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Steam like Client program for GOG DRM free games and bonus content !!!

Added byFiatLux's avatarFiatLux

To make GOG.com more accessible to those with less tech understanding and easier to use for everybody then I suggest a Steam like feature "downloader, install and overview" "local interface client program". I suggest that you make a program that people can install on their computers , so they can just start the program , get an overview of what they have presently installed and what they got in their game library and then with a click on a button be able to control the delete and install of games (+bonus content) (Program must ofcpurse be GOG.com. aware and be able to determin if the game will run on the GOG.com.). I think that Steams greatest advantage and their reson for their success to some degree is because it is so easy to use once people have installed the Steam Client. The Steam Client is a DRM control App also (As far as I am concerned) but that does not mean that a site like GOG could not make something Steam Client like for their customers and the DRM free games.... I mean people could log in to a GOG client program (Steam Client like) and then right click game name to choose "automated operations" such as install (incl. bonus content) and so on (this could also be used to patch games and keep them up to date by a simple presetting in the local client....). Ref : http://store.steampowered.com/about/

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Pumbassa
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I find the distinct lack of a GOG client refreshing. The down loader is simple and ergonomic.

10 hrs. ago
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KiNgBrAdLeY7
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Although this would destroy steam. And despite the fact that this is the only one of Steam's advantage over other distributors (social platform and online interactions), if you closely examine the Steam phenomenon without preoccupation and fandom eyepatch... I am not so sure about it. Yet, i too, voted for.

This would require much work, effort, time, dedication and funding. Having an experienced and older rival, its success would not be either easy, or granted. It most probably will be buggy and slow, at beginning, at best. Worst of all, its development would obviously hinder other, more important work, and priorities, of GoG's...

Mixed blessing. I would like it, but not in the expense of other features!

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OWReaper
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I'm not voting for this, but as long as the games remain totally DRM free, I don't care if this happens or not.

5 days ago
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shendrix1980
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As a start, it would be nice to have an app that showed what I have installed and allow launch of any installed game. Looking at the Windows registry, I think the info is all there. Maybe I'll throw something together. I have a custom one now that parses my Steam library

Apr. 14, 2014
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shendrix1980
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I like this idea for a similar reason that someone else mentioned. I lean towards buying from Steam recently because of the convenience of maintaining my library of games. Perhaps GOG could offer an API that enabled the community to build an open source client.

Apr. 14, 2014
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raikoh09
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The steam client and its ability to auto download/ install in one step from a big list of games is why I don't buy more gog games. A similar gog client without drm would be much appreciated.

Apr. 14, 2014
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Tomkilla
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Just logged in to up vote and write a comment. This is a great idea. The greatest thing of STEAM is its accessibility, e. g. auto-updaets and library. Look at Desura as a prime example.

Apr. 13, 2014
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GRxRyder
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This could be a bit iffy as some people may mistake it for another form of DRM Check. But if they were indeed to make a client, they could shovel a lot of features into it and fancy it up a lot more than the website. It would save me a lot of time shuffling through the website on my browser. I only hope that IF they make a program, they allow easier browsing, wishlist updating, and watching of games and their communities in a much more simple manner than the steam client.

Apr. 10, 2014
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EraztheRogue
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This feature would be useful for me because I would like an easier way to organise my games. Sure, I could add them to Steam, but having an optional client to use with GoG would be a fantastic addition to the service. Please consider it!

Apr. 4, 2014
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h.e.X.e.n.
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i never vote this bestiality.

Apr. 3, 2014
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DalekMan
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As long as GOG keeps everything optional, from auto-updates to whatever else is involved, I'm not against this one. As someone who lives in an area where dial-up is the best you can get, though, I only have occasional access to a high-speed connection with which to do my game downloads, so auto-patching is a big hindrance for someone like me. Automatically checking for the existence of update patches and notifying me when there is one so I can grab it at the first convenient opportunity, however, is another matter.

I do, however, like the potential for game cross-promotion here. Doesn't Steam have something where certain games can unlock bonus features in others? I think it'd be pretty neat if, say, beating King's Quest I (or if that can't be done, then simply owning it.) unlocked King Graham's hat as an equippable item in some other game.

Mar. 28, 2014
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mayhemrules
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We need this just for our game library maintenance and organization. PLEASE consider it.

Mar. 24, 2014
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Netaro1000
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"Steam is DRM!!!" Umm.. You guys know that you can just go to your god damn (for example) steamapps/common/Sonic Adventure DX and just click the .exe to launch it without steam. And even if you don't have internet, steam has an offiline mode. I seriously have no idea why you guys are saying that steam DRM is the worst DRM. I don't noitce it at all. also, I would like to have a client program like this. Maybe just add a "Play" button to the GOG downloader? c:

Mar. 21, 2014
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lucac81
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A client where after login I have access to my entire library, that manages for me automatic updates, extra goodies, and why not, save games would be awesome.
It doesn't mean that it must be mandatory and/or contain DRM, after all gog games ARE DRM free, but it could be a very convenient way to maintain our game libraries

Mar. 19, 2014
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Porgery
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Naysayers, please pause and consider your presumptions before you make any of these complaints:

* It's DRM!! - No, it wouldn't be, not the way GOG would build it. Unlike Steam, GOG would never put DRM in their client. They can offer a competitive feature-rich client without adding DRM, as Desura has proven.
* We already have the Downloader - yes we do, and it's nice, but it pales in comparison to the convenience of the Desura and Steam clients, which offer library browsing and automatic updating
* I don't want to be locked into using some stupid bloatware - fine, don't use it if you don't like it. GOG would never require you to use a client.
* Using the steam client is so slow, with all the waiting and the ad popups - that's why GOG would do it better. And they wouldn't show you an ad popup without a "Never show ads again" checkbox.
* Downloaders do data mining and steal your bandwidth - come on, do you seriously think GOG would do that?

In short, the OP is asking for Steam-like convenience, not Steam-like DRM. GOG is about freedom first, which is why they would never make the client required - and if it's not required then it can't enforce DRM anymore. Knee-jerk reactions to the Steam comparison shouldn't stop GOG from offering optional convenience features, for those of us who want to have both freedom and convenience in their lives.

Mar. 14, 2014
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Karboxyd
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All those votes make me sad :'-[

Mar. 13, 2014
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apexultima
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Yes Steam is DRM.
However, Desura is similar in how steam works but contains NO DRM.
You can install games from the client, close Desura and still be able to play them. It's the games that possibly contain DRM.

Just a thought.

Mar. 12, 2014
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whatsgoingon
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Didn't find this request until after I posted this: http://www.gog.com/forum/general/embed_webbrowser_in_downloader

Here's a real simple message for all those client haters out there: If you don't like it don't use it, this client program would be completely optional! You can still have the fun of doing it the ol' fashion way if that's your cup of tea!

Mar. 10, 2014
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SpellSword
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I'm fine with things as they are but I can see why others would like a feature to make patching easier.

Perhaps the GOG Downloader could have auto-patching of already installed software as an additional feature?

If you add such a feature please make its use optional as I do not want to use it.

GOG Downloader:
http://www.gog.com/downloader

Mar. 4, 2014
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Sten_MkIIs
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Terrible idea. One of the best part of GOG is absence of any client programs or other garbage.

Mar. 2, 2014
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ELFswe
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@ZMacZ
You don't needto use the client today and you wont need to use the client tomorrow either.
I would say that diversity is a good thing. If (no Steam-like) client is holding people back from joining gog and buying games here, I would say an improved client is needed.

Feb. 28, 2014
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WereSquirrel
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I stopped buying new games on GOG because manually downloading and installing updates is a pain that belongs to the past. Old games that won't be updated anymore are fine as they are, but for new ones that get patched we really need a client, just let people manually download updates from the website as well if they want.

I like GOG for the DRM-free aspect, not for the absence of a convenient client.

Feb. 22, 2014
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ZMacZ
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Lemme rephrase:

STEAM install..
STEAM Startup...
STEAM Login...
STEAM Startup again..
STEAM Adds page...
Me dying of old age...

GOG...click the page enter login..ready..
Me being done with shopping by the time STEAM is done updating for the umpth time..

NO CLIENT !!!!

ty..

Feb. 16, 2014
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ZMacZ
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Yea..and add some DRM too...
O.o
...no...wait...do you wanna know why I come here instead of STEAM ?..
..no DRM...no client..easy download...everything works..
SO EFFIN UNLIKE STEAM !!!

- thumbs down for client..

Feb. 16, 2014
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MikeT23
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Really does need a program like Steams. Makes navigation so much easier!

Feb. 16, 2014
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SocialPayload
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Yea no. They already have a very easy-to-use system AND a downloader. So this is not necessary.

Feb. 15, 2014
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RawmeatAussie
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Nope download and play no other crap needed

Feb. 14, 2014
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Kabus
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GOG already have awesome client: http://www.gog.com/downloader

Feb. 8, 2014
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Dutrag
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I imagine something like the Game Explorer, but with the possibility to login in your GOG-account to install/deinstall your games and purchase games. Of course the client and the login should be for optional use.

Feb. 2, 2014
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moar_oldschool
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I like this idea but only if the software is thin, lightweight, and does not perform any secret data mining operations. Excessive bandwidth use like Pando or Skype to piggyback my internet connection into a distribution platform is a huge no-no. Provided there are no distributed computing / distribution operations used by such a client, I think its fine. Data such as what I'm playing and how long I'm playing it is of questionable value at best, but if it lets developers know to go with ideas that work and stop developing stupid games, I might be amenable.

I personally would like to benefit from being informed of special offers and announcements of new additions to the store. While I can receive these in e-mail, or by periodically visiting the GOG site, I am most suggestable when I am in one of my "old games" moods and therefore playing an old game, presumably from said GOG launchlist that is being proposed here. The utility nature of e-mail makes most leisure activity related information to me repugnant, since I'm most likely trying to do something and anything non-urgent is like being annoyed with "spam"

Feb. 1, 2014
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kofeiiniturpa
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This could probably work if they made its use completely optional and requiring to "log in" only if needing online stuff like dowloading or purchasing something, while the games would still be playable with or without the "client". I'd see it that way just as a utility tool, easier access to the games and services for those wanting it.

I'm not sure if I'd use it and in no way do I consider something like that necessary (I voted no for it some time back when GOG polled for new features and asked opinions about a "client"), but there are some merits to having such a system as an option.

Jan. 30, 2014
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Cyril79
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Agree with most people... It's a bad idea, GoG is better than steam, no need "useless features" like on steam. GoG is pretty good ! Steam is the devil !
I love games drm-free

Jan. 30, 2014
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smerles
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I'm against this idea. A platform like Steam IS the DRM in itself. We don't need silly achievements. The forum is already a nice place to communicate. The cost of coding and maintainig the platform would also increase the prices of the games.
I also doubt that a client would increase the popularity of GOG. Good old games are simply not everyones cup of tea.

Jan. 30, 2014
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Sintjago
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like that GOG is non-DRM but miss the social part and achievements of Steam. Bring those in and it would be awesome. I'll be great to make more friends here.

Jan. 30, 2014
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Artless7
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It's easy to shoot point blank at this proposition without giving any arguments but the fact remains that whether you like it or not, a platform that gathers friends, organize your DRM-Free games in a personal library while keeping them up to date cannot be seen as "pointless", unless your opinion is clearly biased from the start. Steam is popular because it gives you the impression that you own a nice library. The fact that Steam (a service that can be abrogate your account and therefore obliterating all your games) is inviting enough to gather 60 millions users says it all actually. They must have made it convivial to some to attract so many gamers. A GOG platform would give the advantage of Steam, without the fear to lose all your games, as the platform could be optional, so those who wants to embrace it could hop in while those that prefers installing, managing, starting their games one by one could keep doing it using the good old way. There is no losers in the process, only more visibility for this amazing service which is GOG.

Jan. 28, 2014
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TheIRS
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This idea is already pointless enough (there is no good enough reason to have it that isn't completely drowned out by the negatives), but I do find it curious that several of the proponents of this idea (not all, of course) have ideas for this that are essentially DRM or would readily lead down toward the path of such. Especially the "cloud" idea, that one just screams of DRM implementation.

Jan. 26, 2014
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mayhemrules
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The thing about a client is that it will help organize your library. If you have many games here then you need something to sort it out, know what you have downloaded, know if you updated it. it should:

-BE OPTIONAL
-CAN BE RAN AT ANYTIME (just like the current installer)
-NO DRM (obviously)
-Help with knowing whats installed or not

Jan. 22, 2014
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Wild_Eep
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If someone can download and install winzip without a clientside utility to hold their hand through the process, they can download and install good old games. The self-extracting installers GoG provides are already far more accessible than the boot floppy environments, tweaking config.sys and autoexec.bat, allocating IRQs for serial mouse and network card, etc. etc. we are all used to having to do to be able to run good old games in their native environment.

My concern is that if we required cars to come with autopilots, it wouldn't be long before manual was no longer an option.

I don't want a tray task sucking up memory / CPU / download allowance checking for updates, checking for additions to my GoG library, etc. and see introducing a (initially optional) client-side crutch to double-click an installer as the start of the "slippery slope".

Nice installers to deploy the downloaded content I am all in support of.

But a non-game program that does nothing more than saving a quick check of the library in the browser or a separate download / install click is low on the cost-benefit ratio. The development and maintenance and cross-platform testing of this tool would have to be funded from somewhere, and I'd prefer not to pay for what I don't want to use.

Jan. 8, 2014
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halldojo
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@Swatseal, there is a option in the gog downloader to automatically run setup after download.

@Ricair, well in their defence the title says steam like client, so one would assume that is what the OP means.

Jan. 4, 2014
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efficaxor
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A client with a associated community, achievements etc. would be great. In fact, that would be ideal. I love Steam but I also love DRM-free games.

Jan. 3, 2014
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TheCandyMan666
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I don't see a problem with DRM free and a nice client which can be used ADDITIONALLY to a direct download of the game. This could later be used to also have nice features like cloud saves in game chat/browser etc.

Jan. 2, 2014
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Vainamoinen
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With Early Access looming even, there's nothing I'd like LESS than gog making further steps towards Steam. gog's downloader never worked for me and produced buggy files in fact. I really, really, really oppose a client program for gog games. Let Steam be the platform for people who do not know how to download a file and click on an executable, but gog actually has the real PC gamers on board.

Jan. 2, 2014
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Swatseal
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This is my only complaint with the GOG downloader. It would be nice to see my games list and even nicer to auto install. Nobody wants DRM here, just an easier way to access our library.

Dec. 28, 2013
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Ricari
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The amount of knee jerk reactions here is depressing. TAKE. A. DEEP. BREATH.

You see steam client and you're screeching no into the heavens without realizing the fact that all it's suggesting is making it so you can SEE YOUR GAMES LIST.

That's it. None of the DRM that you people are pitching a fit over.

Dec. 24, 2013
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sbloom85
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I'm definitely for this idea. As stated multiple times, people confuse download clients and DRM. DRM is Digital Rights Management, which can be applied to not only games, but music, video and even ebooks. Since GOG's games are DRM-free, it'd be perfectly feasible to produce a client that allows their customers to purchase download games from their catalog. If the GOG team can't do it, or is too busy with other things, they could crowdsource the client. I'm sure there are plenty of people who frequent this site who are proficient programmers. I say someone should develop a proof of concept client and show it to the GOG team.

Dec. 24, 2013
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Artless7
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I was going to propose exactly this. Not a DRM applications but more of a completely optional app that can download, organise in a library style, keep up to date your GOG games with a messenger in it, taking screenshots so you can shae them. Some kind of Steam with games that you own, no matter what happens to your account. Steam is popular because they made a platform that keeps friends together, the social aspect is the key! I hope they will at least consider the possibility of such a platform :-)

Dec. 22, 2013
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ngageman
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Sooooo..... you whanna some type like dunno steam installer witch can monitor your acions? And check the games(or are they illegal?). You must choose yourself you whanna FREE DRM games(got it on your pendrive install where you whant) or client(with check games what you got in your account). Why steam got promotions? Cause no one can got game and sell/distribute it further(or it should work that way). IMHO WORST IDEA EVER GOG is GOG... deal with it...

Dec. 18, 2013
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imnotgoats
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It really strikes me that, in this thread, a large number of people seem to be confusing the concept of a client for downloading and sorting games with DRM itself.

The use of DRM is not implicit with the introduction of a download client, especially one for a storefront that is famously DRM-free. No one would accuse the majority of Linux repos of being DRM-based, because they are simply not. Humble have a client for Android. It is also DRM free.

For all those that are confused, DRM is a form of usage control which restricts end users in various ways (online login, a certain amount of installed computers, etc.). A GOG client needn't have any DRM whatsoever. I don't know why so many are up in arms over this.

I, for one, am really behind this and it would cause me to use GOG a whole lot more. I like ordering my collection, achievements and other features are perks also. Those who didn't like it could continue to use GOG with no alterations, those who wanted it could participate. It's a logical progression for any modern storefront where you will buy more than a handful of media.

It would, however, be a huge amount of work for the GOG team, which I think is the most likely reason why this hasn't already been implemented (although, I'm sure the business case for it is still somewhat debatable also).

Dec. 11, 2013
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MarkoF
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This is a very good idea. I don't understand how people cannot grasp the concept that a client application is not the same as DRM. Just because Steam came to be as means of introducing DRM, and other similar services followed in this suite, it doesn't mean that you can't make a client that will be DRM free.

Plus sides to having this client from my perspective are this:
- better overview and organisation of personal libraries (introducing 'category' settings);
- automatic updates to installed games;
- achivements.

Dec. 6, 2013
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mayhemrules
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Main resason I stopped buying more games here. After 50+ games it gets harder to keep track of your downloaded games, patches, extras, etc.

Please add it. No need for it to have DRM

Dec. 3, 2013
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