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EU Giveaway: The Witcher 2 Collector's Edition

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The Witcher 2 is out today. To celebrate, Namco Bandai have sent us a copy of the enormous Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Collector's Edition to give away to one lucky European reader.

The set contains a making of DVD, a world map, an enormous art book, a set of arcane dice, playing cards and a rule book, a "cursed coin" (watch out for that), pages and pages of cut-out and build papercraft, a bonus in-game commando jacket and a bust of Geralt, modelled above by a mystery web writer. It's massive, and a brilliant prize for even casual fans of the Witcher. To win, simple answer the question below.

PC Gamer US Podcast #260: Good old free games

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When the entire PC Gamer crew finds themselves backed up against a metaphorical wall made entirely of deadlines, review trips and sicknesses, the ever-bold Dan Stapleton makes a desperate move to save the holy PCG trinity of magazine, website and podcast. By sacrificing all of his comrades to Chronos, the ancient god of time, he has temporarily gained the power to travel through time. First, he used his powers to spook past versions of himself by hiding in his own closet and whispering what would happen to him the next day in a totally creepy voice.

Return to Zork and Space Rangers 2 now available on GOG, Apogee sale this weekend

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Classic adventure game Return to Zork and the genre-defying Space Rangers 2 are now available on Good Old Games. There's also a sale planned this weekend on all Apogee titles, including Duke Nukem 3D.

Police Quest games and Zork anthology now available on GOG

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Last week Good Old Games became a crime scene. Now we know why. The first four Police Quest games are now available to buy in a convenient bundle, and the Zork Anthology has also been re-released.

Good Old Games becomes crime scene

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Head over to Good Old Games today and you'll find the site obscured by police tape wrapped around and ASCII version of their front page. Given Good Old Games' recent history, this could mean anything from a new release to the end of GOG, a stunt that ended with the developers dressed as monks begging forgiveness from customers. What are they up to this time?

Good Old Games gives away game to launch epic Christmas sale

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Good Old Games are giving away the classic arcade shooter Tyrian 2000 to anyone who stops by the site. The giveaway coincides with the launch of a mammoth Christmas sale, knocking up to 50% off hundreds of titles. You can scoop Baldur's Gate 1, Baldur's Gate 2, Beyond Good and Evil and Psychonauts for just $6.99, or games like Outcast, Total Annihilation and Broken Sword 2 for $4.19 each. There are 290 games in the sale, making this a good time to have a sift through the pile and see if there are any old gems you can add to your collection. Head over to the Good Old Games sale page to have a browse.

Witcher 2 footage shows non-linear dungeons and giant flaming golems

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Nearly 20 minutes of footage from The Witcher 2 has been shown at the CD Projekt conference. The first video shows Geralt breaking out of prison using two different approaches, a sneaky non lethal method and a more exciting, stab-happy approach. The second video showcases the huge new locations generated by The Witcher 2's revamped engine. The flaming battlefield full of warring golems is particularly impressive. You'll find both videos embedded below.

CD Projekt say Witcher 2 pirates will face fines

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CD Projeckt recently announced that they would be releasing The Witcher 2 on their Good Old Games digital download service, and that it would be free of DRM. That doesn't mean a free ride for pirates, however, as the developers have announced that they plan to fine people who download the game illegally.

Baldurs Gate 2 now available on Good Old Games

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RPG classic Baldur's Gate 2 is now available through Good Old Games. it comes bundled in with the Throne of Baal expansion pack and a collection of other goodies, including the soundtrack, manual, maps and artwork from the game, all for $9.99. Not bad for one of the greatest RPGs of all time. The game can be purchased now from GOG. Baldur's Gate 2 is just the latest in a slew of great old Bioware games to make it onto Good Old Games. The original Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, the Icewind Dale series and Planescape Torment are also on the service. That's hundreds and hundreds of hours of old school RPG action preserved in one place.

Baldur's Gate competition winners

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A few weeks back, we launched a competition to give away 50 copies of Baldur's Gate on We asked you to create your own magical familiar, a faithful pet with a special ability that could defend you against the Kobolds and Dragons of the Sword Coast. The response was amazing, so amazing that it took us a while to sift through the hundreds and hundreds of entries. We've finally picked our 50 winners, and you'll find them listed below, along with a few of our favourite answers.

50 copies of Baldur's Gate up for grabs

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Not only did Good Old Games recently come back from the fake-dead, they dragged Baldur's Gate back with them. GOG aren't the only masters of the dark arts around here: we've managed to conjure up 50 keys for BioWare's RPG classic. All you have to do to win one is post in the comments below. Read on for details.

Planescape: Torment is on Good Old Games

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Hooray! Planescape: Torment has just appeared on They're calling it "the second most wanted game on GOG," and it's especially good news for gamers like me who haven't been able to track down a copy of Black Isle's classic RPG to try for themselves. It's $9.99 and you can get it here.

Good Old Games on online activation: "it's just bollocks."

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It's been a rollercoaster week for retro game publisher Good Old Games. They closed! No they didn't! They're back! They apologised! They're wearing monk costumes! They're making money hand over fist! What the hell!

Before it all kicked off, PC Gamer sat down with GOG co-founder Marcin Iwinski and Managing Director Guillaume Rambourg to discover the story behind their relaunch, and how they convince publishers to release their games without DRM, how they combat piracy, and their holy mission to improve PC gaming. Warning: this interview contains Poles explaining themselves using slightly awkward metaphors.

To re-iterate - this interview took place before GOG closed their site. relaunches, is swamped by demand

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So it turns out that wasn't dead, it was just sleeping. The new version of the site launched earlier today. As ill advised as their PR stunt seemed, it looks as though playing possum has paid off, as demand has been so high that they're having to set up new servers to cope with the influx of new customers.

GOG hoax: "we could not miss a chance to generate some buzz"

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This Sunday, disappeared, replaced with a vague message from its creators about the website's closure. It read, in part, that " simply cannot remain in its current form." People were understandably upset. Good Old Games are a digital distributor of old, DRM-free games, and a well-respected company. People were sad to see them close down.

But it turned out they weren't closing. Tomorrow, the site will re-launch, out of beta with some new features and some new games, but fundamentally unchanged. The closure was a hoax. After days of growing backlash as rumours spread and gamers were understandably unhappy at being fooled, we asked Good Old Games why they decided to re-launch the site in this way. Their statement is included in full below.

It may not be time to panic about Good Old Games

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At the weekend, the home page of beloved DRM-free classic games shop Good Old Games went down. It was replaced by a sober message saying that "unfortunately, we've decided that simply cannot remain in its current form" and that "Working on was a great adventure for all of us". But on the forums of a Polish financial website, someone posting as the head of parent company CD Projekt says (in Polish):

"Note, the date of the conference is probably 22nd, early Wednesday evening. Information about this soon on (please do not panic after reading the information contained there:)"

The Witcher 2 devs dismiss Ubi-DRM fears

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CD Projekt have poopooed fan anxieties over publisher's DRM-friendly comments in a recent interview with our sister site CVG.