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Good Old Games Open Beta

CD Projekt has opened the virtual doors of GOG.com, as they begin open beta testing of Good Old Games, where classic PC games are for sale at bargain prices, featuring support for current versions of Windows and zero Digital Rights Management. Word is: "From today on, GOG.com is officially available to every classic PC games fan that wants to satisfy his need for DRM-free Good Old Games. 'The success of the Early Access Beta showed us that there is huge demand for DRM-free classic PC games, and it helped us to prepare the site for the public launch. We are endlessly grateful to the users for their support and assistance,' said Adam Oldakowski, Managing Director of GOG.com. Don't wait, create your GOG.com account and dive into the world of classic PC gaming."

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37. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 24, 2008, 07:36 InBlack
 
I dont know about that, this site sounds pretty cool...  
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36. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 24, 2008, 00:05 PHJF
 
and Your Coolness has decreased by 75  
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35. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 23, 2008, 20:48 Kxmode
 
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34. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 23, 2008, 20:08 SevereTireDamage
 
The DRM-free aspect is notable - there are very few (if any!) pay-for-download game services that don't have some kind of online activation and/or security check tacked on. Even Steam adds its own special protection for older titles.  
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33. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 23, 2008, 19:48 Dades
 
Um, you do realize that GOG stands for "Good Old Games", right? This is a platform for classic games. Why the hell would anyone even begin to consider offering "newer" DRM-free games on that particular service? Please. Get a sense of reality and grow a brain. kthx.

Yeah because 5 year old games are brand new. I must've missed the memo that said "old means whatever CJ_Parker wants it to mean". Take your own advice there little guy.
 
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32. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 23, 2008, 19:15 Bucky
 
Damnit. Now there's no reason for me to avoid the site since it's in open beta. I should just shred my credit card right now and pray I forget the numbers.


What's worse is System Shock 2 was released when I went on hiatus from PC gaming; by the time I came back it was already dated. I've never played it. Now I don't have much of an excuse. Edit: Didn't realize they don't have SS2. Good thing for me, I already had the card out. Shocked

Interesting side note: Of the games on my shelf (and not stuff in a box and tucked away) reside the original Freespace, Freespace: Silent Threat and Freespace 2. I still load 'em up and play through on occasion.
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31. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 23, 2008, 19:15 CJ_Parker
 
I thought Gothic was published by Jowood..?

No. Gothic was originally published by Shoebox Interactive in Europe (German speaking territories). Shoebox went out of business at some point during the early development of Gothic 2 and JoWooD picked up Piranha Bytes to publish Gothic 2 though they did not acquire the full rights to the original Gothic. Those rights have always remained with Piranha (Pluto13) as far as I know. JoWooD only owns everything from Gothic 2 going forward with Gothic 4 (and possibly G4 expansions) probably being the last title(s) that they have the rights to publish before the Gothic brand falls back into the hands of Piranha.

 
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30. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 23, 2008, 19:01 CJ_Parker
 
The real accomplishment will be getting newer titles without DRM on there and that's what will draw me to the service if they can do it.

Um, you do realize that GOG stands for "Good Old Games", right? This is a platform for classic games. Why the hell would anyone even begin to consider offering "newer" DRM-free games on that particular service? Please. Get a sense of reality and grow a brain. kthx.

 
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29. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 23, 2008, 18:02 Bluesfanboi
 
Wonderful. I just downloaded Fallout 1+2.

It's worth the price to get great Win 9X games that run on XP without tweaks.

GOG.com has a new loyal customer. Leave it to the Poles to save Western Civilization once again (The Battle of Vienna)
 
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28. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 23, 2008, 17:31 Earthworm
 
I am actually playing through a game of Fallout 2 for the first time on a not quite legit copy, just to try out the series. I have really liked it, think I would probably play it again. Saw the post here, went to GoG for the first time and saw you had it. Now my Conscience will be clear.  
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27. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 23, 2008, 17:24 Dades
 
As far as whether or not the "DRM-Free" sales pitch means anything to you doesn't matter, it will to a lot of others, and is a completely valid feature for them to point out.

I disagree but fair enough, to each his own. I'm all for a DRM-less service but most of the "good old games" I remember didn't have any(and no I'm not counting semantical nonsense like cd-checks being the same as a kernel level driver). There are plenty of titles with DRM from the past 5-7 years I'd like to see on there but I guess that's up to the publishers.
 
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26. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 23, 2008, 17:06 nin
 

I love what you guys are doing, Tom, keep up the excellent work!

Thank you so much!

 
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25. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 23, 2008, 17:05 Shadowcat
 
Actually the [Freespace 2] EULA/ToS/whatever explicitly allows you to make full copies of the game for others. It was one of the few games that ever did.
If we ignore the fact that they retracted that clause, the internet at large does NOT constitute "friends and acquaintances" by any sane definition. FS2 has never been freeware.
 
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24. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 23, 2008, 16:59 Shadowcat
 
DRM means Digital Rights (or Restrictions, depending on your preference) Management. Anything which forcibly restricts what you can do with digital data is a form of DRM!*

A CD check restricts you from using the data without putting the CD in the drive. Copy protection restricts you from copying the data. Encryption and online authentication may be the sorts of technology that have become more associated with the (relatively recent) term 'DRM', but the term is very much applicable to older technologies as well, and GOG is explicitly ensuring that their games are free of ANY of that kind of thing.


(*) I'll add "and which was included expressly for that purpose", to avoid any silly responses.
 
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23. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 23, 2008, 15:57  Tom Ohle 
 
That's not our goal. Copy protection IS a form a DRM, and our games are all copy-protection free.  
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22. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 23, 2008, 15:49 Kxmode
 
The biggest issue I have with GoG.. is that I'm spending all my money there.

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21. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 23, 2008, 15:47 danebramage
 
The real accomplishment will be getting newer titles without DRM on there and that's what will draw me to the service if they can do it.

So let me see if I've got this straight: you think there's even the slightest possibility that some company is going to go to the trouble and expense of incorporating DRM into their game, only to turn right around and give GOG the right to distribute it without DRM? What have you been smoking, son?

The only reason I can think of that companies might be tempted to do this with older games is that they are older games and their mainstream sales potential is basically tapped out. What advantage is there in it for new games? If it's sales they want and leaving DRM out increases sales, they can do that already without GOG's help.

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20. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 23, 2008, 15:44 Earthworm
 
2 out of what, 50 games? I'd rather the focus of their message was DRM-free in upcoming titles rather than the 2 titles they "liberated". The real accomplishment will be getting newer titles without DRM on there and that's what will draw me to the service if they can do it.

First of all, your splitting hairs on the whole "Copy Protection /= DRM", but that isn't really the point. You are now trying to defend your original statement of the "attention whoring" when in-fact the company has at least 2 games on the service with original DRM stripped, which in itself allows them to make that statement about being DRM Free without "Attention Whoring".

Secondly the company itself is selling games through a digital distribution method without including DRM of their own. Thus also allowing them to use the term DRM Free without the so called Attention Whoring, most (if not all) of the other sanctioned Digital Distribution services for games do include DRM of their own or the original in some fashion. Just admit that your original accusation of the company using the pitch for attention whoring purposes was incorrect.

As far as whether or not the "DRM-Free" sales pitch means anything to you doesn't matter, it will to a lot of others, and is a completely valid feature for them to point out.
 
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19. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 23, 2008, 14:50 Dades
 
2 out of what, 50 games? I'd rather the focus of their message was DRM-free in upcoming titles rather than the 2 titles they "liberated". The real accomplishment will be getting newer titles without DRM on there and that's what will draw me to the service if they can do it.  
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18. Re: Good Old Games Open Beta Oct 23, 2008, 14:47 Wolfox
 
Actually the EULA/ToS/whatever explicitly allows you to make full copies of the game for others. It was one of the few games that ever did.

This clause was subsequently removed. Check for yourself:

http://www.hard-light.net/wiki/index.php/FreeSpace_2_EULA

By the way, in the FSOpen installer page, it doesn't say anything about downloading it free - it actually encourages readers to buy the retail game from Gog.com or Ebay. Check it here:

http://www.hard-light.net/wiki/index.php/FreeSpace_Open_Installer

So they installed SecuRom into my Windows kernel? Disc checks or manual lookups != DRM.

At least two of the games offered there (Soldiers and Colin McRae Rally 2005) had Starforce, which is undeniably DRM, according to your definition. It's likely that other games would have something alike. Also, it can be argued that disc checks/manual lookups are a form of DRM, since they are designed to prevent unauthorized use or copying.

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