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Good Old Games Q&As

More interviews about yesterday's Good Old Games announcement (story), as Tom Ohle explains the concept of the game revival site with both GameBanshee and GameCyte.

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10. GOG vs GameTap Jul 11, 2008, 20:34 Kxmode
 
GOG FTW

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9. Re: So HOUD but not free? Jul 11, 2008, 14:52 Ecthelion
 
I'm pretty sure they've said that's a goal.
It's touched on, but there's nothing specific. I guess we'll find out soon enough.

It would be totally awesome if they could get companies like LucasArts on board, but I highly doubt that's going to happen.

 
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8. Re: So HOUD but not free? Jul 11, 2008, 13:23 nin
 
In wonder if these Good Old Games will be able to use unofficial patches and mods.

I'm pretty sure they've said that's a goal.


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7. Re: So HOUD but not free? Jul 11, 2008, 13:19 Ecthelion
 
Vampire is available on Steam for $20, I'm pretty sure, and the unofficial patches are said to work with it.
That brings up an interesting question. In wonder if these Good Old Games will be able to use unofficial patches and mods. Some of these old games have very active modding scenes (for example, the Fallout series - culminating in the Restoration Project), and it would be a shame to miss out on that simply due to purchasing the games online. I imagine most of these games will need to have modified executables to remove the DRM, and that might break compatibility with certain mods and unofficial fixes.

 
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6. Re: So HOUD but not free? Jul 11, 2008, 12:42 Orogogus
 
Vampire is available on Steam for $20, I'm pretty sure, and the unofficial patches are said to work with it. They had a sale at least once, back in October, for $10, too.

 
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5. Re: So HOUD but not free? Jul 11, 2008, 11:35 MMORPGHoD
 
Publishers/devs will rarely if ever provide the source code. They'd rather keep the IP locked up for the possibility that there will be a interest in it someday.

I like this idea, although I don't know if I'd use such a service much. I suppose I might if I didn't get a chance to grab it from a gogamer sale and it's not too old. Something like Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines would be the kind of title that would be a good fit for this. After seeing all the patching still taking place, I picked it up from ebay. I didn't see if offered anywhere else.

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4. Re: So HOUD but not free? Jul 11, 2008, 11:27 Hyatus
 
I want good games to eventually be abandoned by their publisher and open-sourced.

 
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3. Re: So HOUD but not free? Jul 11, 2008, 11:16 Shadowcat
 
"rightfully be abandonware"?! You actually WANT good games to be abandoned by their publishers? That is truly retarded.

And as you mentioned HOTU, allow me to quote them on the subject of games which are still available for purchase:
We strongly encourage you to buy them-- their developers need all the income they can get to make future classics for our benefit

But as the passage of a few years apparently gives you some kind of unassailable moral right to download these games for free, please don't pay attention to any of that. I'd hate for you to have to question your ethics or something.

 
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2. Re: So HOUD but not free? Jul 11, 2008, 10:48 nin
 
They are. They're also supporting them. And making them work on the first run, without having to tweak them in any way. And allowing you to download it from anywhere, unlimited times.

I'll do that for $5 or $10, provided they live up to their claims...

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GC: Are there any under negotiation at this point?

TO: Yeah. We’re negotiating with another three or four publishers at this point. Nothing I can really talk about yet, but hopefully, before the end of the beta, we’ll have another two publishers on board. We want to launch with three or four more publishers, and between 70-100 games.

Awesome!


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1. So HOUD but not free? Jul 11, 2008, 10:41 Marduk
 
So they're selling stuff that should rightfully be abandonware?? Great! What a great company! I hope they fail, although they probably won't.

 
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