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GOG has gone - 9/19/2010 9:05:53 PM   
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Hi All,


Just went to look on GOG and they have closed down.... temporarily

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/19/2010 9:16:31 PM   
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There is a thread at wargamer. Some speculate a stunt for the announcement next week.

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/19/2010 9:17:16 PM   
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Hopefully it's just a relaunch. They've been in beta for long time now.

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/19/2010 9:17:30 PM   
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Sad I bought a few games from them.

Ah Well

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/19/2010 9:21:25 PM   
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quote:

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There is a thread at wargamer. Some speculate a stunt for the announcement next week.


Yeah, I am now reading on their facebook that it may be just a break before a new site is up.

Just a shame it was done in such a sudden way. Have to wait an see what happens, supposedly Wednesday.

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/19/2010 9:38:56 PM   
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See, that is the problem with digital distributors.

I bought the Might & Magic series, Heroes III, Commandos and some else stuff from GoG. Didn't burn in on DVD, as these were cheap and they promised, that one can alway re-download from their site. Now GoG is gone and so are my purchased games. I don't mourn the waste of money but the loss of some remastered classics.

Fortunately I recently acquired MOO2 from Gamersgate instead of GoG, because I had spare blue points to get it for free. But given this incident I will be even more deliberate with digital purchases for the future.


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RE: GOG has gone - 9/19/2010 9:43:44 PM   
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As you might know it's a Polish company who owns the GOG. The same one that made the Witcher and is the biggest game publisher in Poland.

What I've been reading some time ago, they are planning to increase the amount of services they are providing and connect GOG with their retail sales. So if you will buy a decent game published by the CD Projekt, you will get some coupons allowing you to download games from GOG for free.

There is also a gossip they are planning to make an alternative for Steam for eastern Europe (in terms of prices), but I think it's not good trace.

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/19/2010 10:27:43 PM   
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Well, I enjoyed the Witcher but after this incident I won't buy a product from CD Project ever.

It's fine when they want to expand their service to a Steam clone in order to create larger revenue. However, it's not acceptable, when they shut down GoG all of the sudden - without any warning to loyal customers, so that we at least could redownload our purchased games before. Their last promo mail dated from 09/16 and there was no hint about an imminent close.

This is pretty low and in the US they possibly would face a lawsuit, but I guess in Eastern Europe one can get away with this behaviour.

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/19/2010 10:39:09 PM   
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To be honest I don't think that we have lost our games (I bought couple of them too).

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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.


But I agree they should warn about that.

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/19/2010 11:18:07 PM   
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!!!!

Hopefully for my (unfortunately) virtual bookcase of GOG games this is going to turn out to be the rumoured PR stunt.

If it isn't then it does seem that the (ex)GOG service will at least be somehow making the purchases re-downloadable in some so far unspecified way.

If it is a PR stunt then GOG have probably lost at least one (me) previously happy (20+ games) customer

P.S. on an unrelated side note it seems everybody has now been promoted to the Matrix Legion of Merit with five shiny gold stars

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/19/2010 11:31:34 PM   
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Looks like currently there are some changes at the forum. Whole NEWS section has been vaporized.

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/19/2010 11:55:17 PM   
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What makes me in particular angry is the fact, that customers get the shaft once again for something what this GoG dude called an "obstacle with DRM free games". I bet every of their titles can be find elsewhere on the internet and when I payed for these games it was due to two points: a) no DRM, b) to acknowledge and support the work of an indie publisher.

Whatever reason GoG motivated for this decision, it was not a smart move to prove untrustworthy toward their niche audiency, and will most certainly not help to get more paying customers, considering they want to continue with retro games.

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/20/2010 1:07:01 AM   
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I don't think this was the decision of anyone working at GOG. It looks the the parent company was bought out last week.

Last year, CD Projekt 'combined forces' with another Polish company called Optimus in order to go public (Optimus were already traded on the Polish exchange). From reading this article, it sounds like a LOT of senior people sold their controlling interest in the company off to a new majority owner. Someone definitely bought up a lot of shares at the end of the week, with the company's share price shooting through the roof as a result.

With the swiftness with which the site was yanked, it seems likely that some sort of restructuring might be about to happen as a result of a takeover. Apparently, Optimus/CDP had already announced some sort of a stockholders meeting and an announcement to follow this coming Wednesday. The GOG team tweeted earlier today that they will make an announcement some time tomorrow regarding what's happening.

Anyway, if it is a takeover, the actual GOG staff likely had no advance warning of what was coming. If it's a marketing stunt, it's pretty much the douche move of the year.



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RE: GOG has gone - 9/20/2010 1:36:50 AM   
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There's a whole controversy going on at the Wargamer.

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/20/2010 1:58:26 AM   
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Talk about timing.   I just registered and bought MOO last night.

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/20/2010 3:14:51 AM   
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If you buy a downloaded game, and neglect to burn it to a CD or DVD,....exactly who is to blame?

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/20/2010 3:28:58 AM   
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You're maybe right there. Actualy GOG's platform encourages you to backup your purchases.

But suddenly closing down is a bad move no matter how you look at it.  To think that they let me register and download every during their last hours of life.  What happens if after payment, they shut it down before letting me download?

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/20/2010 3:42:34 AM   
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Its always a smart idea to research a little bit at least. If nothing else find out what country a company you are purchasing from is located so you have some idea of how much of a risk you are taking and what legal rights you will have.

In this case its apparent that its not shutting down permanently. Granted its not really cool to close with no notice,..but as was pointed out and ignored by the alarmists, this is not a real surprise, the fact they were going to shut down temporarily was known about, just not exactly when.

Now, the thing I dont like is using twitter and the other social websites as places to post official news, and NOT posting it on the official website. Seems rather backwards to me. But a lot of companies are doing this and to me its really unprofessional.

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/21/2010 2:41:51 PM   
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quote:

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Now, the thing I dont like is using twitter and the other social websites as places to post official news, and NOT posting it on the official website. Seems rather backwards to me. But a lot of companies are doing this and to me its really unprofessional.


Definitely.

Another similar thing is not hosting your own damn game patches, but putting them on free public hosting services.. some of which require a sign-up.


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RE: GOG has gone - 9/21/2010 3:08:47 PM   
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And this is reason number 1,237,734 why I love Matrix. 

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/21/2010 10:18:44 PM   
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This whole thing is getting...weird.

It LOOKS like they are coming back, and out of Beta, on Thursday. So that would lead to a conclusion of 'unbelievably stupid PR move'. However, their stock also spiked by something like 30% last week on rumors of a buyout, and a PR stunt doesn't explain the stock price spike.

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/22/2010 12:12:52 AM   
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They released a stupid promo video on youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDRvuKjissQ

Should rather choose a flak vest theme, given the storm they will face once the board is back.

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/22/2010 7:08:12 AM   
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So is this GoG thing a PR stunt?

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/22/2010 8:10:38 AM   
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^ No one's sure yet. It looks that way, but we'll supposedly know more tomorrow (actually, later today now).



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RE: GOG has gone - 9/22/2010 8:42:54 AM   
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My gues is that this is a stunt ... ( New Icon and the youtube trailer ) and some guys of the It-departement weren't happy with the decission  to go offline...
And that this is all fabricated by the "sales management" Who pushed tru the fantastic idea to create panic...

My 2 cents



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RE: GOG has gone - 9/22/2010 5:10:43 PM   
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Looks like Baldurs Gate will be released, nice :) I hope they release the Icewind Dale games sometime in the future.

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/22/2010 6:39:01 PM   
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Hmm.. anyone else have the feeling that the "new GOG" with the "new, huge releases" will be just another games download site just like all the rest? With Impulse seeming to be moving onto their turf with games like MoO 2 and Age of Wonders, methinks it will be hard to see the difference.


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RE: GOG has gone - 9/22/2010 6:59:10 PM   
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quote:

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Hmm.. anyone else have the feeling that the "new GOG" with the "new, huge releases" will be just another games download site just like all the rest? With Impulse seeming to be moving onto their turf with games like MoO 2 and Age of Wonders, methinks it will be hard to see the difference.




Have to agree.

Also any loyalty I had to GOG (previously although I quiet like Impulse I would always buy in preference from GOG) has pretty much evaporated over the last 3 days, now I'll probably buy on Impulse first, someone else second and GOG if I really want the game and it isn't available anywhere else.

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/22/2010 7:06:33 PM   
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quote:

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Hmm.. anyone else have the feeling that the "new GOG" with the "new, huge releases" will be just another games download site just like all the rest? With Impulse seeming to be moving onto their turf with games like MoO 2 and Age of Wonders, methinks it will be hard to see the difference.




Not quite. The No DRM stays so they still provide a unique download service. All the others require some form of DRM to download there games:

1. Steam - Well know DRM methods so no need to repeat.
2. Gamers Gate - Activation via website on every installation.
3. Impulse - Activation on install and patches.

I downloaded and backed up all my GOG games so I was only unhappy they had gone because of the games I hadn't yet bought. If they had never come back, then I would have been none the poorer as all my games are available for me to install.

Imagine the problem if any of the above had gone, not impossible in this climate.

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RE: GOG has gone - 9/22/2010 7:35:33 PM   
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Also any loyalty I had to GOG (previously although I quiet like Impulse I would always buy in preference from GOG) has pretty much evaporated over the last 3 days, now I'll probably buy on Impulse first, someone else second and GOG if I really want the game and it isn't available anywhere else.


Gotta disagree. Have you seen the "Monks" video. It made me laugh.

For me it will be GOG first, then Impulse for the more commercial games.

But I can understand anyone who isn't happy about it.

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