As mentioned earlier, the initial conjectures were partly right about the police line on GOG.com. The fine Polish people have managed to wriggle out some more Activision titles to add to their truly old and classic library of games for sale. The two impressive DRM-free bunch of titles that they have recently acquired are the Zork Anthology and Police Quest games. If you need to know what these games are, then here goes:
Zork Anthology: The Zork games are the fruits of a very ripe harvest of text-based adventures. The games are honed and shaped to your skill with nothing but text and a few commands that make up the world. The only graphics card that you would ever need is your imagination as it shapes the words from the text into a bizarre, funny and quite an interesting world. Welcome to the Underground!
The Zork Anthology consists of Zork I, Zork II, Zork III, Beyond Zork, Zork Zero, and Planetfall.
Police Quest 1-4: As a forerunner of many detective stories these days, the Police Quest games are one of the most realistic police games ever made. In the four games, the stories of crime on the streets mix with the personal lives of the officers and layers of complex storytelling come as one. Not only will the games allow you to follow a very realistic story each time, they also educate you on the different aspects of police protocol.
The Police Quest series consists of Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel, Police Quest 2: The Vengeance, Police Quest 3: The Kindred, and Police Quest: Open Season
So which game will you be buying, and why? Do tell us in the comments!
Well well well, what do we have here? It seems that the monks at the GOG.com castle are up to no good again. It seems that the police have caught up to GOG.com’s no-DRM policy and have made a page a crime scene. That, or it is really official businessas the post explains.
Something’s happening here on GOG.com, as you can see. Very official. Anyone caught violating the police line will be shot on sight. Unfortunately, we can’t comment on what’s going on behind that police line, and we certainly can’t encourage you to come back here and check the site over the weekend to see if clues have been revealed as to what it is.
Conjectures and theories lead us to many conclusions. One of the most formidable ones are that this could be the release of the really old games or interactive fiction games as they were called such as the text based adventure Zork. Probably this will also result in other Infocom classics such as Phobos or Deadline.
In other words, stellar. I have never played a proper text based adventure since Zork, which left a lasting [bad] memory of the Grue. What is a Grue, you ask?
- > what is a grue?
- The grue is a sinister, lurking presence in the dark places of the earth. Its favorite diet is adventurers, but its insatiable appetite is tempered by its fear of light. No grue has ever been seen by the light of day, and few have survived its fearsome jaws to tell the tale.
In any case, we’ll keep this post updated
A DRM-free, AAA, new title on GOG.com? Yes! We decided to promote this highly-anticipated RPG by our sister company CD Projekt RED as a one time special.
At their web conference, the people over at CD Projekt decided to show their loyalists some love in a very unique way. It was almost as if the monks of GOG conferred with each other and decided, in perfect Monty Python style, and now for something completely different.
In the conference the release date was announced as May 17th 2011, and the contents of the Collector’s and Premium editions of the game, as well as some preorder details. One of these preorder details was that the game could be purchased from their sister project: GOG.com, the premiere DRM-free digital distribution service.
Although the preorder page at GOG is as of now showing a 404, the tentative details that emerged from their post are that it would feature a 10% discount as well as a free download of any one of the premiere RPGs in GOG’s catalog. The preorder will also entail instant access to some bonus contents of the game.
Also, it seems like you do not have to pay upfront for the preorder how that would work out is still in the dark because of the missing page.
For me, this is the sweetest deal imaginable and I’d jump as soon as I could. Hopefully the missing page will be reinstated soon!
Update: They have taken down the announcement page as well. Stay tuned for further updates!
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 Games is what you, loyal GOG user, will get over the next few days.
According to the site:
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!
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’s apparent 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 our initial reactions (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.
Directly from their wall-of-text landing page:-
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
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.
I got a bit of a shock today when Keenan Weaver tweeted about this – and this is what we are shown when you visit gog.com
Truly, a sad day for gamers.
As usual, GOG.com is up and about with a line of great titles for us weekend warriors with 5 strategy games up on sale at a discount of 50% each! All of these are turn-based strategy games (TBS) and are acclaimed series on their own. For fantasy lovers, there’s Disciples: Sacred Lands Gold and Disciples II: Gold while modern strategy lovers will like the Jagged Alliance series with the original, Deadly Games and Jagged Alliance 2 sequels in this sale!
The Disciples series starts off at the dawn of a new age filled with strife. Of course, the usual clichÃ© of having some age old prophecy will come to pass in this game’s story as well, and hence it does happen. However, the game is astonishingly well-balanced for its different races/factions. Each level-up is game-changing and a small group well trained troops can take on the enemy horde much larger than them with ease. The second game brought a long campaign and the same great gameplay to make a great series!
Guns! Cash! Insane Fun! The Jagged Alliance series is, for all its intensely action-centric game-covers, a very strategic game with its rewards. The first game, made way back in 94 is well made where every move you make has deadly (and frustrating) consequences. When Deadly Games released, the graphics were a big joke but the gameplay with its solid multiplayer component made for an inherently enjoyable experience. Jagged Alliance 2 dropped the top-down perspective for an isometric one and took on squad-based TBS to a great new level. For all I know, it’s still unrivalled.
So are you going to buy the Disciples and Jagged Alliance games for 50% off?
Four classic first person shooters are on a 40% off weekend on our favorite classic games website GOG.com! AquaNox, Postal 2, Painkiller: Black Edition and Redneck Rampage are the four games with a lot of runnin’ and a lot of gunnin’! Needless to say these are the best ways to let off steam from a heavy day or even a heavy week!
AquaNox: Though most fans regard this as a flawed sequel to the Aqua series, it is still a decent game to play. Though technically not a run and gungame, it plays a lot like Freespace only it’s underwater!
Postal 2 Complete: You’re the Dude, dude! Shoot things, buy milk and kill everyone in a queue to return library books! Remember that this hilarious game is only as violent as you want it to be. So while you can play the entire game without (much) bloodshed, you can also play it with unnecessarily large amounts of blood too. Fun!
Painkiller: Black Edition: As one reviewer on the game page says, this is the one true sequel to the original Quake. Paying due homage to old-school FPSs, the game is all about level design, insane and horrifying enemy hordes and oodles of shooting fun! It’s a cult hit and the Black Edition also includes the Battle Out of Hell expansion pack for 3.5GB of gaming insanity!
Redneck Rampage: Crash-land UFOs, cuss at jack o’ lopes in the desert and ride over people in a Swamp Buggy and an armed motorcycle. Oh, did I mention that there was a lot of cussing? Play this hilarious game for weeks of redneck shootin’.
So which games will you buy in the Shooter Weekend at GOG.com?