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50 games for the free OS available right NOW!

A while ago, [url=http://www.gog.com/news/gogcom_soon_on_more_platforms]we've announced our plans to add Linux support as one of the features of our digital platform, with 100 games on the launch day sometime this fall. We've put much time and effort into this project and now we've found ourselves with over 50 titles, classic and new, prepared for distribution, site infrastructure ready, support team trained and standing by, and absolutely no reason to wait until October or November. We're still aiming to have at least 100 Linux games in the coming months, but we've decided not to delay the launch just for the sake of having a nice-looking number to show off to the press. It's not about them, after all, it's about you. So, one of the most popular site feature requests on our community wishlist is granted today: Linux support has officially arrived on GOG.com!

The first 50+ titles we've have in store for you come from all the corners of our DRM-Free catalog. Note that we've got many classic titles coming officially to Linux for the very first time, thanks to the custom builds prepared by our dedicated team of penguin tamers. That's over twenty fan-favorite GOG.com classics, like &[url=http://www.gog.com/game/flatout_2]Flatout 2, , <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/darklands">Darklands, or Realms of the Haunting we've personally ushered one by one into the welcoming embrace of Linux gamers. That's already quite a nice chunk of our back-catalog, and you can expect more from our dedicated Linux team soon!

Now, for the recent titles. We've got some indie games with native Linux versions that finally find their well-deserved spot in our store. Among them, debuting on Linux, - a well received original comedic Sci-Fi puzzler. On top of that, be on the lookout for two new additions to the GOG.com catalog: [url=http://www.gog.com/game/gods_will_be_watching]Gods Will Be Watching (coming in a couple of hours) and Unrest:Special Edition (Linux build coming right up!), both of them very fresh and intriguing. This is the very first time we can provide you with all the PC versions of a premiere game, and we will continue to do so in the future. If there's a Linux version of a title we're releasing, our aim is to deliver it to you Day-1. But enough about us, let's talk about the games. Here's what you can be playing on Linux today:

Anomaly Warzone Earth
Ascendant
Bionic Dues
Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold - first time on Linux!
Blake Stone: Planet Strike - first time on Linux!
Bloodnet - first time on Linux!
Braveland
CLARC - first time on Linux!
Darklands - first time on Linux!
Darwinia
Defcon
Don't Starve + DLC
Dragonsphere - first time on Linux!
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition
FlatOut - first time on Linux!
Flatout 2 - first time on Linux!
Fragile Allegiance - first time on Linux!
Gemini Rue
Gods Will Be Watching
Hammerwatch
Hocus Pocus - first time on Linux!
Kentucky Route Zero
The Last Federation
Legend of Grimrock
Litil Divil - first time on Linux!
Long Live the Queen
MouseCraft
Multiwinia
Normality - first time on Linux!
Pinball Gold Pack - first time on Linux!
Pinball World - first time on Linux!
Pirates! Gold Plus - first time on Linux!
Realms of the Haunting - first time on Linux!
Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender - first time on Linux!
Rise of the Triad: Dark War - first time on Linux!
Shattered Haven
The Shivah HD
Sid Meier's Colonization - first time on Linux!
Sid Meier's Covert Action - first time on Linux!
Sir, You Are Being Hunted
Slipstream 5000 - first time on Linux!
Space Pirates and Zombies
Spacechem
Stargunner - first time on Linux!
SteamWorld Dig
Super Hexagon
Surgeon Simulator 2013
Sword of the Samurai - first time on Linux!
Teslagrad
Unrest:Special Edition (Linux build on the way!)
Uplink
VVVVVV

As if this wasn't exciting enough, we've put more than half of these titles on a special promo! Head out to the promo page and find out which of them you can get up to 75% off until Tuesday, 9:59AM GMT. Of course, all of the games from the list above that you already own will be updated with Linux versions with no additional cost for you, just as you might have expected from GOG.com.

"OK, but how will Linux support actually work on GOG.com" - you might ask. For both native Linux versions, as well as special builds prepared by our team, GOG.com will provide distro-independent tar.gz archives and support convenient DEB installers for the two most popular Linux distributions: Ubuntu and Mint, in their current and future LTS editions. Helpful and responsive customer support has always been an important part of the GOG.com gaming experience. We wouldn't have it any other way when it comes to Linux, and starting today our helpdesk offers support for our official Linux releases on Ubuntu and Mint systems.

Diversity and freedom of choice have always been an important part of the GOG.com way. We're very glad that we could improve our service with the addition of the free (and DRM-Free) alternative to the commercial operating systems. Talking with gamers is just as important, so we're counting on your feedback! If you've got any questions, suggestions, or run into any trouble, just tell us in the forum thread below this post. Just please be gentle, this is [url=http://youtu.be/qBxbPts5tOk" target="_blank]our very first time[/url] with Linux. Happy launch day, everyone!
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coffeecup: Is there some possibility to get Tyrian 2000 running under Linux?

Perhaps you replace the current Tyrian 2000 game with OpenTyrian and provide the "old" current game as a game extra?

OpenTyrian has been ported to a gazillion of platforms, also for Linux ... http://code.google.com/p/opentyrian/ ?
Tryian 2000 is a DOS game, so getting it running on Linux through DOSBox wouldn't be difficult, I suspect. The problem lies with permission to do so, which is most likely that one hurdle holding them off at the moment, same with many other DOSBox-dependent games.
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PiHalbe: Hey GOG-team!

You are seriously awesome. With the humble bundle store moving towards more and more DRM and less and less Linux games and you staying out of this whole DRM-mess and even moving towards Linux …

GOG is simply the best games retailer.

This is reason enough to throw even more money at you.

Keep it up guys!
Would not really agree on that
Yes, its seems that "new old steam releases" in Humble store is all just Steam keys with nothing more, but indie stuff normally have DRM-free downloads. Some of them, as it seems, added with some delay after store release.
Imho, we need to blame that so called "distributors" which thinks that Steam is all peoples need.
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PiHalbe: Hey GOG-team!

You are seriously awesome. With the humble bundle store moving towards more and more DRM and less and less Linux games and you staying out of this whole DRM-mess and even moving towards Linux …

GOG is simply the best games retailer.

This is reason enough to throw even more money at you.

Keep it up guys!
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Redfern: Would not really agree on that
Yes, its seems that "new old steam releases" in Humble store is all just Steam keys with nothing more, but indie stuff normally have DRM-free downloads. Some of them, as it seems, added with some delay after store release.
Imho, we need to blame that so called "distributors" which thinks that Steam is all peoples need.
I feel the same as PiHalbe. HB starts resembling Steam reseller more and more. When looking at their Humble Store page I have to sift through a pile of noise. Luckily they added DRM-free filter a while ago, but it's still getting more and more annoying. I'll just stick with GOG from now on.

In the past they actually claimed that they are focused on being DRM-free. They diluted their stance with selling Steam and Origin (come on, Origin!) games.

They still make cross platform DRM-free bundles once in a while, but they are far apart now, and sales in between are mostly all DRMed.

If they offer something DRM-free that GOG doesn't have (for example Bioshock), I'd consider buying it may be. But that happens less and less now.
Post edited August 02, 2014 by shmerl
Regarding Humble Bundle I feel the same and I decided some time ago to satisfy my gaming needs on GOG, if possible.

Only exception are some deals which are so silly good priced, I cannot resist, like the Humongous Entertainment Flash Deal which had ALL of there series (Putt-Putt, Sly Fox, Freddi Fish and Pajama Sam) for 20 US$ (I collect these games, and good look for a) finding boxed versions of these games and b) getting them for a normal price). On steam they are packaged in ScummVM, so I'd wager to have them drm free too, but I would repurchase them, if they would be on GOG :)

I do know that Tyrian 2000 is a DOS game, but OpenTyrian is a native port of the game (and licensed under GPL v2), so there would not be many issues to have this game replaced with Tyrian 2000 (and keeping the DOS original as an extra).
Post edited August 03, 2014 by coffeecup
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coffeecup: Regarding Humble Bundle I feel the same and I decided some time ago to satisfy my gaming needs on GOG, if possible.

Only exception are some deals which are so silly good priced, I cannot resist, like the Humongous Entertainment Flash Deal which had ALL of there series (Putt-Putt, Sly Fox, Freddi Fish and Pajama Sam) for 20 US$
Not quite all. They didn't include Fatty Bear's Birthday Surprise or Putt-Putt's Fun Pack.
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coffeecup: Only exception are some deals which are so silly good priced, I cannot resist, like the Humongous Entertainment Flash Deal which had ALL of there series (Putt-Putt, Sly Fox, Freddi Fish and Pajama Sam) for 20 US$
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ssokolow: Not quite all. They didn't include Fatty Bear's Birthday Surprise or Putt-Putt's Fun Pack.
If you purchase the complete pack for > $ 20, really everything from the 4 series is available, including Fatty Bear's Birthday Surprise.

I compared the mobygames database with the steam store (and my games library) and the following games are missing (and not purchasable):
- Putt-Putt's One-Stop Fun Shop
- Putt-Putt's Fun Pack
- Freddi Fish's One-Stop Fun Shop
- Pajama Sam: Games to Play on Any Day

These games are also not available on Steam and are "just" the (recycled) mini-games from the main series.
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shmerl: I feel the same as PiHalbe. HB starts resembling Steam reseller more and more. When looking at their Humble Store page I have to sift through a pile of noise. Luckily they added DRM-free filter a while ago, but it's still getting more and more annoying. I'll just stick with GOG from now on.

In the past they actually claimed that they are focused on being DRM-free. They diluted their stance with selling Steam and Origin (come on, Origin!) games.

They still make cross platform DRM-free bundles once in a while, but they are far apart now, and sales in between are mostly all DRMed.

If they offer something DRM-free that GOG doesn't have (for example Bioshock), I'd consider buying it may be. But that happens less and less now.
You are right and wrong at same time. Its not like i ever want to cover up Humble's mistakes and i, basically, agree on that Humble have now way too much attention to Steam and AAA titles but lets take a look on that from a little different perspective

They really claimed that they support DRM-free and crossplatform. Yes. But they said it at time and about main bundles, unfortunately. They still release main bundle drm-free and crossplatform, yet quality of linux ports is often fairly low and initial BTA and no free stuff at second week and so on.
YES, they become greedy.
Theyir fall started with first AAA bundles, which distributors refused to stripe from DRM. Humble seen HUGE sales and decided to focus on that. Also, by selling just keys they dont need to pay for hosting and traffic by downloads, just sell key - get money.
From business perspective aican undesrtand that (but not agree to that).
Now, lets see at current situation - they still have drm-free titles in Store, which sometimes go on sale, they have linux ports, they also have (sometimes) drm-free Weekly sles.
Situation got definitively worse then earlier, but its still too early to completely pass on Humble.
These games all have Linux clients and are DRM free but have not yet appeared on GOG. Would be great if I could purchase them here! I want them to have the GOG treatment.

Bastion
Braid
Limbo
Mark of the Ninja
Transistor
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ssokolow: Not quite all. They didn't include Fatty Bear's Birthday Surprise or Putt-Putt's Fun Pack.
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coffeecup: If you purchase the complete pack for > $ 20, really everything from the 4 series is available, including Fatty Bear's Birthday Surprise.

I compared the mobygames database with the steam store (and my games library) and the following games are missing (and not purchasable):
- Putt-Putt's One-Stop Fun Shop
- Putt-Putt's Fun Pack
- Freddi Fish's One-Stop Fun Shop
- Pajama Sam: Games to Play on Any Day

These games are also not available on Steam and are "just" the (recycled) mini-games from the main series.
I assure you that I carefully compared the ScummVM listing of games with my Humble Purchase page and I'm looking at it again right now. The Humble listing has a few later entries in the series that ScummVM doesn't support yet and Fatty Bear's Birthday Surprise is missing.

Are you saying that I should complain to Humble Bundle Inc. that they didn't post a warning about the DRM-free downloads being a subset of what the Steam key would get me?
Post edited August 03, 2014 by ssokolow
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Future_Suture: These games all have Linux clients and are DRM free but have not yet appeared on GOG. Would be great if I could purchase them here! I want them to have the GOG treatment.

Bastion
Braid
Limbo
Mark of the Ninja
Transistor
Transistor is Steam-only (yeah-yeah, it can be launched without the Steam client, but no standalone version) and currently has no Linux version.
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Future_Suture: It's coming so I am not too bothered.
Yes, I'm aware that it's coming. Thing is, there is no ETA. For all we know it could be "coming" like Humble's Giana Sisters Linux build.
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Future_Suture: These games all have Linux clients and are DRM free but have not yet appeared on GOG. Would be great if I could purchase them here! I want them to have the GOG treatment.

Bastion
absolutely agree! It was drm-free since Humble Bundle (twice actually) but still not widely sold
Braid
+ from me
Limbo
bad linux port - based on wine, weak support from developers
Mark of the Ninja
dunno
Transistor
not drm-free yet
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Future_Suture: It's coming so I am not too bothered.
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Grargar: Yes, I'm aware that it's coming. Thing is, there is no ETA. For all we know it could be "coming" like Humble's Giana Sisters Linux build.
The developer team of that title seems to have no experience with Linux whatsoever so there is no precedent like there is with Supergiant i.e. Bastion. I do hope Transistor ceases to be a Steam exclusive, however.

It looks like I'm not the only one now putting GOG at the top of my purchase priority list for good (ahead of Humble Bundle and Steam) because of this. Thank you GOG!

Minor gripe: The icon for the "Linux" tab looks like a cookie to me. I guess it sort of resembles the Ubuntu logo if you zoom in, squint, and forget what the actual Ubuntu logo looks like... Better to replace it with a nice clean unambiguous penguin :)