People should not jump to conclusions about Galaxy, because, as in this thread, they could well be the wrong conclusions....;)
You can use Galaxy to update your games, but you are not required to run *any* of the games through the Galaxy front end. You simply find the game on your system and send a shortcut of the game executable to your desktop (or wherever you keep your game shortcuts), and run the game from there, completely bypassing Galaxy. So, there is *no* DRM involved in Galaxy at all, just for the record. Unlike Steam, where if the game developer stipulates it his game will not run without running through the Steam front end, there is no such front-end requirement for GOG Galaxy.
Running a GOG game through the Galaxy front end is entirely elective--up to you. Most people who run the game through Galaxy do so in order that any game updates can be applied to the game before running it--all in one step. What I do is run Galaxy to update my games--only--but when I play my games I run them all directly from the game exe, which bypasses Galaxy completely. That's the way it's always worked for me. Updating your games through Galaxy will get them updated much faster than waiting on GOG to provide a manual patch, and that's because game developers can send their updates directly to the GOG Galaxy channel and their game will be updated through Galaxy without GOG having to touch it--just as it is done in the Steam front end. If you wait on a manual patch--which you can do if you want--it takes longer--usually a day or two longer--because GOG has to take the developer's patch and and make a custom game patch out of it that is compatible with the GOG manual game installer.
So, again--no DRM involved in Galaxy at all. It's just a convenience and an option, not an impediment...;) And using it is very much an elective.
While it is true that Galaxy is not technically DRM as such, if you use an installer that includes Galaxy, then Galaxy will automatically launch whenever you launch that particular game. Which is annoying. I've had this happen once, and I couldn't get the game to launch without also launching Galaxy, if I had installed it with the "standard" installer.
This doesn't happen if the initial installation is with the "classic" installer. Those can be run from the exe (without auto-launching Galaxy) as you described above, and they can be updated by Galaxy as you describe if the user chooses. That's generally the way I do it too.
Nope--you can use the Galaxy installer and still run the game from its own executable shortcut, bypassing Galaxy completely. It's only if you use the shortcut that Galaxy will make for you (but only if you tell the Galaxy installer that you want a desktop shortcut) that Galaxy will run. Using the elective Galaxy-created shortcut is a choice you make, not a requirement. I'll supply an example for you:
Install the game Obduction--this is an example that holds true for all Galaxy-installed games, btw--then check out the desktop shortcut Galaxy creates for the game (if you tell it to.) Right-click shortcut properties and take a look. (1) Galaxy-installed Obduction shortcut properties:
Target: "C:\Program Files (x86)\GOG Galaxy\GalaxyClient.exe" /command=runGame /gameId=2003665371 /path="D:\Obduction"
Start In: "C:\Program Files (x86)\GOG Galaxy"
Of course, if you use the Galaxy made shortcut, Galaxy will run first. (2) Galaxy-installed Obduction using the game executable's direct desktop shortcut properties:
I already said this in my first post, so to rehash, when you install a game through Galaxy, you can simply go to the game's installation directory (the above Obduction game is installed in my D:\ Obduction folder), find the game's executable, right-click it and select "send to desktop (create shortcut)" and that's it. The shortcut will then run the Galaxy-installed game without running Galaxy first.
I'm not sure if it was just a matter of you not reading my first post, or whether you just didn't understand what I was saying, but I hope this will clarify things for you. You do not have to run Galaxy for any Galaxy installed game you own or buy unless you *wish* to have Galaxy run first.
Exactly like happens with the manual installers, you can create a shortcut directly from the game executable, and send it to your desktop that bypasses Galaxy completely. As I said in the first post
, I use Galaxy to install and update my games, but I run *all* of my Galaxy games from the game executable shortcut--exactly like I do with older manually installed games. Galaxy only runs when I chose to run it when updating games.