Posted July 03, 2015
You're grasping at straws here, but you're proving my point for me. The game contains an online check that can render the game useless. I'd say that blatantly violates both the "no online checks" and "no annoyances" part of the definition. And that is, as you say, GOG's own definition, the one they advertise to customers. And they've known about it for three years, and still advertised and sold the game as DRM free.
Wishbone: Given that they have apparently known for the past 3 years that the game is not actually DRM free, I think the whole "let's cut them some slack guys" attitude is quite a bit more lenient than they deserve. This is a bit more than a "mistake". It's fraud, and it's both unethical and illegal.
BKGaming: Like DRM there is no set definition of DRM free, so you would have a hard time proving this illegal or fraud. Unethical maybe, in the spirit of the term. According to what GOG advertises, DRM free means "no copy protection, on-line checks, or any other annoyances". This was pretty much true of this game up until this point, you could copy it, you didn't need to check in online to play and generally there was no annoyances up until now.