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I wanted to play Skyrim which seems only available on Steam, so I created an account. After testing it shortly and being overwhelmed with the amount of lore, I bought Morrowind and Oblivion out of convenience also on Steam to learn about the lore in the game.
This was all so big, with armies and kingdoms etc. However, Oblivion is a great game and I played it all the way through with lots of side ingame communities to join like the dark brotherhood, become a knight etc.
Skyrim was not impressive afterwards, brotherhood and the thief's guild are not as well implemented into the rest of the story and you have to join either of the two fascist factions to progress or even come close to story driven dragon fights, which I refused. You feel rather small in the game anyway, the kingdoms, story and NPC do their thing, if you are there or not.

I saw a The Witcher lets play on youtube and got caught immediately. You are merely a witcher but change the fate of kingdoms in a way. Everything is very mature content and the stories believable, I also love the lone wolf mentality and how he is drawn to good/evil all the time and has to make decisions that matter.

So I bought The Witcher and Witcher2 on Steam, later I found out the creators are actual behind gog.com AND gog.com was always my favorite place to buy games to play on Linux via wine wrappers, because of the DRM free policy.

Now I bought the games here again, not out of convenience but out of believe and looking forward to Witcher3 next year ;)

Just my 2£
I'm with you on this praise of gog.com and The Witcher games.

I know how "hipster" it looks like to be anti-established franchises, "supporting the underdog", and all that jazz, but I genuinely never had the biggest of fondness for open-world games. To me, role playing games never meant "build a character and live your own story", I always looked at them as "you're playing the role of x, and this is you living their story". I like it when a game surprises you, when you have no control on what's about to happen to you, but you still have some degree of choice on how you tackle some situations and the order in which you approach quests. That's why I like The Wicther series so much, and the work CD Projekt has been developing. I have to say I'm a bit worried when they say they're taking things they learnt from Skyrim in order to "better" The Wicther 3, because I think the first two titles are absolutely awesome games, even if they're not as "open-ended" as Bethesda's RPGs. I grew tired of the Bethesda formula, because I need some degree of lore and story to keep me hooked, and all they promote is this living world in which you basically do whatever you please, something that downright makes me not care at all about the games, and quitting them after a short period of time. The Witcher titles, on the other hand, keep me hooked because I want to know what comes next, I'm interested in the story and the lore of it all.

Obviously, this is my personal preference, I'm not saying this is "the way to go", I grew up surrounded by people who played lots of different genres of video games, read a whole bunch of different books, etc, and I never judged them or imposed my preferences. I spent most of my childhood and teen years playing point and click adventure games, and maybe that's why I feel like I need a great story line to keep me interested; I mean, you didn't do much in Killer 7, for instance, and it's definitely one of the best games I played in my life, for the story and over-the-top quirkiness alone.

I guess what I wanted to say was "thanks, CD Projekt Group, for having created one of the best series of games I was fortunate enough to play in all my life, and for having my definite go-to online distributor under your umbrella, as well".
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disi: So I bought The Witcher and Witcher2 on Steam, later I found out the creators are actual behind gog.com AND gog.com was always my favorite place to buy games to play on Linux via wine wrappers, because of the DRM free policy.

Now I bought the games here again,
That was a waste of money.

You can redeem the Steam cd-key here for free.
http://www.gog.com/witcher/backup
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disi: So I bought The Witcher and Witcher2 on Steam, later I found out the creators are actual behind gog.com AND gog.com was always my favorite place to buy games to play on Linux via wine wrappers, because of the DRM free policy.

Now I bought the games here again,
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BrandeX: That was a waste of money.

You can redeem the Steam cd-key here for free.
http://www.gog.com/witcher/backup
I didn't know that, good hint.
Well, I bought probably 20 Diablo2 keys in my life and own only one boxed copy at the moment. In ten years I will laugh about this :)
Post edited March 23, 2014 by disi
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disi: So I bought The Witcher and Witcher2 on Steam, later I found out the creators are actual behind gog.com AND gog.com was always my favorite place to buy games to play on Linux via wine wrappers, because of the DRM free policy.

Now I bought the games here again,
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BrandeX: That was a waste of money.

You can redeem the Steam cd-key here for free.
http://www.gog.com/witcher/backup
He probably didn't need to buy it again but for the low price I don't see supporting GOG or the Witcher games as a waste of money.

I've got physical copies of W1 (Original Collectors and Enhanced) and W2 (Australian version and imported uncut), I bought them here on GOG a few years ago and recently bought them again on Steam myself (during a sale of course).
I did not play videogames anymore for more then 3 years and then i bought in a local store The Witcher, and because of that i love gaming again.
Post edited March 24, 2014 by DryFish