Gog.com announces DRM-free Steam, uPlay and Origin competitor Galaxy

Gog.com, the gog stands for Good Old Games, is an online game store not like many others. While the stores selection of games may be smaller than the selection on say Steam, it offers a set of features that speak for it.

For starters, it is offering all games as DRM-free versions. That means no forced online registration, no online or third-party requirements to play the games, or other forced things like having to register an account for a game before you can play it.

Another interesting feature of gog.com is that it makes available classic games for current systems. It started out as that IIRC, offering access to hundreds of classic PC games that would run on the latest version of Windows.

According to the company website, it is the second biggest independent distribution platform of PC and Mac games worldwide.

A couple of things are holding Good Old Games back in my opinion. While it offers a great selection of classic games, its selection of modern era games is somewhat lacking. It does feature some, such as the next Witcher gamer but does not carry many other high profile titles.

It is not necessarily the company's fault though as the no-DRM approach is likely keeping publishers suspicious of the service.

The second missing feature in my opinion is a gaming platform like Steam or Origin.

GOG Galaxy

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Gog.com announced today that it will launch its own online gaming platform Galaxy in the near future. Unlike Steam, uPlay or Origin, it will be completely optional for users to install and make use of.

Besides that, it will adhere to all company principles meaning a DRM-free gaming experience that does not reduce the player experience with third-party client installations, online restrictions or other customer-unfriendly mechanics.

The client itself will provide users with additional functionality:

  • Options to install game updates whenever they become available. You need to visit the gog.com website currently to find out if updates are available.
  • Community features to connect and play with friends and enemies online. Gaming depends on the game for obvious reason, while the community features provide you with options to chat with friends or see who is online right now.
  • You can play the game with friends, even if they bought it from another store.

Here is the announcement trailer.

Verdict

Gog.com does everything right in regards to the client in my humble opinion. It is completely optional meaning that you can but do not have to use it. If you want to connect with friends or just like to make sure your games are up to date, it is great to have, and since it does not impose any DRM on you, it should not reduce your gaming experience one bit.

Gog caters to a very specific audience on the other hand which is a blessing on one hand, as it allows the company to prosper, but also keeps it back on the other hand as it won't be able to offer many modern games.

What's your take on this?

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Responses to Gog.com announces DRM-free Steam, uPlay and Origin competitor Galaxy

  1. Womble June 5, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    The official word was that GOG dropped the Initialism when they started selling new games. GOG no longer stands for anything.

    • Martin Brinkmann June 5, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

      Thanks ;)

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  2. nonqu June 5, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

    >the gog stands for Good Old Games

    No, it doesn't. They have discarded the full name a long time ago. There's no Gog either. There's only GOG.com owned by GOG Ltd.

    • Martin Brinkmann June 5, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

      Must have missed that announcement then but makes sense considering that they offer new games as well.

      • nonqu June 5, 2014 at 11:04 pm #

        I'm always impressed by how many subjects you are following and bringing to readers attention, from various tech and QoL stuff, though many types of software matters (which are often missed by other information outlets like the firefox semi-internal documents), to gaming related topics, so it's perfectly understandable that you might have missed one small thing.

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      • Martin Brinkmann June 5, 2014 at 11:38 pm #

        I'm keeping track of the things that are of interest to me, so keeping up comes natural.

        Always good to have options in regards to Firefox modifications so thanks for posting about it.

  3. Sven June 5, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    Gog stand for "how do I treat my customers like costomers and not like potential thieves" that is all that matters in the end. Great company, nice guys, nice community.

  4. Druuge June 6, 2014 at 5:22 am #

    I wonder if the system will be backwards compatible with all the prior games you've purchased from GoG (per account). Seems obvious but I would hope they migrate all of that data.

  5. Serin June 6, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    I'm looking forward to the platform by GOG as the company is my first choice of purchasing games. The DRM-free is very noble and should be supported by the customers.

  6. Rokazulu June 6, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    Well haven't missed a gaming plattform with GOG. One of the main advantages was that there was no need to install 3rd party software. But as long as they keep it optional it's fine with me.

  7. Chains The Bounty Hunter June 6, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    A big factor in why a lot of modern titles aren't available on their site is likely due to the fact that most of them ship with DRM and no official DRM-free versions at all. It says a lot about how paranoid developers and publishing houses have become as advancements in the digital age have prompted them to adopt the mentality that they need to include crap like SecuROM/etc. with their games just to guarantee at least one legit sale vs. dozens of people pirating it.

    While indie developers still release their titles with no DRM (though with the advent of Steam/Steamworks most developers have seemed content to leave it at that base level of DRM and nothing more, which can be considered a blessing or a pain I guess). Some continuing to do so while showing good faith toward anyone pirating their title(s) (Dennaton Games being an example).

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