I think I misspoke earlier.
The way GoG works is that the download authorization for a given game title is OK'd when you make your purchase
. (Free is also treated as a purchase.) Like Steam, your games appear on your bookshelf and can be downloaded any time thereafter. Unlike
Steam, you don't need to be connected to the web to play
them. The games in GoG's catalog do not use DRM in any way, shape, or form.
Amazing! They're legally cracked!
And they've also had requisite patches made to allow them to run on modern versions of Windows. (I understand DOSBox is incorporated into the download for some of the very
old titles.) Major improvement all around. No more haunting forums at 2:00am, looking for a link to that elusive 100k patch that makes the difference between a splash screen and being asked if you want to send Microsoft an error report.
Interesting to note, GoG has a signing bonus of 4 free games (their selection) when you open an account with them. This is not a problem as all you'll need to open an account is:
- a user name
- an e-mail account they can contact you with
- a password
- a date of birth to comply with legal requirements for age-restricted titles
NO CREDIT CARD or other financial data is requested to open an account. And your DOB is strictly on the honor system. GoG also deserves props for not asking for CC info when 'purchasing' a free title. Last night, I signed up in about 15 seconds (got lucky and got the user name I wanted first try) and was merrily downloading about a minute after that.
But it gets better.
When I first set my account up, Teen Agent, Beneath a Steel Sky, Lure of the Temptress, and Tyrian 2000
were already on my game shelf and available for download. After "purchasing" Broken Swords
) I noticed Dragonsphere
got magically added to my collection sometime last night. Gotta love people like this! The only comparable bargain out there is the Indie Humble Bundle
which I also highly recommend.
Not being much of a computer gamer (and having an admitted preference for the gameplay style found in older titles such as AplhaCenturi
) I think GoG will eventually end up being a place I wished I never got hooked up with. Especially since I bought an additional four titles I really don't need - and probably shouldn't be spending the time playing even if I did!
Oh well... Gotta take the grounds with your coffee sometimes.