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In the scientific method, an experiment is an empirical method that arbitrates between competing models or hypotheses. Experimentation is also used to test existing theories or new hypotheses in order to support them or disprove them.
Take a look at the steps of the scientific method:
1. Make observations.
2. Formulate a hypothesis.
3. Design and conduct an experiment to test the hypothesis.
4. Evaluate the results and accept or reject the hypothesis.

STEP 1: Observations
#1 People who play computer games like games. This is mostly true, however some gamers who played these titles might disagree.
#2 People who buy computer games prefer spending less money to spending more money.
It hurts us a little bit, but the truth is games don't sell for $1000+
#3 GOG.com users are people who play, like, and buy computer games.

STEP 2: Hypothesis
If GOG.com lowers the prices of some games in our catalog, more gamers will be inclined to buy and enjoy those high-quality products.

STEP 3: The Experiment
We're trying out some new pricing, and we want to see what you guys think of it.

Prices changed from $5.99 to $3.99:
Alien Shooter, Celtic Kings, Commandos Ammo Pack, Constructor, Empire Earth, Knights and Merchants, Litil Divil, Lords of Magic, Lords of the Realm, Mobile Forces, Myst: Masterpiece Edition, Outcast, Personal Nightmare, Realms of Haunting, Rollercoaster Tycoon, Simon the Sorcerer, Waxworks.

Prices changed from $9.99 to $6.99:
Broken Sword 4: The Angel of Death, Ceville, Evil Genius, Haegemonia Gold Edition, King's Bounty, Moto Racer 3, Red Baron Pack, Restaurant Empire, Sanitarium, Shadowgrounds, Sherlock Holmes, The Incredible Machines, Warlords Battlecry 3

STEP 4: Results
This is where you, our dear gamers, step in and decide the results. We'd like to offer you the best games in history on PC & Mac for the most affordable prices, but we need to fund testing, coding, bundling, and securing rights to even more classics. So we want to see if this brings us and our partners more money overall, even though there's less per individual sale. That's the argument we'd like to make, but we'll see what the results from you guys actually are as we try out our new price points.
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MannyBoy: I bought "Sanitarium" just a few seconds ago. Iam pretty curious about the game, because the info is interesting, but there is one thing I am wondering. Why is it not on the list ?
erm Sanitarium is a timed sale and will go back in price in a few houirs
Sorry GOG, I cant help you here as I already own almost all of the games on that list, for others though, these are great deals!
You guys are amazing, but don't undercut yourself too much. Lowering the price will definitely encourage more buyers, but you still need to run a business and pay your bills. In the end, if this experiment goes well, you might be earning a bit more than before so regardless of the results, I thank you for making such gorgeous business practices. Not many companies would do that.
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Zacron:
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pbryce: I have both the Amiga & C64 emulators, but to save a bunch of typing and cluttering up this thread, you can look here for more info if you like :

http://www.amigaforever.com/
I already know about that program, and I mentioned it earlier in this thread. However, that program seems to be a one-off deal, and it is not focused on any single app, rather, a collection. Not exactly what GOG is in the business for... yet.
Woah, The Incredible Machine's on GOG? Dang, I need to pick that up ASAP.
The problem with this experiment is that if I like and want the game, I've already bought it!! :-(
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hucklebarry: RealMyst is the other version.

http://www.gog.com/gamecard/real_myst
Thanks! Can anyone tell me, how do they compare? Is it worth spending the $2 more for RealMyst or should I rather experience the original first? Which one do you like better and why, or are they different enough that you can recommend playing both of them? (I usually don't like to replay adventure games, but in case they're rather short and interesting to compare, I might change my mind about it.)
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TheEnigmaticT: The second of those is such a thorny legal issue that System Shock seems simple in comparison. So I wouldn't hold my breath. :(
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kalirion: I'm a bit uneducated in legal theory, but how is emulated games for Commodore 64 any different than emulated games for DOS? Is it because DOS was an open platform while the others aren't or something?
Because C64, Amiga computers and such as well as their emulators used specific copyrighted BIOSes and ROMS such as Amiga Kickstarter. So for GOG to supply those games they need the rights to use the emulators, the rights to package the BIOS and any system ROMS(such as Kickstarter) and then get the rights to the games themselves.

While DOSbox , ScummVM and such on the other hand was coded from the ground up and doesn't require or use any third party copyrighted Bios's or roms to operate, well outside of the games themselves.So all GOG needs to do is just get the rights to the games themselves.
Post edited February 18, 2013 by DCT
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AFnord: Did you just call Outcast bad? Because if you did, we can no longer be friends.
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tinyE: If he only played the demo we can cut him some slack because the demo is horrid. If he is referring to whole game then I'm afraid we may have to kill him. Or maybe we could hang him then kill him. Better yet, we can scalp him, then tattoo him, then hang him, then kill him!
It's not done yet! We should also tattoo his scalp and hang it afterwards as well. Just for a good measure. And if it's alive we shall kill it too! (that one is pretty obvious, isn't it?)
To accurately judge whether this makes an impact or not on your sales you'd have to compare a whole year's worth of sales. Basically comparing sales from Feb. 18 2002 to Feb 17 2003 vs sales from this next year, Feb. 18 2003 to Feb 17 2004.

This way you're also including the 50% off Christmas sales and other times when these titles are on sale, because even when you change pricing that won't include the buyers who only buy when you have a sale.
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tinyE: If he only played the demo we can cut him some slack because the demo is horrid. If he is referring to whole game then I'm afraid we may have to kill him. Or maybe we could hang him then kill him. Better yet, we can scalp him, then tattoo him, then hang him, then kill him!
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Ghorpm: It's not done yet! We should also tattoo his scalp and hang it afterwards as well. Just for a good measure. And if it's alive we shall kill it too! (that one is pretty obvious, isn't it?)
Am I the only one who saw "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure"?! How sad. :(
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MannyBoy: I bought "Sanitarium" just a few seconds ago. Iam pretty curious about the game, because the info is interesting, but there is one thing I am wondering. Why is it not on the list ?
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Leroux: Which list? The list of games participating in this new pricing experiment? If that's what you mean, it's because the price drop on Sanitarium is only temporary. It's on sale today, back to the regular price tomorrow.
Alright, I've misinterpreted the whole experiment. I thought it would have something to do with the price drops. Damn, now I am feeling ashamed. English is not my native tounge, so there is plenty to learn. ^^
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TheEnigmaticT: The second of those is such a thorny legal issue that System Shock seems simple in comparison. So I wouldn't hold my breath. :(
Didn't you just admit that GOG is trying (even if not so hard) to bring back Amiga / C64 / Atari games back to live?
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Ghorpm: It's not done yet! We should also tattoo his scalp and hang it afterwards as well. Just for a good measure. And if it's alive we shall kill it too! (that one is pretty obvious, isn't it?)
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tinyE: Am I the only one who saw "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure"?! How sad. :(
Oh man, I'm so SO SO stupid! Or I'm just tired. Or both. Probably both. I didn't get it at the beginning. Shame on me. But what about stomping? I'm fairly certain there was something about stomping. And that was before Mama.
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tinyE: Am I the only one who saw "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure"?! How sad. :(
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Ghorpm: Oh man, I'm so SO SO stupid! Or I'm just tired. Or both. Probably both. I didn't get it at the beginning. Shame on me. But what about stomping? I'm fairly certain there was something about stomping. And that was before Mama.
I'm not sure, but thank you for restoring my faith in humanity. :D