GOG is gone (Ha, NOT!)

I figure this has something to do with me beating the Psilons a bit too harshly last week.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

So they are going to put stuff up so we can redownload our games if we have a need to do so. Well that is good at least. To bad I really liked GOG. I guess we will see if this is a stunt or not.

This.

I'll be re-downloading and archiving all of my purchases as soon as they put up whatever it is that they're doing...though I don't like my chances of being able to get through to their servers anytime soon. (edit: Tannhauser'd by Gunner)

If it is a publicity stunt, anyone else feel like they may be shooting themselves in the foot? Obviously, anyone who's thought about it for more than a few seconds knows that any of these online distribution services could go out of business, taking their purchases with it, but this sure brings that point home, to the point that I'll be a little more hesitant to buy from them in the future. Yes, I could and would buy and then archive (like I already had with most of my smaller GoG games), but part of the draw for me was the ability to re-download if the files became lost or corrupted.

I'm thinking yes it will be a relaunch. If not...oh well. This is why you should never put all of your eggs in one digital download service. Even my giant pile of Steam makes me nervous from time to time (not due to Valve shutting down. I'm talking hacked accounts).

I'm so glad I'm paranoid about such things, though I do hope to have the opportunity to download the manuals/extras they advertised with the game sales.

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Those that are cherry-picking parts of the quote to support an optimistic end result deserve a devil's advocate.

So here it is.

We're closing down the service and putting this era behind us

That's pretty cut and dried.

kaptainbarbosa wrote:
Duoae wrote:

Hope we get the chance to download the games we paid for, sans DRM if this is the case.

I'm sure they will. They say they will in that message, and if they went back on that it would pretty much piss off the entire potential customer base for whatever the new incarnation is.

They don't say that it will be DRM-free.

On a technical note, this week we'll put in place a solution to allow everyone to re-download their games.

What I don't get is this line. A solution? What the hell does that mean? They already have one.

I can't see why they wouldn't have just said "oh by the way the service is shutting down in a week". And then just disable the part of the site that lets you buy games. Because that would still let everyone log in and download what they already own.

People, relax. It's just a marketing stunt. Worse one ever. I don't know who at CDP thought this was a good idea to drop the beta and go final in such manner, but he's a moron.

And yes, it is a stunt, CEO warned financial forums couple days ago to ignore what will appear on Gog site soon. .t. It's a mess overall...23rd there was supposed to be full blown conference (like the one in Spring, when they've shown Witcher 2 for the first time), but it was just annouced it won't happen and there will be online conference instead.

Anyway, bassicaly GoG is simply ending it's beta phase and going final, that's all. Some speculate it will get a standalone client too.

Pretty much not classy. It's still not confirmed but if it comes to pass makes me wary of doing business with GoG in the future - whatever form they take.

Hopefully it's just a marketing stunt. I've been a huge fan of GoG since it's release. You couldn't of asked for a site with better intentions for classic PC games. Cheap, DRM-free, updated for modern systems and extra goodies to boot!

Not any optimists to think that instead they're going to extend their platform to good recent games?

Bit of additional info for you from that bankier.pl link that you guys linked earlier:
- author of that post is Michal Kicinski from CDP whom you can know from the Witcher
- on-line conference mentioned is supposed to be (exclusively I think) about GOG.com
- in his earlier post on CDP situation he seems to mention something that GOG is/was quite successful enterprise and quotes it as example of their knowledge of gaming market

Hope that helps ;]

edit: Bad news though is that "bankier" means of course "banker", and people reading/posting there are businesspeople, stock market players etc. So the reason he's posting there is to ensure that their stock is okay and investors are calm. Whether he means "don't worry, we're not shutting down GOG" or just "don't worry, we're going to make it up to you by making profit elsewhere" isn't really clear.

Telling your stockholders not to worry before performing a stunt is smart business.

But worrying the f*ck out of your CUSTOMERS over said stunt?

The guys making Witcher seem pretty smart. So who's the idiot who dreamt up this moronic stunt? Must have been in his cups that night...

Who's "Adrian Werner"?

stauf7 wrote:

Hopefully it's just a marketing stunt. I've been a huge fan of GoG since it's release. You couldn't of asked for a site with better intentions for classic PC games. Cheap, DRM-free, updated for modern systems and extra goodies to boot!

What he said. The site has been so good, so gamer/consumer friendly and doing so many good things, I'm willing to give Gog a pass for a failed marketing ploy. I was actually under the impression that these guys were doing pretty well financially. Only recently has there been some growing crossover competition from other sites with older titles.

Marketing ploy or not, I'm glad I just downloaded and saved all my gog games last week.

I'd like to know what sort of changes warrant a stunt like this one. Dropping the beta or having your own download client don't really justify going to a worryingly worded text site for a few days. Even if there was behind the scenes technical stuff to sort out it could have been done behind the scenes and switched on when the time came.

Mex wrote:

Who's "Adrian Werner"?

I had a look and he doesn't seem to be in any way affiliated with CDP.

UCRC wrote:

Bit of additional info for you from that bankier.pl link that you guys linked earlier:
- author of that post is Michal Kicinski from CDP whom you can know from the Witcher
- on-line conference mentioned is supposed to be (exclusively I think) about GOG.com
- in his earlier post on CDP situation he seems to mention something that GOG is/was quite successful enterprise and quotes it as example of their knowledge of gaming market

Hope that helps ;]

edit: Bad news though is that "bankier" means of course "banker", and people reading/posting there are businesspeople, stock market players etc. So the reason he's posting there is to ensure that their stock is okay and investors are calm. Whether he means "don't worry, we're not shutting down GOG" or just "don't worry, we're going to make it up to you by making profit elsewhere" isn't really clear.

Yup. That helps. Glad you picked up on the thread since I can't read Polish.

Edit: Oh, and Adrian Werner is that guy who has the blog all about PC games. Don't know where his info comes from, but I doubt he's pulling it completely out of his ass.

garion333 wrote:

Edit: Oh, and Adrian Werner is that guy who has the blog all about PC games. Don't know where his info comes from, but I doubt he's pulling it completely out of his ass.

His writing is terrible. Who would read that?

garion333 wrote:

Edit: Oh, and Adrian Werner is that guy who has the blog all about PC games. Don't know where his info comes from, but I doubt he's pulling it completely out of his ass.

He's also not exactly someone who is likely to have exclusive industry info either.

TheCounselor wrote:
garion333 wrote:

Edit: Oh, and Adrian Werner is that guy who has the blog all about PC games. Don't know where his info comes from, but I doubt he's pulling it completely out of his ass.

His writing is terrible. Who would read that?

As far as I know you don't "read" his blog, it's mostly used for keeping tabs on when pc games are coming out. Apparently he also is Polish and works for a Polish game site.

Everything a company does is not reflective of the company as whole or the employees of that company. On the other hand, something this large is pretty reflective of the people in charge and just puts it in everyone's mind that if they purchase a game and don't immediately download it, it may not be there that night or tomorrow. Kind of sucks.

At least we've got the Torrenters. I don't see how it is illegal for customers who purchased the game to download the file they payed for from that source. I'm holding off since I think most of my stuff is backed up on there, but it would sort of ironic if all the paying customers had to resort to doing the very thing companies complain about because that's the only way to get their stuff back.

PandaEskimo wrote:

Everything a company does is not reflective of the company as whole or the employees of that company. On the other hand, something this large is pretty reflective of the people in charge and just puts it in everyone's mind that if they purchase a game and don't immediately download it, it may not be there that night or tomorrow. Kind of sucks.

I can see your point, but a company doesn't have absolute control of how the public perceive them, they only influence it and big scary notices that sound like "goodbye" don't really help build a good impression of GOG

They just posted this on their twitter 20 minutes ago, so I think they seriously are going to let you get them back:

As stated on www.gog.com everyone who bought their games will be able to redownload them.This option will be available in the upcoming week.

Also, let's be honest, you were just buying games and not playing them anyways.

Where is GOG run from? It's pretty clumsily written - I just assumed it was a translation issue... Obviously not if English is their first language!

Poland.

You know what's funny? Even when they provide the option to download my back catalogue, I'm probably not going to bother for most of them.

90% of my GoG experience has been:
"Wow, I used to love playing this game!! Buying it now!"
"I can't believe it's downloading! And I get all these sweet wallpapers and the soundtrack!"
"Oh my god! I totally forgot about this totally corny opening cutscene!"

10 minutes later...
"Eh, this thing hasn't aged well at all. Also, I forget how to do this. Is there a tutorial? No, I guess I need to read this 200-page PDF manual. Well that was a nice trip down memory lane, but I'm going to delete this and buy something else now."

@garion333 Sounds about right to me then. We shall find out soon by the look of things.

If they are:

a.) closing up for good then I am pissed since there was no mention of it. No "WE ARE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE!" to the people that routinely check their site? There were at least a half dozen games I wanted but just didn't have the time to get to.

b.) pulling a marketing ploy to announce the site coming out of beta it is one of the worst in the history of gaming. I wouldn't be surprised if half of the user base leaves for good, and sadly I wouldn't blame them since a lot of gamers are panicking.