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GOG attempt to bring customers back with a revival of Good Old Games

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GOG aren't having the best of times recently, with details about their financial troubles painting a bleak picture, although it seems they have something of a plan. Later they announced some changes, including a tweak to what they mean by DRM free.

Now? They're attempting to go back to their roots, at least little, to woo customers back to their store with a small revival of "Good Old Games", what they were originally known as. The start of this is the addition of a Good Old Games tag, which GOG say will "showcase over 500 games that our Team has deemed iconic classics".

This is one reason I liked GOG originally, their commitment to bringing back and supporting old games, but they lost their way somewhat when trying to become just another store. Hopefully they will be doing more as time goes on to revive old games. Plenty of older games nowadays can run on Linux just fine through all sorts of open source game engines, and having an easy and legal place to get them for the data files is great.

To go along with this announcement, today they released the classic FPS, The Wheel of Time. GOG say this was done in cooperation with Nightdive Studios and that the "efforts and in-house expertise of GOG’s Tech Team the game received modern OS compatibility and hi-resolution support". Although, by modern OS, they only mean Windows specifically.

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damarrin 6 Apr
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I'm sure they'll go back to being Win-only very soon. They must be cutting their corners and letting go any unprofitable parts of their business and that obviously means us.
TodC 6 Apr
Quoting: mirv
Quoting: fagnerlnBut I noticed that they simply don't care about Linux. A lot of DOSBox games with support only to Windows,

What's the problem with dosbox?

I think the second half of the phrase is the important one here. DOSBox isn't the issue. Based on playing with Lutris, getting DOSBox to run on Linux is doable, but the perception is that GOG can't be bothered to add Linux support to DOSBox games.

If GOG wanted to stay relevant, they needed to be supporting something like Lutris years ago.
damarrin 6 Apr
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If they wanted to stay relevant with the Linux crowd. Which they don't.
scaine 6 Apr
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According to Lutris, I own 64 games on GOG. According to my GOG account status, that amounts to £10.82 in revenue, since 2013. Every else is either Steam Connect titles (back when that was a thing), or Humble Bundles / Prime Gaming.

But of course, GOG don't care about Linux, so I don't care about GOG.

Incidentally, £7 of that revenue was a single game - Descent, so that I could play it on the fully Linux compatible DXX-Rebirth engine. I've never understood how GOG could have this wonderful back catalogue of old games and not see the opportunity afforded by such projects, and Linux itself. Hey ho.
mirv 6 Apr
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Quoting: damarrinIf they wanted to stay relevant with the Linux crowd. Which they don't.

Focusing on old games, as the name "good old games" suggests, you're absolutely correct. There's really no point: relatively few of those older games having native versions, with wine or dosbox taking care of the bulk of the titles. With software such as Lutris, there's really no reason for GOG to actually bother with GNU/Linux: the market share is too small, and everything needed for GNU/Linux users is basically already taken care of. For older games, of course (and I daresay for most newer titles too).
Ironically, I suspect it's easier to get the older games running on GNU/Linux thanks to wine and dosbox, than it is to provide interface libraries and have the games run on Windows.
Liam Dawe 6 Apr
Quoting: damarrinWhen I click on "The Wheel of Time" link FF warns me of a potential security threat listing a adtraction domain. Not cool.
Sounds like a plugin doing that? Get no issues here.
I will always give GOG business over other stores when they have a game I want. I don't like using clients and actually prefer being able to download just the installers from their website. I know i'm in the minority on that one. Compared to Itch.io I like how when a game is updated that I own I get a notification on the GOG site, with Itch.io it is up to the developers to notify the users when the game has been updated unless you're using the client. In any case I just so happen to like how GOG does things so it works for me.

Quoting: fagnerlnLinux ports needing the installation of libraries even on supported distro

I will concede this but I do have to add that I have had games on Steam before that also require this. A big difference is many of the titles that need this on GOG state this on the store page while on Steam I had to see the game wouldn't launch; run it in temrinal to find out why; and see that a library was missing and download it. Obviously not all Steam games do this but to be fair not all games from GOG do either.
tuubi 6 Apr
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: damarrinWhen I click on "The Wheel of Time" link FF warns me of a potential security threat listing a adtraction domain. Not cool.
Sounds like a plugin doing that? Get no issues here.
Adtraction is on the default filter lists of common adblockers like uBlock Origin.
Liam Dawe 6 Apr
Quoting: tuubi
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: damarrinWhen I click on "The Wheel of Time" link FF warns me of a potential security threat listing a adtraction domain. Not cool.
Sounds like a plugin doing that? Get no issues here.
Adtraction is on the default filter lists of common adblockers like uBlock Origin.
Yeah, that's why I suggested it.
Quoting: mirv
Quoting: damarrinIf they wanted to stay relevant with the Linux crowd. Which they don't.

Focusing on old games, as the name "good old games" suggests, you're absolutely correct. There's really no point: relatively few of those older games having native versions, with wine or dosbox taking care of the bulk of the titles. With software such as Lutris, there's really no reason for GOG to actually bother with GNU/Linux: the market share is too small, and everything needed for GNU/Linux users is basically already taken care of. For older games, of course (and I daresay for most newer titles too).
Ironically, I suspect it's easier to get the older games running on GNU/Linux thanks to wine and dosbox, than it is to provide interface libraries and have the games run on Windows.

Why bother with all of those?

Steam provides tools for both. Steam Linux Runtime for native and Proton for others. An they have first class Linux support, Regional pricing, alternative payment options and countless other features via their Native Linux Client. So there is no reason for me to bother with gog.
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