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Good Old Games Shutting its Doors

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The digital distribution service that offered PC games without DRM has seemingly shut its doors.

Digital distribution service Good Old Games (GOG) recently announced that it has closed its doors. According to a simple text notice now replacing the original website, the team assures current customers that a method will be established for them to re-download their games despite the site's current state.

GOG, owned by Polish games distributor CD Projekt, was originally launched back in 2008. When active, the service allowed its customers to purchase older PC games without the need for special client software to download, install, and run the game (although some titles needed DOSBox or other emulators to run).

More importantly, the games also came without digital rights management, allowing customers to download titles multiple times on multiple machines--they could even download additional items such as manuals, soundtracks, avatars and more. But for now, that's all come to an end.

"We have recently had to give serious thought to whether we could really keep GOG.com the way it is," the team admitted. "We've debated on it for quite some time and, unfortunately, we've decided that GOG.com simply cannot remain in its current form. We're very grateful for all support we've received from all of you in the past two years. Working on GOG.com was a great adventure for all of us and an unforgettable journey to the past, through the long and wonderful history of PC gaming."

"Sometimes it's really hard being DRM-free... hard to keep things the way they are and keep management and publishers happy," read a Twtter entry on Friday.

The GOG team assured customers that the "idea" isn't gone forever. A GOG representative also confirmed that the service isn't gone, but also added that more details will be revealed at a later date--possibly on Wednesday. Given that the site always carried a "beta" tag, this re-launch may have been part of the overall plan since the service went live two years ago.

As of June 21, 2010, GOG featured 223 DRM-free PC games from publishers such as Activision, Apogee Software, Interplay, Running With Scissors, Ubisoft, Epic Games and more.

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    IM0001 , September 20, 2010 8:01 PM
    Would have used them if I knew they existed. :( 
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    DrInfested , September 20, 2010 7:47 PM
    Nooooo! Not GOG! I bought the old Fallout games and some other stuff from them. :( 
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    shotgunpadre , September 20, 2010 7:53 PM
    I regret not having bought anything from them. damn ..
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  • 16 Hide
    DrInfested , September 20, 2010 7:47 PM
    Nooooo! Not GOG! I bought the old Fallout games and some other stuff from them. :( 
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    the_krasno , September 20, 2010 7:48 PM
    Sad news :( 
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    shotgunpadre , September 20, 2010 7:53 PM
    I regret not having bought anything from them. damn ..
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    IM0001 , September 20, 2010 8:01 PM
    Would have used them if I knew they existed. :( 
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    teaser , September 20, 2010 8:06 PM
    Yeah,I purchased about 6 games from them,it was a cool company,on the gog website after you logged in you could go to your bookshelf and they would have all the game boxes of the games you purchased,it was pretty neat...sad to see them go
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    milktea , September 20, 2010 8:28 PM
    Wow, this seems to be the only article on Tom's that everybody agrees on.
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    g00fysmiley , September 20, 2010 8:40 PM
    didn't know it existed. i'd have patroned such a service had i been aware of it :( 
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    f-14 , September 20, 2010 8:42 PM
    ah man i didn't even know this place existed :*(
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    deuce271 , September 20, 2010 8:52 PM
    It would be great if Steam would run a service like that.
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    nevertell , September 20, 2010 8:54 PM
    God god dammit.

    Oh well, time to buy some of those Frictional games studio games. Does it really sound that awkward ?
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    Marco925 , September 20, 2010 8:55 PM
    I think they shoulda advertised more, i haven't even heard of them
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    backin5 , September 20, 2010 8:59 PM
    It has been rumored in forums that this is some sort of a publicity stunt.

    Being one of its costumers, I sure hope so. When I first saw this message on GOG last night, I seriously panicked.
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    HavoCnMe , September 20, 2010 9:01 PM
    NO BS, me and my friend just discovered this site on Friday 9/17/2010. I was going to purchase a bunch of games this Friday....Oh #ucking well i guess.
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    davcon , September 20, 2010 9:02 PM
    Same here never heard of them.
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    back_by_demand , September 20, 2010 9:03 PM
    deuce271It would be great if Steam would run a service like that.

    +1 to that, maybe for a premium after you have bought the game from Steam, you can buy original manuals or artwork.
    For those who want it, of course, it could be a nice little added bonus.
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    Chris_TC , September 20, 2010 9:14 PM
    deuce271It would be great if Steam would run a service like that.

    Steam already has a bunch of older games which all run flawlessly on Windows 7 64.
    I hope the entire catalog of games on GOG will be moved over to Steam. That would be so awesome, I'd buy a TON of stuff.
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    tallpaul02 , September 20, 2010 9:15 PM
    this is a bad way to find out about great sites :( 
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    back_by_demand , September 20, 2010 9:25 PM
    Chris_TCSteam already has a bunch of older games which all run flawlessly on Windows 7 64.I hope the entire catalog of games on GOG will be moved over to Steam. That would be so awesome, I'd buy a TON of stuff.

    Yes we know, the good thing about GOG was being able to get some of the other things from a game such as the manuals, but being able to also get physical ones as well would make a great cottage industry.
    I for one would love to get the original manuals from the Wing Commander series.
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    Vestin , September 20, 2010 9:31 PM
    backin5It has been rumored in forums that this is some sort of a publicity stunt.Being one of its costumers, I sure hope so. When I first saw this message on GOG last night, I seriously panicked.

    If you're right - it's quite brilliant, actually. They needed to take the site offline for a few days anyway (to go out of beta) and someone probably figured that the only way to get some free and widespread publicity would be to "feign death"... which is infuriating in its own right, similarly to how a nice and timid person might only get noticed and praised after being found dangling from a tree.

    We'll have to wait for Wednesday to find out, I guess...
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    Anonymous , September 20, 2010 9:38 PM
    Honestly I visited gog a few times... they were ok, but really the selection/pricing was kinda subpar (I did buy 3-4 games from them). I didn't realize they were drm free, and that fact, as evidenced in this article, most likely made it really hard to be competetive with either. Honestly a revamp (if that indeed is what's happening) is probably a good thing, let's hope they come back, steam needs some healthy competition.
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