Yes ,I can see one niche where Gog might be able to compete using new games and still retain the fuzzy feeling...innovative indie games. If they attract those games,, they will need to loose the paradigma Strictly Windows¨ or they are going to loose on that from the Humble Indie Bundle and similar initiatives. Another thing that would be a good thing is to put quality over quantity. Having a complete series is tempting , but lowering your standards in order to do so...It´ s a fine balance.
Agreed about the indie games, although even then you're going to have to compete with Steam and the Humble Indie Bundles (which now appear to be a regular thing instead of a one-off event).
Quality is going to be tricky. Not every new game is going to get the rave reviews that The Witcher or Skyrim does. There's a lot of complete crap on the other services, both from major publishers and from smaller developers who whip out cheap garbage for a quick buck, and with newer titles GOG won't have the advantage of hindsight to filter out the bad from the good.
-Fair and Low prices, if dumbass publishers like Ubisoft or Activision think we are going to pay 30 Dollars for games that are 3 years old - they are dead wrong
The problem there is that the "dumbass publishers" are usually the ones that control the pricing. Look at Steam. Ever notice how some companies (like Rockstar or Sega) turn up in the sales much more often than others (like pre-Origin EA or Popcap)? If GOG is going to begin adding newer titles, then they're going to have to price in line with the other distributors and we probably WILL see overpriced titles. Maybe not as bad as $40 Call of Duty three years after release, but you never know...
I think the way GOG could hurt itself is if the remade site comes across as a bargain bin of recent releases rather than a collection of better games from the past. Without losing its current library, it stops being a place to look for golden oldies, becoming a place full of discards and too few of the new games people are looking for. As long as they can avoid presenting that appearance, things should be okay.
I get the unfocused feeling at DotEmu. Are they a place for old PC games or arcade ports? Neither has enough of a selection.
There are also compatibility issues with games released prior to 64-bit Windows Vista and 7, and prior to the last couple generations of video cards, that can't be solved with Dosbox. If you can get some poorly supported games working properly, that will help set you apart.
Agreed on all points. And thanks for reminding me DotEmu exists. ;)
Very good point with the compatibility issues. I can think of a handful of titles on Steam like Max Payne or the remade Secret of Monkey Island that I had a hell of a time trying to get to run on my Windows 7 machine. If GOG could ensure those headaches won't happen and market to that fact
, that alone might give them a leg up.
All those services impose DRM on their users that pretty much guarantees they'll lose access to their purchases someday (see Shamus Young's Authorization Servers
article on the reasons why). I have never purchased and will
never purchase from such stores.
So if GOG provide even a fraction of the above services' catalogues DRM-free, they'll be entering an empty market as far as I'm concerned - there are doubtless many others here who feel the same way.
I get the sentiment here, but I'm honestly not sure how many of the titles on Steam I'd care about if I lose access to. Most of the time, I buy games on sale, and when you're spending $5 or less on a title to play now, the possibility of future incompatibility isn't quite so important.
Beyond that, I really and honestly do believe that if anyone would follow through on removing DRM from games if a shutdown ever did occur, it'd be Valve. I also don't think that Valve and Steam are in any danger of going under for a very, very long time.