Monday, 20 September 2010

Trouble 't mill? GOG gone?

Good Old Games, that for two years has celebrated old PC games from the last 20 years, has seemingly gone! On visiting the site we're presented with the following message:

Dear GOG users,

We have recently had to give serious thought to whether we could really keep GOG.com the way it is. We've debated on it for quite some time and, unfortunately, we've decided that GOG.com simply cannot remain in its current form.

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.


This doesn't mean the idea behind GOG.com is gone forever. We're closing down the service and putting this era behind us as new challenges await.
On a technical note, this week we'll put in place a solution to allow everyone to re-download their games. Stay tuned to this page and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.


All the best,
GOG.com Team
Oh dear. That's a big shame because you could get some real bargains off there and they usually had specials running each week and...well maybe not all is lost.

You could read into this, specifically from the "cannot remain in its current form" part of the message, that perhaps GOG will soon be back but with a different pricing method...or DRM...or something. There's plenty of fuel for the twitter rumour mill with claims of a monthly subscription for example (to which I would totally subscribe!)

Still, why they had to shut the whole site down to do this is a bit strange, and the last "solution to allow everyone to re-download their games" part was more worrying. Just when I was thinking about buying Stronghold too....and Stronghold 2...

Take a look at the rather sad message here.

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