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Through the years, as GOG evolved, we explored many directions, and developed in ways that supported the needs presented by them. As mentioned in the first 2022 update, one of the things we’d like to do this year is to come back to our classic games roots, with the knowledge and experience that we gained during GOG’s existence.

Originally, GOG stood for Good Old Games. The idea for the company was born from the wish to play older games in a legal and easy-to-use way. As the classic games hold a special place in our heart, we’d like to devote more attention to highlighting them. It means that our goal is for GOG to become, once again, the best place for the classic PC games.

Our job isn’t to simply release the games that are already on the market. It’s to make them available to everyone - that oftentimes means fixing them, and making sure that they will run on the modern systems that you have. So far we achieved that by our internal work, and various cooperations with DOSBox or ScummVM, among others. Did you know there are a few titles on GOG that the DOSBox crew prepared special, dedicated versions of their great software? Our efforts to bring back some of the beloved games go beyond technical fixes.

In some cases, we also have to solve various legal contrivances to be able to release the games, as some of the rights and ownerships have been lost to time. Some of the titles that can be enjoyed thanks to these efforts are: Diablo + Hellfire, Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper Gold™, Deus Ex™ GOTY Edition, System Shock: Enhanced Edition, and of course the main star of today - The Wheel of Time, to which we added modern OS compatibility and hi-res support.

To help those classic games shine again, and get discovered by more people, we also do our best to support our releases with initiatives like Throwback Thursday, interviews with developers and other ways to look behind the scenes. If you like to collect the extra goodies connected to the games, such as guidebooks, wallpapers, concept arts and much more, there is a good chance that some of the ones you’ve gotten on GOG are thanks to our cooperation with The Video Game History Foundation.

But you know most of this already – so what’s next?! The newest development in the area of classics’ visibility and discoverability is the revival of Good Old Games concept. We’re starting with adding the “Good Old Game” tag, which will showcase over 500 games that our Team has deemed iconic classics – games that are older than 10 years and are critically acclaimed, stand the test of time, defined certain mechanics, or simply created new genres. You’ll find there games like Bioshock, Baldur’s Gate, Fallout or Gothic. Of course, this is in part our subjective choice, but we hope to inspire you to check them out for yourselves, have fun with them, and see if you agree with our assessment.

Why did we decide to pivot in this direction? Because we believe that celebrating and preserving classic games is important. They have the power to connect generations. They have the power to evoke nostalgia. They have the power to teach us about what came before and shaped the games we enjoy today. And they deserve to be remembered, and available for everyone to enjoy.

This is just another step to give Good Old Games a well-deserved spot on GOG. The invitation is here and it’s waiting for you! Rediscover with us the games that have been universally loved or search for hidden gems that didn’t get their time in the spotlight. Whatever you choose, we commit to bringing you the best classics experience out there: playable offline, compatible with new OSs, packed with additional digital goodies, and with the ability to back up anywhere at any time to ensure that the games we offer are playable for years to come.
God thank you so much. Going back to your Good Old Games roots is exactly what I've been hoping for.
i would argue that a game can't be considered a "good old game" (emphasis on "good" (as in virtue)) if it has been designed to run on DRM and remote-surveillance-loaded products (with the idea you might be a thief or pirate etc and need to be monitored) including pretty much all modern hardware and Operating Systems

so games OS and hardware from generally before the year 2004 before they started physically embedding a TPM APM GPS cellular radio etc in everything

not enough procedural graphics and too much reliance on external 3rd-party high-level libraries whereas games like Descent had their own graphics and ran on a 1MB OS

might talk about 'not re-inventing the wheel' but there are different wheels for motorcycles rollerblades trolleys etc

just my opinion

all of my games are from GOG or CD and all of my computer hardware is also DRM-free and i use my own Windows XP Embedded image for games which is less than 256MB and DRM-free

the best game i bought from GOG (Neverwinter Nights 2 first released in 2006) i avoided buying for years because GOG stated and still states "minimum system requirements Windows 7" but i took the risk buying at full price and it works perfectly with Windows XP and my OS

i have avoided many other old GOG games for the same reason because i don't have time to research every game and guess what modifications GOG might have made to run on modern systems so GOG are shooting themselves in the foot there

it would also help if GOG made it possible to list games when they were first originally released in addition to when they were re-released and added to GOG so games like Neverwinter Nights 1 are not dated '2018' when they were actually released in 2002 and are not among the modern games which i automatically ignore

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Hey GOG, does this recommitment to Good Old Games mean we'll finally get Ikaruga (2001) and Mushihimesama (2004), two of the most highly-regarded STGs of all time?

Or perhaps even the Gundemonium trilogy ( 2004, 2005, 2007), now delisted on Steam?

(Edit: And why is this forum's parser still so broken, after all these years? And why is there still no message preview function?... *grumble grumble*)
Post edited April 07, 2022 by Curtainferno
Lots and lots and lots of good ideas from users here.
Here is another: Make a tag for truly drm free games, a tag for Galaxy only games, and a tag for DRM'ed games.
Truly, going after old classics is great to hear, and I dont think they have to be OLD to be great, but DRM free and working on old OS'es (xp, win7, 8.1) and New OS'es (10, 11) would be wise also. You cant just cut out XP or Win7 because MS doesnt support them anymore. Most users have those OS'es on an old computer, not hooked to internet anyway, and taking away our choice to MAKE us use win 10 and up is not a good decision for drm free gaming.
Apart of all this amazing classic gaming, which I enjoy titles from my youth, it would be also interesting to add localized languages to that games that had it in the release moment (even they were not patched) and have some special consideration also to amateur translations of some of this games that they weren't translated or have a bad official translation.
How about allowing us to filter store results by original year of release. That way I can look for really old games I don't own.
Give us back the library view where it looks like game boxes.
AndrewMaggs: How about allowing us to filter store results by original year of release. That way I can look for really old games I don't own.
there's a Release Date slider if you scroll down (past Genres and Tags) on the left. for instance,,2000
Hopefully modern OS means more then just Windows. Now that PC gaming is partially transitioning to PC handhelds (Steam Deck, Onexplayer, Aya Neo, GPD WIN and many more coming in the future) I'm hoping to see more support for Linux from GOG. Especially when it comes to older games. Newer games are not an issue, they work mostly fine through Lutris, Heroic Launcher or even through Gog Galaxy run through Steam/Proton. For example Riftbreaker runs fine with Proton Experimental.

Maybe some cooperation with Valve would help with Linux gaming. After all you already made some effort with adapting Cyberpunk 2077 for the Steam Deck by adding the graphical preset for the Deck.
Please consider resolving the IP issues and releasing the other missing versions of classics like the LucasArts and Sierra games.

LOOM EGA versions missing, as well as the audio drama which is important to the story of the game, hurts the most in particular for me.

Monkey Island 1 and 2 original classic versions are also missing -- EGA and VGA ones, and it's not quite the same playing them through the "classic mode" in the Special Editions (...).
I like the sound of that; back to the roots!

That's why I would urge you to fix already released games. Like "Dark Reign 1", which is neigh unplayable without the freely downloadable community patch.
I could even understand why you cannot include it or offer it as an "extra".

But at least you could post the link in the description, while also mentioning that without that patch, Dark Reign most likely won't work in Windows 10 x64.

Or like with Star Wars - Shadows of the Empire, where the installer tries to add a nVidiaInspector profile... this no longer works, as the profile is too old for the newest NVI, but also: what if you don't own nVidia or don't have NVI installed?
In this instance I was able to look up what the profile did: it locked the game to (I think it was) 60fps.

Just write that into the games description, so that everybody can fix it for themselfs.

I hope this all of a sudden does not put MNSGBSWPWAA(O)G (Maybe-Not-So-Good-But-Still-Worth-Preserving-Warts-And-All-(Old)-Games) in question for potential future release here.
Titles like Asghan: The Dragon Slayer, From Dusk Till Dawn, Psychotoxic, Vivisector: Beast Within, You Are Empty, Riana Rouge, Bazooka Sue, Zorro, The Town With No Name, Island Peril, Nerves of Steel, The Fortress of Dr. Radiaki, Isle of the Dead, Incidente em Varginha, William Shatner's TekWar, etc.

I'd hate to see the thankfully already (re-)released Arabian Nights, The Mystery of the Druids or most of the Capstone (The Pinnacle of Entertainment Software) Build Engine FPSs turn out to be just one-offs.
Post edited April 08, 2022 by Swedrami
Awesome! Would love to see the Discworld games come to the store if you guys can find the license for that, and maybe Linux support in the future?
Huh, interesting. Well personally I still hope the "Black and White" or "LotR: Battle for Middle-Earth" games will find their way onto GoG one day.
But more older games working on modern systems is alway a plus in general imo.
Before browsing some websites with abandoned games I never realized how much stuff there still was that you couldn't buy anymore these days.
I'd make it easier to find the "Games you want GOG to re-release" easier to find. I can never remember what it's called or where it is when I recall games like "Nova 9" :( (was the sequel to the splendid "Steller 7")

I'd also like to call for the termination of any and all DRM.

It's noteworthy that GOG only found a market because people like me wanted to pay for games that could be downloaded as abandonware. We're the crowd most opposed to piracy, willing to pay rather than commit it - so we're the LAST people in the world who need to suffer the eventual penalty of having DRM thrust upon us.
Post edited April 07, 2022 by Who3D