GOG Launches Fall Insomnia Sale

GOG Launches Fall Insomnia Sale

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GOG is putting 100 games on sale for its Fall Insomnia Promo, but supplies are limited, so call now!

The idea of limited stock in a digital store is kind of silly but anyone who's ever been told that there are no more Steam codes left knows it's not unheard of. But GOG is putting a different twist on it with the Fall Insomnia Promo: Instead of pretending that its shelves are all out of digits (digitals?) it's putting 100 games on sale in limited numbers, one at a time - and the next game doesn't go up until all copies of the first game are gone.

Confused? Yeah, me too, so here's an example: At this very moment, The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav is available for $3.99 (which, by the way, is a screamingly good deal if you dig point-and-click adventures) and there are 58 copies left out of a beginning inventory of 200. Once that hits zero, that sale ends and the next game goes on the block. What's the next game? Nobody knows! That's part of the fun, I guess.

GOG did say that System Shock 2, Fez, Hotline Miami, Rayman Origins, the Baldur's Gate Saga and Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri will all be in the mix, so it's not like they're just clearing out the crap that nobody wants (Gotta make room on those digi-shelves!), and there will also be some freebies sprinkled into the mix, just to keep you on your toes. The Fall Insomnia Promo is live now and runs until the games are all gone at GOG.com.

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Yeah I'll be skipping this one..where as most sales make me feel like someone being tempted, this I suppose the the equivalent of a greasy real estate agent or sales person thattries to get you buy buy buy before you've had a chance to properly consider the purchase. It's a QTE sale

Even steam gave you at least 28 hours.

This would be a better sale if it weren't so insanely short. Seriously, some of these are lasting for under five minutes each.

I feel it would be better if there was a regular sale running concurrently. Right now if you miss a sale you may as well just keep waiting since there's no other reason to buy the game right now. (If you were already going to pay full price, why didn't you do that yet?)

Plus it's kinda ridiculous "Yeah, we ran out of installers. Just don't have any left on our servers, sent the last one across the wire to a guy in Indonesia just now."

Well, I, for one, think it's a really nifty idea.

It's not there to give you discounts on games you're waiting for, it's using your curiosity and a touch of panic to get you to play a game you wouldn't have otherwise tried. Sounds good to me.

Now, if only I had money...

EDIT: Insomnia, my pasty white butt. They're going so fast that 100 games won't even last an afternoon.

Shelter was free, but all 15 copies were gone in less than a second. :P

There's some really, really good games there. Wargame: European Escalation or Nexus: The Jupiter Incident, for example. Some of them get sold out in less than two minutes. O_o

Sword of the Stars: The Pit for two bucks? Sure, why not? I'll join in the silly sale fun.

Capcha... I swear to god, I hate Progressive insurance a little more with each Capcha I have to fill out...

Watching this sale is genuinely fun. Even if I don't buy anything.

Damn it. I missed getting Wing Commander IV for free. I didn't click fast enough, even though my mouse was over the button and as soon as I saw it I clicked. ::sigh:: Meh, it's about time I just buy it anyway. I've been playing the first three for a long time and never got around to IV.

Are they even going to make it to tonight with this? The games are going so fast.

Yeah no way I´m suckered into.....Neverwinter nights 2 complete for 3.99!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Runs off to get his wallet"

I've already bought 3 games, one I thought I would NEVER play (I have no mouth and I must scream (I was young when it came out). Have to give the gog guys credit. This sale is quite frankly brilliant.

As some people already said, there's no way this sale keep up until tonight.

However, the GoG guys are really funny! :)
They also do a lot of little giveaways. For their 5 years anniversary, I've win a 5$ game be answering trivia question! :D

I don't like this. Unfortunately, I can see it working, and the marketing guys over at GOG rubbing their hands with glee, and recommending to their bosses that they do more. It's treating an infinite resource like a scarce good, and can only help to foster ill feelings with potential/return customers. How do you think you'd feel if you saw a game here you really wanted, but between the time you clicked buy and input your credit card details, they sold out before you could complete the process?
You'd feel cheated, that's what.

CAPTCHA - Fucking Ford ads. Escapist, stop it with the captcha ads already! My last comment had the exact same ad, and I am NOT looking for a car.

Its been an amusing evening this. Omerta goes up and it takes like 15 minutes before the sale slowly wears off. Total Annihiliation goes up and "KABOOM" goes the GoG server.

Allspice:
Damn it. I missed getting Wing Commander IV for free. I didn't click fast enough, even though my mouse was over the button and as soon as I saw it I clicked. ::sigh:: Meh, it's about time I just buy it anyway. I've been playing the first three for a long time and never got around to IV.

Are they even going to make it to tonight with this? The games are going so fast.

That's just it, it's a sale that seems to be targeted at a very odd demographic. People who have money, a credit card , and the time to compulssively check one window every 2 minutes.

RikuoAmero:
I don't like this. Unfortunately, I can see it working, and the marketing guys over at GOG rubbing their hands with glee, and recommending to their bosses that they do more. It's treating an infinite resource like a scarce good, and can only help to foster ill feelings with potential/return customers. How do you think you'd feel if you saw a game here you really wanted, but between the time you clicked buy and input your credit card details, they sold out before you could complete the process?
You'd feel cheated, that's what.

Seeing how copies were popping back into existence, you have a lock on your copy after clicking the button. So all you have to do is click once and you have all the time you need to get your details in.

Why do people always assume the worst? They're almost always wrong.

BigTuk:

Allspice:
Damn it. I missed getting Wing Commander IV for free. I didn't click fast enough, even though my mouse was over the button and as soon as I saw it I clicked. ::sigh:: Meh, it's about time I just buy it anyway. I've been playing the first three for a long time and never got around to IV.

Are they even going to make it to tonight with this? The games are going so fast.

That's just it, it's a sale that seems to be targeted at a very odd demographic. People who have money, a credit card , and the time to compulssively check one window every 2 minutes.

Guess so. Doesn't really matter though, the games are going very quickly.

Allspice:

Guess so. Doesn't really matter though, the games are going very quickly.

True and that's the point... why artificially limit your sales to a set number. it's like selling 10 apples when you could just as easily sell fifty. It's also a matter that the sale literally breezes by two fast. you look a way for 3 minutes and two tiles have already zipped by? YOu have no idea what titles are going up and no idea when.

BigTuk:

Allspice:

Guess so. Doesn't really matter though, the games are going very quickly.

True and that's the point... why artificially limit your sales to a set number. it's like selling 10 apples when you could just as easily sell fifty. It's also a matter that the sale literally breezes by two fast. you look a way for 3 minutes and two tiles have already zipped by? YOu have no idea what titles are going up and no idea when.

I guess they just decided to do this because they did. IDK. It is kinda fun to see what will be up there next and for what price.

BigTuk:

Allspice:

Guess so. Doesn't really matter though, the games are going very quickly.

True and that's the point... why artificially limit your sales to a set number. it's like selling 10 apples when you could just as easily sell fifty. It's also a matter that the sale literally breezes by two fast. you look a way for 3 minutes and two tiles have already zipped by? YOu have no idea what titles are going up and no idea when.

And?

That's the whole thrill. Some of us aren't so super srs about our sales that we can't recognize and partake in a bit of thrilling fun.

I thought we were gamers.

And just to undermine your statement a bit, it appears that they're putting titles on sale multiple times, so that the whole thing isn't done in three hours. :P

lacktheknack:

BigTuk:

Allspice:

Guess so. Doesn't really matter though, the games are going very quickly.

True and that's the point... why artificially limit your sales to a set number. it's like selling 10 apples when you could just as easily sell fifty. It's also a matter that the sale literally breezes by two fast. you look a way for 3 minutes and two tiles have already zipped by? YOu have no idea what titles are going up and no idea when.

And?

That's the whole thrill. Some of us aren't so super srs about our sales that we can't recognize and partake in a bit of thrilling fun.

I thought we were gamers.

Man, you know the rich people. :p

Sacred Gold for Free.
"Servers are busy now"
"Error error"

Yeah, screw this sale.

BigTuk:

lacktheknack:

BigTuk:

True and that's the point... why artificially limit your sales to a set number. it's like selling 10 apples when you could just as easily sell fifty. It's also a matter that the sale literally breezes by two fast. you look a way for 3 minutes and two tiles have already zipped by? YOu have no idea what titles are going up and no idea when.

And?

That's the whole thrill. Some of us aren't so super srs about our sales that we can't recognize and partake in a bit of thrilling fun.

I thought we were gamers.

Man, you know the rich people. :p

Wat?

So far, I've spent $1.50, missed a sale I wanted and missed several freebies.

I'm probably the poorest guy in the thread.

Heh, Master of Orion 1+2 ran out in less than a minute.
Then Planescape Torment made the server time out.

I don't know, artificially creating a limited resource out of something that is infinite to increase demand and trick people into impulse purchases just seems... wrong.

lacktheknack:

BigTuk:

lacktheknack:

And?

That's the whole thrill. Some of us aren't so super srs about our sales that we can't recognize and partake in a bit of thrilling fun.

I thought we were gamers.

Man, you know the rich people. :p

Wat?

So far, I've spent $1.50, missed a sale I wanted and missed several freebies.

I'm probably the poorest guy in the thread.

You aren't. When you can drop $1.50 without a second thought on a game.. you're doing pretty well.

BigTuk:

lacktheknack:

BigTuk:

Man, you know the rich people. :p

Wat?

So far, I've spent $1.50, missed a sale I wanted and missed several freebies.

I'm probably the poorest guy in the thread.

You aren't. When you can drop $1.50 without a second thought on a game.. you're doing pretty well.

You must be super poor if spending $1.50 on anything would be a cause for concern.

BigTuk:

lacktheknack:

BigTuk:

Man, you know the rich people. :p

Wat?

So far, I've spent $1.50, missed a sale I wanted and missed several freebies.

I'm probably the poorest guy in the thread.

You aren't. When you can drop $1.50 without a second thought on a game.. you're doing pretty well.

>without second thought

OK. If that's how you insist on painting me in your brain. -_____-

Also, I really have to wonder what you consider to be "doing well". $1.50 is less than half a sandwich.

So yeah, the sales are repeating for sure. Hotline Miami is on the block again.

That adds a lot of wiggle room to those complaining about enforced scarcity (which, considering they didn't have to do a sale at all, is a laugh and a half).

lacktheknack:
So yeah, the sales are repeating for sure. Hotline Miami is on the block again.

That adds a lot of wiggle room to those complaining about enforced scarcity (which, considering they didn't have to do a sale at all, is a laugh and a half).

It's the effect the forced scacity has that has me complaining. by god three times I've h a sale end mid way through filling in my purchase info or in the time it takes me to actually click on the game to get a little info about it.

Hmm I suppose it wouldn't be so bad if GoG had a wallet feature like steam does.

lacktheknack:

BigTuk:

lacktheknack:

Wat?

So far, I've spent $1.50, missed a sale I wanted and missed several freebies.

I'm probably the poorest guy in the thread.

You aren't. When you can drop $1.50 without a second thought on a game.. you're doing pretty well.

>without second thought

OK. If that's how you insist on painting me in your brain. -_____-

Also, I really have to wonder what you consider to be "doing well". $1.50 is less than half a sandwich.

When you have to stretch a cup of ramen across two meals... then you'll be at my level. Sucks when your country is going through a recession, especially when your ass hat leaders believe the best way out of the recession is to lump more bloody taxes on people's heads.

BigTuk:
It's the effect the forced scacity has that has me complaining. by god three times I've h a sale end mid way through filling in my purchase info or in the time it takes me to actually click on the game to get a little info about it.

How fascinating. When I got my copy of Ultima VII (the one game I bought), the sale ran out as I filled in my card info, but it didn't tell me tough luck... because it locks the copy to your account instantly when you click "purchase".

-____-

BigTuk:
When you have to stretch a cup of ramen across two meals... then you'll be at my level. Sucks when your country is going through a recession, especially when your ass hat leaders believe the best way out of the recession is to lump more bloody taxes on people's heads.

...You can't afford more than a bowl of ramen a day, but you ostensibly attempted to buy a game not once, not twice, but THREE times?

lacktheknack:

BigTuk:
It's the effect the forced scacity has that has me complaining. by god three times I've h a sale end mid way through filling in my purchase info or in the time it takes me to actually click on the game to get a little info about it.

How fascinating. When I got my copy of Ultima VII (the one game I bought), the sale ran out as I filled in my card info, but it didn't tell me tough luck... because it locks the copy to your account instantly when you click "purchase".

-____-

BigTuk:
When you have to stretch a cup of ramen across two meals... then you'll be at my level. Sucks when your country is going through a recession, especially when your ass hat leaders believe the best way out of the recession is to lump more bloody taxes on people's heads.

...You can't afford more than a bowl of ramen a day, but you ostensibly attempted to buy a game not once, not twice, but THREE times?

The games are cheaper than booze or drugs and keep me entertained longer than either.

this sale has been absolutely nuts, i've been checking into it on and off since this afternoon, like 1000 copies of nwn2 gone in 2 minutes, etc etc etc. but then jack keane. its like a demented psychology experiment. !

I gotta say, watching that meter is mesmerizing.

 

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