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.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.
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?