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Good Old Games Coming (Back)

CD Projekt announces the preliminary launch of GOG.com, a marketplace for "Good Old Games." The site, which will go live in September, will offer its titular good old games will all necessary updates to install and run them on current computers (including Vista support), completely stripped of DRM, and all priced between $5.99 and $9.99. The site will enter closed beta testing in August, and visitors are being offered the opportunity to sign up for a chance to be a tester. There are Q&As about all of this with PR rep Tom Ohle on Shacknews and Gamasutra discussing, among other things, whether they are concerned with piracy of the DRM-free games. The site also has an image of game boxes illustrating the types of offerings they plan, showing Giants, Operation Flashpoint, TOCA Race Driver 3, Fallout 2, Freespace 2, MDK, Colin McRae 2005, and Fallout Tactics. Here's the announcement:

Warsaw, Poland – July 10, 2008. CD Projekt, best known in the Western world for its award-winning PC RPG, The Witcher, is proud to unveil its invention of time travel. The company sent several representatives to the past and they’ve returned with some amazing findings. Quick to capitalize on the incredible treasures of history, the company is pleased to reveal its newest project, GOG.com. The site, whose name is an acronym for Good Old Games, is a new games-on-demand platform that allows old fogies (and young fogies) to buy some of the best PC games of all time – many of which just can't be found in stores anymore – and play them on modern hardware, completely free of intrusive DRM. GOG.com is poised to become the center of the classic-games universe with a huge community section including forums, user reviews and ratings, as well as insightful commentary and editorials from some of the industry’s most beloved writers. A closed public beta of the site is scheduled for launch on August 1st, and excited old-school gamers can sign up for more info and a chance to enter the beta by visiting GOG.com.

The site makes it tremendously easy for gamers to buy, download and install some of their all-time favorite PC games. The games will be sold for $5.99 or $9.99, are guaranteed to work on Windows Vista and Windows XP systems and are available to download as many times as needed. This is very nice, yes? The DRM-free games, low prices, the site’s ease-of-use and the community are some of the main features that make Good Old Games something more than just another digital distribution outlet.

GOG.com has already lined up agreements with such publishers as Interplay and Codemasters to make their games available on the site. Among the titles those companies are bringing to the site are in-demand classics like Fallout, Freespace 2, Operation Flashpoint: Game of the Year Edition and TOCA Race Driver 3. Negotiations are in progress with several other publishers, with the ultimate goal of GOG.com offering a comprehensive collection of classic PC games from the 80s, 90s and 2000s.

“Our main goal is to create a user-friendly site with the best classic PC games for a price that might be considered impossible to achieve,” said Adam Oldakowski, Managing Director of GOG.com. “The people behind GOG.com are gamers and we all know how difficult it is to find a lot of classic games. So we’ve started building a great games catalogue, gotten rid of the copy protection that gamers hate so much, optimized the games to work on modern operating systems, and made them cheap enough that piracy seems like a rip-off. It’s so easy to buy, download and install a game and then get deeply involved in the community; we’re very confident that gamers will absolutely love the site.”

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9. Re: CD Projekt ROCKS!! Jul 10, 2008, 18:02 Ventura
 
Magic Carpet, baby!

I particularly like the bit about the old games being updated to run on current hardware. This website has got to be worth adding as a favourite.

 
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