#313 The oddity of GoG.com

Very recently I had to set up a GoG account for last week’s Fallout giveaway and because now that I have a GoG account spent a bit of time this weekend looking around the online store to see what it was all about. After a bit of poking around I came to the conclusion that Good old Games is bit of an abnormality on today’s internet.

To recap Gog.com, short for Good old Games, is an online digital distributions store that focuses on selling nothing but indie, old, and obscure games from the past the other digital distribution shops and physical PC shops might not carry, games like the  entire Ultima and the Thief series.

While I never played this game I do remember reading  the short story it was based on.

While I never played this game I do remember reading the short story it was based on and I look forward to playing it soon

On top of being a specialty store for specific and obscure games the other appeal of GoG is that all of the games sold on their site are free from any type of Digital rights management. You can redownload the games as much as you want, copy it for all of your friends, torrent on for the rest of the internet, the games sold here has no type log-in or barrier between you and the game. Which in today’s video gaming world with more and more advanced and aggressive DRM tactics is almost unheard off.

On top of the Fallout games, when you make an account with GoG they give you about a half dozen games for free

On top of the Fallout games, when you make an account with GoG they give you about a half-dozen games for free as well.

That’s what is so weird (to me) about GoG, that in today’s gaming world, with a focus on the newest and fancier games comes with DRM for our newest gaming systems, there is a marketplace that focuses on the preserving and redistributing games of the past, the PC games that the might have been played by the averaged gamer might have played back when there were a child.

What is more amazing of the existence of the market place on the internet is that it found a demographic and can funded enough to not only continue to stay online but to grow and become established site for PC games.

Of course between the internet and the free market capitalism there is very little that should acutely surprise me on the internet

Of course between the internet and free market capitalism I shouldn’t be surprised on the type of stores that appears online

 


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