The Fate of Good Old Games in the Balance

September 20, 2010 -

A message on Good Old Game's web site (www.gog.com) has customers freaking out and some media outlets quick to pronounce them dead. All of this is based on a message posted on the site and the service being suspended.

Tomorrow we'll know what is the truth and what is fiction. According to a tweet from GOG's twitter account: "The official statement from GOG's management about the situation will be announced soon. We'll have more details about this tomorrow."

Here is what the GOG webs site says right now:

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

Is Good Old Games dead or is something else going on? Is it a simple redesign of the service, or has the company been sold off to another entity? We have sent several request for comments today to the owners of the site (CD Projekt), but no one has responded yet. We will keep you posted and update the story if needed.

My 2 cents: I don't think GOG is dead, but something exciting is happening behind the scenes.


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Re: The Fate of Good Old Games in the Balance

If they're doing this as a publicity stunt, its blindingly stupid to pretend to go out of business, they're not a discount carpet warehouse for fucks sake no matter how many bargains! bargains! bargains! they might have had. If this is the direction their new PR manager is taking them, I'm even more pissed that I didn't get the job myself.

 

There was talk of CDProjekt (GOGs parent company) having some large scale stock shifting and at least one implication that something dodgy was happening so there's a possible legal excuse for the sudden shutdown. There's also talk of a large block of shares being bought by a single entity and consequently there may be a major shakeup in the works

 

Then again there's also rumours that they were bought out by valve to become part of steam so I'd not put too much stock in people talking out of their arses

Re: The Fate of Good Old Games in the Balance

There is a rumor going around in journo circles that this is all a hoax for publicity, and they're doing a rerelease or something. I find it to be pretty likely that they're not dead.

-- Dan Rosenthal

-- Dan Rosenthal

Re: The Fate of Good Old Games in the Balance

I too also wanted the chance to get some stuff from GOG, but I'm already behind on an ever-growing stack of games. Still, the concept was great - great old games are exactly that!

Re: The Fate of Good Old Games in the Balance

There's an update that states:

UPDATE 20.09.2010
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.

Re: The Fate of Good Old Games in the Balance

I've nevered used GOG myself but I do hope it comes back soon.

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

Re: The Fate of Good Old Games in the Balance

Was "medal outlets" meant to be "media outlets?"

 
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