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Good Old Games branches out into (hopefully also good) new games

Good Old Games, the retrogaming enthusiast's pay site of choice, has announced it'll be branching out into new games next year. Fans of the site will recall its experimenting earlier this year with the sale of The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings. This went well enough that the site's now “actively working to sign newer titles,” says director Guillaume Rambourg. So now what does the “O” stand for?

Good Old Games is run by Poland's CD Projekt, which just happens to also be the outfit behind The Witcher 2. Who can blame the company for giving its game a shout-out on its own website? Not the 40,000 people who bought the game on GOG.com, which is a pretty respectable number indeed – compared even to the game's 200,000 sales on Steam. Following this success, “more and more people realize that our values are universal,” says Rambourg. “They are coming to GOG and asking if we can carry their titles.”

Above: Not old, but good, and also a game. Two out of three, right?

GOG doesn't aim to take down Steam or Origin anytime soon. Rambourg says the site's aim with the expansion is to become “the best alternative digital distribution platform” for computer gamers. He says the site's DRM-freedom and bundled-in goodies (manuals, wallpapers and the like) embody a “good old spirit” that's attractive to modern-day indie developers. With the prevalence of retro-flavored titles offered by modern indies (think Braid, The Binding of Isaac or Super Meat Boy), it's easy to see what he means.

Which still doesn't solve the problem of what GOG.com now stands for. Good Other Games? Get Our Games? Grabbing Origin's Grosses? Suggestions in the comments, please: we readily admit we've set the bar pretty damn low.

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