Good Old Games Shutting 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 the way it is," the team admitted. "We've debated on it for quite some time and, unfortunately, we've decided that 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 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.

  • DrInfested
    Nooooo! Not GOG! I bought the old Fallout games and some other stuff from them. :(
  • the_krasno
    Sad news :(
  • shotgunpadre
    I regret not having bought anything from them. damn ..
  • IM0001
    Would have used them if I knew they existed. :(
  • teaser
    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
  • milktea
    Wow, this seems to be the only article on Tom's that everybody agrees on.
  • g00fysmiley
    didn't know it existed. i'd have patroned such a service had i been aware of it :(
  • f-14
    ah man i didn't even know this place existed :*(
  • It would be great if Steam would run a service like that.
  • nevertell
    God god dammit.

    Oh well, time to buy some of those Frictional games studio games. Does it really sound that awkward ?