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This is a test. Stay calm and buy game series bundles.

Let's try something new. We know that GOG.com users love to have complete collections of game series on their shelves. There's nothing nicer than a row of virtual boxes containing every single game from a series that you hold dear. We appreciate the completionist approach--after all we try our best to have a complete collection of the best games in history in our offer (and we'll never stop following that goal). So, we thought that we might as well make completing a whole game series on GOG.com easier and more rewarding. Introducing: Game Series Bundles on GOG.com!

We offer you the chance to get various complete game series with a 15% up to 55% off discount. If a game belongs to such series, you will find a new button on the game page, which lets you buy a bundle that includes the whole series instead of a single title. It will also display how much you'll save on that deal. If you already own a game from that series, you can still complete the bundle, getting the missing games with the discount. The discount rate is flat, only applies when you get the whole bundle, and varies from series to series.

Just go to any game from the series that grabs your attention to find the new "buy series" button right under the regular "add to cart" button. Once you click it, the games you're missing from the series (whether it's all of them or even just one) will be added to your shopping cart with a discount applied.

Please keep in mind--this is something we're just testing now. If it turns out that this sort of deal is popular with you and that it makes sense for us, we'll keep the Game Series Bundles as a permanent site feature and work towards adding more of them to our offer. For the time being, you get the bundle deals on all the series mentioned below:

7th Guest Bundle :
The 7th Guest + The 11th Hour
($16.98, save $3.00, discount of 15%)

Alone in the Dark bundle:
Alone in The Dark 1+2+3 + Alone in The Dark: New Nightmare
($10.18, save $1.80, discount of 15%)

Atlantis Bundle:
Atlantis: The Lost Tales + Atlantis 2: Beyond Atlantis + Atlantis 3: The New World
($20.77, save $5.20, discount of 20%)

Gabriel Knight Bundle:
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers + Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within + Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned
($14.37, save $3.60, discount of 20%)

Journeyman Project Bundle:
The Journeyman Project 2 + The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time
($10.18, save $1.80, discount of 15%)

King's Quest Bundle:
King's Quest 1+2+3 + King's Quest 4+5+6 + King's Quest 7+8
($20.97, save $9.00, discount of 30%)

Longest Journey Bundle:
The Longest Journey + Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
($21.23, save $3.75, discount of 15%)

Little Big Adventure Bundle:
Little Big Adventure (Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure) + Little Big Adventure 2 (Twinsen's Odyssey)
($9.58, save $2.40, discount of 20%)

Phantasmagoria Bundle:
Phantasmagoria + Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh
($13.58, save $2.40, discount of 15%)

Runaway Bundle:
Runaway: A Road Adventure + Runaway 2: The Dream of the Turtle + Runaway 3: A Twist of Fate
($26.77, save $13.20, discount of 30%)

Sam & Max Bundle:
Sam & Max Save the World + Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space + Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse
($42.72, save $52.25, discount of 55%)

Simon the Sorcerer Bundle:
Simon the Sorcerer + Simon the Sorcerer 2 + Simon the Sorcerer 3D
($14.37, save $3.60, discount of 20%)

Space Quest Bundle:
Space Quest 1+2+3 + Space Quest 4+5+6
($16.98, save $3.00, discount of 15%)

Still Life Bundle:
Still Life + Still Life 2
($23.97, save $6.00, discount of 20%)

Syberia Bundle:
Syberia + Syberia 2
($16.98, save $3.00, discount of 15%)

Tex Murphy Bundle:
Mean Streets + Martian Memorandum + Under a Killing Moon + The Pandora Directive + Tex Murphy: Overseer
($25.16, save $10.50, discount of 30%)

Wadjet Eye Adventures:
Resonance + Blackwell Bundle + Gemini Rue
($27.97, save $7.00, discount of 20%)

Zork Bundle:
The Zork Anthology + Return to Zork + Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands + Zork: Grand Inquisitor
($16.72, save $7.20, discount of 30%)
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Bloodygoodgames: I've been playing Europa Universalis 3 all afternoon and the font is so bloody small I can hardly read anything on it. It's doing my head in, and ruining my eyes!!!
It is? I'm playing it on 1440x900 and it's perfectly fine. Maybe on higher resolutions it gets too small, since windows size is fixed.
Post edited February 06, 2013 by keeveek
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MichiGen: Wadjet Eye Games bundle doesn't work?

I own all Wadjet Eye games but Primordia, and there is nothing like buy series at their pages.
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keeveek: It looks like it has Gemini Rue, Blackwell and Resonance only in the bundle
Hmm, pity :-/, but never mind, I'll wait for a future promo for Primordia.
Great idea, I vote to be a permanent feature
Great idea! Even I I won't buy a bundle right away, I will probably use that feature in the future.
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Bloodygoodgames: I've been playing Europa Universalis 3 all afternoon and the font is so bloody small I can hardly read anything on it. It's doing my head in, and ruining my eyes!!!
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keeveek: It is? I'm playing it on 1440x900 and it's perfectly fine. Maybe on higher resolutions it gets too small, since windows size is fixed.
I'm messing with the resolution now to see if I can get it any more readable. And, don't forget, I'm waaaay older than you!!
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keeveek: I was waiting for this my entire life!
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Fred_DM: lol this!
Huh? Why are you guys acting as if this is a new thing in GOG, or are you just being sarcastic?

In the last Xmas sale when GOG used the very same model to give extra discount to those who bought a whole bundle of games instead of part of the bundle, people complained a lot? "But I want only certain games from the bundle!"

Then again, GOG does this bundle thing right (this time too, just like last Christmas), because:

If you already own a game from that series, you can still complete the bundle, getting the missing games with the discount.
Yesh!!! This is much better than e.g. the Steam bundles where it is not taken into account if you have some of the items already in your Steam account, but you end up paying also for those games you already have in Steam.
Post edited February 06, 2013 by timppu
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keeveek: It is? I'm playing it on 1440x900 and it's perfectly fine. Maybe on higher resolutions it gets too small, since windows size is fixed.
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Bloodygoodgames: I'm messing with the resolution now to see if I can get it any more readable. And, don't forget, I'm waaaay older than you!!
Play it on 1440x900 too and i think it pretty small. Maybe because the engine and UI wasn't designed for modern resolution back then. Their newer game, Crusader Kings II have much bigger font.
Well, I just did a test check on the stuff I mentioned in an earlier post. For me personally, the bundle prices are underwhelming versus leaving the games in the wishlist until a sale comes along with higher discounts. My view might be unique. I don't know. But I've been spoiled by steep discounts which have led to a large backlog and this means I really don't need any particular game "right now" even though for reasons that defy explanation, I'll still buy them on steeper sales anyway.

These bundles do seem nice for folks who intend to buy the games and play them right away. In other words, they want one or more of them right now so it is a nice deal on the series.

How many of the GOG shoppers are in my situation and how many are in the latter I guess is what will determine how well this works in moving more units.

Consumer behavior is a funny thing. There are exceptions to my rules like there are to most rules. When Medal of Honor War Chest released, I bought it right away. It could have waited but I loved the game so much I just wanted it right then, even though I knew I would not play it any time soon. I've been similarly tempted to buy NWN2, now at full price just because I know it is a game I'll love and I want it in my collection now, not later. Why? I don't know. I am crazy maybe? Probably. Lastly, I got paranoid with Atari going bankrupt and there were six titles here I had on my wishlist by them. So, I paid regular price to get them now while the getting is good. Who knows when I might get around to them but I didn't want them to go away on me.

I am definitely in the collector crowd, a crazy group to be sure.
Post edited February 06, 2013 by dirtyharry50
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wormholewizards: Play it on 1440x900 too and i think it pretty small. Maybe because the engine and UI wasn't designed for modern resolution back then. Their newer game, Crusader Kings II have much bigger font.
Well, you may play on 1280x800 then ;-) It doesn't make much difference visually, but game windows and fonts will be bigger.
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Bloodygoodgames: I'm messing with the resolution now to see if I can get it any more readable. And, don't forget, I'm waaaay older than you!!
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wormholewizards: Play it on 1440x900 too and i think it pretty small. Maybe because the engine and UI wasn't designed for modern resolution back then. Their newer game, Crusader Kings II have much bigger font.
Agreed.

I now have it all the way at 1024 x 768 and it's more readable but still pretty bad. So bad, in fact, it distracts from enjoying the game as I get a headache from straining my eyes -- as there's sooooo much reading.

Like you said, I've had no problems at all with Crusader Kings II but EU3 is vile.
Oh, by the way, GOG. Since you said again, that completing games series is a priority for you, what about Emperor Rise of the Middle kingdom, SimCity 3000 and Conflict games series? :P
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Bloodygoodgames: Like you said, I've had no problems at all with Crusader Kings II but EU3 is vile.
I must be different... :P I never played this game in 1024x768 because everything is so freaking big it's not even playable. I usually play on 1440x900 or 1280x800 for Victoria 2, because my PC is apparently too slow...
Post edited February 06, 2013 by keeveek
so, where is the "buy whole series" button on freedom force's page, huh ? HUH ? HUH ?

HUH ?


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dirtyharry50: Well, I just did a test check on the stuff I mentioned in an earlier post. For me personally, the bundle prices are underwhelming versus leaving the games in the wishlist until a sale comes along with higher discounts. My view might be unique. I don't know. But I've been spoiled by steep discounts which have led to a large backlog and this means I really don't need any particular game "right now" even though for reasons that defy explanation, I'll still buy them on steeper sales anyway.

These bundles do seem nice for folks who intend to buy the games and play them right away. In other words, they want one or more of them right now so it is a nice deal on the series.

How many of the GOG shoppers are in my situation and how many are in the latter I guess is what will determine how well this works in moving more units.
Same here but this is simply due to me having bought all the urgent games, and buried myself under backlogs. I would have made a huge use of those bundles if they existed when I arrived here.

I'm less and less impressed by discounts, simply because they apply to games I wouldn't have bought unless for really symbolic prices. All the games that I would have bought anyway (and for me, discounts are mostly a "yaaaay buy know what I would have bought anyway"), I have them.

So, it's not really of us veterans to have an opinion on that... The "yay" threshold is naturally harder to attain for the games we've left aside...
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dirtyharry50: Well, I just did a test check on the stuff I mentioned in an earlier post. For me personally, the bundle prices are underwhelming versus leaving the games in the wishlist until a sale comes along with higher discounts. My view might be unique. I don't know. But I've been spoiled by steep discounts which have led to a large backlog and this means I really don't need any particular game "right now" even though for reasons that defy explanation, I'll still buy them on steeper sales anyway.

These bundles do seem nice for folks who intend to buy the games and play them right away. In other words, they want one or more of them right now so it is a nice deal on the series.

How many of the GOG shoppers are in my situation and how many are in the latter I guess is what will determine how well this works in moving more units.

Consumer behavior is a funny thing. There are exceptions to my rules like there are to most rules. When Medal of Honor War Chest released, I bought it right away. It could have waited but I loved the game so much I just wanted it right then, even though I knew I would not play it any time soon. I've been similarly tempted to buy NWN2, now at full price just because I know it is a game I'll love and I want it in my collection now, not later. Why? I don't know. I am crazy maybe? Probably. Lastly, I got paranoid with Atari going bankrupt and there were six titles here I had on my wishlist by them. So, I paid regular price to get them now while the getting is good. Who knows when I might get around to them but I didn't want them to go away on me.

I am definitely in the collector crowd, a crazy group to be sure.
Hey, thanks for your opinion. We appreciate you took the time to lay it out for us. :-)

As was said: this feature is in its test period and we're taking everything under evaluation.
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dirtyharry50: Well, I just did a test check on the stuff I mentioned in an earlier post. For me personally, the bundle prices are underwhelming versus leaving the games in the wishlist until a sale comes along with higher discounts. My view might be unique. I don't know. But I've been spoiled by steep discounts which have led to a large backlog and this means I really don't need any particular game "right now" even though for reasons that defy explanation, I'll still buy them on steeper sales anyway.
But bundles may go on sales too, right? Or not? Also, 55% on some bundles is close enough to regular 60% weekend discount, so...

And having permanent discount on games series is always a good thing for people with money and completionist approach ;-)
Post edited February 06, 2013 by keeveek
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dirtyharry50: Well, I just did a test check on the stuff I mentioned in an earlier post. For me personally, the bundle prices are underwhelming versus leaving the games in the wishlist until a sale comes along with higher discounts. My view might be unique. I don't know. But I've been spoiled by steep discounts which have led to a large backlog and this means I really don't need any particular game "right now" even though for reasons that defy explanation, I'll still buy them on steeper sales anyway.

These bundles do seem nice for folks who intend to buy the games and play them right away. In other words, they want one or more of them right now so it is a nice deal on the series.

How many of the GOG shoppers are in my situation and how many are in the latter I guess is what will determine how well this works in moving more units.

Consumer behavior is a funny thing. There are exceptions to my rules like there are to most rules. When Medal of Honor War Chest released, I bought it right away. It could have waited but I loved the game so much I just wanted it right then, even though I knew I would not play it any time soon. I've been similarly tempted to buy NWN2, now at full price just because I know it is a game I'll love and I want it in my collection now, not later. Why? I don't know. I am crazy maybe? Probably. Lastly, I got paranoid with Atari going bankrupt and there were six titles here I had on my wishlist by them. So, I paid regular price to get them now while the getting is good. Who knows when I might get around to them but I didn't want them to go away on me.

I am definitely in the collector crowd, a crazy group to be sure.
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G-Doc: Hey, thanks for your opinion. We appreciate you took the time to lay it out for us. :-)

As was said: this feature is in its test period and we're taking everything under evaluation.
Thanks for reading and bothering to tell me so. I was kind of hoping you guys would be following this thread just to take in people's reactions. I guess I should have figured you would want to do that. :D

My thoughts are not meant to be critical or a complaint though. Just my own take about how I see things, what gets me to buy, etc.