Hey everyone. Sorry, the past week was very busy for me and I was struggling to keep up with the thread. First post is now up to date.
OP, please can you take me off the boycott list.
I have made a purchase since my last post here and cannot continue boycotting with honesty.
Done (sorry for the delay). Although nobody is perfect and if you intend to maintain your boycott going forwards, I would still consider that a good effort. But it's up to you, obviously.
Especially when done they don't really boycott. Because like I said a real boycott if they clearly respect what they say, they should not even take the free games. Because even if it is 0 euros its remains in a way a purchase and therefore accepts what gog offers. A real boycott, we buy nothing, we take nothing even if it's free (like a blockade). But since it's free, they can afford to transgress like it's a straight pass. So in the end their boycott arguments are worth nothing.
For what it's worth, I haven't accepted a single free game from GOG this year (not sure if I can prove it though). Hellpoint is on my wishlist, but I won't take it, and I also didn't take Brigador (also on my wishlist) a few months back. It's not so much because I would consider it breaking the boycott though. For starters, my backlog is already pretty big and I don't know if/when I will ever get round to playing all the games I have already bought. Secondly, I like to support smaller developers and getting the game for free doesn't help support them (as far as I am aware).
Although, actually, if me taking a free game would mean GOG would still pay the devs their share, then I would take them. Because then the devs would still get supported (this boycott isn't their fault, after all) and it would mean GOG having to pay someone else some money on my behalf, which is a net expense to GOG and in my view would be consistent with the goals of the boycott.
I don't consider someone taking a free game as breaking their boycott. They still aren't giving GOG any money, therefore they are not financially supporting the store. If other people want to take the free games, I wouldn't hold it against them. I'm not sure if you can prove either way whether individuals have taken them or not. Some people may have bought those games last year, before they were offered for free, for example.