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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.
Got Realms of the Haunting as part of this sale. I read about the game in the Świat Gier Komputerowych (RIP) while I was a wee lad. Good to see I can now enjoy it.

As a rule I buy games I played, but whose media I lost or couldn't buy back in the day. I wish GOG.com allowed one to redeem their physical copies here, though.
Now this is an idea absent from the minds of big time developers (and ultimately killing their product) that I can get behind.

However, this means we're more obligated to be the marketers, meaning if we want this to work, it will rely heavily on us trying to get more people to buy games from gog. One of the hardest things is trying to sell in this stale market place. I've noticed so many friends and general people having lackluster responses to purchasing games from this website. Even System Shock 2, arguably the greatest PC game there is couldn't even sway some people because the way the industry is right now.

For me personally, the prices were already fair. I would hope this would bring in more customers so gog can purchase more licenses, re-release more games, and become a bigger success so it's widespread enough (keyword, "enough") to have more developers, even big names, rethink the DRM and even have their digital product here.

Also, in my messed up mind, maybe even sequels to old games like System Shock 2 or Beyond Good & Evil?
Great Idea, however this is one experiment I won't be the guinea pig on. I have all but 6 of the games and those six I just don't really want. I'm sure I'm the exception rather than the rule though.

So if you are a pig from guinea hop on board.
Holy Mother... Outcast for $4? That's madness!
I recommend Realms of the Haunting
As a bargain hunter this 'experiment' doesn't apply to me anyway, I buy stuff on sale, not when it only gets a price reduction. For this test I imagine the only results they care about are full price purchases :)

As for recommendations, Evil Genius is an awesome game, had a ton of fun with that.
Post edited February 19, 2013 by Pheace
Hypothesis: Give us Tie Fighter, and I'll buy it 10 times over.
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Pheace: ... I buy stuff on sale, not when it only gets a price reduction. ...
But you can expect smaller prices in sales too for these games. GOG's sales usually are at least at 50% discount. For only 2$ you can buy some really great games. That's even less than lunch. That's... have no word for it.
Well I was going to finally get around to picking up a few titles that have now dropped in price such as Waxworks, Personal Nightmare and my personal favorite Incredible Machine(used to play the hell out of the Incredible Machine 1 and 2) to name a few but you guys just had to release SS2 and then follow it up with releasing Larry 7. Well at least this "test" is running for a good month so baring any other "OMG" releases here I will get some of these games.
I think the price of games should decrease after a certain amount of time on GOG.

After 1 or 2 years, we can assume that all interested gamers have bought it. Reducing the price would be a good means of boosting the sales one more time.

This is what is done with regular physical games.
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anjohl: King's Bounty is a steal at that price.
I agree! I've wasted so much time on this game.
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GOG.com: 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.
Will you let us know the results?
Mehr Sprachen = Mehr Käufer (Schritt 5)
More buyers = More Languages ​​(Step 5)

Sorry ...Google Übersetzer
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Pheace: ... I buy stuff on sale, not when it only gets a price reduction. ...
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Trilarion: But you can expect smaller prices in sales too for these games. GOG's sales usually are at least at 50% discount. For only 2$ you can buy some really great games. That's even less than lunch. That's... have no word for it.
Sure, if the 'experiment' stays. Currently they're saying 1-2 months though, a period in which I doubt they have a sale planned for these games.

Naturally this + sale is great stuff
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Fenixp: Outcast for 4 bucks?! That's just about the best deal ever, in history of gaming, even when compared with free games!
And now I feel bad I haven't waited to buy it :P
But it seems GOG really hears us out, was just talking about better pricing for older games in the Hocus Pocus thread! Although I don't really seem to be interested in these titles, I'm hoping this experiment will extend to other games ;)