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Noclip have done an interesting documentary on how GOG came to be

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For those who have some time to spare, Noclip have done an interesting documentary on how game store GOG came to be.

While not specifically Linux gaming related, this sort of behind the scenes information is always really quite interesting to watch, especially for those who haven't really followed it too closely.

This isn't just someone speaking over gameplay clips constantly, they actually have people from GOG in it and it's really well done presented overall.

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GOG have done a lot of good work for gamers and since they bring some classics back with Linux support, thanks to the power of software like DOSBox, ScummVM and so on I like them rather a lot. While playing classic titles may not be something everyone likes, I do think having access to them so easily and getting support too is an important mark for Linux gaming.

Hey GOG, if you're reading, let's get Galaxy on Linux soon eh?

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Shmerl 23 July 2018 at 8:40 pm UTC
Funny they are calling it "Gee-O-Gee". When they speak in Polish they call it "G-O-G".
Shmerl 23 July 2018 at 9:34 pm UTC
Great interview! It explains well how many difficulties can arise to bring older games back. Here is another article about it:

https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/09/16/how-gog-com-save-and-restore-classic-videogames/
tuubi 23 July 2018 at 9:45 pm UTC
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ShmerlFunny they are calling it "Gee-O-Gee". When they speak in Polish they call it "G-O-G".
They gave up on GOG being an abbreviation for Good Old Games, but it's still just three letters. It's likely they do not think it's important how people pronounce these letters as long as they remember them.
Shmerl 23 July 2018 at 9:55 pm UTC
Yeah, I don't spell it out and say it as a single word.
chancho_zombie 23 July 2018 at 11:17 pm UTC
I'm so angry some Steam games won't release drm free, but on gog they will. Some games will drop denuvo on gog but not on Steam. Why should I purchase a game twice, to get drm-free? I wish gog connect had more titles.
Alm888 24 July 2018 at 9:49 am UTC
GOG is highly irrelevant for GNU/Linux gaming. With its "zero-effort" policy towards us we are lucky if a game actually gets Linux version there with slight(?) delay. Sometimes Linux version will simply be Steam-exclusive due to either Feral's descision or lack of the "Galaxy API" functionality.
Arehandoro 24 July 2018 at 9:59 am UTC
Great documentary. Always interesting to see how it all started. To me, the most revealing part of the documentary is when they mention bringing console games to the platform. The fact that they have tried, and that even it seems a plan for the future, however complicated, it could be a massive deal breaker for their business. And haven for us.
Alm888 24 July 2018 at 1:10 pm UTC
GuestZero effort releasing DRM-free games on Linux? I don't think Feral can make a decision about releasing a port DRM-free. Also Feral's ports are small compare to the whole.
We are not discussing this again.

GuestIn fact GOG is highly relevant for preserving gaming history (and moving forward), and not let one corporation dictate things in the world of PC gaming. …
And what it has to do with Linux?

GuestYou don't need Galaxy to play games either. I am enjoying the possibility to install and play games without internet on and being logged in to another 3rd party software. Of course I play mostly single player games, but still.
Says someone having Steamcommunity account. Please, don't preach me, I'm more DRM-free-guy than one can possibly be (never ever had a Steam account). In fact, I'm more DRM-free-guy than Linux-guy in a sense I can pay for DRM-free game for Windows but not for DRM-ed Linux one.

GuestConvenience trumps freedom these days, and it's sad that many Linux users embraced it. Might as well as go back to Windows and play games on it...
And many do just that. Because GOG does nothing to propagate DRM-free games to Linux. As I said, it has "Zero Effort" approach. Like, "If it has Linux version and developers are willing to distribute it through us, then fine. If it hasn't -- screw this."

Right now "DRM-free" and "Linux" are orthogonal.
Shmerl 24 July 2018 at 1:50 pm UTC
GuestI don't think Feral can make a decision about releasing a port DRM-free.

They can, they said as much themselves. They just don't want to. But yes, there is a dedicated thread for that topic. And I agree, that for many convenience trumps freedom today.


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Phlebiac 25 July 2018 at 12:39 am UTC
Alm888With its "zero-effort" policy towards us we are lucky if a game actually gets Linux version

That hardly seems fair, considering they go to the effort of packaging games with MojoSetup. I can say that a small level of animosity towards GOG is justified, as they declined to support Linux at all multiple times before finally doing so, well after Valve did so with Steam. And of course there is the GOG Galaxy issue. But "zero-effort" is a bit of a slap in the face to the guy who is slaving away over there, testing and packaging on and for Linux.
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