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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.

Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics for FREE on GOG.com video

Section updated: Don't forget about your gamer friends that may not know GOG.com yet! Sadly, for the sake of unburdening what servers we have, we had to turn off the option for gifting free games. But you can always just let them know they can sign up with GOG.com and claim a free gift of Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics. On top of that, when they register to our service, they'll receive all the 12 free games we add to all the newly-created accounts. That way your friends will start their adventure with GOG.com with a collection of 15 great games total already on their virtual shelves! Be kind, share the good news! :-)

Please note that all three classic Fallout titles are pending right holder change. Sadly, to the best of our knowledge, we'll be forced to remove Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics from our offer. That doesn't mean, however, that you won't be able to download them if they are already a part of collection by then. Secure your copies today (or anytime before Saturday, December 14, at 1:59PM GMT)!

While you come to grab your free classic Fallout games, make sure to stay a while and browse through our 2013 DRM-Free Winter Sale selection of 600+ games discounted by 50% or more, special bundle deals up to 80% off, and daily personal deals, including the mysteriously mysterious mystery box! All that and more, now covered with our new 30-day Worldwide Money Back Guarantee, for online game-shopping safer than ever before!

We're currently experiencing server issues due to the highest traffic ever noted on GOG.com. We did anticipate much interest in our 2013 DRM-Free Winter Sale, as well as our Fallout 1,2, & Tactics giveaway, but the number of visits exceeded our highest expectations by far. And we mean FAR. For today, we've prepared double the number of servers that were needed to support our highest day in traffic to date, but it turned out to be not nearly sufficient. We're working on quadrupling our server supply, now.

We're terribly sorry for all the inconvenience you might encounter today, while visiting GOG.com store. If you're new to the site, rest assure that this is far from our day-to-day standards. We're working around the clock until all the problems are fixed, and everyone can enjoy everything we have to offer. If you've encountered any problems, please give it some time. Most issues will be resolved automatically, soon, as the first batch of extra servers is coming on-line right now. If you're affected by something more serious, please be assured that our support team will assist you and fix whatever needs fixing.

Again, we apologize for the user experience, that is not up to our usual standards.
Post edited December 14, 2013 by Chamb
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IAmSinistar: The gift codes are now, in the words of Beetlejuice. dead-dead-deadski. The leading suppositions for why are (1) the loss of the right for GOG to continue distributing the game, or (2) abuse of the giveaway leading to GOG shutting down the remaining keys.

Would a bluetext care to weigh in? I assume an official announcement will come eventually either way.
They already have said somewhere that it was from people obtaining free gift codes and turning around and selling them elsewhere, and it's really just the legal ramifications from there.

As great as these type of giveaways are, something like this is going to spread like wildfire via word of mouth/email/facebook/etc. ultra fast, and invariably someone will be out there, if not 100 someones who wish to take advantage of it for their own financial gain. The only recourse a game company has to prevent someone else profiteering off of their work and goodwill is to do something to reverse or prevent the abuse. Kind of sucks the gift codes are no longer valid for actual friendly gifting but I could not really fault Interplay and GOG for changing the original intention in light of the abuse.

It's probably going to become par for the course though (the abuse) so I imagine future freebie promos will have some kind of limitations on them to be generous to a degree but prevent or limit abuse. Valve for example just did a Left 4 Dead 2 freebie promo on Steam the other day. The rules of their promo were basically one free copy of the game for anyone with a Steam account, and you had to both add the game to your profile *and* actually begin to install it before the promo ended and there was no gifting to others. Some might complain about that, but such people have toxic entitlement mentalities whereby something free offered to them which they otherwise would have had to pay money for previously can end up being seen as a negative thing to them because it isn't free "enough" and they want more more more. I've seen people react to it saying things like "I'll never buy a game from Steam again for this". Because giving people something for free under no obligation to _ever_ have to do so - can be seen as a reason to never purchase a game from a company again. I just sit and read stuff like that and say to myself "WTF? Entitlement mentality much!" ;)

Perhaps too many people have been treated to too MUCH goodwill and have come to expect it and then some. Me - I expect nothing at all from any company or person, but if and when I do get something I am absolutely grateful for it regardless of whether it comes with a set of conditions that are my idea of flawless perfection.

Hopefully people don't end up ruining it and stopping these awesome types of promos from appearing in the future! ;)
Yes, sadly there are those who will try and gain money from promos like these. I certainly understand why GOG/Interplay decided to make the remaining codes expire and I will not blame them for doing so. I hope Bethesda don´t remove the games from GOG so those who never played the series can experience the games the way they should be played, DRM-Free.
Post edited December 29, 2013 by CorranHorn
"My Return to Vault 13
I was not treated to a hero's welcome when I returned to Vault 13. The Overseer met me outside the massive Vault door, and told me point blank that while my services to the Vault will always be remembered, he could no longer trust me or what I had become. He said something along the lines that I had saved the Vault, and now I must leave. Bastard

So, I left.

The days and weeks that followed were hard on me. I had met few true friends outside the Vault, and they had died following me. Now, my family had kicked me out and said that I could never return. I screamed. I cried. Slowly I came to realize that the Overseer may have been correct. I had changed. Life outside the Vault was different, and now I, too, was different. But I have never forgiven him for doing what he did to me."
The Vault Dweller's Memoirs, Fallout 2 manual

You shall be missed on GOG old boy.
Post edited December 29, 2013 by Crosmando
I'm sorry for however off-topic this may be, but I missed this whole debacle.

I BOUGHT all three Fallouts from GOG years ago. If GOG is forced to pull them out of their catalog, will the downloadables disappear from MY Personal Collection? Do I need to perform a mass download before I lose all of it?
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jgt7771: I'm sorry for however off-topic this may be, but I missed this whole debacle.

I BOUGHT all three Fallouts from GOG years ago. If GOG is forced to pull them out of their catalog, will the downloadables disappear from MY Personal Collection? Do I need to perform a mass download before I lose all of it?
Probably not, but just in case... ;)
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jgt7771: I'm sorry for however off-topic this may be, but I missed this whole debacle.

I BOUGHT all three Fallouts from GOG years ago. If GOG is forced to pull them out of their catalog, will the downloadables disappear from MY Personal Collection? Do I need to perform a mass download before I lose all of it?
I think that would require Beth to prove that GOG never had the right to sell Fallout series. Which won't happen.
But as triock said, just in case... :)
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dzylon: So now I'm looking at a text file with a hundred codes in it. Beautiful. I think I'll stop here.

What about you guys?

*<snip>, none of this matters*
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lugum: So looking back with all the codes been shut down you still say you weren't part of the abuse and everything was okay?
Anyway, you now have 100 useless codes.
Actually, I wasn't part of the abuse. I'm pretty sure the fellow above you said that the problem was with 'legal and licensing reasons' , and "more specifically code resellers". Please note the difference between "selling" and "gifting".

Of course, you can sit there all day and accuse me of selling the codes, but the fact remains that all of the codes I collected that were actually redeemed were given away on this forum, and any GOG system operator with the proper clearance (and the will to spend the time checking) can tell you that.

Edit: actually, that's a lie. I saw one guy on Steam Trades trying to sell the codes, so I kept an eye on the thread and gave codes to the people that tried to make a deal with him (basically in order to screw over the scammer the best I could). And here is the link to that thread: http://www.steamtrades.com/forum/eVgh8/h-fallout-collection-redeemable-in-gogcom-w-offer-bundle-games. One of them had some difficulty redeeming the code and posted "dyzlon" (a misspelling of my username that is super-common for some reason) in the thread trying to get my attention before contacting me on Steam to tell me that the redemption ended up going through fine. I gave a code to one other person as well, but he deleted his post.

Edit2: I also just remembered giving one code away to a guy (a moderator, actually) on a Chatango module on the Indie Gala website. Ask all the mods there, and eventually one should tell you that he remembers me. So there. That's exactly three codes not given away here, and I can account for them.

Edit3: Actually, I have 104 useless codes. You can't get anything at all right, can you?
Post edited January 04, 2014 by dzylon