The store is so clean and feels so good to use in my opinion that it'd be hard for me to lose faith in them.
The website is designed like crap (and became far, far worse on the 10th anniversary where they threw out the old, more functional layout).
Regular users have years of built up frustrations with GOG not listening to us at practically every turn.
They deliberately ignore the forum.
The wishlist is utterly meaningless.
The moderators are useless, two faced liars.
They let a lot of sub-par indie crap on the store while having rejected numerous high quality games (sometimes even AAA caliber stuff like the games from Cave), with their their so-called curators being ignorant and biased.
They've one by one thrown away their principles (like no regional pricing), ending with DRM in single player games like CP2077 and No Man's Sky.
Constantly, obnoxiously pushes a terrible client program more and more.
Gives preferential treatment to users of said client program, leaving game installers out of date, whilst still hiding behind 'it's optional'.
Using said client to sell DRM'd games from Epic which will
lead to less DRM free releases in-store.
Fired an employee over a harmless tweet because ResetEra got their feefees in a twist.
Removed a game, screwed a Taiwanese dev and sold out every other region because Chinese wumao dogpiled them after advertising it on Weibo and then having the shitting temerity to blame this removal on gamers.
They have the balls to say the place was made for gamers on the front page after all they've done.
I don't know how anyone can
have faith in them anymore.
I am with most of what you wrote here, except for the DRM thing, GOG games are DRM free
and yes i test EVERY purchase i make here, latest with CP77. Fully works without any
Galaxy/ GOG services running and without internet connection, completely standalone.
(still annoying the desktop icon doesn t link to the game executable) so you have to do that
manually, but once you do this the game works without the launcher, internet and if you insist
without communication service as well. That said GoG is the only store i buy because of this
i like to own what i buy, without madatory thrid party software attached to it.
However.... at this point i am not sure WHAT CDPR can do to regain the trust or part of the
good reputation they had pre CP77 release and i say this as long time CDPR community member
(even though the join date lies thx to the merge pre W3 release)
To give you a perspective HOW severely CDPR burned though my personal "good will"
I never preordered game, ever in 31 years of gaming EXCEPT for CDPR games after i played
W1... that TRUST is gone now. Not because of the rushed release alone, because of the
design decision and cuts that where made to meet the release.... the right decision after the
"GONE GOLD" delay would be to push back CP77 at least till MAY 21. They did not instead
CP77 is UI is a mess, physic and sound / music volume is all over the place... AI? Yeah....
and althought he City is looks so "alive" it isn t (reminds me of one of the earlier trailers in fact)
There are many things missing in the game or just messy... and then yeah are the decisions
of releasing games or not on GoG .... out of market/profit/ political reasons. So at this point i
rly can t say IF there is even a "turnback" possible at all.
What i know for sure... 2021 is a turning point for CDPR, remains to be seen if for the
better (old consumer friendly) or the all corpo way. I fear the latter is the case.
that doesn t mean CP77 is a bad game, in fact it is a really good game with still the potential
to be a EXLLENT one. When CP77 shines i rly shines and crushes the bad things about it,
but I NEEDs changes and some features coming back.