I'm really angry at GOG about this situation.
Dear GOG, If you're reading this please know that:
I've always had the assumption that I own the games I buy from you and I always believed them to be DRM-Free. Now my library has games encrypted with a password that you silently
decided to add for a reason that doesn't make any sense.
Should you decide to remove this password I'll have to spend a lot of bandwidth and hours into downloading all the affected games and since most of my library is backed up on DVD's it also means I'll have to spend a lot more hours into re-burning discs again, needless to say that good money may go to waste cause of this.
As you can probably see, you've created quite a mess for me. As it currently stands I won't buy any Windows games from you, I can't trust you anymore.
In my 3 years since I joined, I've rarely been disappointed even with your mistakes that have left many people disappointed and angry. It really burns me up that such a great company promoting DRM-Free goes to put a password where not needed. You could have executed this idea in a better way.
I can't help but feel betrayed by the trust I've placed in you.
I suppose we should start preparing to engage in PR warfare.
Practice 1: For each sale, someone should go into the sale's forum thread and bring up this issue, eloquently and politely, as a reason they won't be buying anything. (ideally someone different each time)
Practice 2: We need to find someone who's participating in the Galaxy Clent closed alpha who can help to share the FUD we're feeling in the sticky closed alpha thread.
Practice 3: Anyone who's got a blog or well-subscribed social media account, start telling the world how much this worries you and how you feel GOG's lost your trust.
(And, whenever possible, work in a link to the wishlist entry
. We got GOG to backpedal on the regional pricing. Doing this using hash checks rather than encryption won't cost them nearly as much as their fair price policy.)
...and I'll continue to save a copy of this thread in case it gets deleted... which just goes to show how much trust in GOG I've lost. To Everyone:
Maybe we can start brainstorming the punchiest set of talking points now?
I'll start with:
1. GOG used to talk so loudly about their "principles". This shows they're just another corporation.
2. This will increase the attractiveness of the pirated option since it's not password-protected.
3. It's ineffective at preventing malware injection and there's another solution which is fully effective.
4. The other solution is acceptable to us.
5. This new installer crashes on Wine, even if the game itself runs perfectly well.
6. Many games GOG sells can be set up without needing any ability to run Windows code if the installer can be unpacked without being run.
7. DRM is an attitude, not merely a technology. Gowor has expressed the DRM attitude.