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I came across this site called Retrovolve, which was linked as a reference to an article I was reading on Wikipedia. I have to assume others here know about that site -- a lot of great articles about years-ago gaming/systems.

 

Anyway, one article mentioned this site that sells games called Gog. I had never heard of it. But I noticed on the site it seems to be selling the old Lucasarts game Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders. I really would like to get that game, but I wanted to know -- is this site legal? Is it okay to buy from it? It seems to be like Steam, but like I say, this is the first time I have come across it. Also, is McKracken on Steam? I can't seem to find it there, but all other Lucasarts games appear to be there. If anyone has used this site and/or can confirm its legitimacy, please let me know, thanks.

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I came across this site called Retrovolve, which was linked as a reference to an article I was reading on Wikipedia. I have to assume others here know about that site -- a lot of great articles about years-ago gaming/systems.

 

Anyway, one article mentioned this site that sells games called Gog. I had never heard of it. But I noticed on the site it seems to be selling the old Lucasarts game Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders. I really would like to get that game, but I wanted to know -- is this site legal? Is it okay to buy from it? It seems to be like Steam, but like I say, this is the first time I have come across it. Also, is McKracken on Steam? I can't seem to find it there, but all other Lucasarts games appear to be there. If anyone has used this site and/or can confirm its legitimacy, please let me know, thanks.

 

Seems too good to be true, doesn't it? Only, it really, truly is for real! GOG is indeed the legit real deal, and they are by far the best place to buy digital games from. No DRM, and they make sure the games will work on newer OS's. As I type I'm on a system that serves almost entirely as a GOG box, filled with tons of games I've bought from them. My only wish is that they'd come around years before they did, and that ALL PC games will one day be as easy to buy and play as those from Good Old Games!

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I recently saw that Steam and GOG can "share games" that is, some editors can choose to "share" ownership of games between Steam and GOG. Want to buy your game from Steam and have a DRM-free installable version on GOG? It exist! You buy game form GOG and prefer to use STeam client to deal with installing the games and lauching it from it? Can do.

Tho, some games on GOG are "DRM-free" but might still require online connections to game company site or network (Microsoft MyGames BS and similar stuff).

But overall GOG is awesome!

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Good Old Games (GOG) is an AWESOME site.

 

When you wanna play the latest games, use Steam. But for everything else... use GOG! Not having to be signed into a server/frontend program, having a completely safe install file thats yours to store/preserve anyway you want, and old classic games come with ALL the trimmings that were in the box... PDF, sure, but still you have everything you need (and DON'T need!) to play the game.

 

For example, I'm a huge Leisure Suit Larry fan, so when I got the Greatest Hit and Misses set I had all the phony brochures and flyers and whatnot printed on proper stock by a printer... so nice.

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GOG is run by major Polish publisher CD Projekt out of Warsaw. They've built up themselves as a classic game-focused publisher and distributor, the original name for the website being Good Old Games (GOG doesn't mean anything anymore).

 

It's understandable why you might think GOG is some kind of abandonware site. Certainly if GOG came to the US earlier there would have been less of a need for such things. Obviously GOG doesn't offer all the old games out there, but they constantly update with games both old and new. Be sure to check the forums as there are some people who actively work to get companies working with GOG, and they have a lot of the big publishers.

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Not a complaint, but I'd love it if GOG brought in more 80s computer games than they now have, or if there was a 80s-only competitor. Guess there's not the kind of market for that as there is for 90s-2000s classics though.

 

I think you're right, the oldest oldies don't seem nearly as commercially viable. There are lots of abandonware sites for the things that aren't in GOG.

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