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Steam or GoG
BabaoWhisky commented on 29 December 2019 at 7:39 am UTC

Hello,

This question can be used for Windows game too, not only native version.

According to you, do you prefer buy a game on Steam or GoG ?

Each platform are their positive/negative points but in my case, I don’t know which platform to choose ...

GoG = all drm free games
Steam = drm free/not free + native launcher

TimeFreeze commented on 29 December 2019 at 8:19 am UTC

Well....for me personally i use both. Steam more than GOG since i have way more games there (692 vs 125)

But i decided to buy if possible only on GOG from now on. Since well DRM Free. You get additional Goodies and so on. I also buy Windows games but only if there is a way to run them Native. For example Morrowind with OpenMW or Arx Fatalis with Arx Libertatis. And so on.

damarrin commented on 29 December 2019 at 8:47 am UTC

Gog hates Linux and support it only as an afterthought. There’s no galaxy, so when a new game comes out you need to redownload the entire game usually and install it again. For Win only games, you need something like Lutris to install and run the game. But, they are drm-free.

Steam treats Linux as a first class citizen and Valve puts lots of money into it. Both native and non-native games live together in the Steam client and are virtually indistinguishable, they all update and their saves sync and Valve puts lots of effort into making Win only games run as well as they can. But, many have drm.

It’s your call, really.

Shmerl commented on 29 December 2019 at 8:48 am UTC

damarrinThere’s no galaxy, so when a new game comes out you need to redownload the entire game usually and install it again. For Win only games, you need something like Lutris to install and run the game. But, they are drm-free.

lgogdownloader and wyvern are a thing. They support incremental updates.

mirv commented on 29 December 2019 at 9:16 am UTC

GOG where possible (though I actually look at itch.io as well). I manage my own software, so a simple download from a website is fine with me.

Steam where I can't find the game on GOG.

dulsi commented on 29 December 2019 at 3:02 pm UTC

I've preferred GOG. Valve may do more to support Linux but they want to lock you into their platform.

Salvatos commented on 29 December 2019 at 3:57 pm UTC

Above all, as a gamer I use Steam because it’s convenient and has tons of features other stores don’t and some of the best prices. They also happen to do a lot more to support Linux as a gaming ecosystem than GOG, so that pleases me as a Linux gamer specifically. At present I see GOG as a plan B to fall back to if Valve ever abuse their position and try to lock me in, so I don’t really buy anything there anymore but I do make use of GOG Connect when I can. But unfortunately for Projekt Red, that doesn’t make them any money.

Cyril commented on 29 December 2019 at 4:09 pm UTC

Definitely GOG I have 500+ games on it and I don't have any Steam account.
I think this is a pity when I see Linux guys defend too much Steam, as I said many times, I think we have to get rid off DRM in all "media" not just video games. If people could stand up against it radically I don't think this would be the norm but then again people have to consume... People like to be tied to something it seems.

Steam have too much "power" in the Gaming industry so I can't like it.
Steam and the players are to blame, in some aspects it's their fault if now on PC we have most of boxed games tied to Steam...

Like mirv, don't forget about itch.io!

GustyGhost commented on 29 December 2019 at 5:36 pm UTC

GOG (and Itch) for access to game assets. Several developers have opened up their game code with git but often without the art and assets. It is the best possible situation for both parties, the developer gets their purchase and the player actually owns the game they bought down to the code.

CyrilDefinitely GOG I have 500+ games on it and I don't have any Steam account.
I think this is a pity when I see Linux guys defend too much Steam, as I said many times, I think we have to get rid off DRM in all "media" not just video games. If people could stand up against it radically I don't think this would be the norm but then again people have to consume... People like to be tied to something it seems.

Steam have too much "power" in the Gaming industry so I can't like it.
Steam and the players are to blame, in some aspects it's their fault if now on PC we have most of boxed games tied to Steam...

Like mirv, don't forget about itch.io!

Just about anything which weaponizes encryption against it's own users is textbook DRM and, unfortunately, I believe that the issue is just too nuanced for most people to be able to see. The goal of most Steam users is to have access to as many games as possible and they do not seem to care who (or what) gets trampled on the way to accessing those games.

jens commented on 29 December 2019 at 7:01 pm UTC

Steam only here, main reasons are convenience (e.g. auto-updates, Steam Play) and Valve's heavy investment into Linux. Furthermore buying and playing with Steam for Linux incl. Steam Play goes as "Purchased for Linux" into the books.

Last edited by jens on 29 December 2019 at 7:07 pm UTC

Hamish commented on 30 December 2019 at 8:06 am UTC

damarrinGog hates Linux and support it only as an afterthought.
There is a difference between not providing full support and hating Linux as a platform. There is a reason why GOG.com has a positive relationship with this very website.

In my case I use GOG.com primarily but will also buy games from itch.io or Humble Store if they are DRM free and will also on occasion buy directly from a developer.

Last edited by Hamish on 30 December 2019 at 8:07 am UTC

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