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It would seem tinyE has received some bogus information.

Oh screw it, I'll stay here.
I thought their selection and prices were really good for a while. Now they've just become a third party front for Steam and Origin games. Their sales have become stale and GOG has certainly surpassed them when it comes to customer service, sales diversity, as well as the whole DRM issue.

For a while almost all of my online game purchases were at GG. Now that has switched over to GOG. I think a lot of gamers are going that route and it's GamersGate's problem. It just seems to me that no one is really at the helm over there.
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Lugamo: One of the things I hate about GamersGate is the amount of games that have as DRM Steamworks, when they have DRM-free versions in pretty much any other store. For example, Hotline Miami.
I suppose one of the best things about being a Steam key reseller is that you can fire everyone in your support department and copy/paste the same email to everyone: "This is an issue that needs to be taken up with Steam".
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Emob78: I thought their selection and prices were really good for a while. Now they've just become a third party front for Steam and Origin games. Their sales have become stale and GOG has certainly surpassed them when it comes to customer service, sales diversity, as well as the whole DRM issue.

For a while almost all of my online game purchases were at GG. Now that has switched over to GOG. I think a lot of gamers are going that route and it's GamersGate's problem. It just seems to me that no one is really at the helm over there.
Well, they don't rotate their sales enuf - couple of times ive seen a given game being sold twice in like 4-6 weeks......i doubt they care - must be making ok money if they been around for a while. Like Desura they could do a lot better....
GamersGate are not as good as they once were, but I still prefer buying from them over buying direct on Steam. Where Valve screw us over with insanely high regional pricing $80 for Dark Souls 2, etc., GamersGate let me purchase at the US prices. And on that the cash back via in store credit for most popular new releases, and I'd rather buy from them. Even more so for games that use Uplay. Why buy on Steam and have two layers of DRM, when it's likely cheaper (with instore credit deals) to buy on GamersGate and only get 1 layer of DRM?

That said, GG still need to try and be a bit more competitive, especially for those who are allowed to enjoy Green Man Gaming to the fullest (they basically don't want people in Japan buying from them). And they really need to bring publishers like Activision on board.
They're pretty good. They have some obscure games on there, so if you're having trouble finding a game, it might be good to check there. Prices are pretty good, have some good sales. Sachys basically has the scoop.
There are way cheaper steam key resellers around so i havent really bothered. Forexample g2play/kinguin.
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doccarnby: They're pretty good. They have some obscure games on there, so if you're having trouble finding a game, it might be good to check there. Prices are pretty good, have some good sales. Sachys basically has the scoop.
Yeah, one thing I like about Gamersgate is they sell games, you can't find at Steam and GOG. And not all of those games are, shit.
I like them. They have a huge catalog (surpassing even Steam in that aspect) and a good number of old games (that GOG doesn't have) that I didn't even know existed. Paraworld? What the hell is that? You command a freaking dinosaur army?! How the hell did this game slip from my radar? The other cool thing is that a lot of their older stuff is DRM-Free. (Not everything though, as Bethesda likes to add Steam requirements to all their games)

Having said that, the site is a mess. I find it pretty weird that some games end up having both their normal and their gold/legendary/complete/goty editions available at the same price.
My thoughts on GamersGate:

Pros:
-Wide, eclectic selection, including a lot of "rummage bin" titles you won't find anywhere else, many of them DRM-free. If you're the type who likes picking through the CD shelf in second-hand stores looking for misfiled obscure games that just might be hidden gems, GG is the closest online equivalent.
-I was initially cynical about the whole "blue coins" customer reward system, but I've actually gotten quite a few free games through it. It means that if a game is the same price on GG and another service, I have a slight incentive to buy at GG.

Cons:
-Researching what you're getting is annoying relative to other services. You need to remember to check the small print on DRM, whether it's a download or a key for another service, whether you accidentally clicked on the Mac version, etc.
-Questionable quality control. Some of their older games are pretty unstable, and they may or may not offer support, so you are taking a bit of a gamble.
-The number of glitches and pricing errors on the site does not inspire confidence that they will be around in the long run.
-Even "DRM-free" games have a wrapper that needs to connect to the internet for installation. There's a simple work-around, but it's still a little annoying.
Most of GG games have Steam-shit.
Plus to it, when you want to download and install a game, you download the little GG download file for this game. Clicking on this file starts the download+installation process, after it GG proposes to delete the installation files. But even if you choose to keep installation files on your HD, they have a Steam-like form and you can't simply install the game later - you must login into your GG account anyway.

These two points are major minuses of GG for me. So I bought about 8-10 games there while ago but now I don't use GG anymore.
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Rodor: Most of GG games have Steam-shit.
Better do ur research. Unless i got it wrong their Steam filter says 1294, DRM free 2385. And thats not counting all the games with Other DRM etc....
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Rodor: Most of GG games have Steam-shit.
Plus to it, when you want to download and install a game, you download the little GG download file for this game. Clicking on this file starts the download+installation process, after it GG proposes to delete the installation files. But even if you choose to keep installation files on your HD, they have a Steam-like form and you can't simply install the game later - you must login into your GG account anyway.

These two points are major minuses of GG for me. So I bought about 8-10 games there while ago but now I don't use GG anymore.
Partly correct. If you let GamersGate keep the files for later, it disables the executable file by turning it into a launch file (which is completely useless) and turns it back into an executable file only when you use the downloader. You can, however, prevent that by copying the temporary files after beginning the installation, but before you finish it. That way, you can have a stand-alone installer.

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Niggles: Better do ur research. Unless i got it wrong their Steam filter says 1294, DRM free 2385. And thats not counting all the games with Other DRM etc....
I'm pretty sure that when people say that GamersGate is a Steam Key reseller, they mean that they sell Steam keys of games that are DRM-Free on other sites. Like Alan Wake, Hotline Miami and Shadow Warrior (2013), which are DRM-Free on GOG and Humble, but only Steamworks on GamersGate.
Post edited April 08, 2014 by Grargar
I have a few games from GamersGate. it is one of my "last resort" places, ie. if I can't find the DRM-free version of a game anywhere else. For instance, I bought Perimeter: Emperor's Testament and Perimeter 2 from them, as e.g. GOG has only the first Perimeter game, not those other two. I actually have Perimeter 2 straight from Strategy First as well, but those asses refused to update their own game in their store, so I re-bought it at GamersGate.

Overall, I feel GamersGate used to be a potential Steam contender, but then at some point they just mostly gave up, and have largely become primarily a Steam-key seller. I guess the problem was that GamersGate didn't seem to offer the same perks as Steam (achievements, auto-update etc.), yet didn't really offer anything over Steam either (like guaranteed DRM-free releases, or taking care of compatibility issues; like GOG does for example)... so why would one buy something from GamersGate instead of e.g. Steam? I can only think of the price, but then there are also lots of other dirt cheap Steam-key stores, including Humble Bundles.

Frankly, I think GamersGate will continue only as a low-margin Steam key store, if even that.
Post edited April 08, 2014 by timppu
They need to be more specific with their DRM labels. "Other DRM" isn't good enough. You can often surmise what the DRM is, like the Origin client, but that isn't always the case. Regardless of what one can assume or surmise, they need to provide accurate info that isn't vague.
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timppu: ... so why would one buy something from GamersGate instead of e.g. Steam? I can only think of the price, but then there are also lots of other dirt cheap Steam-key stores, including Humble Bundles.

Frankly, I think GamersGate will continue only as a low-margin Steam key store, if even that.
I've bought 2 games from them that were on sale. Both are DRM-free at GG and are also sold on Steam, Alpha Protocol and STALKER CS. GOG didn't have either of those two when I bought them. GOG have the STALKER series now, and they may eventually sign SEGA. So DRM-free is one reason, but except for cheap casual games and shovelware, I think GOG may eventually have nearly all of what GG have.

You think they're 2nd behind Steam as far as volume of transactions? I wonder if Amazon might handle as many or more than them. Probably not yet.
Post edited April 08, 2014 by JohnnyDollar