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DRM-free store GOG has launched a huge Spring Sale with thousand of games going real cheap. They've also put the Witcher Goodies Collection on a 48 hour giveaway which has art, books, soundtracks and such (no games in it).

They've sorted out a bunch of big collections for this sale like:

You can also build your own bundle from Beamdog, 1C Entertainment and Deep Silver.

XCOM 2 also released on GOG today, sadly only for Windows. I spoke to Feral Interactive, who ported it to Linux and they told me today "We do not have any plans to distribute our games through GOG. If this changes, we'll make announcements through our usual channels.". A real shame, so if you want Feral's Linux ports it's Steam only.

See all the deals over on GOG.com.

The GOG Spring Sale runs until March 30th, 2 PM UTC.

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Patola 17 Mar
Quoting: ShmerlIt's a simple argument. Developers and publishers who are not pro DRM have no problem publicly saying so. And actions speak better even. So again, Feral will be seen as pro DRM, until we'll see their games in DRM-free stores.
If they did that, I would immediately buy some stuff to reward them, like Total War: Three Kingdoms. I also resent Feral for being so complicit to DRM schemes.
pal666 18 Mar
Quoting: ShmerlOnce I'll see their games in DRM-free stores, I'll agree they aren't pro DRM.
i registered to ask you to stop spreading lies. neither steam nor feral are pro-drm, they are pro-convenience. you can run steam client with internet turned off and you can run feral games from it. obviously to download them you need internet access
Shmerl 18 Mar
Quoting: pal666[i registered to ask you to stop spreading lies.

Don't waste your time flaming then. Do something useful instead. If you can't figure out what DRM is, it's not anyone else's problem.


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Linas 20 Mar
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Quoting: Shmerl
Quoting: pal666[i registered to ask you to stop spreading lies.
Don't waste your time flaming then. Do something useful instead. If you can't figure out what DRM is, it's not anyone else's problem.
That's no way to greet a new member.

The world is not black and white, and not everything is about being pro-DRM or anti-DRM. There are many valid reasons for Feral not to publish their ports on GOG. Besides what has already been mentioned, supporting multiple distribution channels is more work. It's not just uploading their stuff, they actually have to build and maintain a separate flavour of the game.

GOG does not provide any runtime with libraries, like Steam does, so they would have to manage all the dependencies, and ensure compatibility between different Linux distributions themselves.

Updates also need to be handled separately. And because GOG Galaxy is not on Linux, there is no easy way to distribute the updates to the users, leading to possibly incompatible versions of the game being in the wild. Which also creates more support overhead.

Feral is a business, and their employees need to eat. You cannot expect them to just do it no matter the cost.

Also there may be things that we are completely unaware of, like contractual obligations, and licensing terms. I am sure it is difficult enough for Feral to convince the publishers to allow a Linux version in the first place, without them trying to impose their own terms, like publishing DRM-free on GOG.

It's easy enough to just demand things. But please try to be a bit more tolerant and understanding. If you really want to promote DRM-free and Linux, your effort is much better spent on the original publisher. Not the company that is already doing their part.
Shmerl 20 Mar
Quoting: LinasAlso there may be things that we are completely unaware of, like contractual obligations, and licensing terms. I am sure it is difficult enough for Feral to convince the publishers to allow a Linux version in the first place, without them trying to impose their own terms, like publishing DRM-free on GOG

It shouldn't be hard, if the game is already on GOG, like XCOM series for example.
Ehvis 20 Mar
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Quoting: Shmerl
Quoting: LinasAlso there may be things that we are completely unaware of, like contractual obligations, and licensing terms. I am sure it is difficult enough for Feral to convince the publishers to allow a Linux version in the first place, without them trying to impose their own terms, like publishing DRM-free on GOG

It shouldn't be hard, if the game is already on GOG, like XCOM series for example.

Only one game out of the entire catalogue. Because the rest isn't there. And since GOG has "special requirements" for handling Linux, people have to jump through hoops to get there Linux build on there. Not to mention all the missing features because of their refusal to support Galaxy. Seriously, GOGs attitude to Linux is more detrimental than DRM. The only thing we can do is to stay away until GOG takes Linux seriously.

(and yes, I'm exaggerating by means of applying your black and white logic to GOG. Although to be fair, I mostly bring it in practice for the exact reason cited.)
Shmerl 20 Mar
Quoting: EhvisOnly one game out of the entire catalogue. Because the rest isn't there.

Should we care how many? We are talking about cases where it's clearly up to Feral and the argument of original publishers being opposed to it is not the case.

And it's not one game, there are more.


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Ehvis 20 Mar
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Quoting: EhvisOnly one game out of the entire catalogue. Because the rest isn't there.

Should we care how many? We are talking about cases where it's clearly up to Feral and the argument of original publishers being opposed to it is not the case.

And it's not one game, there are more.

Not really. I highly doubt Feral is the unwilling party. In my estimation, it is GOG that refuses two publishers on a single game, thereby not making it impossible for Feral to get their builds up on GOG.
Shmerl 20 Mar
Quoting: EhvisNot really. I highly doubt Feral is the unwilling party. In my estimation, it is GOG that refuses two publishers on a single game, thereby not making it impossible for Feral to get their builds up on GOG.

In this case, Feral is the unwilling party. They said that much themselves.
adamhm 20 Mar
Could someone with Feral's games on Steam check if any of them are actually DRM-free please?

Close Steam, go to the game directory and try running its executable/start script directly - if it runs and has full single-player/offline functionality, then it's DRM-free. Some games might require certain tricks to run without Steam e.g. creating a steam_appid.txt or providing a command-line argument. There's a list of many such games here: https://steam.fandom.com/wiki/List_of_DRM-free_games

Failing that, the "DRM" on many Steam games is often more of a laziness or accident thing than real DRM (either throwing an error message & exiting when SteamAPI_Init() returns 0 or not taking it into account and subsequently crapping out when the API doesn't respond as expected) and in such cases these games will at least run with something like the Goldberg emulator. Proper DRM requires more significant effort to implement and its presence would suggest that Feral does actually care about DRM... so even if they're not outright DRM-free will any of Feral's games at least work with an emulator?


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