And if this game does not affect them negatively, nor will the next and the next. With each DRM release, people will get used to it and will cry less and less, and buy more and more. As long as they continue releasing enough DRM-free games to keep the DRM-free crowd happy, I don't think their releasing this and more DRM games will affect them negatively. On the contary.
The logic that says "Bad GOG, why are you releasing DRM games? Naughty boy! Here, let me buy some more DRM-free games from you!" is a logic that can only make them release more DRM games.
The spark that you talk about has been lit a long time ago (Gwent, Absolver, CP2077) and nothing has exploded yet. Nor will it.
You say "it only takes that much of a spark, before stuff will blow up". For you personally, what is that line that if GOG crosses, you will stop buying here? It's not their releasing one game with DRM, I presume.
Honestly, I personally can live with a drm-agnostic store (I'm here for the drm-free games, not the store, remember?), provided 3 basic things are done:
- The degree to which the game is drmed is clearly indicated (they currently aren't doing that with multiplayer and they are starting to slip with single-player too)... not hidden somewhere, shown prominently with a lot of clarity as to what is entailed... not my problem if it looks bad for marketing, I don't want to spend money on a drm-infested mess
- If a game is released drm-free, don't sneak in drm that will pollute my backups afterwards
- I can easily find the drm-free games and filter out the rest
If I don't have those 3 things, then yes, my interest in the store will drop very fast.
So no, they can't just do whatever the heck they want with DRMed titles (like they are doing here) and keep my interest.
I'm pretty tolerant about the pragmatic realities of running a business, but this is just bad service for me.
If getting the games I want becomes a hassle (and it has for this title), then I'll go elsewhere or if an alternative is lacking, just enjoy my backlog and wait for one to appear.
I'm definitely a whale for this site (see image) because of its goal with DRM-free games.
You have almost as many games as me. Consider me surprised.