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Nah, the lack of CD-key doesn't make it an illegal game.. they supply a basic CD-key, which I'm quite sure is legit.. else they'd be quite silly.

And apparently there have been some errors in the mailing system, my key -should- have arrived a week ago, but the mail never got there.
Got my key now, not tested yet (but I assume it works.) So this might be the case for some others as well?
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Veassen: I can buy NWN Diamond Edition from another site at the same price, wait a week to have it to my home and have my code. I have download a original copy from this site and i don't have to wait for have a cd key.
At now i have download a pirate copy of NWN diamond edition, because, without an Original and UNIQUE CD key this is only a ILLEGAL and pirate copy of a game.
My CD key MUST be with downloaded files and not with another request.
I'll make every day a new request for some day, if i don't have my Original and UNIQUE cd key
i'll contact authority.
Obvious troll is obvious. Please do contact "authority".

Also, the reason for not including a unique cd-key in every installation is that:
a) it's included in the installer, so they would have to compile one every time someone buys a game
b) if the game spreads to torrents, pirates wont be able to play online
c) GoG can log to whom a particular cd-key was sent, so you know in case it lands on a piratebay kinda thing they can track down a user responsible for this
Post edited November 08, 2010 by gulldarek
The most annoying thing about not receiving my key yet is that GoG has sent me advertisements for other games. I'm sorry but I'm definitely not buying games until my first transaction is actually carried out in full.
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gulldarek: a) it's included in the installer, so they would have to compile one every time someone buys a game
Or just include another setup file with the unique key in it which is generated on-the-fly from the cd key stored with the account in the GoG database and tell the setup to use that for the key and do whatever operations are needed to "install" that key.

Technologically, exactly what is being suggested (including the users key within the download files) is perfectly possible and not even that hard to do.
Erio, I got the 93% because it's not just the price of the game, it's the price of the two subsequent expansions on their release as well. If you'd bought each as it came out, you'd have basically bought 3 games... which you're now getting for $9.99.

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gulldarek: a) it's included in the installer, so they would have to compile one every time someone buys a game
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xyem: Or just include another setup file with the unique key in it which is generated on-the-fly from the cd key stored with the account in the GoG database and tell the setup to use that for the key and do whatever operations are needed to "install" that key.

Technologically, exactly what is being suggested (including the users key within the download files) is perfectly possible and not even that hard to do.
Technologically? No. Contractually? Might be harder than you think. Having dealt with these sorts of people before, I'm betting that what is going on behind the scenes is that GOG is having to request additional valid multiplayer keys from Atari/Infogrames... either every so often in batches, or (as wouldn't surprise me, when it comes to DRM convenience isn't even a factor compared to the publisher's right to protect and police its Intellectual Property) even possibly having to request a single key each time from them on a case by case basis, perhaps even having to submit proof of transaction each and every time.

I'm not saying I know this to be the case, I'm just saying having had to deal with such situations in the past, it could be a very plausible (and common) explanation for the delays.

This could also cause the greater delays in europe, as the licensing agreements for games, publishers and distributors are often completely different in europe than they are in the US... in fact, GOG might even have to contact a someone in a completely different department or office of the publisher, who might be dragging his feet. Lord help you all if that office is in France.

As piracy proves, you can do ANYTHING "technologically" with software. The technology isn't usually the barrier, rather it's the bureaucracy. The contracts, the lawyers, the red tape, and of course the publishers who say "you don't even get to smell the box of the game unless we get paid, and we'd rather inconvenience and infuriate the customer base than risk missing out on our cut." That is, after all, the entire spirit behind the very founding concept of DRM.
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gasbandit: ...snip...
Yes, I know. I was merely negating that one point :)

I've already brought up that this can be regarded as DRM in both this topic and with the support staff at GoG (when I requested my key). They agreed with me (about it being DRM) but admitted that there wasn't much they could do to remove it.

This may been seen as a bit of a creeping effect. All the games on GoG might have, at some point, been free of DRM but as several games still have it, GoG can't claim to sell only DRM-free games.

Getting the game to sell is now(?) more important than being DRM-free. Maybe two GoGmixes (DRM/DRM-free) need to be made? :)
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LegendReborn: The most annoying thing about not receiving my key yet is that GoG has sent me advertisements for other games. I'm sorry but I'm definitely not buying games until my first transaction is actually carried out in full.
You know you can just turn that off in your account settings, right?
I think that a simple mail that say: " your key will be send in 2-3-4-5-6 day's" will resolve the problem. Now we don't know if this key will arrive, and who many day is need to be send.
Ah-ha!

I now have my CD Keys.

Cheering them on in every message I sent paid off! ...thus proving my theory that the GOG staff is made of Japanese super heroes fueled by the cheers of the people.
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iceken: Yeah, but they don't work in multiplayer. :P
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gasbandit: My friend and I have managed to get multiplayer kinda working by blocking nwmaster.bioware.com in our hosts file (setting the address to 127.0.0.1) or if you have other software for blocking addresses, try blocking that one. It won't let you on servers that aren't blocking it, but at least one of you can host and the others join that person.
It would be great if I could get this working with my friends but I honestly don't understand these instructions. Do I use my windows firewall or a third party program? and what do I block exactly. Need a detailed walkthrough for this I have no knowledge when it comes to this kind of thing.
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gasbandit: My friend and I have managed to get multiplayer kinda working by blocking nwmaster.bioware.com in our hosts file (setting the address to 127.0.0.1) or if you have other software for blocking addresses, try blocking that one. It won't let you on servers that aren't blocking it, but at least one of you can host and the others join that person.
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Airborne: It would be great if I could get this working with my friends but I honestly don't understand these instructions. Do I use my windows firewall or a third party program? and what do I block exactly. Need a detailed walkthrough for this I have no knowledge when it comes to this kind of thing.
You might try here:

http://nwn.bioware.com/support/techfaq.html

EDIT: You will need a Bioware Social Account to access this. All it takes is the hassle of registering one.
Post edited November 10, 2010 by KickingSquid
I've started a topic to keep a list of games that require extra steps like requesting keys.
Hope I'm not duplicating anything: topic is here
got cd key today, wait 3 days
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Airborne: It would be great if I could get this working with my friends but I honestly don't understand these instructions. Do I use my windows firewall or a third party program? and what do I block exactly. Need a detailed walkthrough for this I have no knowledge when it comes to this kind of thing.
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KickingSquid: You might try here:

http://nwn.bioware.com/support/techfaq.html

EDIT: You will need a Bioware Social Account to access this. All it takes is the hassle of registering one.
That actually doesnt have the help I want, I don't want to know how to allow it through a firewall I want to block that address so we can play this as we're tired of waiting for keys.
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Veassen: got cd key today, wait 3 days
Was that so hard?