variations of the rumour so far, but the composition of the original post above seems to indicate otherwise. I've seen a fair share of false rumours, and most of them have the typical "[Place/Person] warned [Unidentified Place] that [Event] was going to happen/occur." I put no faith in this rumour, but if it turns out to be true, a lot of people will be pissed off.[/SIZE]