Yes, I'm familiar with the works of Theodor Geisel and if that's what you got out of that particular book then you really need to reread it.
I think there#s more than one facet to it. It's also a book about a person who's grown so bitter that he'd rather prevent Christmas than seeing people making gifts. Obviously, since not giving away any GOG games was a solution you felt okay with, this was the aspect I'm getting at, and I still think the parallel is there. However, I do agree that the facet you mentioned is also present. I might point out though that the solution in the book was not abolishing Christmas. :)
Personally, I don't like receiving gifts in such a fashion where other people are being left out through no fault of their own. I'm really not comfortable with it, and I personally wouldn't get the right feel if I were included when others weren't.
I simply don't feel left out and I don't think that anyone really got left out. A game was made available for free, no one was excluded. Some people have no practical use for the gift since they own the game already. But this happens - not every gift is a useful one, it's the spirit that counts. And the spirit of giving was right there, as no one was excluded. People are excluded from giveaways when there's a reputation requirement to even enter, or when they need to fulfill any other requirement. This was not the case here.
As I've suggested before, if GOG can't even come up with a card, avatar or something else that's non-monetary for those that didn't receive anything, it kind of spoils the spirit of things and I for one wouldn't be any happier had I received the gift.
While I don't think that such an alternative would be required, I agree that it would have been a nice touch.
Personally, I'm glad that I'm excluded as I don't have the money to make this right and I'd feel like a dick if I received a gift that others in the community didn't get.
Well, as has been said, that inevitably would mean that no gifts could ever been given. Even if GOG had gifted a "choose a game of your liking" voucher, there still would be people who didn't get it in time. Even if the gift would be extended indefinitely (which would be economic idiocy under these conditions), there would still be people who would be less happy with it than others. Some people might find their all-time favourite game on GOG. Others are "excluded" from this experience because their all-time favourite game isn't available on GOG, or they are only interested in newer games and joined GOG only for buying TW2. The equality you require is impossible to achieve unless gifting ceases totally.
Furthermore, to achieve the equality you're after, all promotions need to stop too. With each promotion, GOG gifts the purchaser about half a game, but the promos have a narrow time limit. Hence they aren't fair - the people who can't access the site during the promo are "excluded" from receiving this bonus. So this practice needs to stop too.
Also, forum giveaways need of course to stop as well, as (again) someone would be "excluded", because he might have the game already, or he might not be online in time, or he might simply not be the one who wins it in the end.
That is exactly the "solution" the Grinch had in mind: Stop the giving altogether. I don't think it's a good one.
Ultimately, I don't even know why I'm bothering some of the posts I've seen by others reflect a real deficit in humanity. Especially that post suggesting suicide as the remedy, I realize that wasn't serious, but it's completely inappropriate to joke about that kind of thing IMHO.
I haven't read the whole thread, but I agree that such jokes are inappropriate.
I do think it's worth recognizing that it would be a lot more meaningful for everybody to just get a custom avatar or card from GOG than for a section of the customer base to be left out for daring to buy from them previously.
While a card would certainly be nice, you're again (imho) exaggerating the affect of not being able to use a gift because one has it already. Again, by your logic, all promos should stop immediately, as every promo "punishes" the people who bought the game at its "full" price. Again, I don't think that's a good solution. I think it's much better to just join the celebration, be happy for the people who got a game they like, and appreciate the gesture of the giving even if the gift isn't useful for oneself.