Now, this move is ... eh, somehow not as exciting for me.
I've read the news post, but I still worry that now I might never see old titles here (and there are still plenty of those that I'd like to see DRM-free and Windows XP-7 compatible in GOG) because the focus will be shared between old and new.
Is it realistic to expect that GOG staff will go the extra mile needed to obtain those elusive (for various reasons) game titles such as LucasArts classic adventures, Origin's Bioforge, Clive Barker's Undying, Shadow of the comet etc ) or expansion packs missing from current releases ?
I'd guess there is far more ground to be covered for the new games ,if GOG ultimately aims to be directly competitive to Steam.
Sorry, but... Meh.
I'm here for the old classics. I stopped giving a damn about games made after about 2004 for the most part.
I'm not thrilled of those games taking away the focus from the games I enjoy.
Purely selfish, I know, but... That's it.
I respect the team's ideas and vision and wish them good luck, but if the focus on old games will be turned away (or if current competition with current rights holders will take away future deals)... This site will be useless to me.
These two quotes pretty much echo my own sentiments. I also wonder how exactly GOG intends to make much of a splash into the rest of the crowded and well-established DD outlets (Direct2Drive, Steam, Impulse) out there with the New(ish) game market. Their own niche for unique (and often not available legally elsewhere) classic games is a streetcorner they've already cornered, and seems to be a popular and reliable moneymaker for them. I'd rather they focus on that rather than try to branch their business-model and spread themselves too thin over old/new, mainstream/indie spheres alike. There's still a considerable backlog from EA alone that many of us would be ecstatic about if the new release cycle would focus on it.
So I'm lukewarm on the idea. Of course, GOG's wants and demographic aims go beyond just what I (and other traditionalist gamers) want. There's not as much money in it. I'm also wary about a major and unnecessary site re-design/overhaul into something flashy, clunky, and less navigable simply because it's "time to upgrade and stay fresh," something I've seen happen to dozens of my favorite websites with an atrocious makeover. I guess as long as I'm able to re-download my DRM-free games here I've already purchased I'll be content, at least.
We'll see. Of course I'm biased because I've basically given up on modern gaming and its trends thereof. Nothing from the ashes of Black Isle Studios, Looking Glass, Troika and old Bioware have enamored me. Bethesda and Obsidian Entertainment carry the torch but I don't much care for the light. The biggest appeal to an expansion, merger, whatever GOG are planning for me is greater bargaining power with publishers in getting developers and their backlog of games on here, goodies and all, including classics from Blizzard and Eidos. Hopefully you fellas' optimism is validated.
In some aspects, I agree wholeheartedly. I haven't exactly given up on modern games yet... (although MW3 is starting to push me. I haven't got the game, don't worry!) but I like the old stuff. HoMM, Arena, Ultima etc are some of the big games that I can recall being some of the most talked about games around that people have said are really good. Now, we have the opportunity to experience Gaming History: games that we can no longer get or can play on PC anymore due to changes in either hardware or software. As an example, I was so sad when I could not play Alpha Centauri on my Laptop, running Windows 7. Now, I'm happy that GOG gave me this great opportunity.
In the other aspect, GOG IS, after all, a business, so I can see where they are coming from. The Witcher 2 is the most recent example that I can think of where the guys from GOG decided to chuck it on the website. By the looks of it, it must have done really well for GOG to decide that they really want to proceed with newer games. I suppose as long as the game is not like a MW3 or BF3 (not saying that those are bad games, mind you...) where the game os overhyped... Then they should be considered. Games that actually put the fun back into games would be a wonderful asset to GOG.
The old games (well... not necessarily all of them) gave us 2 things: Nostalgia and a sense of Fun. Nostalgia is something that Modern Games can never give us. I can remember when I first played/saw HoMMII, and that absolutely blew me away! Even now, when I play HoMMII, I still get that sense of nostalgia. I can remember where I was when I first played that game.
The sense of fun that we developed from the game is also something that modern games are inferior to. Modern games are now much of a muchness... where they all pretty much do the same, repetitive thing over and over... Run, shoot someone, run, shoot more people, run... I think you get my drift... After a while, this becomes stale, as all you do is run to dodge, and shoot to avoid being shot at. There is not much fun after about 10 minutes into the game. Fun will be different to everyone, no doubt, but I think that the people who are here want a different fun... like a connoisseur's type of fun more than anything. I don't find it fun to be constantly killed every second turn, but I find it fun to try and outwit my opponent every turn, even if my opponent is a computer.
Overall, I have a cautious optimism towards GOG's future plan. As long as they keep releasing the old games as opposed to jumping straight into the new stuff while ignoring the old, I will be happy... because there are still some old games tat I would like that GOG are yet to release :P