Those crazy folks at GOG have dropped a bizarre little trailer in anticipation of their latest streamed presser
The live stream will be delivering new exclusive info on CD Projekt RED's latest opus - Cyberpunk, as well as delivering good news for Mac users regarding The Witcher 2, and cryptically hinting at "bringing the best PC games from throughout history to a new operating system".Hit the jump for the official blurb >>>
We're big fans of GOG.com here at Dealspwn, and with good reason. The website has long been a bastion for quality games from yesteryear - hence the moniker Good Old Games - re-released in a manner compatible with modern operating systems, without DRM, regional pricing, or any other restrictive bollocks.
And this week, they've gotten themselves an upgrade.Click here to read more...
EA's Syndicate reboot is only a month away from release, but if you're a fan of Bullfrog's classic original (and why wouldn't you be?), you'll be pleased to know that the strategic masterclass is headed for a new lease of life. Good Old Games have announced that they'll be releasing the original 1993 game this Thursday with Windows compatibility.
This would normally be cause for celebration, but since other Bullfrog games have been released as mediocre DOSbox versions (including Dungeon Keeper), we'll have to watch and wait to see whether the port passes muster. Still, beggars can't be choosers.
Oh my word. To celebrate the season of goodwill and good old games, GoG have slashed the prices of what I can only describe as an obscene number of games.
There are far too many to list here. It can't be done. Even the highlights are too numerous to mention, so I'm going to suggest you get over to the splash page while I point out some essentials. Windows 7 compatibility is assured, and note that I've converted the prices from Dollars to pounds.
Again, you should probably just get involved. Remember to click the 'more deals' button at the bottom of the page if you want... erm... more deals.
Fancy nabbing The Witcher I and II for under £15 this Christmas? Well from noon on Thursday you'll be able to do just that over at GOG.com. Downloadable awesomeness, without any of that pesky DRM-stuff.
The Witcher II deal will run from noon on Thursday 8th until midnight on Saturday 10th.
The site will also be giving away a whole bunch of promo codes for their $5.99 and $9.99 games across Facebook and Twitter and onsite as well.
Finally, from Monday, GOG will be knocking 50% off of 'virtually their entire catalogue'. Yay!
Catch more details over at GOG, here.
Good Old Games MD Guillaume Rambourg has a bone to pick with the industry's publishers and it has to do with three small letters: DRM. Speaking at the London Games Conference earlier this week, Rambourg slammed anti-piracy measures, rubbishing their preventive credentials and saying that they were having a detrimental effect on future sales.Click here to read more...
Good Old Games has reached six million downloads, that means that Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars Director's Cut, which includes the original adventure alongside a remastered director's cut with an exclusive extra chapter, is absolutely free until tomorrow! Replete with pathos, wit, drama and some cerebral puzzling, if you like adventure games then this is a no brainer. Wait...it's free...it's a no brainer for EVERYONE.
In an interview with Bit-Tech, Good Old Games' PR and marketing manager, Lukasz Kukawski, has said that the effectiveness of DRM measures incorporated by publishers to protect their games was 'none, or close to none'.
'What I will say isn’t popular in the gaming industry but in my opinion DRM drives people to pirate games rather than prevent them from doing that. Would you rather spend $50 on a game that requires installing malware on your system, or to stay online all the time and crashes every time the connection goes down, or would you rather download a cracked version without all that hassle?'
Kukawski went on to suggest that legitimate buyers who purchase retail copies of PC games, often end up downloading cracked versions anyway as a means to bypass the DRM.See what else Kukawski had to say after the jump...
Despite an insultingly dubious publicity stunt to push their recent relaunch, we're glad to see Good Old Games back in business. They're currently running a classic Atari sale that will let us net a number of fantastic games for peanuts. Compatibility is assured- and we'll sum up the real bargains at the end of the list.
Independence War and its sequel are incredible space flight sims that deserve checking out right now... and Blood 2 is brutal and brilliant shooter that FPS fans need to check out as a matter of urgency. Masters of Orion? Outcast? Awesome. Just don't buy Alone in the Dark. Ever.
Our favourite pastime is becoming more and more ubiquitous these days, with a third of Brits claiming to be gamers and a whopping 74% of the 18-24 audience gaming regularly. However, many of us seem to be having an identity crisis. According to a new survey of over 2000 subjects (commissioned by developer/publisher PlayFirst), only 40% of males 'strongly' identify themselves as gamers, despite two in every three subjects playing games on a daily basis (including casual games or iPhone apps) on a daily basis.
60% of females who play games regularly also refuse to identify themselves as gamers. While the entertainment medium is becoming as common as reading, music or even reading in some age groups, there still appears to be a stigma attached to the label. [Gamesindustry]
I'm a gamer. Are you? Does the term 'gamer' still have a derogatory connotations... or have we grown beyond the need for the word altogether? Have your say in the comments!
A quick look at the comprehensive creation suite suggests that LBP2 might well be the last game we'll ever need to buy. However, every games company in the world has now been given a few months of extra breathing space as the release date has been been pushed back into January 2011.
Media Molecule will apparently be using the time to polish LBP2 in order to ensure that it "gives you the best experience imaginable". Which, in devspeak, means that it isn't anywhere near ready yet. [Media Molecule]
We all know that godawful movie adaptations of videogames far outnumber the few half-decent attempts out there. Seriously, we're spoiled for choice. This has made us more than a little suspicious about Misher Films' upcoming take on Shadow of the Colossus... but executive producer Kevin Ping Chang has updated us on the current progress of the project. Surprisingly, it appears to be shaping up rather well.
Chang has reassured us that the colossi battles will be momentous affairs that won't use montages to shorten the action, and that series creator Fumito Ueda is being kept in the loop at every stage.
“I think people realize the value of having the creator’s involvement more nowadays. They obviously know the material the best. We want Ueda’s feedback as much as possible, especially in terms of knowing certain character’s motivations for what they’re doing, where the character is born, etc. With that information we can begin to build the movie.”
It's always great to see directors actively seek out the creator's feedback... and as one last reassurance, Chang has revealed that he's an avid fan of the game and has completed it several times. Team ICO fans can sleep a little easier. [Play Till Doomsday]
We reported that some odd shenanigans were happening over at Good Old Games earlier this week, with the online distribution company claiming to have shut down. However, we correctly identified this as a PR stunt... and it's now out of Beta and open for business once again. Account access is now back to normal.
Listen up, GOG: A publicity stunt is no excuse for denying your members access to their accounts and games portfolios. Shame on you.
Happy 121st Birthday, Nintendo! [thanks, Kotaku]
The Tokyo Game Show is now over and several very promising titles have been announced including a new Devil May Cry, several Kinect games from Legendary developers and From Software's Project Dark. However, the ghost at the feast was Keiji Inafune, Capcom's head of R&D. He's convinced that Japanese gaming is at it's worst position in years and is headed for a bigger slump, trailing Western studios by five years.
“I look around Tokyo Games Show, and everyone’s making awful games; Japan is at least five years behind. Capcom is barely keeping up. I want to study how Westerners live, and make games that appeal to them.” - Keiji Inafune, head of global research and development at Capcom
These comments come in the wake of dismal annual Capcom profits- as well as some weak sales figures across the board. Since most of the biggest global hits now hail from the likes of EA and Activision, there's no doubt that several Japanese studios need to shake up their development routines and dig themselves out of the rut... but maybe Inafune ought to mind his manners until the Dead Rising 2 sales figures come in. [New York Times]
Sumo Digital's free-to-download Dr. Who adventures turned out to be a real hit, resulting in 1.6 million downloads and some half decent reviews from us. Matt Smith and Karen Gillen will return to provide their faces and voices to the project, and Steven Moffat will reprise his role as producer.
The last episode of the first series will be released by the end of the year, and I'm sure we'll have a review for you when it does.
We've featured a few deals from Good Old Games over the last few months thanks to their DRM free re-releases of classic titles... but according to their front page, they're not just out of beta. They're out of business. Apparently, members who are waiting to download their purchased games will be presented with a solution on Wednesday.
However, a Polish business forum contains a mysterious missive from GOG's co-founder (via ShackNews). Michał Kiciński mentions a press conference dated for this Wednesday with a suspicious translated message: "Information about this soon on GOG.com (please do not panic after reading the information contained there:)"... which suggests that this whole thing may well be a publicity stunt to launch their next venture. As much as we like them, we hope that they weren't willing to deny their members to their games collections over a weak bit of publicity. We'll keep an eye on the situation.