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DRM-free approach in games has been at the heart of GOG.COM from day one. We strongly believe that if you buy a game, it should be yours, and you can play it the way it’s convenient for you, and not how others want you to use it.

The landscape has changed since 2008, and today many people don’t realize what DRM even means. And still the DRM issue in games remains – you’re never sure when and why you can be blocked from accessing them. And it’s not only games that are affected, but your favourite books, music, movies and apps as well.

To help understand what DRM means, how it influences your games and other digital media, and what benefits come with DRM-free approach, we’re launching the FCK DRM initiative. The goal is to educate people and ignite a discussion about DRM. To learn more visit https://fckdrm.com, and share your opinions and stories about DRM and how it affects you.
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rjbuffchix: One thing that's been swept under the rug in recent years all across gaming is that multiplayer modes DO NOT REQUIRE DRM. Yes, developers and publishers insist upon them for various reasons, but in theory there is no reason we couldn't have DRM-free multiplayer.
It's the usual question of "effort"; it takes devs very minimal effort to remove DRM.

On the other side creating their own LAN and multiplayer support is not. Especially when Steam, who represent 90% of the market, provides it's own library that makes it "easy".

That's why the multiplayer has never really been part of the Gog DRM-free promise, there was no way they could ever convince Devs to develop a "DRM-free" Multiplayer just for them and why for a very long time Devs simply disabled the multiplayer on the Gog version.
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rjbuffchix: Honestly I recommend you do like I do: focus on the titles that don't require that stuff.
Is there a list?

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SirPrimalform: 1. The DRM-free promise has only ever applied to the single player portion of games.
2. GOG doesn't add Galaxy support, the developer or publisher does. If previously existing LAN support has been removed, it will have been done so by the developer or publisher.

People can probably offer more information if you say which game it is.
1: Even if that were true it doesn't make it ok.
2: GOG created Galaxy with the ability for developers to include DRM. If the pinned statement at the top of this thread was true then they would have built a system that wouldn't allow DRM to function, and they'd have made it free software.

The game is Stronghold Crusader 2, not that it matters.
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rjbuffchix: Honestly I recommend you do like I do: focus on the titles that don't require that stuff.
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David_Healey: Is there a list?
Not an official list, per se...but iirc users have kept track in a forum topic that I just tried to find to link for you, to no avail. I think the topic approached it the reverse way, games that did require Galaxy...but you would get the needed information regardless. Hopefully another user can assist with finding this topic.

In the meantime, I'd say the most obvious way is to check the gamepages: If there is a game you're interested in, go to the gamepage here on the store, scroll down below system requirements (but above where reviews being)...it will say something like "Note: GOG Galaxy is required to access multiplayer" or "Note: A free Paradox account is required for multiplayer". Then for the most part, you will know that multiplayer is gated behind those things.

Please note that some of these games may still have some offline multiplayer options (like hotseat or same-screen multiplayer), though the vast, vast majority do not. If you are unsure, I would ask around either on the game sub-forum or here where people may own the game and have knowledge of client requirements/lack thereof. Note too that the right side of gamepages here on the store will list features like "Controller Support" "Single Player" "Multiplayer" but that is useless for our purposes here because it doesn't distinguish between client/third party account required multiplayer versus say offline with bots multiplayer.
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David_Healey:
Which game was that?
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David_Healey:
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InkPanther: Which game was that?
Err.. the one I said in my last post :p Stronghold Crusader 2

I will not buy another game from GOG.
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InkPanther: Which game was that?
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David_Healey: Err.. the one I said in my last post :p Stronghold Crusader 2

I will not buy another game from GOG.
I've missed that, sorry!

On the product page there's a notice about Galaxy being required for multiplayer. And that low rating should raise a couple of red flags from the start. ;P
low rated
No wonder they killed the downloader. DRM from now on.
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InkPanther: Which game was that?
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David_Healey: Err.. the one I said in my last post :p Stronghold Crusader 2

I will not buy another game from GOG.
How's it GOG's fault when you are playing a certain game that isn't supported by your OS natively and you using unofficial methods to get the game to work? Since you are using unofficial methods to get the game working is ON YOU and NOT GOG.
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David_Healey: Err.. the one I said in my last post :p Stronghold Crusader 2

I will not buy another game from GOG.
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Fender_178: How's it GOG's fault when you are playing a certain game that isn't supported by your OS natively and you using unofficial methods to get the game to work? Since you are using unofficial methods to get the game working is ON YOU and NOT GOG.
I'm not complaining that the game isn't officially supported by my OS (although it runs just fine). I'm complaining about the DRM.