Good Old Games Announces Early Access Beta

Good Old Games Announces Early Access Beta

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Good Old Games, an online service that promises classic gaming goodness to modern PC owners, is gearing up for an Early Access Beta, and everyone who signs up will get in.

On September 8, the site will begin distributing access keys to everyone who signed up prior to midnight EDT on September 7. Everyone who receives a key will be able to access the full Good Old Games website, where they'll be able to join the community, write reviews and of course, buy games. Beta keys will be distributed in stages over the week following September 8, and everyone who buys a game during the Early Access Beta will also be given a code to get one game from the company's Interplay catalog at no charge.

While the full Good Old Games catalog remains largely unknown, the company promises "critically acclaimed games from major publishers in every genre," and its website, for what it's worth, displays game boxes including Giants: Citizen Kabuto, TOCA Race Driver, Sacrifice, Fallout 2, Freespace 2 and MDK. Games will sell for $5.99 and $9.99, and more importantly, Good Old Games promises all games sold will be completely DRM-free, meaning they can be re-downloaded at any time, burned onto CD, played on other PCs and don't require an internet connection to operate. The games have also been adapted to work with Windows XP and Windows Vista, and exclusive add-ons for purchased games, like guides, walkthroughs, wallpapers and more will also be available.

The first thing to enter my mind when I read about this was, "Is this legal?" Not "Russian website selling MP3s" legal, but actually within-the-boundaries-of-the-law-type legal. But according to CD Projekt's Vice-President of PR and Marketing Tom Ohle, GOG negotiates with publishers for the rights to back catalogs on an individual basis, and everything is on the up-and-up. "It's basically just pitching the publishers," he said in a recent interview with GameCyte. "If they're up for it, then we just go through the process of getting them an agreement, and getting as complete a code as we can - whether we can get the masters, or if we just end up having to basically rip a game disc." And if it's good enough for Tom Ohle, it's sure good enough for me.

To learn more about Good Old Games and sign up for your own Early Access Beta key, head to GOG.com and toss your email address in the pile.

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yay its about time there was a serious attempt at making "classic" older games work on todays systems. Not that ill be signing up for the beta though will wait n see if it works or if it gets shat on.

Excellent! now give me the complete DESCENT series ( not the crappy Freespace ones ) that will work in Vista without a hiccup and then I will be sold.

I'm excited about this seeing that I wasn't into gaming when these originally came out.

I was sold the instant that I heard they had an "Interplay Catalogue."

If they manage to get some old Looking Glass/Ion Storm/Eidos games or raid the old Microprose catalogue we'll be set. If they add in Origin/Westwood (EA) and Lucas Arts (TIE Fighter anyone?) I'll need a new pair of pants.

I know, it's far too much speculation. Still, it's got my attention as a concept and I've already signed up for a key.

It's that time already, is it? Fantastic.

whether we can get the masters, or if we just end up having to basically rip a game disc.

I do believe this man is made of Win.

Digikid:
Excellent! now give me the complete DESCENT series ( not the crappy Freespace ones ) that will work in Vista without a hiccup and then I will be sold.

Freespace... crappy...

I don't see where you are coming from.

Yeah, not that it's really on topic but anyone who calls the Freespace games "crappy" has obviously never played Freespace.

Nordstrom:
I'm excited about this seeing that I wasn't into gaming when these originally came out.

Then you will finally experience the greatness. Or not like it because you've been spoiled by new stuff. When checkpoints abound and Fallout 2 had cool graphics.

Do the "add-on's" include manuals? I always like reading those, and don't want to have to spend the minute or two finding a PDF. Also, some really old games require the manual to play(dialogue, tutorial, etc.)

If they can beat this, I'll be happy, since that collection is sorely lacking.

Fineldar:

Nordstrom:
I'm excited about this seeing that I wasn't into gaming when these originally came out.

Then you will finally experience the greatness. Or not like it because you've been spoiled by new stuff. When checkpoints abound and Fallout 2 had cool graphics.

Do the "add-on's" include manuals? I always like reading those, and don't want to have to spend the minute or two finding a PDF. Also, some really old games require the manual to play(dialogue, tutorial, etc.)

If they can beat this, I'll be happy, since that collection is sorely lacking.

SWEET ZOMBIE JESUS! It is an archive of disk drives! Great collection Fineldar.

Seriously I'm really hoping for Descent, and of course trying many older games that I never gave a look might do me some good.

That isn't actually my collection, though I wants it. My collection only fills four filling cabinet draws that are attached to my really old L-shaped computer desk. Who doesn't have a small filing cabinet filled with old computer games from the past 20 years, alphabetized by favorites and genre?

They should have Descent, as they have other Interplay titles up there, and I would love for people to give money to them.

Wait...System Shock 2...with working cutscenes...on windows vista...I FUCKING LOVE THIS!

Yes, this will be fantastic. Excellent.

Is that some ultima I spy in your collection Fin?

Sacrifice was such an awesome game.

Fineldar:
If they can beat this, I'll be happy, since that collection is sorely lacking.

That is one deeply sweet collection. Do you know the guy who owns it?

I don't know him personally, but I used to be in a guild with him in Kingdom of Loathing, and thought it was the coolest thing ever. I have "tricked" into clicked a link in the depths on a friends website, and was able to use his IP to find his address. Does having the ability to roll around on someone's bed naked or hide in their closet mean you know them personally?

Yes, that is Ultima, but just a few shelves worth, not that much.

I have been given access to the beta - and low and behold Descent plus it's expansion is available for a mere $5.99!

Given I have access I can answer some questions:

1) the games are all fully patched up with the latest official patch
2) Each game has a sub forum where the first post is a sticky with links to mods, unofficial patches and higher resolution patches, etc. These have been tested by G.O.G. with their version and has seen to be okay.
3) G.O.G. showed me they understand the totality of PC gaming by not only including the well known Good Old Games, like Fallout, but also the great games that went under the radar, like Hostile Waters, Original War and Soldiers of World War II!
4) The forum is already getting lively with a 5 page 'wish list' thread developing over just 2 days!
5) G.O.G have a link on every single page on their site to give feedback, a sign they really want to create a great community site.
6) The whole idea of DRM free games for low prices is a great one, but to me is also a trust thing. Obviously with no DRM, piracy would be easy, but this company is laying it on the line and just trusting it's customers! Something very few companies do in video gaming! If they are willing to put their faith in me, I am willing to return the favour. I intend being a strong supported of G.O.G.

My house is a bit like those photos of those shelves, I have over 400 PC games! I have all the games in their current catalogue and most of the games being asked for in the wish list thread, due to the fact I have been PC gaming for 20+ years and have avidly collected and kept all my games. Some people have rooms with bookshelves full of books on every wall. I have bookshelves full of games. Side-on they look like hardback books! (the big box versions anyway!)

I have the Lord British games, the Origins games, the LucasArts games, the Bioware/Black Isles games, the Sierra games, the Microprose games, the Blizzard games, the Looking Glass games, the Activision games, the Interplay games, the Bethesda games, the..... well, you get it!. Nevertheless,I will be getting games from G.O.G. due to their compatibility!

I just got access too...This is awesome!

2) Each game has a sub forum where the first post is a sticky with links to mods, unofficial patches and higher resolution patches, etc. These have been tested by G.O.G. with their version and has seen to be okay.

It all depends on the file and folder structure of each game, to be honest. I sent an email to GOG a couple of days ago about this, but since you're in the beta (I can't be bothered to get it working properly), do you know if the file and folder structure of each game is maintained, or if there are any games that are repackaged like how Metaboli does it?

Got my key this afternoon. Here I go!

Oh System Shock, how I have missed thee.

Nabbed Fallout, as I've never had the chance to play the much-lauded RPG. For only $6, too.

If anyone wants a beta-key, I have one to give away. PM if you want it!

 

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