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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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neru: Mabe you should think of a application like steam and origin insted of email to promote your games
As long as it is totally, absolutely, exactly, utterly OPTIONAL, I have no problem with it.
I guess a purely optional client would be appreciated by a majority of GOG users and used by a considerable part. So GOG should extend their downloader (updates, installations, multiplayer services). Take the best from Steam and leave out the rest and make it optional.

I imagine an installer/companion that allows you to choose from existing games and either download or download and install or download and install and archive installer in a folder. Additionally update automatically or update and ask before or just notify of updates or do not do anything at all. Additionally for multiplayer games setup the games to use the GOG account or setup the games to use another account or not doing anything at all. Together with an optional GOG user profile, this will be great. It will beat Steam and UPlay and whatever in terms of usability.
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Trilarion: I guess a purely optional client would be appreciated by a majority of GOG users and used by a considerable part. So GOG should extend their downloader (updates, installations, multiplayer services). Take the best from Steam and leave out the rest and make it optional.

I imagine an installer/companion that allows you to choose from existing games and either download or download and install or download and install and archive installer in a folder. Additionally update automatically or update and ask before or just notify of updates or do not do anything at all. Additionally for multiplayer games setup the games to use the GOG account or setup the games to use another account or not doing anything at all. Together with an optional GOG user profile, this will be great. It will beat Steam and UPlay and whatever in terms of usability.
This would be great and I couldn't agree more.
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neru: Mabe you should think of a application like steam and origin insted of email to promote your games
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tarangwydion: As long as it is totally, absolutely, exactly, utterly OPTIONAL, I have no problem with it.
your avatar is pretty...
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tarangwydion: As long as it is totally, absolutely, exactly, utterly OPTIONAL, I have no problem with it.
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Kunovski: your avatar is pretty...
It is courtesy of Sachys here:
http://www.gog.com/forum/general/magnificent_monocle_month_of_march/post56
Where is the control group?

Also, it is important to draw the right conclusions. That is, the conclusions should include considerations such as people who wait to buy because they have come to expect the price to drop. Had they believed the price would NOT drop they would have bought it for more.
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neru: Mabe you should think of a application like steam and origin insted of email to promote your games
NO
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Trilarion: I guess a purely optional client would be appreciated by a majority of GOG users and used by a considerable part. So GOG should extend their downloader (updates, installations, multiplayer services). Take the best from Steam and leave out the rest and make it optional.

I imagine an installer/companion that allows you to choose from existing games and either download or download and install or download and install and archive installer in a folder. Additionally update automatically or update and ask before or just notify of updates or do not do anything at all. Additionally for multiplayer games setup the games to use the GOG account or setup the games to use another account or not doing anything at all. Together with an optional GOG user profile, this will be great. It will beat Steam and UPlay and whatever in terms of usability.
This
I'm buying Evil Genius because of the new price. I wouldn't have bought it for 9.99. Not that I think about every dollar, but it just seems a more fair price. Just wanted to let you know. :)
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neru: Mabe you should think of a application like steam and origin insted of email to promote your games
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pseudonarne: NO
Yes
Not sure if this has been mentioned earlier but according to me, if I get a discount based on my existing purchases I might end up making more purchases at GOG. Also based on my wishlist once every 3 months one among my wishlist be priced less esp for me/ I am given a discount coupon for it. This would make me purchase me more on GOG.
Me likes the idea of "loyalty discounts", even if it was restricted to certain publishers. But not based in games bought. I just got 5 games for $16 with the recent promo; compared to the people who paid full price for the same games (over $75) I'm anything but loyal.

So, discounts or coupons based on money spent, with extra love for those that pay full price. That'd be nice.
I'm perfectly fine with this pricing module. Either way though, I'll still buy from here, so don't disappoint!
So,
what have we learned?. WHat has GOG learned from the pricing experiment?
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nijuu: So,
what have we learned?. WHat has GOG learned from the pricing experiment?
I think I heard they wanted to run the experiment about two months. So in april we should know more. If it was successful they probably make the price cuts permanent. If they lift the prices again it was probably less success and they will fall back to short period sales. Or maybe the continue the experiment but with other games to collect more data. I would like them to not give up the new price tiers. I think there are many games in the catalogue suitable for these tiers.
Post edited March 20, 2013 by Trilarion