The problem here though is that in business you need to grow, you can't just stay the same because then you stagnate and die. The big selling point of GOG when it first started was that it was one of the few, if not only, places to legally acquire classic PC games with little or no work on the user side to get running, but now you can get a good chunk of these old games on other sites like Steam (many of them using to wrapper that GOG created to get them running).
If they just stayed the same then there user base would shrink because they would figure any releases on GOG would end up on Steam anyway so no point in using GOG. Fewer people means less revenue they get to work on the site and to hire people to work on getting more troublesome games running and so on
The big selling point is DRM-free, not just having classic games run. They go hand-in-hand. If keeping things the same means remaining DRM-free, then I am all for that kind of "stagnation".
You really sell niche markets short. It can be extremely lucrative to cater to the same dedicated audience that everyone else is ignoring. There are also ways to include new customers into a niche market without alienating the original ones. A lot of the battle might just be making people aware that there are other options. SCHEME's monopoly is absolutely insidious. I would prefer some more aggressive counter-marketing along the lines of "hey, did you know that you don't need to log into clients and have internet access to play games?". Of course this goes against the heavy Galaxy push here, but it would open the minds of many consumers who probably have just never thought there could be a different (and objectively superior) way.
So GOG needs to grow and add more software to get more people to use there site so they can show these other publishers that releasing there games on GOG is not a wasted effort.
You omit the fact that certain publishers refuse to do DRM-free at all. I say "Eff them" and their games. The wishlist feature is very helpful to gauge interest imo; cleaning up the duplicate entries will improve this even more.
GOG continues to add more software. There are still plenty of amazing old games not here yet, btw, to say nothing of getting newer AAA games like Mafia III. If Square Enix would ever do DRM-free, the floodgates would open imo.
Here is what I want to know: how does copying SCHEME tell a publisher that releasing on GOG is "not a wasted effort"? Wouldn't all the SCHEME fanboys and mindless masses just buy the game on SCHEME anyway? Even with copycat crizzap like Galaxy here? :)
Wow, I'm being accused of things I didn't even say in this. I was trying to paint with a broad brush but I feel like I got pigeon holed into a corner and shitted on. I didn't even say anything about copying Steam but somehow that got shoved in there also.
-I wasn't even talking about the wishlist so I don't see why you were acting like I was attacking it.
-I'm aware that there are still a lot of old games not on here, the problem is the rights to those games have been purchased and re-purchased as companies have been bought and sold and the new IP holders just may not see viability in (or even care about) re-releasing old games, the more success GOG, the more visibility GOG has in the over market, the more influence they can excerpt when approaching the IP holders to make the games available again.
Or the opposite, the IP holders are looking at news feeds and see GOG doing well selling classic games and decide to enter into an agreement, so the more times GOG is in the spotlight the greater chances of this happens.
- I didn't omit the fact of DRM-free, the issue is the new generation of gamer (on average) don't see DRM as a problem, if they did Steam wouldn't be the success it is today and other clients like Origin wouldn't exist. To me DRM-free is important but the current market sees otherwise, especially since most games being released today require some form of Internet connection which the gaming community as a whole seem fine with. Steam isn't going to listen to 1,000 people complaining when they have 1,000,000 people constantly logging in and praising the format on the whole.
Also despite people not liking Galaxy, there are PC gamers out there who were born after the introduction of Steam and many of those gamers only know how access games using clients, offering a client here on GOG is just a way to make those gamers feel more comfortable moving to another platform.
This is also why I hate having discussions on a forum or message board as what you type can be misinterpreted or not seen in the same light as you originally wanted it in. I'm pro GOG and Pro DRM free yet I feel like I was seen as PRo Steam and Pro DRM from the replies.