Part of the GOG homepage (snapshot by Old School Game Blog)
Today I’m going to write about a website that I recently discovered through Amiga.org. The name of the site is GOG (Good Old Games) and it can be found here.
GOG is basically an Online store were you can purchase and download old-school games. There’s no copy protection or usage restrictions, so when you’ve bought a game, you own it in full. You can install the software on any PC you want, re-download whenever you feel like it and play without an Internet connection. The games are fully compatible with newer versions of Windows, like Vista and XP. GOG also provides after-sales support, which can be handy if a game refuses to work on your setup. As a bonus, you’ll even find wallpapers, manuals and other stuff for download. All this looks pretty good to me, so I decided to make an account. I haven’t purchased anything yet, but I probably will in the near future. Lot’s of goodies to pick from.
When you sign up for an account, you’ll get the option to download free games. These are (at the current moment) Tyrian 2000, Teen Agent, Beneath a Steel Sky, Lure of the Temptress, Ultima IV and Dragonsphere. Not bad for just signing up! All of these are true classics and well worth trying out if you are not familiar with them. I particularly recommend Tyrian 2000 for shoot’em up fans and Beneath a Steel Sky for bold adventurers.
The catalogue of games contains some real gems like Caesar 3, Cannon Fodder, Superfrog, Fallout 1 & 2, Simon the Sorcerer 2 and Call to Power 2. For a complete list of games, please head over to the catalogue.
Now, what does it cost to purchase a game through GOG? I can tell you that it is pretty cheap.. most of the titles seems to cost $5.99 (£3.89) or $9.99 (£6.49).
I just have to mention that your account contains a “virtual shelf”. The covers of the games you buy (plus the once you received for free when you signed up) will be displayed there. Looks quite cool. You can even change the style of the shelf.. I went for the wooden one. Here’s a picture of it:
Old School Game Blog's virtual shelf on GOG (snapshot by Old School Game Blog)
Personally, I think GOG is a great website for old-school gamers. It offers a wide range of quality games for download, the prices are fair and the software should work properly on modern versions of Windows. Now I’m off to browse the catalogue..
What do you think of this store? Hope to hear from you concerning this. Are you going to sign up?