GOG do enjoy their quirky sales. Their last weird one, the Fall Insomnia sale, was a stressful reminder that time is slipping beyond our control, that our frail forms can't physically experience all the joy in the world, and that everything will one day be reduced to naught. It was a fun time. The new Time Machine sale has a more empowering angle, letting users do battle against each other and time itself.
All in all, a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland wouldn't be a pleasant place, but it would bring a few benefits. One of them: a blissful lack of licensing laws and rights issues. That's in stark contrast to the here-and-now, where - in the distinctly unirradiated 21st century - DRM-free digital retailer GOG has been forced to remove the popular Fallout series from its shelves due to an ownership change that sees the classic RPGs now fully owned by Bethesda.
GOG don't want to set the world on fire, they just want to impart Fallout in your (shopping) cart. The easiest way to do that, of course, is to make Fallout 1, 2 and Tactics completely free for the next couple of days, which is what they've done. Why? Firstly, because it's an apocalyptically good way to launch their Winter Sale. Secondly, because rights to the series are currently pending a change in ownership, which may see the classic RPGs removed from sale on the service.
GOG announced today that it will give you your money back for games you purchase and are unable to run. Players are encouraged to first use the support page to find a solution to the problem, submitting a ticket describing the issue if they need further help. But in the case that even GOG's "top men" can't find a solution, the site will offer a refund within 30 days after purchase.
It's great when Steam and other online stores go head-to-head, because stiffer competition for them means lower prices and better service for consumers. One problem with this kind of competition-following, though, is that it disguises how truly lopsided the fight is: Steam is way, way ahead. Over the holiday weekend, the digital download service report it had seven million users logged on at the same time.
Would you like 66% off the cold war strategy Wargame: European Escalation. Well tough, you're too late. There are six copies left, and they'll almost certainly be gone by the time I've finished writing this paragraph. This is the nature of GOG's weird "Fall Insomnia" Sale, in which a limited number of copies of a cheap game are advertised, and thus only available to the quickest and most eager buyers. It's like being forced to use retail stores all over again, only even more arbitrary.
You can never have too much of a good thing, and a good thing is donating to charity while getting new games. DRM-free gaming store GOG is holding a bundle sale where you can pick up three games for a $5 donation to the World Wildlife Fund, Gaming for Good, or Worldbuilders.
In many ways, CD Projekt RED is the little developer that could. After hitting it big with The Witcher, CD Projekt has continued to grow and produce games with greater and greater ambition. After six years and six million games sold in the Witcher franchise, the studio is hard at work on the Witcher 3 and the much-anticipated Cyperpunk 2077. As its gotten bigger and struck distribution deals on a larger and larger scale, though, some rumors have gotten around that the developers’ famous anti-DRM stance might be changing. According to the company CEO, those rumors are false.
Dark Matter, the 2D sci-fi horror game that went up for sale on GOG and Steam late last week, isn’t everything it purported to be. After about five hours of play the character enters a room, the doors slam shut, and an on-screen message informs the player that the game is over. Players and developers are currently arguing over whether the game is “complete,” but the discrepancy is enough that GOG has begun to offer refunds to buyers.
GOG and Larian have three beautiful, 3D printed, hand-painted Dragon Commander statues up for grabs, coinciding with a 40% off sale on Dragon Commander. The dragons have been painted by a mini-painting artist in Warsaw, and we want you to have one.
Digital distribution store GOG is celebrating its fifth birthday, which is an impressive milestone for a service that sounds like it was named by somebody celebrating their first birthday. Rather than look to you expectantly, its owners have arranged their own party: a five week extravaganza of "promos, gifts, contests, and specials with a Grand Finale in the middle of October." The first is the Pick 5 Promo, letting your create a five-game bundle from the newer end of their catalogue.
Last week, we saw the news that the normally glacial pace of Steam Greenlight had just hit a thaw: 100 games were greenlit at once. Greenlight approvals were usually limited to a mere ten at a time, and the process seemed to be a magnet for controversy. Now, an indie developer writes that although more approvals are great, more approvals also mean less coverage and prestige for greenlit games.
With the launch of a new Indie Games Portal, GOG has emerged as a competitor for indie gamers money, going head-to-head with Steam’s Greenlight service. GOG’s new portal answers a lot of complaints about Greenlight, but what’s not clear is how they’ll live up to their numerous promises.
If you regret missing any of GOG's Summer Sale bundle deals, consider them un-missed. Beginning a few hours from now at 13:00 GMT/14:00 BST (for those of us who live in the past, that's 6 a.m. PDT and 9 a.m. EDT) GOG will discount all of its Summer Sale daily bundles at once for 24 hours. Oh my GOG, that's a lot of games.
Indie hit Torchlight, the action RPG that pushed all of our kill-loot-kill buttons in the decade between Diablo 2 and Diablo 3, is now available for free from GOG. The DRM-Free Summer Sale launched early this morning, and it'll run for 17 days and feature over five hundred games on sale.
We used the only viable fuel source with the world's only time machine to visit E3 2014, and bring back the gaming news of the future for you, our loyal readers. The haters will say we could have done something more beneficial for humanity with this singular opportunity, but we usually just ban people like that. What new boxes will you be able to plug into your TV? Will everyone own a Rift? Do your emotional scars from Game of Thrones Season 3 ever heal? We have the 100 percent accurate, non-speculative answers to all this and more.
Deals between distributors and devs tend to be secretive affairs bound by legal tape, unholy rites and signatures of blood and the like, but Edge have spotted a tweet from the creator of Fez, Phil Fish, who encourages players to buy through Humble Bundle because "we get 95% of revenues as opposed to steam/gog's 70%"
The JRPG has gone through a lot of changes in the last thirty or so years, and Evoland chronicles all of them - well, most of them, ignoring the bit when they turned into barely interactive cutscenes featuring screeching, hyperactive eight-year-olds, in favour of Zelda-style adventuring and even Diablo-esque loot absorption. Sure, it's a selective history of 'action/adventure' gaming, but Evoland crams in an impressive number of evolutions nonetheless, taking us from the days of monochrome sprites to more detailed polygon people, in a game that will take a few hours of your time. Initially hammered out in around 30 hours for the Ludum Dare compo, Evoland has since evolved into something bigger, pricier, Steamier and GOGier, if you have the gold to spare.
Whenever I think a game couldn't get any weirder, Pathologic always reminds me that a stranger adventure awaits. It's the kind of game that doesn't budge from your mind after you experience its philosophical challenges and exquisitely unnerving atmosphere, an uneasiness unexpectedly helped along by an obtuse English translation and cryptic language. If you're seeking a horror game of a more disturbing nature instead of jumpscare chains, GOG's newest $10 addition is for you.
Clive Barker's Undying carries the distinction as one of the first games to carve an expression of terrified horror in my face from start to end. I swore I'd never revisit it, but it's on GOG now for $6, an absolute steal for one of the best and truly frightful first-person survival horror games out there.