Posted September 28, 2020
My concern here is we're referring to online-only features, which would be of equal interest to offline players, as being "bonus" content. Other posters have referred to this as "rewards". It implies that players need to be given incentives to go online, as if being online and competing with or against other players is not enough incentive as it is.
StingingVelvet: I am sympathetic to the idea that bonus items for signing in online are against GOG's general ethos, but I also understand it's not the same as what is traditionally called "DRM" and is bonus content added after the original sale of the game, and completely unnecessary to play and enjoy it offline. So... again, it's more grey and complicated than you guys want to portray it as. In every thread like this you have black and white opinions and want immediate decisive action that fits your priorities, but the world don't work like that. The threats of taking your business elsewhere ring hollow when literally no one is offering what GOG does on this scale.
Multiplayer is about community and will attract those who seek that type of environment. Trying to force single/offline players to become part of that multiplayer ecosystem is probably never going to fly since they're a different personality type. Some people get a kick out of knowing others are watching them. Some get creeped out instead.