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by Rob Williams on June 24, 2009 in Gaming, Software

Are you a classic PC gamer looking for a new place to pick up some games? Enter GOG.com. This service currently offers well over 100 titles spanning nearly twenty years, and all are offered at reasonable prices. To make the deal even sweeter, in addition to included perks for each game, there’s absolutely no DRM to be found across any title.

The Games!

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve really had a great experience in all the time I’ve used the service, and out of the eighteen games I purchased, I didn’t encounter a single problem. The GOG.com website resembles an Apple style way too much for my liking, but past that, everything about the service is top-rate. The navigation is for the most part simple, and full descriptions and many screenshots are included for each game. It’s definitely an enjoyable website to browse and use.

But, of course, you want to know about the games! If you’ve been playing games on the PC for quite a while, and by that, I mean over ten years, then you’re bound to find many titles on the service that you loved playing, and chances are, there are likely some there you forgot all about. In my case, I forgot all about Pro Pinball: Big Race USA, but lo and behold, it was available here.

Their selection at this point in time is still rather modest, with 125 available titles at the time of publishing, but the selection continues to grow with each week. Personally, I can think of at least ten games off the top of my head I’d like to see become available: 3-D Ultra Minigolf, 3-D Ultra Pinball, 7th Guest, Battlezone, Forsaken, Interstate 76, Jazz Jackrabbit, Magic Carpet, Motocross Madness, Omikron: The Nomad Soul, Recoil, Redline, Rollcage, Shadow Warrior, Thief, The Wheel of Time and so on.


Rise of the Triad

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That’s not to say some killer hits aren’t already to be found, though. I’ve already purchased a fair amount of games through the service, and I feel like I’m not even done! Of what I’ve picked up so far, my favorites are Descent 3, Duke Nukem 3D, MDK 2 and Shogo, but I also have Fallout, Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Postal and Redneck Revenge to hurry up and make time to play.

But as I mentioned, the selection right now is pretty good, so if you plan on picking up a few games, it’s best to leave the site quickly, else you’re just going to continue looking through and end up buying more games! That’s what happened to me, and now I own eighteen of them. Other games I personally have on my to-purchase list are Blake Stone, Gothic, Messiah, and Painkiller.


Duke Nukem 3D

Redneck Revenge

As you can probably tell by now, I’m a fan of GOG.com, and I don’t really see that changing anytime soon. These guys knew what they were doing well before they launched, and it shows with their amazing execution. Everything from their website, the game selection and pages, the process to purchase and download, on top of the robust support articles and forums, simply screams high-quality. If only they could lose the Apple-inspired aesthetics!

One of the best parts about the service are the prices. A starting price of $5.99 seems entirely reasonable, and as I mentioned, only a single game out of the eighteen I’ve purchased was priced at $9.99, so even if you want to game as cheaply as possible, you’ll have a rather sizable selection to choose from. Since the service launched late last fall, GOG.com has more than doubled the number of games being offered, so I hope to see this momentum keep up (not to mention see the above-mentioned games added to the service!).

If you’re a classic gamer and haven’t paid a visit to GOG.com yet, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

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3. The Games!