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gog.com, Good Old Games, has replaced their website with this message:

Dear GOG users,

We have recently had to give serious thought to whether we could really keep GOG.com the way it is. 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.

This doesn't mean the idea behind GOG.com is gone forever. We're closing down the service and putting this era behind us as new challenges await.

On a technical note, this week we'll put in place a solution to allow everyone to re-download their games. Stay tuned to this page and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

All the best,

GOG.com Team

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Hm, reading about, some think this is a publicity stunt for a relaunch within a few days. If so, I think it's rather ill-thought-out, because digital distribution relies on trust between the consumer and the store.

Reading it again, that statement does seem to imply that. Very weird move, but somehow more believable than them just shutting down for good.

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I don't think it's a publicity stunt but they've never said they're closing completely.

I imagine they'll be back but with something that looks a lot more like Steam and which (for new games / probably new purchases of old games) will have some form of DRM.

Incidentally.

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 update_media@gog.com if you're a media representative or to update_users@gog.com if you're a user without a GOG account.

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What a stupid way to drum up some publicity.

Not really, The Works Bookstore does it all the time, they'll get staff to put paper all over their store windows and then put a sign up saying "10 days to go" with the number changing each day, makes customers think the stores closing down so they go in and buy stuff.

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Not really, The Works Bookstore does it all the time, they'll get staff to put paper all over their store windows and then put a sign up saying "10 days to go" with the number changing each day, makes customers think the stores closing down so they go in and buy stuff.

But with the bookstore once you've bought the book that's it. There needs to be a certain level of trust with digital distributors that you'll always be able to get your games, you see so many posts on the Steam forums asking what if it closes down, so this stunt won't have helped them in that respect with many people.

Nice that they have Baldur's gate coming, but that and 2 are always installed and the CDs next to the PC anyway. Though if you could get it set up with the Tutu and widescreen mod I'd be tempted, but fingers crossed we'll see them on Steam at some point.

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But with the bookstore once you've bought the book that's it. There needs to be a certain level of trust with digital distributors that you'll always be able to get your games, you see so many posts on the Steam forums asking what if it closes down, so this stunt won't have helped them in that respect with many people.

Nice that they have Baldur's gate coming, but that and 2 are always installed and the CDs next to the PC anyway. Though if you could get it set up with the Tutu and widescreen mod I'd be tempted, but fingers crossed we'll see them on Steam at some point.

But as GOG's stuff is all DRM free, doesn't that mean you have the right to put any executable files you download onto disc for storage purposes?

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But as GOG's stuff is all DRM free, doesn't that mean you have the right to put any executable files you download onto disc for storage purposes?

I assume you can back it up however you like. But I'd seen people commenting that they'd not downloaded all the games they'd purchased yet, so it won't have done them any favours with those I'd imagine.

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I'd never heard of them and now I have..

The fact that they did this got them mentioned on this message board and possibly many, many others in full view of loads of people who may never heard of them otherwise.

It is fucking brilliant marketing.

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I assume you can back it up however you like. But I'd seen people commenting that they'd not downloaded all the games they'd purchased yet, so it won't have done them any favours with those I'd imagine.

Hmm, I hadn't taken that into consideration, mostly because I tend to download something as soon as I've bought it... But yes, that kind of thing does concern me, on Steam I have a few games I've paid for, downloaded, uninstalled and haven't redownloaded...

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I got all the Infinity Engine D&D games when they were re-released a year ago, but six quid odd for Planescape: Torment is a serious bargain - it's one of the best games ever made. You'd have to be some kind of game-hating crazy not to get it at this price.

I hope that if they put Neverwinter Nights up they have the rights to distribute the DLC alongside it. I'd love to get my hands on Wyvern Crown of Cormyr and Pirates of the Sword Coast.

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