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GOG - Unbeliever's Land
...The continuing chronicles...
It occurs to me I haven't yet mentioned my latest favorite Group Of Guys.

This "Group Of Guys" has created a site called "Good Old Games" (http://gog.com), which is a group solely devoted to making me happy.  It's right there in their charter.

What they do, is collect the rights to classic old games (anywhere from 5-15 years old), tweak the games so they work correctly under both Windows XP and Windows Vista, and make them available with lots of goody bonus extras for either $5.99 or $9.99 (usually the former).

What's more, they make a major point of selling the games with NO DRM (i.e. no pain-in-the-ass Digital Rights Management crap that makes you enter codes, and/or screws around with your computer, in an effort to prevent copying).  That's right.  You bought it, it's yours, copy it all you want.  They ask you politely not to go spreading it around the Net, cause after all, they *ARE* trying to make a few bucks.  But that's it.

You wanna install it on your desktop, your laptop, your wife's machine and your kid's machine?  Go for it.

They even remember what you bought, and allow you to re-download your previous purchases, anytime, free.

And they even provide tech support!

Of course, very little tech supoprt is needed, because these ARE classic old games, from the era when games simply WORKED.  Install it, play it.  Easy.

So far, I've bought Fallout 1 and 2 (D&D -type games set in a post-apocolyptic future; I'd actually been hearing how great they were, and a sequel is coming soon), and another game called Freespace (a space shoot-em-up; they have Freespace 2 available as well, but I thought I'd see how I liked the first one).

Total bill for all three games: $12.  (For early adopters, the first game was buy-one-get-one-free.)

For that kind of money, you can actually take a chance on a game you might not like.

These guys truly are the White Hats of the gaming industry.  Rescuing orphan games that you remember and wish you could play again, or never got around to playing, and making them available to you again, hassle-free and on the cheap.

Seriously, you should go RIGHT NOW, create an account, and buy something, even if you don't especially want it, just because they deserve the support.  And I'm willing to bet you can find SOMETHING in their list of games that you wouldn't mind trying out for $6...

Current Emotional State: happy happy

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compostwormbin From: compostwormbin Date: October 19th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
That's cool.

Only problem for me is I would want to play using a joystick not a keyboard or mouse.
unbeliever64 From: unbeliever64 Date: October 19th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Why didn't they ever make classic Atari-style joysticks (up/down/left/right/fire) for PCs? All they ever had were those "coordinate"-style sticks, that (while they might be fine for flight simulators) absolutely suck for playing the classic arcade games... :)

But be that as it may, the games at GOG aren't quite THAT old; they were originally meant to be controlled with a keyboard and mouse. :)
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