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15,504 ways to play!

Decisions, decisions, decisions. Once the holiday season gets closer, you have to decide what gifts to buy, what wrapping to use, which phone numbers to accidentally delete. There are many decisions to make as you get ready for the holidays, but one decision that we’re making easy for you is, “Should I buy anything from GOG.com’s Black Friday sale?” (The answer is “yes”, by the way. ;) Not only are we launching the sale early--in case you spend Friday in a turkey-induced coma--but we’re also giving you the power to pick your own promo!

In our Pick 5 & Pay $10 sale you pick 5 out of twenty fantastic indie games and pay $10 for them regardless of the game’s regular full price. That's $2 per game, for such titles like Torchlight, Resonance, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, Botanicula, Geneforge 1-5, Uplink, To the Moon, and many others. Seven of these games are both PC and Mac compatible, so everyone can enjoy!

The games are fantastic--and there are so many of them! That's why we started this sale early: to give you time to pick your dream-set of 5 games out of 15,504 possible combinations. You could look at this as another decision you have to make this year, but unlike trying to figure out who you should sit next to your slightly crazy uncle at Thanksgiving dinner, this one’s fun!

Black Friday marks the start of the “shopping season” for the holidays, so don’t forget to buy the gift of GOG for a gamer you love--or even just kind of like. You can’t spread much more holiday joy than this for just $10.
Wasn't that hard after all... I picked up Torchlight and Introversion Software games. They look quite interesting...
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TheEnigmaticT: snip
May I enquire again if we do get gift codes for the games we already have? Only missing 3 games, would be nice to be able to give the other 2 away.
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TheEnigmaticT: snip
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JMich: May I enquire again if we do get gift codes for the games we already have? Only missing 3 games, would be nice to be able to give the other 2 away.
Hm. I have no idea. Let me ask.
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SLP2000: I've encountered a minor hickup during the payment.
Semi-frequent hiccup, send support a ticket, they'll send you your receipt promptly.
Wow, that is a damn good promo, GOG. My hat goes off to you fine folks.

Now, time for a modern point-and-click binge? Yes, methinks it most certainly is.
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SimonG: Sure, there are still diamonds being made, but most of it is just turds.
I agree. And those diamonds, usually sell pretty well with their initial price and only then they seek additional funds by participating in Humble Bundle (like Dungeons of Dredmor, the best roguelike game of the century)

I hope they will start to realize that making another "colorful 2d space shooter" won't make them rich and they have to seek for more original ideas.

Btw I like new GOG promos. When 60% on old games is usually enough, having bigger sales on new and indie titles is a good way to make business. Games that are usually at the bottom of bestselling lists are making they way up.
Post edited November 20, 2012 by keeveek
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TheEnigmaticT: snip
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JMich: May I enquire again if we do get gift codes for the games we already have? Only missing 3 games, would be nice to be able to give the other 2 away.
The way it works is you'll get a single gift code for all the games in the pack. You can redeem the code for the three that you don't already own, and then gift the same code along with the two remaining games to whomever you like.
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TheEnigmaticT: ...
We heard from many (many, many) users that they want the freedom to pick up games on their terms, and you've probably noticed in the last few weeks that we've listened to them and have been offering steeper discounts in our sales.
I guess you heard from noone who likes the normal price. So you gonna lower that price too to meet the recent low promo prices? Steeper permanent discounts for normal sales are coming. Great. :)
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JMich: Semi-frequent hiccup, send support a ticket, they'll send you your receipt promptly.
I see, never got one. Thanks
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Fred_DM: Dear Madam or Sir
Please refrain from criticising GOG here in the future. Only other digital distributors are allowed to be criticised here.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
You know there's actual criticism, like ... Well a ton of things GOG does do wrong, and there's blatant presumptions.
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Trilarion: I guess you heard from noone who likes the normal price. So you gonna lower that price too to meet the recent low promo prices? Steeper permanent discounts for normal sales are coming. Great. :)
You've not noticed all the weekend promos have recently been 60% off?
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TheEnigmaticT: The way it works is you'll get a single gift code for all the games in the pack. You can redeem the code for the three that you don't already own, and then gift the same code along with the two remaining games to whomever you like.
So business as usual, thank you. Now to see which games to give away.
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TheEnigmaticT: We have actually already spoken publicly about that topic. It came to this: we still feel that this is not a good long-term strategy for the industry. But given that the market has gone this way, it's either keep up or pack up the storefront and go home. We heard from many (many, many) users that they want the freedom to pick up games on their terms, and you've probably noticed in the last few weeks that we've listened to them and have been offering steeper discounts in our sales.
And I'm sure those increased profits are really hurting you.

No offence, but you are the head of marketing. You of all people should know that "negative advertising" (and that interview was just this) isn't really a long term strategy. Because in the days of the internet people will call out others on the BS they said earlier.

And on a related note, basically calling your customers greedy isn't really a good marketing strategy either.

Maybe it's just because I'm more grumpy that usual but I read this like "We are better than the rest, but those people don't want to pay what would be a decent price, so we are forced into doing something we think is bad".

Guess what, I won't force you this time.
Interesting promo, but I already own most of those games thanks to the humble bundle guys
Would be nice to see this with specific publishers :)
pretty cool!

there were a couple of games I already had elsewhere and wanted them here, and some games I wouldn't buy but would like to try them and now I can :)