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Customer transparency is important. It's depressing when good games get removed from GOG or other digital marketplaces, but it would be awesome if GOG could provide a date and time within a red message box in the description or something to forewarn us gamers. :-)
This is useful, so goes an upvote.
I got Fallout 1, 2 and Tactics when they were free, i can still download them and the bonus content?
Certainly a must have feature for the site. Your handling of the Fallout removal is the way these things must be done. As a side note, Fallout is available once more on steam, but not on gog. I think that speaks volumes about Bethesda's policies, and it does not sound nice at all.
ViciousAlek: Of course it's going to be for legal reasons, normally due to the original company losing the rights to something contained within the game. This should be obvious.
I don't get it - what's the point of removing games from gaming website?! They don't like money? or just plain stupid?! (Legal Rights my ass!)
I'd be more concerned with the (thankfully rare) instances where games have been removed from *download*, not just for sale. But regarding this topic, if they can legally do so it'd be nice it they did.
I understand that you sometimes might not have time to make an announcement, or that there might sometimes be legal or ethical issues involved, or business reasons for not advertising it when you lose a game. That being said, when you can give some kind of warning, it would be nice. And the game's forum--where people basically don't go unless they already own the game, which in fact isn't visible by default unless they own the game--is not the appropriate place for it.
why to remove a good game?
@BillyMaysFan59 thank you very much for your help :)
@Evil4sh Reading through this forum thread should explain everything: http://www.gog.com/forum/revolt/revolt_temporarily_delisted_on_gogcom/page1
Why was Re-Volt removed from store? Does anyone have an idea?
If it's not possible or GOG just doesn't want to do front page announcements whenever a game gets taken down, is there NO alternatives we could use like pushing a notification/email to those of us who have that game on our wishlists so that we can buy it before it gets pulled down? I really think this would be a great thing to do to both aid "GOG game collectors" and allow fans of that game to not miss out on the game!
Now Guilty Gear X2 Reload was just removed and I only found out about it because, you guessed, someone on the general forums brought it up. It was mentioned on the game's page that it was removed by a GOG staffer but, once again, there is no reason whatsoever for it to not be mentioned on the front page. Again, I have no problem with last-minute, no-warning-in-advance removals, since shit like that happens all the time, out of the blue, gobsmacking you in the face. But please let the rest of us know in an easy-to-see front page announcement to avoid confusion for the rest of us when suddenly a game we thought was here no longer is.
I cannot pretend to understand the complexities of licenses and legal jargon GOG has to navigate through to deliver what is, in my opinion, the best digital game marketplace on the web. But if, legalities not with holding, GOG.com can give advance warning, please do so. I tend to wait for sales because budgeting, but for disappearing games I could make an exception.
With Re-Volt and Wallace and Gromit removed without any prior notification, you guys at GOG.com really need to give us better warning in advance. The way you did so with Fallout needs to be recreated more often if possible with maybe better deals on games you plan to remove. In general though, I agree with a lot of those here, you need to give us better warning because, as I'm an avid collector of GOG.com games, being given better noice before a game is gone, possibly for good, gives me more incentive to buy it and snag it before it goes.
Why did the Wallace & Gromit games got removed? Oh, that's a shame.
Just recently the Wallace & Gromit game and Re-Volt were removed and I didn't find out about it until I stumbled on the forums. Re-Volt is supposedly going to come back once some negotiations are taken care of but W&G is gone for good, and without so much as a peep from a GOG staff member, much less a front-page advisory. That is ridiculous. If you're forced to remove something at the last second and aren't allowed to warn anyone, fine. But not even announcing that it was removed to begin with? There is NO excuse for that whatsoever.
This is a good idea. If more people knew about the fallout games or any other game was gonna be pulled off soon due to contracts or whatever, more people would buy them... even multiple copies for friends
While this is probably a rare problem it would be nice to be warned as long as it is legally possible to do so. Voted
The situation of the Fallout series worries me, now that's unclear what will Bethesda do with the distribution rights for the games.
While it's great that GOG maintains access to download any game already purchased (Don't EVER even think of changing this!), it would be a nice idea to give people warning that a game is going to be removed. I expect there will be a surge of sales as everyone tries to buy it before it's gone. It's a win for everyone.
If it's the result of a legal notice (which i would actually find strange for properly licensed games), i can understand this not being possible. But if the game was simply licensed for sale for a limited time i see no reason why not to put up a "Get it while you can!" notice when the license was about a month from expiring.
Sometimes they just can't do this (legal reasons and the like), alas. But where they can it'd be nice if they did, so voted for this one.
Maybe a "get it while you can" category? On the front page. It seems like it's a rare occurrence for a GOG game to get rescinded.
Warnings would have been nice, I would have bought XIII if I knew it was about to vanish.
Man am I glad I bought Space Rangers Reboot before it got wiped. WOhoo!
@Dwarden: Here's an updated list. http://www.gogwiki.com/wiki/List_of_games_removed_from_GOG I can also confirm that, once bought, the games and bonus content are still on your shelf and can be downloaded and installed at any time. The only thing you can't do (as stated below) is check out the game's original page, as it is no longer there. It is my understanding that some games are licensed by GoG, for a finite amount of time. It stands to reason then, that they should be able to let us know when said games will be removed. That said, some games on that list (above) have actually returned to GoG (Original War, Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising, Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis (renamed ArmA: Cold War Assault), Perimeter, and Soldiers: Heroes of World War II). If there is a game that has been removed that you are interested in, definitely let them know on the general forum! I ve seen threads of such games that the devs have responded to and gotten back, so it's always worth a shot. Cheers!
I am pretty sure that they can't. Games are removed due to legal issues forcing their removal. They cannot put themselves in such a legal predicament.
Definitely would be nice if there was at least a 24-48 sale window of a game about to be removed from GOG...
@apoc17 Star Wolves 1 is still selling on GOG. Space Rangers 2 Reboot is the game that got removed.
:) :) :) Also, if there is news that could be followed by a removal. Think "Too Human"...or, things are maybe going to go bad for Section 8...nothing concrete....but with what news there has been, I would snatch it if I already hadn't.... What I'm referring to is how it's unknown who owns Section 8...or something like that...two people own it.... once may be going under....
@Decivre Once bought removed games are still available in your account. XIII is no longer available but I can still download it. Like Steam, once bought you can always download it again
I'm not sure they could actually do this. I think if they were served with a takedown notice or were otherwise advised to take down a specific game immediately, they a) wouldn't have time to notify users before removing it and b) it might not be legal, considering they're essentially saying "it's no longer legal for us to host this, grab it before we have to remove it" which is dodgy as.
@phajn319 I know Cryostasis is gone too, you can't buy the downloadable version anywhere on the Internet period. Glad I snagged it on Steam before that happened.
Was Missionforce: Cyberstorm 2 on gog? I coulda sworn it was at some point.... I want missionforce cyberstom 1&2 back!
XIII was removed. What else?
@ DyneAmite That's a great idea - then maybe people wouldn't have to miss out on owning it before it gets taken off. I have a feeling it may be a contractual obligation that prevents them from doing that though.
I didn't realize that games vanished from GOG :(
Maybe add some sort of 'Going Soon' box on the frontpage so people can nab a soon-to-be-retiree if they want.
It'd certainly bring in a last burst of moolah for a game that's potentially had months worth of coding put into it.
+ catalogue of removed games with reason why
I got Starwolfves 1 and 2, They are no more on Gog but I cao more n still dowload the 2 games from my shelf. The only think that change its that the link to go to the game page no more exist... because the game page is removed.
This would be a welcome feature considering as customers we wouldn't want to be held liable for piracy because we weren't informed of a titles removal from GOG.
Can you continue to download the game if it has been removed from the catalog?
They already do this. The only time I remember a game being removed they email and had a post about it if I recall correctly.
I think this may be a hard feature to implement as I do not think gog has much of a notice before it has to pull games down when it does.
I'd like to see that. I currently have one game that's since been removed from the service (TOCA 3), I'd like to know of others that will be retired as well.
This would be a great and I believe an easily implemented feature!