GOG.com Closes its Digital Doors

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GOG.com Closes its Digital Doors

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Picking up classic PC games has just gotten a little bit trickier, as one of the leading sources of retro games shuts up shop.

Good Old Games, better known as GOG.com, has shut down, after its operators made the decision that it couldn't continue in its current form. The site, which sold DRM free retro games updated to run on modern computers, was owned and operated by CD Projekt, the Polish videogame company responsible for The Witcher.

In a message on the GOG website, the staff said they were grateful for the support they'd received over the last two years, and said that working on GOG had been a "great adventure" into gaming's past. They added that despite the closure, the idea behind the site wasn't necessarily gone forever.

A post on the site's official Twitter feed seems to suggest that the lack of DRM on GOG products was making it difficult to keep developers and publishers happy, but whether that's the reason for the closure, or just one part of it, isn't clear. GOG advises keeping an eye on the site for updates on how users will be able to re-download all their games again before the site is gone for good.

This is actually a really sad day, as along with Steam, GOG was one of the best places to pick up older games without having to shell out a small fortune on eBay, or fiddle around for hours trying to get a game designed for Windows 95 to work on XP. Hopefully GOG 2.0 will come soon, although if it does, it's likely to be quite different.

You can follow the site's Twitter or join the official Facebook group for updates.

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NO!!! oh wait I already knew this...

but still, NO!!!

NOOOOOO! I hadn't even heard of them! Oh cruel fate!

This is pretty devastating, I bought Fallout off GOG for a fiver and the service they offered...has not been matched by any contemporary digital distributor or retail store. :(

Goddammit! Now I will have to download all of the games I got there once they open for that. Not sure if I have space for that...
I can't really see how things went so wrong for them. As far as I know they had a lot of customers, and they even put out a new game a few days ago I think. There is something about this that just doesn't seem right.

Wait...

That's what GOG was for?

GOD DAMN IT! I wondered what it stood for.

Calumon: Maybe they'll come back like steam?

I have removed my words from this site.

This is why I hate digital distribution

Damn, good thing I managed to grab a copy of Fallout 2 of there before it shut down. Really sorry to see that site go, it was a really useful place to find old stuff.

What? Nooooo! GOG is too awesome to shut down! They gave me Myst and Riven and Painkiller and there are so many other great games that it had to offer. This is a very, very sad day for PC gaming.

Way to drop the fucking bomb!

glad I keep backups for all my games from gog.com;

sad to see one of the best DD services go

Noooo! I never actually had call to do business with the site myself, as I invariably already owned the games I would have purchased from them, but knowing it was there was great because I could direct people who didn't have those titles to get them there. Now where will people get Freespace 2?

gah; sucks, I still need Descent 1 and 2

Hmmm, I'm somewhat depressed that I hadn't heard of them. Too late to see if they have a copy of "Legacy: Realm Of Terror" I could just up and play. Never been able to get that one to run on current computers [sighs].

That said, I suppose it doesn't surprise me. I haven't been looking at oldware much for years, but still these guys seem to be under-represented if I hadn't heard of them before their closing down. They definatly weren't drumming up the business they probably could have.

As far as the DRM issues and so on, I could see how that would be an issue for some of the greedier companies out there. On the other hand, something like GOG was a good middle ground between regular retail and abandonware. Making older titles people still might play availible for cheap, as opposed to them becoming totally free when companies inevitably have to let the liscences slide and then sites like Abandonia pick them up.

In the end I think it more or less came down to simple greed, and if the DRM theory is correct, it shows that companies would rather totally deep six a project like this than not make what they consider "worthy" mountains of cash.

I have removed my words from this site.

oh no!

wait, who are they again??

oh well...

... part of me just died...

Just when I had started paying attention to their sales emails.

God dammit. God dammit.

This really makes me sad. I bought fallout 1 from them. These guys are like Steam, only less annoying, and no DRM. I really hope the no DRM is the reason behind the closure. God forbid a service treats its customers like actual people instead of potential pirates.

noooooooooooooooooooooooooo Fuck, I still had games there I'd bought that I had to download

Wow, that simply does not compute...

So strange.

I was literally about to start buying a few things there. Damn.

joethekoeller:

Gildan Bladeborn:
Noooo! I never actually had call to do business with the site myself, as I invariably already owned the games I would have purchased from them, but knowing it was there was great because I could direct people who didn't have those titles to get them there. Now where will people get Freespace 2?

I was under the impression that Freespace 2 was declared open-source at some point. Or maybe I got that wrong

You got that wrong - the source code was declared open source, which is why the community could take it and build the Source Code Project improvements to modernize things, but the game content itself has never just been released for free[1], and you still need to have the retail Freespace 2 files to use the new stuff.

For a good long stretch the community didn't see the harm in bundling full versions of the software along with their improvements to it, as nobody was actually selling new copies of Freespace 2 anymore, so it was in the legal gray area of "abandonware" - folks reason that if the only copies of a game on sale are vastly overpriced second-hand copies being resold, then they're not really doing any harm by distributing that "abandoned" software for free, as the original content creators aren't getting a dime either way; it might not be strictly legal but it's hard to see the harm in it either.

But when Good Old Games came onto the scene the FS mod community quickly dropped retail FS2 from their downloads and pointed everyone to GOG.com instead, as there now existed a legal channel for interested parties to purchase new units and actually give money to the content creators again. Now that it's gone I don't know what they'll do, as far as I was aware FS2 wasn't available anywhere else (legally).

Doesn't impact me personally, as I own a retail boxed copy of the game from way back when, but this news still sucks thanks to the difficulties that arise from recommending the game to people: Freespace 2 is still the best damn space shooter ever released, and the stuff the SCP community has put out there just makes it even more freaking awesome.

The trouble is now when I tell somebody that, dangle tantalizing screenshots in front of them, etc, I'm basically telling them "This game is awesome, go pirate it now!" because there's no place to direct them to so they can buy it. Which really sucks, because I think everyone should play that game but I hate to think of myself as an advocate of software piracy, and I'm essentially urging people to pirate the game when I tell them why they need it now. Here's hoping some other legal channel arises.

[1] Volition, the developers of Freespace, didn't actually own the rights to release the game content as their publisher Interplay owned the rights to the Freespace franchise itself, so all they could release were those portions of the engine that they'd written themselves (originally all the licensed code was omitted, which broke certain functions that relied on it, but the mod community has written replacements for those code sections now).

NO!

This is a dark and terrible day for gamers everywhere, whether they know it or not. GOG had the potential to be a go-to source for older games as they phased out of the mainstream conscious. /sigh

this week sucks.

Just got this off of RPS forums.

http://uk.gamespot.com/pages/forums/show_msgs.php?topic_id=27455040&page=1

Adrian Werner seems to think it's some kind of publicity stunt.
Whoever he might be, I have honestly no idea..

Irridium:
God dammit. God dammit.

This really makes me sad. I bought fallout 1 from them. These guys are like Steam, only less annoying, and no DRM. I really hope the no DRM is the reason behind the closure. God forbid a service treats its customers like actual people instead of potential pirates.

Ya harr, pirates you say? There be no such thing as a pirate in these waters, yarr.

OT: Hm, seems like a site I should've known about earlier, I would most likely have bought some games there.

this is just the worst news I've had in a long time...

NO WAI!!!!!1

NO FSCKNIG WAI!!!!!2

I was holding out on buying a buttload of games from GOG until I could afford it, as I assumed they'd be around for a long time to come. FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU... etc.

:(

This actually makes me cry.

Damn it.

Shitflap:
Just got this off of RPS forums.

http://uk.gamespot.com/pages/forums/show_msgs.php?topic_id=27455040&page=1

Adrian Werner seems to think it's some kind of publicity stunt.
Whoever he might be, I have honestly no idea..

I hope he's right.
If not then noooooooo D: where will I buy cool old stuff now?!?!?

NUUUUUU I JUST BOUGHT DUKENUKEM3d THERE LAST WEEK :(

It doesn't make sense anyway. Why would the publisher's be pissed at them? It's been clear from the outset that it was a no-DRM site. Those publishers do give them permission to sell their games I take it.

I also don't get why one day, they'd announce a big sale and new games for sale, and then the next day close down without any warning. That don't make sense.

Damn I wanted to buy more stuff from them.

well publishers more and more are ressurecting old game to resell in packs or on psn or xbl, a site like this is probably a minefield of red tape and studios and publishers unsure of what they might try and dredge up to resell down the line.

well, at least i can still play the 9 games i bought from them. i was just about to get duke nukem 3d, too. this is actually really sad.

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