I totally agree about the dearth of good games being released this year.
Compared to last year, there have been very few big new releases.
I don't think that's necessarily GOG's fault though, unless maybe too many "2nd class citizen" games (caused by GOG not putting their foot down) have caused many people to stop buying here, resulting in less GOG income/market share and publishers being less interested in GOG. I'm not sure all that many people are actively boycotting GOG like those in this thread.
Maybe most people buy their old games on Steam now or recognize that old games eventually they show up on Steam (fewer exclusives might hurt GOG), or Cyberpunk2077 fiasco impacted CDP's overall relationship with publishers (thus impacting GOG's ability to get games here), or most publishers want to direct people to their own clients and stores (like EA and Ubi), etc.
Plus it's not like GOG ever
got too many "big-name" titles in one year, they've always struggled to get "AAA" devs' and pubs' attention. And a negative outlook might put blinders on us to hamper us from remembering the "big-name"(ish) titles that did show up, such as a portion of the missing Tomb Raider games.
(edit: as an aside I'm guessing we'll get something big-name-ish released at the start of the Christmas sale, maybe TR Rise and Shadow or Days Gone)
There's plenty to criticize GOG about but a concern of mine is that emotions seem to run so high around here sometimes that it seems like some people (not pointing at you, just saying) want to blame everything
on GOG (and it can feel "masturbatory" at times
), and I think criticism should try to stay pointed and reasoned out.
The lack of large output is also explained by the covid. We had a lot of good output in 2020 because certainly negotiated in 2019. But the 2021 outputs certainly negotiated in 2020 were hampered by the restrictions of the 2020 covid which was very restrictive. After that we can talk about visionconference and etc but often commercial negotiations are done orally (hand to hand) when signing the contract. Video conferencing serves as the first step.
I guess that's a possibility.