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GOG is a testament to the interests of people as a whole. Look how diverse its userbase is. We have people from nearly every country on the globe. Gaming is a language akin to music. Everyone has their own tune, but we are brought together for the appreciation of it. What results is a brotherhood; a community. At the end of the day, the thing that truly matters about GOG is it helps bring together people. Viewing GOG as simply a depository of old PC games is rather narrow, in my view. It is the community which emerges as the true heart of GOG. This global citizenship is what truly matters, on both the website level, and even for the pursuit of humanity in general.

So, yeah, I feel GOG is something special.
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Vagabond: GOG is a testament to the interests of people as a whole. Look how diverse its userbase is. We have people from nearly every country on the globe. Gaming is a language akin to music. Everyone has their own tune, but we are brought together for the appreciation of it. What results is a brotherhood; a community. At the end of the day, the thing that truly matters about GOG is it helps bring together people. Viewing GOG as simply a depository of old PC games is rather narrow, in my view. It is the community which emerges as the true heart of GOG. This global citizenship is what truly matters, on both the website level, and even for the pursuit of humanity in general.
It is hard to say without sounding elitist, but the GOG concept in itself is much more likely to result in a diverse, mature (within certain limits) community than almost any other site could hope for. The community for a specific developer is likely to attract a specific kind of person, and will usually be centered around whatever game the developer has released most recently. The community for a publisher or DD service selling new games is likely to attract people with an "oooh, shiny!" mentality. Not exclusively of course, but a fair share. But the GOG concept is likely to attract an older audience on average. One with a focus on substance over form, and one that appreciates games of many types and from many developers. And also one with a wide range of interests besides gaming. Thus, the GOG community.
I also think that games of old didn't concentrate on relying on gamers' impulsiveness and impatience to keep the game interesting. These days games are geared towards a more... "fidgety" generation, where everything has to happen quicker and rewards have to be obvious and easy to acquire. We were raised on games that demanded critical thinking, and punished you for impulsiveness or rash decisions. I think these qualities still bare their marks today, as we all seem to have a more relaxed, educated outlook on gaming in general.

We don't want that "+12 Golden Assault Rifle That Shoots Lasers", we want games with substance, thought-out gameplay and games that actually have more in terms of story than "They took my wiiiiiifffeee..." *Kaboom!*

Yeah... Not that I don't enjoy modern games, but it's hard to have a civilized conversation with anyone playing Killzone/Gears of War 'cause apparently parents don't understand what 17+/M rating means...
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Titanium: People tend to want to belong somewhere. Birds of a feather and all that. It's no surprise that you found refuge and shelter in a place, even on the net, where you feel like at home. So yeah, GOG has become a sort of community hall for me too, and I wholeheartedly support what the guys behind the scenes are doing for the good games of old.
Yeah, this basically.

And yeah I constantly go back to my younger days when things seemed simpler, playing Command & Conquer on Windows 95, playing Fallout 2 in my early teens, back when I didn't have to worry about as much BS as I do now and I could play Madden games without having to worry what someone thought about Madden on the internet (especially in gaming circles where its revolved to console wars and pointless babble).

Nostalgia factor does kick in.
Post edited June 02, 2011 by thelovebat
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Deus_Ex: We were raised on games that demanded critical thinking, and punished you for impulsiveness or rash decisions. I think these qualities still bare their marks today, as we all seem to have a more relaxed, educated outlook on gaming in general.
This is why I can't wait to get my hands on the Ultima series.