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Good Old Games re-launches online shop as GOG

Cloud-based game distributor Good Old Games re-launches as GOG with a new angle.

The online sale and distribution retailer Good Old Games has re-launched as GOG. With it comes a slight shift in its remit, which finds it moving towards selling independent games as well as major titles three years after their release.

Traditionally it has distributed digital version of classic games that are digital rights management (DRM) free with added bonus content such as soundtracks and artwork.

Buying older games through GOG has meant that gamers can guarantee their compatibility with current versions of Windows. This is particularly important for games that were released on DOS or through ScummVM.

Another big selling point is the fact the software comes DRM-free. This is a form of copy protection that often limits the number of times a game can be installed or requires online authentication to play it.

The managing director of GOG Guillaume Rambourg assured readers that the DRM ban will remain in the updated operation.

"It has taken us three years of hard work to build up this catalogue and convince rights holders that removing DRM is actually the best way to fight against piracy, a 'sector' that managed to succeed where most of the gaming industry failed to perform: providing (illegal) gamers with a simple and fast access to games within a few clicks," he said.

He also assures users that the main driver of business will be the access it provides to retro games, which will continue to be added to the catalogue on a weekly basis.

Despite moving towards indie games, Mr Rambourg ensures its users that it is not trying to emulate Steam, another cloud-based game distributor.

"Our offer deeply differs from the offer of Steam or Valve. All our games will be DRM-free, sold at fair price worldwide (no regional pricing), and with tons of added value (free digital goodies, full customer support, an optional light-speed downloader)," he explained.

"As a matter of fact, I think that GOG.com is more of an alternative than a competitor."

Some of the games that are to be available on the all-new GOG include Trine, The Whispered World, Machinarium, Darwinia and SpaceChem.

GOG also offers full support to its gamers and seven free games to those that sign up, including Beneath a Steel Sky and Ultima IV.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801327555-ADNFCR