I realize that I'm late to this party, but I still want to make my opinion heard.
The news about GOG releasing new games isn't a surprise to me. I'm also not bothered by GOG selling 'new'
games, since all games are pretty much old after the first weekend (go to Wal-Mart and see a $50.00 game that a month later is "rolled back" to $20.00 or in the discount bin next to PS2 classics). Also, I'm not bothered by a higher price point for new games. These are new
games, that is to be expected.
The "Good Old Games" title died for me the day I saw King's Bounty: The Legend
in as a release. If a game from 2008 is considered 'old'
, then I'm a monkey's uncle.
I signed up as a beta user years ago under the belief that if I held out long enough and GOG got big enough, I could get "Planescape Torment". My hope has been fulfilled along with a copy of "Psychonauts" and "Baldur's Gate The Original Saga" and "Baldur's Gate II Complete". Note that "Baldur's Gate The Original Saga" and "Baldur's Gate II Complete" were repurchases for me, as I own the disc versions of "Baldur's Gate The Original Saga" , "Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn", and "Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal" expansion.
What has kept me here has been four things:
1. DRM Free
2. Reasonable Prices
3. Compatibility w/ Latest Operating Systems
4. Ease of Purchase
As long as GOG keeps those four things, I will continue to support them. DRM Free is especially important to me.
What worries me more is the lack of Alien Crossfire expansion for Alpha Centauri. If the future of classic game releases is "no frills", we could have problems.
...on EVERY release day I read comments like:"Whoa, guys, I`m sooo happy...I`ve wanted THIS game sooo long to be released on GoG.com - I will definitely instabuy it...erm...on the next sale, cause - you see...right now, i`m unfortunately broke - so, for now I will just instawishlist it!"
This remark gave me a chuckle, because it's true. One would think the lion's share of GOG members are $6 or $10 away from their electricity being shut off or being evicted.
Not that I have much discretionary income myself after my monthly bills are paid, but still...
Sadly, some of us have incomes that fall into the $6 to $10 away from having the electricity cutoff category, if not the actual threat of no electricity. Economy is bad, budgets are tight, and this world is not a fun place to live in right now. This is why every distraction that GOG and Steam can provide on sale is welcomed. I currently have $24.00 in wishlisted games on GOG and $14.00 in wishlisted games on Steam that aren't being bought because I'm trying to shrink my credit card down before the Christmas season comes.
One of the biggest draws of GOG, besides the golden oldies, besides the DRM-free model, are the cheap prices for quality, non-shovelware titles. We're not talking about a $60 copy of Skyrim or Mass Effect 3 or Rage or Call of Duty 17 or whatever is the FPS-flavor-of-the-month on D2D/Steam. I myself will never pay more than $20 for a game again, and certainly nothing that requires a client running in the background, a continual internet connection, or some other form of "authenticating" DRM. This makes my support of GOG a no-brainer, and I rarely bother with any other site.
^this. Shovelware titles and "authenticating" DRM are just cruel. If AAA title companies keep treating their customers like suckers and criminals, that is what said customers will be trained to be. GOG has always had respect for their customer base and that shows through in all of their work. GOG's main selling point that distinguishes it from the rest of the direct download market is that other direct download sites just take your money and run, while GOG makes you feel like a valued customer.
Honestly, I don't understand the Steam hate I see here. Yes, they use their system as a form of DRM, but as far as DRM goes, it's exceedingly benign. It's certainly better than SecuROM or Starforce.
I agree. GOG isn't good and Steam isn't evil. It's just that GOG and Steam use different distribution models. I can see GOG and Steam coexisting quite easily. I realize that Steam uses a form of DRM, but in my mind, it is a benign form of DRM that can be "tolerated". I don't think that GOG should use this form of DRM, because that would put it in the same market as Steam and that would crush GOG. GOG does DRM Free and Steam does DRM Lite. The market is better off for this.
The reason that Steam has succeeded is because, like GOG, Steam is run by people who understand the gaming market and who are gamers themselves. Both GOG and Steam care about their customer bases and don't treat customers like criminals. The reason no other DRM Lite company has been able to take on Steam is because most DRM alternatives to Steam are run by paranoid suits who think that their customer base is a bunch of criminals that will upload purchased games on the Pirate's Bay at the first chance available.