GOG.com does dumb stunt

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by fedaykin, Sep 19, 2010.

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  1. fedaykin

    fedaykin Vault Fossil

    Jul 15, 2007
    I just visited http://www.gog.com/ and was surprised to read this:
    What happened? Does anyone have any info on this?
  2. OakTable

    OakTable Vault Senior Citizen

    Nov 26, 2009
    Oh damn. I never used those guys, but that's a bit of a shame they are closing up.
  3. lemonold

    lemonold First time out of the vault

    Jul 8, 2010
    That's sad :(
    What happened?
  4. sea

    sea Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 5, 2009
    I just came here to post this, actually.

    That news made me a sad, sad little boy for a few minutes. I loved GOG.com - not only was their service great, but they had a strong role in the gaming community by providing classics, and a place to talk about them with other intelligent people. I think it was really one of the few gaming-related businesses I could say I genuinely respected, and it's a total shame to see them go under.

    From comments on their Twitter page, it sounds like they might have been struggling a bit with getting publishers to continue their support... low prices plus no DRM is a hard sell these days, probably even more so than when they launched, and getting worldwide distribution rights couldn't have been easy either. These games will surely migrate to other platforms, but the spirit may not be the same.

    I also hope this doesn't mean bad things are headed to CD Projekt RED. CD Projekt owned GOG.com and I'm afraid this might put The Witcher 2 in jeopardy. Why is it always the best and brightest people of the industry that get fucked over? We should be rewarding these guys for their hard work, not lamenting their ruin.
  5. Lexx

    Lexx Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Moderator Modder

    Apr 24, 2005
    Damn, this is really bad.
  6. Alphadrop

    Alphadrop A right proper chap.

    Aug 21, 2008
    I just hope they somehow manage to save the forums, that place was awesome.
  7. SkuLL

    SkuLL Chad McRealman Orderite

    Sep 6, 2009
    GOG was a brilliant service that was really needed and appreciated by the community...

    But I was wondering when it would stop being lucrative. After all, these guys have to ironically compete with new games. Not to mention they have to deal with publishers and old licences, which must be a cringe-worthy task...
  8. Lexx

    Lexx Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Moderator Modder

    Apr 24, 2005
    Various people believe that it's a marketing stunt.
  9. Alphadrop

    Alphadrop A right proper chap.

    Aug 21, 2008
    Yea, some chap on Neogaf said it was so they could mark it going out of beta.
    It's more of a blunder than a stunt though if it is.
  10. Ausir

    Ausir Venerable Relic of the Wastes

    Apr 20, 2003
    Looks like it might be part-stunt, part-true. As in, the old GOG is dead, as they will be forced to start adding games with DRM to their offer.

    I very much doubt that the GOG situation will influence The Witcher 2 in any way.
  11. SharkClub

    SharkClub Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Dec 6, 2008
    So basically they'll probably become a competitor with Steam and Direct2Drive (and others, of course)? I don't really want them to put up new games + DRM. One of the things I liked about GOG is how I could search... for example: "Fallout" without "Fallout 3", "Fallout 3 DLC: Operation Anchorage", "Fallout 3 DLC: Mothership Zeta", "Fallout 3 DLC: Broken Steel", "Fallout 3 DLC: Point Lookout", "Fallout 3 DLC: The Pitt", "Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition", "Bethesda Game Pack" and "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion" coming up in the results.
  12. Lexx

    Lexx Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Moderator Modder

    Apr 24, 2005
    I liked it to simply visit their site and download what I need right now. It was simple and fast. Hope this will not change with some shitty client or stuff like that.
  13. Arr0nax

    Arr0nax A Smooth-Skin

    Oct 30, 2009
    I don't really believe GOG will simply disappear. I mean, that would somehow imply it was not profitable, and I think if anything their operation seemed to be working very well. It grew way more than I expected when I first saw the site in its debuts.

    I never got the chance to use it, but I was planning to do so... let's hope they come back.
  14. MrBumble

    MrBumble Vault Fossil

    Jan 17, 2006




    MY GAMES....


    They better come back. :freak:
  15. syllogz

    syllogz Still Mildly Glowing

    Jun 16, 2007
    Come on, they've just offered Age of Wonders (bought it 2 days ago), and had the other two in the series scheduled. (I don't want to go to Impulse to get those!)
    I'm pretty sure you don't just close shop when you have 2 other games lined up for publishing.
    They could have closed a month ago when there were no upcoming new games.

    On the other hand, AoW was released without any additional material (like manual!! and artwork).
    This could mean either they were in a hurry to beat the other online shops, or they weren't allocating the necessary resources anymore, because they are going bust anyways.
  16. PaladinHeart

    PaladinHeart Mildly Dipped

    Jan 20, 2004
    I've probably got like 30+ games on there that I need to backup..

    And I don't even know if I CAN get them all, when they're supposed to let us download again.

    To me this is a load of crap and it's a poor way to repay their supporters.
  17. Phil the Nuka-Cola Dude

    Phil the Nuka-Cola Dude Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Jul 9, 2004

    There were quite a few occasions where I'd see people saying they wouldn't buy games from GoG because they didn't see it as a stable DD platform. I thought they were full of shit.

    Sure showed me.
  18. Wooz

    Wooz Vault Sweeper Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    May 18, 2003
    Yes. Kiciński-shenanigans, don't panic.

  19. sea

    sea Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 5, 2009
    Why so funny? CD Projekt RED is part of CD Projekt, no? Wouldn't it be reasonable to expect that the entire company was in some sort of dire financial straits if they started closing down certain parts wholesale? Compare: if Valve shut down Steam due to financial concerns, I would imagine it'd also make people question the fate of their future games as well.

    Of course, after all the rumours and whatnot I'm actually pretty sceptical about the whole thing. If this is fake, then it's one of the dumbest stunts I've seen in a while. Way to alienate your own customers.
  20. Wooz

    Wooz Vault Sweeper Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    May 18, 2003
    Aw, don't take it personally. It's funny because:

    1) Financially speaking, CD Projekt was in deep cacky last year, around March. They fired a lot of people, closed down several projects, rebooted TW2 and shut down permanently Metropolis Software. Optimus SA bailed them out a few months later. They're doing fine right now, many people who were fired are working there again, and crunching on TW2.

    2) GOG is in no way as important to CDP/CDPR as Steam is to Valve.

    3) This is a marketing/rebranding stunt. They're not shutting down anything.

    So, eh. Don't worry about TW2, it's coming out. Rock solid.
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