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GOG celebrates five years of existence with a retrospective video

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Last September, GOG.com celebrated its fifth anniversary. That meant five years of easy access to DRM free classics, five years of not having to endlessly tinker to get old games working on modern systems, and five years of being able to say "gog" without people giving you a funny look. All things worth celebrating, which is why the digital distribution service has released a retrospective video, which briefly tells the story of those five years. Quick game: try to guess how many times they say "DRM-free".

Yeah, I lost count too, but the answer is: loads

Of course, no exploration of GOG's history would be complete without a mention of the time they pretended to shut down , in order to relaunch days later with a new site design and the addition of Baldur's Gate to their store. In the video, co-founder Marcin Iwiński confirms what probably needn't be: they aren't planning to do that again. Probably for the best.

Despite that misguided instance of hype generation, it's otherwise easy to root for GOG as a service. It provides a nice mixture of old and new games, with, as they repeatedly say, no DRM and a nice selection of bonuses. All that, without the need for another client, and with a commitment to making the games work on modern PCs. Good job, those guys.

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.