It's not so much that we're unhappy about it as the people most likely to be left out are more likely to have been big supports of the site in the first place. And it didn't really make much sense to encourage people to think twice before buying a game that they might not have time to play for 6 months.
See, this puts us in a difficult place; do we give a game away that will make 90% of our users very happy, give away another game that none of our users already own (and which is really fun), and hope that the folks who didn't get the free Fallout will understand? Do we just stop negotiating these at all, because some of you will be upset no matter what?
The overlap for people who bought Broken Sword, Empire Earth, and Fallout is minuscule. Of course, almost all of the people who *do* own the whole catalog hang out here on the forums, so the population of gamers who can chime in here and say, "I've gotten nothing in the last three giveaways" is going to look unrepresentationally high. I don't have an easy way to run that comparison--I would need the devs to do direct SQL queries on a live DB, which is rather not what we need on a website that's still under a lot of load--but I'd guess that the only folks who owned all three are going to tend to be mostly the folks who own our entire catalog. We literally can't negotiate to gift them anything.
We've consistently thanked you guys with each of these three giveaways; they're all gifts to you. Whether you got two games, or three, or one, I would hope you understand that thank you, and that you'll be happy for the others who get a free game as well, even if you already have it.
Saying, "Hey, if you already own this game we'll pay for a different gift for you out of pocket" is financially not possible for us. Would you rather that no one gets a thank you than some tiny fraction of a percent of users don't end up getting something from us in thanks over the last 6 months?
You've heard of the phrase 'You can't please all the people all of the time' .....
You guys are doing a fine job, it's only a small percentage that complain. Even as someone who already had the free games before they became free, I completely support the giving away of goodies like this.
Honestly if you announced SS2 and gave it away free there would still be someone, somewhere with a complaint!
Keep up the good work GOG! and Trevor - don't let the comments of a few get you down!