Posted October 13, 2020
Has anyone in this lengthy topic claimed that GOG will stop selling DRM-free games tomorrow? Iirc one user talked about how we can't trust GOG not to do so at this point, but this seemed to be made as a general statement, not as a claim that they will stop selling DRM-free 24 hours from now. The whole concern isn't tomorrow...it's a year from now, two years from now, five years from now. FCKDRM.com discusses the importance of game preservation. It also discusses the problems with DRM. Unfortunately, since GOG the company apparently does not believe in the values of DRM-free anymore, I find no reason to trust that they still believe in game preservation. After all, the two subjects essentially go hand-in-hand.
Gersen: So tl;dr I don't think it's some sort of apocalypse end of the world scenario where Gog will tomorrow stop selling DRM-Free game or become a second Humble Store selling mainly Steam/Epic keys and that you need to backup everything before they start putting Denuvo on Fallout 1 (it is still a good idea to have backup as a general rule though)
I have not seen a coherent rebuttal yet of why GOG's move to sell Epic games is somehow different from what happened with Humble Bundle becoming a glorified key reseller. The most "argument" I have seen is "that won't happen"...uh, yeah...okay. Obviously none of us can see the future but it certainly seems a more educated guess that the pattern will repeat once Epic/devs/pubs have all the negotiating power and GOG.com has virtually none. Remember, us offline installer users who don't want a client are just an insignificant minority. The push by both GOG and their partners will be to get more people on Galaxy, not to get developers/publishers to throw crumbs to an insignificant minority audience who use the website.
Interesting example you chose there, since didn't Bethesda try to add DRM to Doom, which predates Fallout 1, not that long ago?
I think the only thing I have agreed with you on in this topic is the importance of backing up the offline installers :)