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.
Near-weekly Steam deals and Humble Bundles mean you can't blink without stumbling into a PC gaming sale somewhere, and GOG isn't listening to your cries of sanctuary from these savings. Nope, it's holding you down and letting you buy five games from a list of hits for the amount of change you could probably find rooting around beneath your couch for a bit.
Good news, everyone! Steam, Amazon, Blizzard, and more have kicked off Consumer Season by booby trapping the web with potent spending bait such as 33% off XCOM: Enemy Unknown, 50% off The Walking Dead, and 66% off StarCraft II. We spent the morning stumbling through the minefield to compile a list of some of the best seasonal discounts, but stay vigilant: more surprise server-busters are bound to go live as we approach the spendiest weekend of the year.
The year is 20XX. Over-reliance on mysterious "cloud storage" and catastrophic "Y2X" software failures have devastated the world's supply of PC games. You can only choose five games to preserve. What's at stake? Oh, just the fate of PC gaming and ten dollars. Yep, that's (mostly) right: drop by GOG this week and you can liberate five DRM-free games from their servers for only $10 (around £6).
Earlier this week I had a chat with CD Projekt RED PR Specialist Agnieszka Szóstak and GOG Head of PR & Marketing Trevor Longino. We briefly discussed several topics, including CDP RED's upcoming open-world RPG Cyberpunk 2077, GOG's take on Windows 8 and its new Mac library, as well as some of the piracy issues CDP has been so vocal about in the past. Here are the best responses on those topics.
It's mystery time! During a chat yesterday with Trevor Longino, Head of PR & Marketing at GOG, I mentioned I'd really like Microsoft to let them sell Freelancer. All this Star Citizen business is making me pine for it, but I can't find my original CD. It's very sad. In response, Longino pointed out that he still has his original Freelancer CD, but also shared the news that GOG is currently working out a deal with either Microsoft, Take-Two, or LucasArts. So I may or may not get Freelancer, but there's no losing.
GOG.com is running a "Pay what you want" deal on the Divinity series from Larian Studios. You can get the original 2002 RPG for any price you name. Beat the average (about $8 as of the writing of this article), and they'll also throw in Beyond Divinity. Double the average, and you'll get early access to the Divinity II Developer's Cut when it releases later this month.
Raise your hand if you like DRM-free distribution of new indie games and old classics! OK, now put your hand back on your mouse -- you need it for clicking on GOG's latest release lineup, which was revealed at CD Projekt Red's Summer Conference today. It includes Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers, Retro City Rampage, the first three Tomb Raider games in a $10 (~ £6.45) collection, Sid Meier's Colonization, and indie adventure game Resonance.
Thief: Deadly Shadows, Splinter Cell, Anomaly: Warzone Earth and Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver sneak onto GoG
Retro game download service GoG.com have seemingly reached into our brains and pulled out some of our finest gaming memories with this week's new additions.
Thief: Deadly Shadows may have reduced the level sizes of its predecessors, but it more than makes up for it with its cold, perpetually haunted atmosphere and that level. You know the one I mean. We hope the Thief 4 team at Square Enix are furiously taking notes while they poo their pants.
The adorably-adorable Botanicula is now available on GOG, but—as a surprise—it's also available for a limited time in the pay-what-you-want Humble Botanicula Debut. The bundle, which supports habitat conservation charity World Land Trust, seems plenty good-natured, but not everyone is happy about it. Some of those who pre-ordered the game on GOG are naturally upset that they missed out on the pay-what-you-want opportunity. Who wouldn't have predicted that? No worries, though, as GOG has responded in its usual Good Guy fashion by rounding up bonuses for everyone who has already purchased the game.
Speaking to Eurogamer, CD Projekt Red head of marketing Michal Platkow-Gilewski has revealed that the Witcher developer will be giving away a "legendary" PC RPG for free on Thursday. The giveaway will run alongside the company's spring conference, which begins at 5pm GMT.
"CD Projekt RED and GOG.com have prepared something very special for all the PC fans of The Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings, who already have the game, as well as for all those who will buy one any time in the future" Platkow-Gilewski said.