Good Old Games the online seller of classic video games, and without DRM, has been disconnected and replaced by a message that says the service has been closed. Update: this seems like a marketing movement.
The message thanks GOG customers for “an unforgettable trip to the past” and says that later this week “we will launch a solution to allow everyone to download their games again.
Update: Good spokesman Tom Ohle gave Kotaku this comment: “As the message on the site says, this does not mean that GOG is gone. We will have more to share in the coming days.
The signals point to a possible relaunch of the service. Good Old had always carried a “beta” tag. This page of Polish financial news, translated, (the owner of Good is CD Projekt based in Warsaw) indicates that the news will arrive on Wednesday.
The abrupt closure, first noticed sometime after 10 a.m. MDT, unleashed speculation of legal problems or an attack on the site. There is no evidence that this is not the case either. The Good Old Games Twitter feed on Friday.
The morning offered a farewell message and indirectly referred to problems keeping customers, publishers and managers are happy.
All previous links to other parts of the site redirect to the closing page.
What’s Happening With Good Old Games?
Good Old Games, owned by the Polish game’s distributor CD Projekt, launched in 2008. It offered classic PC games, tuned to ensure compatibility with modern versions of Microsoft Windows.
It was known and well-liked among gamers for its commitment to selling games without Digital Rights. Management protection, considering it an ineffective anti-piracy method that punishes legitimate users.
Hopes to undermine the nostalgia of PC players by selling classic. PC titles through its website for a nominal fee.
The service, which will launch in September and plans to offer all its games for less than $ 10. Will house a series of beloved and hard-to-find gems (Fallout, FreeSpace). All of which can be downloaded without the load. of “intrusive copy protection”.
Interestingly, most (if not all) of the games represented on the GOG website were originally published by Interplay Entertainment. A company that has had a run of bad luck since its glory days in the mid-90s.
By offering older games, many of which are sold out, for less than $ 10. And without anti-consumer practices such as restrictive DRM. GOG is functionally doubling Nintendo’s virtual console for PC fans.
Unfortunately, I don’t know if today’s players care enough about these games. A decade ago to make this a viable business.
I want to think that those who missed these classics the first time due to negligence (or in many cases, not yet being born) would make an effort to look for them. But people are generally quite lazy, especially when GOG games have to compete with Newer titles for the precious time of the modern player.