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Many establishments are still closed to the public, and it is still a good idea to keep yourself in isolation anyway. Not to worry, though—being stuck in quarantine due to the Coronavirus is a great excuse to fire up that backlog of games you have been meaning to play. And if you want to add more titles to your catalog, you can snag Ark: Survival Evolved and Hitman Absolution for free right now. Ark: Survival Evolved normally runs $49.99, so getting it for at no cost is quite the bargain. It is available at the Epic Games Store, and completes what turned out to be an accurate leak of major free titles that were tipped to be free at various points, starting with Grand Theft Auto V (May 14),... Read more...
Certainly, the big news all around the world right now is coronavirus/COVID-19, which is sweeping the globe and forcing many businesses to shut down and send employees home to work. For many people around the world, there is no option to work at home, so they are stuck indoors with little to do. Anyone interested in playing games on their computer will be happy to hear that GOG has a bunch of free video titles that you can play on Windows, macOS, and Linux computers. Most of these games are of the independent sort, and some aren't available on all platforms. In all, the front page of the catalog lists 27 different free games. Some of the titles were released this year or within the last few years,... Read more...
The folks at GOG just changed their refund policy for game purchases, but don't worry, it is for the better. Effective immediately, customers have up to 30 days to request a refund for game, even if they have played it for several hours. In fact, there is no time restriction at all—if a purchase is 30 days old or less, it is eligible for a full refund, simple as that. "Everyone at GOG believes in a 'gamers-first’ approach. It means that every part of our store is designed with gamers in mind and your purchase safety and satisfaction come first for us. The latest update to our voluntary refund policy adds another piece to this customer-friendly experience. And it all sums up in one... Read more...
Gamers who were around in the late '90s and had a penchant for point-and-click adventure games may have played what is widely held as one of the best classic games of the genre. That game is Westwood Studios' Blade Runner, which is based on the iconic sci-fi film of the same name. While the game was very popular in its day, the lack of a digital version meant that the game was fading into memory. That has changed with Blade Runner getting a refresh thanks to the work of devoted fans, and it has been made available on GoG.com. The game landed five years after the final director's cut in 1992 brought renewed interest in the film. Legal wrangling and finding a developer contributed to the five years... Read more...
Gamers who played a lot of the original Diablo game back in the day, we know what you will be doing this weekend. Blizzard has announced that it has re-launched the original Diablo I game in its entirety and that the game can be purchased and downloaded right now on GOG. The game sells for $9.99, making it quite affordable. It is almost exactly as it was launched in 1996, with some extra thrown in along with the original game. The extra is a second version of the game with Windows 10 compatibility and bug fixes. That original version of the game even has matchmaking via a classic version of Battle.net. The return of Diablo I will be bigger news for most Blizzard fans than the announcement of... Read more...
Maybe your first introduction to Geralt was in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the popular action role-playing game developed by CD Projekt Red and released in 2015. Given the game's success—CD Projekt Red said in 2016 that it sold nearly 10 million copies around the world—there's probably a lot of users who are curious about the earlier games in the series. Well, if you are one of those users, head over to GOG and claim your free copy of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition. It's an older game, obviously, and not very expensive to begin with—it usually sell for $10, and sometimes cheaper if you can catch it on sale. Whatever, grabbing it for free is still the best deal. If nothing else,... Read more...
To celebrate the availability of Saints Row IV: Game of the Century Edition and the standalone expansion Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell on GOG for the first time, the game distribution service is giving away Saints Row 2 for free. All you have to do is head over to GOG's website and claim your copy before the offer expires on Saturday, April 22, at 3:00 AM PT (6:00 AM ET / 11:00 AM GMT). Once you claim it, the game is yours to keep for all eternity.What is neat about this offer (other than being free) is that no digital rights management (DRM) is attached to it. You can simply install the game and play it without checking in with GOG's servers for authentication or logging into the company's Galaxy... Read more...
In terms of gaming, Linux is on a roll lately. The latest company to throw its weight behind the open source platform is GOG.com, which says it's been working on bringing Linux games to its service for the past few months. There's still work to be done, buy by this fall, GOG.com plans to launch at least 100 classic titles on Linux. "We're initially going to be launching our Linux support on GOG.com with the full GOG.com treatment for Ubuntu and Mint. That means that right now, we're hammering away at testing games on a variety of configurations, training up our teams on Linux-speak, and generally getting geared up for a big kick-off in the fall with at least 100 Linux games ready for you to play,"... Read more...
In advance of Steam's winter sale, which is expected to kick-off over the next week or so, GOG has just launched its own mega-sale that sees most (or all, from what I can tell) of its catalog on sale with select bundles carrying discounts of up to 80%. For those who might not be that familiar with GOG, it's a games marketplace similar to Steam that was launched about five years ago by the same folks responsible for the popular The Witcher series. Like Steam, all of the games are digital, although unlike Steam, there's no overarching client required to play them. One of the biggest perks? The entire catalog is DRM-free. Yes, even games like The Witcher 2. Another perk, albeit an occasional one,... Read more...
Over the past 10 days, we've discussed the question of used games and how revenue is divided. One of the few points that both GameStop and game developers agree on is that buying a used game doesn't directly benefit the publisher or developer in any way, though there's reason to think that a strong secondary market boosts gaming sales in general. Given how often people quote wanting to help developers as a reason to buy a title new, you might think the lesson is clear. Evidence suggests it isn't. Blogger and game developer Simon Roth recently published a list of nearly 150 games published by now-defunct studios. Roth says this list is merely representative of the hundreds of additional titles... Read more...
Game publishers are in love with DRM, even the Draconian kind that every once in awhile causes an uproar in the gaming community. Remember Spore? It initially shipped with a three-activation limit, and like baseball, three strikes and you're out. This limit was later relaxed by Electronic Arts, who upped it to five activations and made it possible to de-authorize machines, but only after it became a huge controversy. Anti-DRM advocates even went so far as to trash Spore's rating on Amazon with negative reviews and 1-star votes without having purchased the game, and to this day, Spore is only rated 1.5/5 stars. Three years later, a little title called The Witcher 2 is said to have notched 250,000... Read more...
On Saturday Virgin America launched its Gogo in-flight wi-fi service, showing it off by filing the press release from 35,000 feet, and with the first ever "air-to-ground" video stream to YouTube Live, YouTube's first official real-world user event. The "fleet" will consist of one wi-fi enabled plane to start, with Virgin saying fleet-wide rollout will be achieved by Q2 2009. In their press release, Virgin America President and CEO David Cush said: "As San Francisco's only hometown airline, we couldn't do less than offer Wi-Fi as a standard option for our tech-savvy guests. With power outlets at every seat, Gogo will turn our planes into Wi-Fi hotspots and home offices in the air. We're proud... Read more...
We have to admit, we keep having trouble typing the name of this.  We keep typing Mail Googles. We also have to admit: if this were April 1st, this would be an obvious prank.  That said ...Anyone remember when on Friends Rachel got drunk and left Ross a voicemail telling him she had "closure" over their non-existent relationship? Well, that's called "drunk dialing." In a "not-that-useful-but-at-least-offbeat" Gmail Labs "feature," Google is introducing Mail Goggles, which aim to prevent you from "drunk emailing."To access it, you go into Settings, and then the Lab subsection. Scroll down and you'll see it (by default it's disabled). Enable it, and now you're "protected" from sending... Read more...