2. There was a community survey in, I don't know, Christmas or new year or some such. There were a number of questions, including whether we would accept the release of newer/indie/console games, how much we would be willing to pay for a good new game and so on. The trouble with a democracy is that the people don't know what's best for them.
Wouldn't quite call it a democracy. It's quite possible less than half the people voted they wanted it and they still decided to go through with it anyway, following the exact premise that we don't know what's good us (or them rather).
Long term, for GOG this is probably the best decision if it wants to become a big retailer.
Short term for us it simply means more additional games as from some posts they seem to have a fair number of old games on backlog that just haven't been 'tweaked' for release yet. So at least for now the old games are still coming in at a good pace.
Long term I'd say it's not unwarranted that their focus shift might lead to a somewhat lessened showing of old games than could have happened otherwise. I imagine their company didn't just jump in size and now they'll be busy brokering for old games, new games and indies alike. It's hard to imagine that not taking some time away from what could've been spent on acquiring oldies.
But we'll see if they can keep the pace up. Realistically in the long run the oldies would've started running out anyway as they are obviously in a relatively limited supply (depending on how quickly they acquire them). Not to mention that their advantage of being the only ones offering oldies seems to be slowly eroding as more and more of them are being released on other retailers. (some even the updated/improved GOG editions O_o)