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I would like to announce that I have decided to boycott GOG for 2021. This is in response to several decisions the site has made over the past year that I believe have been deeply misguided:

Firstly, the continued slippage of GOG's DRM-free values. The promise of 100% DRM-free is what the site was originally founded on and yet GOG seems to be allowing this principle to be increasingly eroded. The games Absolver and Dying Light are two examples of games that include single-player DRM and there are several more listed here. GOG is aware of these games, but has apparently made no effort to address them. CDPR also seem to continue to believe the rules on GOG don't apply to their own games, firstly with Gwent and more recently the DRMed single-player rewards and Piggyback Interactive Map for Cyberpunk. In addition, GOG's recent deal with Epic appears to be a cover for GOG to start selling DRMed games. This is clear from the fact that GOG is providing technical support for DRMed 'EGS' games sold via Galaxy.

Next, the continued heavy pushing of Galaxy and the lack of maintenance of the offline installers. Several times in recent months, GOG has given incentives only to Galaxy users in the form of bonus content or free games. This has the effect of making non-Galaxy users feel like second-class customers. Also, there many well documented cases of GOG neglecting to update offline installers (refer to the list here), even though they are updating the Galaxy versions, so they clearly have the updated files. This is not acceptable - offline installers are the core of the DRM-free concept. All of this points to a worrying trend which may ultimately lead to GOG abandoning offline installers entirely and making Galaxy mandatory.

Lastly, the recent debacle with Devotion. I won't repeat everything that has been said about this in other threads, but GOG's decision to be complicit in imposing Chinese censorship on non-Chinese users is simply unacceptable. The game needs to be released on GOG immediately.

The wishlist request for Devotion can be signed here.

Actions I would like to see GOG taking:

1) Release Devotion immediately.
2) Remove Gwent from GOG.
3) Remove DRM from the bonus cosmetics in Cyberpunk and remove the DRMed Piggyback Interactive Map from the store.
4) Address the games on this list that are currently sold on GOG, which include non-cosmetic DRM. The developers in question should be given a warning to remove the DRM asap. If not heeded, the games should be de-listed. This includes the games Absolver, Dying Light and Carcassone Tiles and Tactics (good sign: Hitman (2016) was removed 10/2021)
5) Address the other games on the above list that include locked cosmetics.
6) Cancel the deal with Epic.
7) Stop providing free games/incentives only to Galaxy users.
8) Assign adequate resources to maintenance of the offline installers (some signs of good progress have now been seen on this issue - as of 4/15/2021).

For me to make any purchases on GOG this year, #1 needs to happen and at least a couple of the others. I.e. I want to see clear signs of a change in trajectory of the site, away from it's current misguided direction towards being a weak Steam competitor and back towards the principles it was founded on. I had been planning to spend $150-200 on GOG this year, but instead I will be spending that at Zoom Platform, to help build up a viable DRM-free alternative store.

Is anyone else intending to boycott GOG? Who is with me?

Update 1: Below is the response from GOG staff to a user who asked why they were not doing anything about the games on GOG that are listed to include DRM (if we need any more proof about GOG's total apathy regarding DRM-free):

All games available on GOG have offline installers available. We stay in touch with the partners and do our best to keep them up to date. However, video games continue to evolve with many titles offering online modes, cosmetics, and incentives for completing certain actions by players. This might be subjective, but as long as these additional features and rewards do not affect the single-player offline experience in a major way, we believe that the developers and publishers should be free to design and sell their games in a way they choose.
That statement is not compatible with the promise of a DRM-free game store that GOG has been making to their users for the past 10+ years.

Update 2:
To provide a standard answer to the many people who have said they won't join the boycott because they don't think a boycott by a limited number of users can be effective against a large corporation, this article provides a list of many successful consumer boycotts. Also note that GOG users have successfully boycotted in the past over issues such as Galaxy being bundled with the offline installers. This is not a hopeless cause. Claiming it is so is false and nothing but a convenient excuse for those that want to sit on their hands.

People who are boycotting, to whatever degree they're comfortable with:
1) Time4Tea
2) Lifthrasil
3) joppo
4) kdgog
5) Ancient-Red-Dragon
6) Seceroth
7) TencentInvestor
8) pearnon
9) Leevi
10) gloombandit
11) fronzelneekburm
12) MajicMan
13) Chaossaturn
14) john_hatcher
15) Grahor
16) Orkhepaj
17) rjbuffchix
18) B1tF1ghter
19) _Auster_
20) HappyPunkPotato
21) rtcvb32
22) Setilla
23) fr33kSh0w2012
24) Hexchild
25) GreasyDogMeat
26) GlorFindel
27) Vendor-Lazarus
28) DevotedTitan
29) Zegpi
30) gargus
31) DrearierSpider
32) WeirdoGeek
33) Zorzy
34) Kohleran
35) plagren
36) Lesser Blight Elemental
37) Captainchicken84
38) dycaite
39) Amiko Novich
40) gloombandit
41) Agent-94
42) evilprotoss
43) TrueBlueGamer
44) faldofas
45) kaileena
46) ShadowXOR
47) Adoru
48) g00dbye
49) LordJF
50) nevasith
51) TormentFan
52) ApeKing
53) Dalswyn
54) aiMute
55) Shendue
56) classic-gamer
57) nevasith
58) ResidentLeever
59) nightcraw1er.488
60) DesmondOC
61) AstralWanderer
62) Cavalary
63) hollibolli1970
64) sebastelian
65) FateIsOneEdge
66) theseawulf
67) A CRICKET RIDING A TUMBLEWEED
68) RETRON84
69) Mplath1
70) RichDude_2005
71) LtOin
72) granny
73) romulus16
74) KiNgBrAdLeY7
75) Arsen7
76) Firefox31780
77) 5P34R
78) shattenyagger
79) OldOldGamer
80) DeadCityResident
81) Kohleran
82) gargus
83) Serpens6
84) TheRPGenius
85) fraan11
86) Mplath1
87) Ragmand
88) Souffrir
89) Doomjedi
90) PirroEpirote
91) patrikc
92) Witch2Gog6
93) Nalkoden
94) Peaceful Protestor
95) mqstout
96) Eidskogian
97) rtwjunkie
98) Kyousuke
99) ElektroSmokes
100) zakius
101) SuccessDenied
102) LordEbu
103) beresk_let
104) lostwolfe
105) wintermute.
106) Twanmalla
107) Pyromancer138
108) lmc2002
109) Illyrac
110) torkel104
111) sanscript
112) Creo1
113) GamezRanker
114) watchinofoye
115) Witch2Gog6
116) 5P34R
117) ChinaGovIsFacist
118) Elkinda
119) Moriaantjie
120) zeragrin

People who are sympathetic to the concept:
1) TerriblePurpose
2) DukeNukemForever
3) McMicroDonalds
4) WinterSnowfall
5) flanner
6) Dogmaus
7) PirroEpirote
8) Paliper
9) W3irdN3rd
10) FiatLux
11) MasterW
12) InSaintMonoxide
13) Jorev
14) TheDcoder
15) shih1976
16) Djungelurban
17) Wishmaster777
18) Darvond
19) The_Puppet94
20) Zrevnur
21) DebbieL
22) jorlin
23) arrua
24) llamas
25) dick1982
26) viperfdl
27) tfishell
28) AgentBJ09
29) mm324
30) JackknifeJohnson
31) Lhun Duum
32) darkangelz
33) LukeHimself
34) paladin181
35) cyberfancom
36) BanditKeith2
37) GE0DZ
38) ReynardFox
39) N1c3_0n3

(current as of post #3910)
Post edited 2 days ago by Time4Tea
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Nope.
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Time4Tea: Is anyone else intending to boycott GOG? Who is with me?
I can certainly see why someone would choose to do so. I'm not going to boycott them, however, as long as they still offer DRM-free offline installers with no mandatory clients. That being said, I've long since stopped my "I'm not sure if I'll have time to play this game, but let me buy it here to support GOG" behavior, mostly because of the concerns you've also highlighted.
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Time4Tea: 6) Assign adequate resources to maintenance of the offline installers.
I doubt anything is going to come out of this, of course, in terms of GOG doing anything to address your concerns, but just as a guideline on how to approach things in general, you probably need to define a metric here and be more specific. As far as we know, what is currently in place is already considered "adequate" by GOG.
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Time4Tea: I want to see clear signs of a change in trajectory of the site, away from it's current misguided direction towards being a weak Steam competitor and back towards the principles it was founded on.
Its goals are more likely to become "a store to rule all stores", by using Galaxy as a gateway to unify all your games, regardless of their source, under a single client. I see why someone would think this idea has merit, perhaps it even does have merit in the grand scheme of things of gaining market share, it's just some of us don't care much for clients of any sort. And that's one of the main reasons we are buying games here.

Regardless of our preferences, it can't be denied that the majority of GOG's resources are being invested in pursuing this goal.
Post edited January 05, 2021 by WinterSnowfall
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nah
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Just be careful with Zoom platform, it is like GOG a company and companies will in the end do what's best for business so they would also eventually do what is best to make the business grow.

Humble Bundle is an example as at first they were heavily into DRM free games and bundles, today they are much much bigger but now most released games and bundles are Steam Key exclusives with DRM free being a rare commodity.
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You have quite a point but, as a gamer that wants to buy and play games, I'll still stay with "the lesser evil" aka GOG...

I might anyway try to purchase more things on itch.io instead of here, but I won't boycott what currently is the best option for a store, despite its downfall.

Good riddance! And let's wish at least some of your claims are listened.
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Good Luck boycotting GOG yourself.
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Time4Tea: Is anyone else intending to boycott GOG? Who is with me?
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WinterSnowfall: I can certainly see why someone would chose to do so. I'm not going to boycott them, however, as long as they still offer DRM-free offline installers with no mandatory clients. That being said, I've long since stopped my "I'm not sure if I'll have time to play this game, but let me buy it here to support GOG" behavior, mostly because of the concerns you've also highlighted.
At the start of 2020, I was taking the position that I would ignore sales and buy games at full price to support GOG. To say they have 'lost my goodwill' would be quite an understatement.
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Time4Tea: 6) Assign adequate resources to maintenance of the offline installers.
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WinterSnowfall: I doubt anything is going to come out of this, of course, in terms of GOG doing anything to address your concerns, but just as a guideline on how to approach things in general, you probably need to define a metric here and be more specific. As far as we know, what is currently in place is already considered "adequate" by GOG.
That one is a bit hand-wavy, I agree. I guess I would like to at least see some progress with the backlog of offline installers being brought into line with the Galaxy versions.
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wolfsite: Just be careful with Zoom platform, it is like GOG a company and companies will in the end do what's best for business so they would also eventually do what is best to make the business grow.
I think the problems generally start when companies go public, as opposed to 'companies' more generally. Anyone I buy games from over the internet is unavoidably going to be a 'company'. I am inclined to give ZP the benefit of the doubt, given they haven't done anything to betray my trust.
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Time4Tea: Is anyone else intending to boycott GOG? Who is with me?
Nope. So when u posting a "Im leaving GOG..." thread?
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See ya. Don't let the door hit you on your way out.
It's your opinion, so you should do what you think is right. But we really do not need yet another thread about the same thing.

On the other hand, I like GOG and I am patiently awaiting for them to release all 4 RHEM games and Axiom Verge so that I can replay them all :)
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Time4Tea: Is anyone else intending to boycott GOG? Who is with me?
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Niggles: Nope. So when u posting a "Im leaving GOG..." thread?
I'm not going to leave, but I am going to boycott for this year. I will continue to hang around in the forum, as there are some interesting discussions going on. I will reassess at the end of 2021, depending on what happens over the course of the year.
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Nope not gpoing to stop buying games in 2021.

Also if you are going to stop buying games here on principle then you need to stop buying from Origin, Uplay , Bethesda, Epic as these companies have done just as much or if not worse than what has happened here.
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Time4Tea: That one is a bit hand-wavy, I agree. I guess I would like to at least see some progress with the backlog of offline installers being brought into line with the Galaxy versions.
I'm tracking the discrepancies and all I can say is that it's gotten somewhat better these last months, but some older issues are still not solved. It may very well be developers at fault there, not sure. My point being, don't grab any pitchforks just yet, it (genuinely) seems they are trying to improve on this point.
Post edited January 05, 2021 by WinterSnowfall
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Time4Tea: I want to see clear signs of a change in trajectory of the site, away from it's current misguided direction towards being a weak Steam competitor and back towards the principles it was founded on.
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WinterSnowfall: Its goals are more likely to become "a store to rule all stores", by using Galaxy as a gateway to unify all your games, regardless of their source, under a single client. I see why someone would think this idea has merit, perhaps it even does have merit in the grand scheme of things of gaining market share, it's just some of us don't care much for clients of any sort. And that's one of the main reasons we are buying games here.

Regardless of our preferences, it can't be denied that the majority of GOG's resources are being invested in pursuing this goal.
Just to be clear, I don't have a problem with the existence of the Galaxy client, for those that want it. What I do have a problem with though is the continued heavy incentivizing; the neglect of the offline installers and of course if there are ever any moves to try to make Galaxy mandatory. I also dislike the fact that GOG are pouring such a huge proportion of their resources into it and neglecting, for example, the website.