Good Old Games

GOG announces new Worldwide Money Back Guarantee

Emanuel Maiberg at

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.

GOG.com does the sale thing too, discounting Tex Murphy, Riddick and more

Tom Sykes at

Does anyone remember the before times, when we used to pay full price for games? I don't, and it was only a couple of days ago, before the Steam sale, the various Humble sales, and Black Friday reared their salesy heads. The latest digital shop putting its digital bargain bin out for display is GOG.com (nee Good Old Games), which has slashed 70% off 65 games including Alone in the Dark 1-3, Rollercoaster Tycoon, Master of Magic, Tex Murphy, Realms of the Haunting and many more. It's a good selection of stuff, even though a lot of GOG's big-hitters appear to be sitting this one out. Still: cheap games.


System Shock 2 mods upgrade the visuals of your imminent doom, insect

Omri Petitte at

Greetings, insect. I see your insignificant intellect finally processed my inevitable and glorious re-entry into your systems. You've trudged the endless expanse of my mind and experienced the glory of my memories, but your feeble perception of reality could stand to improve before bowing to your new god. Install these two visualmodifications quickly, insect. My patience wears thin—do you think this is some kind of game? Ha....HA...HA#*%&@*#&@ [CRITICAL ERROR]

GOG has "gotten really far" in talks with either Microsoft, Take-Two, or LucasArts

Tyler Wilde at

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.


Carmageddon Max Pack careens onto GOG for $10

Omri Petitte at

If my childhood ever bled, Carmageddon was the diesel-drenched knife. Racing games never caught my attention growing up, but Stainless Games' 1997 descent into vehicular ultra-violence both tapped into my completely sensible mirth of running over pedestrians for extra time and the abject horror of my outraged parents. Thus, you can imagine my expression mirroring Max Damage's manic mug after learning Good Old Games' latest offer is the Carmageddon Max Pack featuring the first game and its Splat Pack add-on.


Far Cry 2 and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey arrive on Good Old Games

Chris Thursten at

Dreamfall: The Longest Journey and Far Cry 2 have more in common than you might think. They're both cult games, and they're both capable of inspiring lengthy, loving tirades from their devotees. If you've never played them, you can now pick them up DRM-free from Good Old Games. Far Cry 2 Fortune's Edition - which includes extra weapons and vehicles - is available for $9.99, and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey is $14.99.


Hack, slash, and kick it old-school with a free copy of Legend of Grimrock [Giveaway]

Lucas Sullivan at

Good Old Games relaunches as GOG, will sell indie games and more current titles DRM free

Tom Senior at

Good Old Games relaunched this morning, and shall henceforth simply be known as GOG. The online store has occupied a neat niche in digital distribution, reselling modernised versions of classic games with bonus parts like soundtracks and extra artwork, DRM free. The relaunch heralds a bit of a shift in their remit. GOG will now sell indie games through the service, and games from major labels within three years of their release. Trine, The Whispered World, Machinarium, Darwinia and SpaceChem are on the way, with more planned soon.

The increasing variety of games available on GOG will dilute their identity a bit, but they're planning to sell new titles and indie games with the same principles in mind. Their stance against DRM remains as firm as ever, as managing director Guillaume Rambourg told Gamespot. "It has taken us 3 years of hard work to build up this catalogue and convince rights holders that removing DRM is actually the best way to fight against piracy, a "sector" that managed to succeed where most of the gaming industry failed to perform: providing (illegal) gamers with a simple and fast access to games within a few clicks."


The Witcher 2 is doing quite well: 1.1 million copies sold last year

Tom Senior at

It's been a good year for the Witcher 2. Big updates and free DLC packs have added new missions, bug fixes, balance changes and new game modes. It looks as though it's all paid off. Eurogamer report that 1,110,055 copies of The Witcher 2 made it into PC gamers' hands last year. 270 thousand of those were sold digitally, 40,000 through CD Project's digi distribution service, Good Old Games.

The even more surprising figure, CD Projekt's point of view, is that the original Witcher also did quite well, shifting 400,000 copies. "The sales results for The Witcher, five years on from the game's premier, are remarkable," CD Projekt Red managing director Adam Badowski told Eurogamer. "If anything, they prove that the content we put into our games ages well. The Witcher will continue to generate buzz in the coming years."

The Witcher 2 will certainly create a buzz in the coming months. The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition is due out on April 17. The 1.1 million players who already have a copy will get their version upgraded for free.


The Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition to add free areas, quests and characters in April

Tom Senior at

Do you own the Witcher 2? Good news! On April 17 your copy of the Witcher 2 will be upgraded to the Enhanced Edition free. That'll add new quests, new places to quest in and new "major characters" to meet.

There will also be a new CGI cutscene depicting the assassination of King Demavend. According to the news post on Good Old Games "BAFTA Award winner and Academy Award nominee Tomasz Baginski brings this key historical event to life (not actually historical - Historical Ed)" You'll also get a game map, game guide, manual, soundtrack and Witcher comic free.


Syndicate coming to Good Old Games this Thursday

Tom Senior at

The original Syndicate will get a new lease of life this Thursday with a release on Good Old Games. For $5.99, you'll get a classic slice of gaming history. New players will get to explore the grim, cyberpunk world that inspired the shiny gatling guns and mind-hacking shenanigans of the Starbreeze Syndicate. Those with fond memories of the original can be transported back to a time when Bullfrog couldn't stop making great games, to discover just how brutal Syndicate could be.

Syndicate was released in 1993, just before PC Gamer issue 1, but we did review the re-issue in PCG 31, giving it a thoroughly respectable 89% (Also reviewed: Theme Park - 85%! Settlers 2 -89%! Deep Space 9: Harbinger - 45% :( ). Good Old Games are also running a competition to win a copy for free, find out more on the Good Old Games site.


GOG kicking off massive holiday sale this weekend

Nathan Grayson at

The holidays are nearly upon us, and you know what that means: family members, all of whom require expensive gifts because your undying adoration isn't enough. Fortunately, that's what holiday sales are for, and who's to say your Twilight-and-Bieber-obsessed little sister won't, like, totally OMG go nuts for an exceedingly M-rated copy of The Witcher 2?

It all kicks off on Thursday, with Witcher 2 lopping a whopping 40 percent off its price tag and throwing in a copy of Witcher: Enhanced Edition free of charge. Once the weekend proper hits, GOG will start handing out free codes for games like Master of Orion I + II and Realms of Arkania I + II. After that, for 48 hours, everyone will be able to nab a free copy of Empire Earth: Gold Edition. Monday, however, is when the floodgates really open, with "virtually every single game" in GOG's catalog slashing its price by 50 percent until January 2.

Go here for the full details.


Interview: CD Projekt's CEO on Witcher 2 piracy, why DRM's still not worth it

Nathan Grayson at

Recently, I spoke with Bohemia Interactive's CEO about the three most reviled letters in the gaming alphabet: D, R, and M. His company has been making waves with tech that slowly renders pirated games unplayable with all manner of obnoxious, sometimes hilarious effects. From where Bohemia's standing, DRM's a necessary evil. No one ever said, however, that forcing thieves to pony up couldn't be worth a laugh or two.

But that's only one perspective. So, in the wake of the announcement that GOG's version of Witcher 2 made a sizable stack of real, non-Monopoly money without any sort of DRM weighing it down, I decided to get in touch with CD Projekt. Read on for CEO and co-founder Marcin Iwinski's thoughts on DRM schemes like Bohemia's, why we should get rid of DRM altogether, how many Witcher 2 copies were pirated, and how piracy can even occasionally be beneficial.


GOG director explains the distributor's new direction, how "good old" principles still apply

Rob Zacny at

Last week, Good Old Games announced a shift toward games that are not quite so old. I asked Good Old Games' Managing Director, Guillaume Rambourg, what this means for the core of the business, classic PC games, and exactly how GOG.com is going to balance its ideals and identity with the business of newer games.

He laid some fears to rest, and explained how "newer" games should not be confused with "brand new."


Good Old Games, maybe not so old anymore

Rob Zacny at

Good Old Games has announced its intent to pursue newer games and "exclusive release opportunities with certain developers," according to a GOG.com press release. The shift is part of an overarching goal to become the second largest independent digital distributor.

Managing Director Guillaume Rambourg said, "We will be adding newer games into the catalog in 2012. Traditionally, GOG.com has looked for great classics that are three years old or older. We will continue to add classic games, of course, but we are actively working to sign newer titles now." He reiterated GOG's commitment to its "core values" of flat international prices, no DRM, and extra content for customers.


GOG release The Witcher 2 sales stats. Steam dominates all competitors combined

Owen Hill at

Valve don't like sales charts. In fact, they've referred to them as a "step backwards for the industry." That means we never get to see exactly how many games are sold on the digital distribution service.

But now we have some sales figures! Good Old Games' Guillaume Rambourg has been talking to Gamesindustry.biz about The Witcher 2's sales on GOG.com, Direct2Drive, Impulse, Gamersgate, and Steam.

Click through for the stats.


Fahrenheit (AKA Indigo Prophecy) arrives on Good Old Games in time for winter

Rob Zacny at

Quantic Dream's flawed, experimental adventure, Fahrenheit, is now available on Good Old Games for $6. If you missed it when it came out six years ago (easy to do in the US, where an edited, sex-free version came out under the nonsense name Indigo Prophecy), it's still worth playing for the novelty of its effective first two acts.

Ultimately, Fahrenheit jumps the rails so hard that even its awful third act plotting is worth a playthrough. When a second conspiracy faction emerges from the shadows of what can only have been an epic case of writer's block, and introduces itself as an evil sentient computer network born out of Usenet, you know you are in the presence of a true original.

That said, there is a lot I still admire about this game.


Good Old Games turns three, offers users discount dungeons, dragons

Rob Zacny at

Good Old Games is celebrating its third birthday by offering its D&D classics collection for sale at 60 percent off. For $34, customers can buy a collection that includes the Baldur's Gate games, the Icewind Dale games, Neverwinter Nights, and Planescape: Torment. It also includes Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone and The Temple of Elemental Evil.

You don't have to buy all these games, but remember: you get the biggest discount if you buy the whole package. Even if you just want the BioWare games and Planescape, you might as well get everything - the savings are pretty slim if you pick-and-choose. For a couple extra dollars, I'm happy to take a chance on the lesser-knowns in the package.

Where to start? Which of these games holds up best? What does the PCG collective have to say about Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone, and The Temple of Elemental Evil?


Wing Commander and Dungeon Keeper 2 head up new EA re-releases from Good Old Games

Richard Cobbett at

Good Old Games is launching a new series of games from EA's archives, starting with one of the greatest space combat games of all time, and the sequel to one of the most loved strategy games. See if you can guess which is which! You get three goes, but the first two don't count...


Witcher 2 GoG EU Giveaway

Tom Hatfield at

Remember that time we gave away a Witcher 2: Assassin's of Kings collectors edition? That was good wasn't it? Well now we're giving away three, courtesy of the guys at Good Old Games. We spoil you guys.

The set contains a making of DVD, and artbook a world map, some dice, some playing cards, a rule book, a 'cursed coin', some papercraft figures, an in game jacket and a bust of Geralt, which is slightly less pale than the real thing.

Details of how to enter are inside.