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Plintslîcho commented on 31 December 2019 at 5:59 pm UTC

GOG.com it is for me because I like their DRM-free approach and being able to save the games on an external HDD or my file server and play them whenever and wherever I want.

I do have a Steam account. But I really don't like Steam. So I hardly ever use it. I only got Steam for AAA games that I absolutely want to play on PC. In fact, I got Steam for Deus Ex Human Revolution back then and added only maybe a handful of other games since then.

However, I have to admit that it is really great how easy it is now to play Windows games with Proton.


Well then, happy new year everyone!

Buda_Gerg commented on 1 January 2020 at 11:19 am UTC

I've always used Steam, probably just because it seemed like the default or the 'go to'.

I can't say anything bad about it really, but then I haven't got much to compare it to.

kaiman commented on 1 January 2020 at 12:33 pm UTC

TLDR: Why limit yourself to one when you can use both!?


I use GOG as my primary source for games because of their anti-DRM stance and the ability to download full game installers. Although yeah, for big games updating can get tedious. I'm not a big fan of having an extra launcher when a desktop shortcut will do, and I don't care about tracking time played or achievements, so not having the Galaxy client on Linux counts as an advantage for me. Not having the part of Galaxy that developers can integrate into their games sucks, however. Means some games won't have a Linux release on GOG, only on Steam.

The games I have on Steam are either those whose physical editions required Steam, or which are not available on GOG (natively or at all). I appreciate the work Valve puts into Linux, so I grudgingly put up with their DRM and client. To be fair, I also have DRM free games on Steam, which can be started without the client once installed. So having DRM or not depends on the developer more so than Valve. Also, checking my list of most anticipated games of 2020, the majority so far is only listed on Steam, so I guess Valve will see a couple more purchases this year.

damarrin commented on 1 January 2020 at 8:45 pm UTC

Preposterous. He must choose and stick to his choice until the cold, bitter, dark end.

mylka commented on 11 January 2020 at 4:07 am UTC

kaimanTLDR: Why limit yourself to one when you can use both!?

because valve supports linux and with a client you get updates automatically
also it is easier to play non-linux games with steam

g000h commented on 11 January 2020 at 8:04 am UTC

For me, I'm happy to buy games at all stores supporting Linux titles. That means I'll get games on Steam, GOG, Humble, itch.io, Fanatical, Indiegala, Gamersgate, Chrono.gg, Feral Interactive, and similar.

I avoid stores which do not sell Linux titles, e.g. Epic, Ubisoft, Blizzard. That doesn't stop me grabbing all the freebies on Epic's store though (60+ quality titles so far). I also avoid grey marketplaces for key sales such as G2A or Kinguin as there is too much potential for buying a fraudulently-acquired key and then having that key withdrawn by developers later.

I favour DRM-Free downloadable titles, but I favour value for money as well, and I keep a close eye on game prices, particularly games in my wishlist. I will buy 'Windows' titles on Steam that work with Steam Play / Proton (and thus get counted as Linux purchases and I can play them on Linux) but when I buy such titles, I aim to get them at substantial discount - I'm more willing to pay my money for proper native Linux titles. I *still* haven't bought The Witcher 3 to play on Steam Play because it hasn't dropped to a low enough discount level yet (~ 70%). Had TW3 come to native Linux, I'd have paid full price, no problem. Maybe when it drops to 85% off *then* I'll get it.

Following on from this, I tend to avoid buying DRM-Free Windows titles on GOG because I don't like messing with WINE for myself. I'd rather use Steam Play to easily play any Windows titles that I own on Linux. As a result of this, Valve wins more sales.

I can quite easily play games titles on Windows, but hold back from doing it, and 99.9% of my game playing is done on Linux.

Rooster commented on 11 January 2020 at 10:02 am UTC

For me:
1. itch.io
2. GOG
2. Steam

furaxhornyx commented on 12 January 2020 at 1:03 pm UTC

I used to support GOG as much as I could, but then I switched to Linux, and there was no launcher / updater available on GOG (I even participated in the GOG Galaxy 2 beta, in hope for Linux support )

However, the thing that disgusted me from GOG is this: I bought a game (twice, for coop play) on GOG. After that I migrated to Linux, and so I wanted to see if it was possible to play it through Wine. I discovered that the game had been released later as a native Linux version !

So, I went on the GOG website, to download the Linux version and.... Nope. No Linux version there.
I looked on Steam, and there was indeed the Linux version, but I learned that GOG didn't bother with it !

Apparently, this was the case for other titles as well.

So, I re-bought the game on Steam, as well as a few others that I had bought on GOG, so I could play them with Proton.

Until GOG comes up with a launcher / updater on Linux, and release Linux versions of their games as well, I'll stick with Steam. They might be big, there might have DRM, but at least they care...

Rooster commented on 12 January 2020 at 2:35 pm UTC

furaxhornyxI used to support GOG as much as I could, but then I switched to Linux, and there was no launcher / updater available on GOG (I even participated in the GOG Galaxy 2 beta, in hope for Linux support )

However, the thing that disgusted me from GOG is this: I bought a game (twice, for coop play) on GOG. After that I migrated to Linux, and so I wanted to see if it was possible to play it through Wine. I discovered that the game had been released later as a native Linux version !

So, I went on the GOG website, to download the Linux version and.... Nope. No Linux version there.
I looked on Steam, and there was indeed the Linux version, but I learned that GOG didn't bother with it !

I'm pretty sure it was the developers/publishers who didn't bother to upload the Linux version to GOG. There is not much that GOG can do about that.

PublicNuisance commented on 3 February 2020 at 7:25 am UTC

I prefer Itch.io or Game Jolt first and foremost as they have not only DRM free options but open source clients if you choose to use them. GOG and Humble Store would be next for DRM free options. Steam would be last. This being said Steam has by far the best community features compared to any other. Everything from the friend system; to reviews; to currators; the activity feed; etc all are light years ahead of anything I mentioned. So if you prefer DRM free games then choose Itch.io; Game Jolt; GOG or Humble when available but if you crave the best community features then Steam is your best option.

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