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We were big fans of Good Old Games’ online catalogue, which offered lots of classic, DRM-free PC games at reasonable prices. Unfortunately, the distributer has just shut down their site at www.gog.com and has announced that the company will be closing shop, citing business and technical reasons.


Above: GOG.com was a great place to purchase classic, DRM-free PC titles, like the original Fallouts

In an official statement on the otherwise empty GOG website, the GOG team thanks users, saying “We're very grateful for all support we've received from all of you in the past two years. Working on GOG.com was a great adventure for all of us and an unforgettable journey to the past, through the long and wonderful history of PC gaming.”

In a recent update posted today, the GOG team cites “business and technical reasons” to explain why they’ve had to pull down the site, but guarantees that anyone who bought a game on GOG.com will be able to download all their games with bonus materials, DRM-free as many times as they need to starting this Thursday, September 23.

GOG.com customers can follow the GOG team for further updates on their Twitter account and Facebook page.

Sep 20, 2010



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12 comments

  • rabidpotatochip - September 21, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    Personally, I doubt they're adding DRM. GOG was already serving a niche market and one of their main selling points was the lack of DRM. I don't think they could afford to take the hit from implementing a system and the subsequent loss of customers it would cost them.
  • Jack_Burton - September 21, 2010 11:15 a.m.

    They are coming out of beta or being bought or adding DRM or changing somehow and not shutting doors. Or so i think. PC gamers article and posts around the net point to people knowing more than they are telling. Everyone who bought stuff on the site is panicking. So... probably not the best way to handle this.
  • Dorglesisthebest - September 21, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    Doesnt affect me as long as steams around.
  • JCDenton825 - September 20, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    So sad to see it go. As a big fan of old video games, I will greatly miss it. Oh well, now I have my local non-Gamestop gamestore.
  • Transmatrix - September 20, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    @Fusionmix. I doubt corporate DRM was the only thing that put them under. GOG always seemed like it was a small group of folks and I'll be that what put them under was low rates of sale, hosting charges, negotiating the sale of games without DRM with the studios, and the technical issues involved with getting old games to work with modern systems was just too many things for this group of folks to handle.
  • Transmatrix - September 20, 2010 11:24 p.m.

    @CH3BURASHKA I'd believe that if all that was on the site was the "Original Message" but the extra text added today sounds pretty clear that they are shutting down... I guess we'll find out on Wednesday
  • Fusionmix - September 20, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    WTH is this? I was planning to get so many games off of there. At least I have the Descent titles. But...ugh. Stupid corporate DRM. I'm sure that's what put them under.
  • CH3BURASHKA - September 20, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    Woah, calm down guys, most every other site has reported this as a marketing move. They most likely are doing a complete overhaul of their service. Technically, it has been "in beta" the entire time. This is much too sudden to be a true closing of the service. @tacoman38: I don't know if you're joking or not, but shut up. I believe in a good amount of hate, but it should be rational. Kotick had absolutely nothing to do with this, and the more we get away from vilifying him as the single worst thing that has happened to the industry, the sooner the industry grows up.
  • Moleman42 - September 20, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    That is to bad, i bought Fallout 1&2 from them, and the Gabriel Knight games.
  • tacoman38 - September 20, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    sadness. I've looked around the site, and was planning on possibly getting some good old games. I blame Kotick.
  • Helios - September 20, 2010 10:35 p.m.

    Yeah, I went on the site this morning to browse around and discovered that I couldn't. Really stinks, because I liked the fact that I could cheaply purchase games I would not otherwise have access to. Oh well, at least I got Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura when the site was still up and running.
  • Transmatrix - September 20, 2010 10:28 p.m.

    That sucks! GOG was a cool service and I'd bought a few games from there, including games I already owned like the Fallout and Fallout 2 just to get rid of the DRM. RIP GOG, you will be missed.

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