So, you’re still sore about that little fun that the people over at GOG.com had at the expense of the thousands of DRM-free gaming fans? Well, fear not, because the administrators of GOGaland have decided to give away a free game to all users who had registered before 20th September, 2010 the day the old GOG shut down to reveal the new beta-less GOG. Yes, Jagged Alliance: Deadly Gamesis what you, loyal GOG user, will get over the next few days.
The buzz around GOG’s closure and re-opening has slowly fade away and we wanted to sum up the beta stage with a special gift for all those who have been with us during that period. Two years ago we began our revival of all-time PC-gaming classics for all you fans of good old games. Through ups and downs we’ve received a lot of support from the best community we could ever imagine (that’s you!) and we want to thank everyone who’s been with us through our beta stage with a special gift.
So, they have chosen what is widely regarded as a tactical masterpiece for their giveaway! Already bought Deadly Games? Fear not, they do have an alternative gift cooking hot for you!
Are you an old time gamer like me? I still remember playing the old platform games on Nintendo and Super Nintendo systems. I still like playing them now and then. However, I don’t need to get my old system out of the garage to play them. There are plenty of free games that look and feel just like the old ones.
One of my recent downloads is Secret Maryo Chronicles. As the name suggests, it’s very similar to the Super Mario games. I found the game at Penguspy, which is a good place to find great games for Linux, as well as Windows systems.
One good point in the game is that it’s available for Windows and Linux both. Now I’ve got something fun to do in Ubuntu 10.10.
Here’s a screenshot of the game.
I won’t go into details about how to play the game. You can figure out most of it by watching the video.
While many claim that gaming on Linux is like playing football in mangroves, the gaming scene for Linux has been changing, the past few years, mostly for good. While many popular games are not available for Linux and GNU based systems, many other open source, free or linux-only games have come up. So if you’re the gamer guy, it makes sense to keep a tab on a few gaming sites catering to linux exclusively, like Penguspu.
Penguspy is like a gallery of linux games. It has a collection of both free and commercial games which can be easily browsed by category, ratings, views or simply alphabetically.
The website covers various genres like action, arcade, strategy, shooters, sports, FPS, RPGs and MMORPGs. Each game has a page where you can find its rating, description, related video or trailer, a link to it’s homepage from where you can download or buy it, a list of similar games and a comments area.
So if you use Linux and would like to try out some new games, go check out Penguspy.
Medal of Honor Limited Edition is now on sale for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows based PCs. Users can buy the limited edition of Medal of Honor for $59.99 on Amazon and other retailers. Click on the links below to make the purchase.
Microsoft will be shipping their gaming accessory called Microsoft Kinect on November 2. Microsoft Kinect is a new XBox add-on which will bring motion sensor gaming to Microsoft’s gaming device.
If you are keen to know more about Microsoft Kinect, read our earlier post about What Microsoft Kinect is, Details and more. However, if you have already and are looking to get your hands on the device, you will have to wait until November 2nd. However, you can start pre-ordering the Kinect bundle for Xbox or also pre-order the Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle.
Amazon is selling both the standalone Kinect bundle and Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle on their site, you can use the links below to pre-order your choice of Microsoft Kinect.
Amazon is also selling several Kinect Games which are available for pre-orders on the site. You can also purchase or pre-order Microsoft Kinect from the Microsoft Store by visiting store.microsoft.com.
It is the second most wanted game on GOG.com. For me, it has always been the first. To relive such an experience with its haunting dialogues, beautiful music and an epic storyline set in one of those little-used campaign settings of Dungeons & Dragons. Yes, the beautiful and epic Planescape: Torment is on our favorite DRM-free digital distribution center, GOG.com.
As GOG itself puts up, what is exactly so awesome about this game?
An enthralling story, considered by many to be the best one ever told in a cRPG!
Professional voice acting, superb music, complex and gripping dialogue that covers over 5000 pages.
Travel through the planes of the enormous and bizarre Planescape universe.
Greatest story ever told in a cRPG? Yes, yes and an emphatic YES! Being one of those games I grew up with, Planescape: Torment reinforced my love for good ol’ Dungeons and Dragons gaming that was first introduced to me by Baldur’s Gate. Considering that this game was one of the few things missing in my collection of RPGs that enthralled me so much that I decided to go and buy an original copy (when I was a little kid, not now), this just completes an entire cycle.
However, since I had forgotten much of the original story (ironically) it’s great to see it up for download on GOG along with an assortment of downloadable stuff available after buying the game. For $9.99 this game is a definite buy.
Before you ask yes GOG.com’sapparent shutdown was a joke/PR stunt. They’re jerks, but they apologized well in robes, so we forgive them. End of discussion. They got what was due in the online press conference that they arranged and everyone eventually agreed that although it was a very stupid thing to do, we all love GOG.com too much to stay away from them.
Now, onto fairly better news GOG.com is re-launching. They are finally out of their beta stage and have quite a few publishers signed up for the no-DRM, no-client digital distributor. The service has quite a few changes afoot with one of the greatest RPG games coming up on the site. As the PR email sent to gaming writers spoke:-
it’s [GOG.com] coming back even better and stronger than ever with great new features and huge new releases.
We know some of you might felt deceived by us playing jerks and the whole action and we sincerely apologize for this, as that was not our intention. Hopefully the new GOG.com and the upcoming releases from Hasbro will make it up for you. Yes, you read that well, we have Hasbro on board and our first release is Baldur’s Gate: The Original Saga with Tales of the Sword Coast expansion for only $9.99, DRM-free and with lots of free goodies.
The site currently hosts a countdown to the reopening which is scheduled to be at 5:30PM IST. Until then they have quite a few teaser videos on store along with a hilariously robed apology video:-
Well, it seems that ourinitialreactions (as well as most of the internets’) regarding GOG.com’s sad demisewere greatly exaggerated. Apparently, GOG.com isn’t completely dead. It’s just taking a new avatar and (hopefully, hopefully) still retaining its DRM-free nature.
UPDATE 21.09.2010 We confirm that the official statement from GOG.com’s management concerning the ongoing events will take place on Wednesday at 12 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. CET) Thanks for being with us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDRvuKjissQ
UPDATE 20.09.2010 First of all, we apologize everyone for the whole situation and closing GOG.com. We do understand the timing for taking down the site caused confusion and many users didn’t manage to download all their games. Unfortunately we had to close the service due to business and technical reasons. At the same time we guarantee that every user who bought any game on GOG.com will be able to download all their games with bonus materials, DRM-free and as many times as they need starting this Thursday. The official statement from GOG.com’s management concerning the ongoing events is planned on Wednesday. If you want to receive further information about GOG.com, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re a media representative or to email@example.com if you’re a user without a GOG account.
If you have a GOG.com account you’ll be informed about all the news concerning GOG.com.
Watch that teaser of the new GOG.com and then view this thread for clarifications. Apparently lots of new things are in store.
If you guys at CD Projekt are reading this: thanks for screwing with us. Can we get back GOG.com now?
Gamers have often showered love upon Good Old Games (Gog.com) – for a very good reason. Gog.com is a online computer games sales & distribution service – just like Steam but with a twist – Gog.com specializes in selling some of the classic games of yesteryear at pretty low prices. The icing on the cake was that all the games you purchased were DRM free, with no clumsy authentication clients and what not.
EA has come out with FIFA 11, the next version of the most popular football/soccer game available out there. The 1.2GB demo download is now officially available at the EA website.
FIFA 11 has several new features including new personalization options for players and goalkeepers. In addition to that you can also customize the audience chanting and more. FIFA 11 has over 500 teams and 15,000 players.
FIFA 11 also bring in 360 ° dribble which provides users with more delicate dribbling control. You can watch the demo video of the FIFA 2011 game from EA below. From the looks of it, it is pretty awesome.
Oh yes, if you loved the video, head over to this site to download the FIFA 11 demo for PC.