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Get SimCity 2000 SE, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper 1 & 2, and more DRM-free EA classics 60% off!

This weekend nearly 30 classic from the Electronic Arts collection make their way to GOG.com with a solid flat-rate 60% discount. A line-up of timeless games arriving at such speed deserves to be called nothing shorto of a Classic EA Convoy! You'll find memorable stand-alone titles here, as well as all-time favorite series. Games from many genres to suit all tastes and temperaments. Whether you are an adventurous soul, a keen manager, or a daunting pilot, you'll find an excellent match for yourself on our promo page. But before you go there, let's take a quick look at some of the brilliant games we offer you today, shall we?

There was a time that all that a aspiring mayor of a virtual town needed, was a computer plugged in into nothing more than a power socket. Well, that and a copy of SimCity 2000, preferably the Special Edition that allowed you not only to construct and manage your town--that is: metropolis--but also allowed you to become an architect and design your very own buildings using the patented Urban Renewal Kit. Oh, yes! City-building was carefree and full of bliss, back in the day (up until an earthquake or alien invasion--but even that only happened locally). Many have forgotten, but we, here at GOG.com, remember. Today you can experience the urbanistic utopia once again, for only $2.39--a fraction of what you'd be paying for building a birdhouse, let alone a city!

If you prefer a smaller scale in your managerial sim, but maybe even more gameplay intensity, you should pick up Theme Hospital for only $2.39. This medical facility simulation takes serious matters like health care and exotic diseases with a hefty pinch of humor. Treating Hairyitis in patients suffering from prolonged exposure to moonlight might be a tad challenging, but its got to be fun at the same time. After all, not every day you get to order flea-powder and silverware compress as a treatment, right. Only here!

Lots of humor, even if a bit darker in tone, you will also find in Dungeon Keeper and Dungeon Keeper 2, Bullfrog's excellent fantasy games pitting iron-clad heroes and heroins against a horde of vile dungeon-dwelling monsters led by a repulsive demon. The twist is: this time around you're the evil boss of the dungeon. Command your minions, design deadly traps, and fend off those damn do-gooders trying to perform their petty quests. You also get to hoard ridiculous heaps of gold and jewels here, and the entry investment is only $2.39 for each of the games.

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, just as all of the games above, delivers complex and deep strategic gameplay with lots of factors to track at once--probably even more then the others. On top of that, it presents you with the most important task ever undertaken by the humankind: colonization of space! Taking everything that was so involving and enjoyable about the Civilization game, this one takes matters into an otherworldly setting. The version we offer here comes with the elusive Alien Crossfire expansion, all for the low price of--you guessed it--$2.39!

Impressive? Oh, but that's just the tip of the giant mountain of DRM-free EA gems we have lined up for you in our Classic EA Convoy! Be sure to check the whole promo page, not to miss out on any of the excellent titles we offer 60% off until until Tuesday, May 7, at 3:59AM GMT.

Have a nice weekend!
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DarthCruciare: Don't forget: EA has the dubious honour of being the first company to win the Worst Company in America Award for two consecutive years. Just something to think about it.
Anyone who actually thinks EA is the worst company in America is completely off their rocker.
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RayRay13000: And pushers of DRM? What's Valve, Ubisoft, and a bunch of other companies doing right now?
Just a small correction, Ubisoft is also not worth the flak they are getting about their "always online" thing. Since I was looking at the AC series, they have (at most) a one time optional activation, and you can play them offline without problems. They do though keep some extra content available only for online play, even though I'm not sure if it's playable offline as well. Will have to check it at some point. Whether that extra content is worth it is of course up to debate (The Davinci Dissapearence? Yes. 4 extra bullets? Meh).
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DarthCruciare: Umm, actually, Diablo 3 was released AFTER ME3. So you can't say people would have known better after Diablo 3 that ME3 would suck, because Diablo 3 WASN'T out yet. As for voting with my wallet? You know what? I am. I am voting with my wallet by not buying another EA title. Full stop. You don't want to stop, fine, I don't care. It's not my business. I am not here to force my beliefs on others, the way EA is forcing DRM on us. This is a forum for stating opinions, nothing more, nothing less.
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RayRay13000: What I was referring to with Diablo 3 was with SimCity's always online connection. Both of which were (at launch) a complete disaster regarding the DRM side of it. That's what I was referring to when I brought up Diablo 3. As for Mass Effect 3, I'm of the opinion that the ending controversy was blown way out of proportion.

As for EA being here, I don't mind. It's enough of an incentive (for me that is) to buy their games here since 1) They're DRM-Free and 2) They're at a low price. I don't use Origin, and really don't intend to anyway since it's a carbon copy of Steam (and with Steam I don't buy games from them unless they're less than $15).

But that's fine, that's your call. But don't use that poll as a good justification for EA being the worst company out there (because in actuality, they're not, not by a long shot). And pushers of DRM? What's Valve, Ubisoft, and a bunch of other companies doing right now?
Apologies, misunderstood your point. I do hate other pushers of DRM, with the exception of Steam. Steam, unlike Origin, allows you to play offline. All it really means is that you cannot obtain cosmetic achievements that have no bearing on gameplay, only a sense of accomplishment. I hate all overly intrusive DRM from companies who assume all their customers are thieves, like Ubisoft's ridiculous statement that the vast majority of PC fans steal their products. Yeah, people kinda don't like it when you call them criminals when you have no fucking proof to back up your claims. Is EA the Worst Company in America? Do I really and truly believe that with all the other much more terrible companies out there? When it comes to customer relations and customer service, they are a serious contender. But worst company ever? No, I full heartedly agree there are much worse companies out there.
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JMich: Just a small correction, Ubisoft is also not worth the flak they are getting about their "always online" thing. Since I was looking at the AC series, they have (at most) a one time optional activation, and you can play them offline without problems. They do though keep some extra content available only for online play, even though I'm not sure if it's playable offline as well. Will have to check it at some point. Whether that extra content is worth it is of course up to debate (The Davinci Dissapearence? Yes. 4 extra bullets? Meh).
I'm aware of that (since I do own Anno 2070 and have played it offline). But even then I really don't think they should be given too much flak since they still use a client for some of their titles (which from my experience is no different than Steam). But yes, it's nice of them to actually start dropping the UPlay. I'm just hoping for more Ubisoft titles to show up here as well. *cough*Anno*cough*
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DarthCruciare: Ubisoft comments
Read the post above your own for what Uplay's DRM is. While members of the company may have said things without proper thinking, if we are to condemn a whole company because of what an employer (even a high level one) says, we wouldn't have companies we don't hate.
I know I can give you 2-3 quotes by GOG staff that should give you reason to hate the company, even though they've explained themselves afterwards. But if we are talking about Ubisoft, EA or Microsoft, no, it's only bad things and no explanations.
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DarthCruciare: I feel I am obliged to point out the hypocrisy of a company that prides itself on anti-DRM games to offer games from a company that has a horrible track record for customer service and overly restrictive and intrusive DRM, for a discount. While there are some real tempting deals here to be sure, as an ardent member of the Retake Mass Effect 3 community, I cannot in good conscience purchase anything made from EA, even if it is old and cheap. Which brings me to a follow up question: does EA receive a percentage of all sales made of its old material, or have the rights to sell the game been purchased for a flat rate? I love you, GoG, and I'll keep buying from you when I see stuff I like. But I will never again buy an EA title, not even at 60% off. Don't forget: EA has the dubious honour of being the first company to win the Worst Company in America Award for two consecutive years. Just something to think about it.
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DarkRexx: You DO realize that the same poll had British Petroleum on it, a company that caused millions and millions of damages to the environment? If EA is a worse company for shitty support for video games then you need to get your priorities straight, and so do the neckbeards that made that poll.
It's also the same poll that had Bank of America on it. Easily the worst company in America as it actually did destroy tens of thousands of people's lives by evicting them from their homes. All EA did was ruin people's ability to play games.

Then again, a huge percentage of gamers are teenage boys or act like teenage boys so, no, not surprising that EA would be chosen. Idiotic but not surprising.
Good sale, I admit. Not sure what I will get if any, but there are many good titles.

For those who actively (in forums etc) support Steam with the excuse that if Steam shuts down Steam will release all the games drm free to the people who bought them...must be cool to live in your dream world. Perhaps for Valve titles and some of the indie titles, but if you think companies like EA/Ubi, etc are just going to accept this then LOL.


Also, something that is worth considering for Steam and any other which needs software running to play the games. Steam has long time now dropped support for W98 (it used to support W98 as OS). It's only a matter of time before the same happens for XP (and so on). You will end up having titles that require your operating system to run, but Steam does not run with it. Oh the joys of DRM! Let me guess, Steam will give the games DRM free to the people who will still want to use XP, right? Right? LOL
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DarkRexx: You DO realize that the same poll had British Petroleum on it, a company that caused millions and millions of damages to the environment? If EA is a worse company for shitty support for video games then you need to get your priorities straight, and so do the neckbeards that made that poll.
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Bloodygoodgames: It's also the same poll that had Bank of America on it. Easily the worst company in America as it actually did destroy tens of thousands of people's lives by evicting them from their homes. All EA did was ruin people's ability to play games.

Then again, a huge percentage of gamers are teenage boys or act like teenage boys so, no, not surprising that EA would be chosen. Idiotic but not surprising.
That, and as DarkRexx said above, "You DO realize that the same poll had British Petroleum on it, a company that caused millions and millions of damages to the environment? If EA is a worse company for shitty support for video games then you need to get your priorities straight, and so do the neckbeards that made that poll."

Plus more local company problems like this: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-03/chinese-police-arrest-suspects-in-rat-for-mutton-crime-ring.html Ugh...

Anyway, while I support voting with one's dollars, remember that there are much bigger issues in the world. And EA is probably making VERY little money off the titles being on GOG; it's possible that we're lucky to have EA on here thanks to Paul Barnett and a few other classics fans-slash-employees.
When people say "good stuff" they mean this.
nice promo so some great games
Is this right?

Ultima 1+2+3, release date: December 31, 1989
Ultima 4+5+6, release date: June 15, 1985


nice promo, btw.. ;p
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Stooner: Is this right?

Ultima 1+2+3, release date: December 31, 1989
Ultima 4+5+6, release date: June 15, 1985

nice promo, btw.. ;p
It is correct. Ultima I was originally released only for the Apple II in 1981. It took up to 1989 for it to be revamped and re-relased. (Actually there was a DOS release in 87 but I am being dramatic.)
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Buenro-games: It is correct. Ultima I was originally released only for the Apple II in 1981. It took up to 1989 for it to be revamped and re-relased. (Actually there was a DOS release in 87 but I am being dramatic.)
oh, nice! Thank you...
actually, I forgot about the Apple part... ;p
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DarthCruciare: I feel I am obliged to point out the hypocrisy of a company that prides itself on anti-DRM games to offer games from a company that has a horrible track record for customer service and overly restrictive and intrusive DRM, for a discount. While there are some real tempting deals here to be sure, as an ardent member of the Retake Mass Effect 3 community, I cannot in good conscience purchase anything made from EA, even if it is old and cheap. Which brings me to a follow up question: does EA receive a percentage of all sales made of its old material, or have the rights to sell the game been purchased for a flat rate? I love you, GoG, and I'll keep buying from you when I see stuff I like. But I will never again buy an EA title, not even at 60% off. Don't forget: EA has the dubious honour of being the first company to win the Worst Company in America Award for two consecutive years. Just something to think about it.
Do you want DRM-free games for a fair price across all territories or not? EA is still basically a toy company, they are not engaged in child labour, human trade or other morally despicable areas, there is no need to bring in ideological hypocrisy. So you don't like how they treat their new games, neither do I, but they are still just toys, I simply don't buy them. On the other hand here is EA giving us the opportunity to buy the best games of all time as complete edition for the lowest price on GoG. Someone at EA had to devote time and manpower to sort out the legal issues and they could have charged the 9.99$ price tag, they could have sold Ultima VII and Ultima VII Part 2 or Wing Commander 1 and 2 as separate games, they could have charged money for Savage Empire and Martian Dream, they could have denied the expansion packs, they even could have just not bothered doing business with GoG at all and released everything on Steam exclusively (or Origin).

So, if you want to tell EA that what they are doing is wrong you need to tell them what is right. Do you like these games? Do you think the price is appropriate for the offered product? If so, then get off your moral sandbox and just vote with your wallet. Just complaining on message forums won't do any good.
Post edited May 03, 2013 by HiPhish
Just purchased Theme Hospital so I have all but 5 games from this convoy. EA is definetly my TOP publisher here.
Post edited May 03, 2013 by tburger