Launched in 2008, GOG.com
(formerly known as Good Old Games
) is a digital distributor
of video games for Windows
and Mac OS
. Owned as a subsidiary of Polish video game studio CD Projekt RED
(of The Witcher
fame), via the Cyprian company GOG Ltd., GOG.com is best known for ports of abandonware
titles from The Eighties
and The Nineties
to modern operating systems, though they also have a decent catalog of current releases as well (primarily indie games
rather than AAA titles).
One of their major advertising points is the fact that they distribute their games without DRM
, in contrast to services such as Steam
and Origin. In addition the older games in their catalog are all modified to run properly on modern systems, sometimes running better than they did at the time, (frequently using DOSBox
and Scumm VM emulation
), and usually include lots of feelies
such as soundtracks, manuals, and forum avatars, as well as scans of feelies that came with the original game (maps, comics, and the like). With older games the feelies frequently take up more hard drive space than the game itself does.
Many of the titles in their catalog are compilation rereleases
: for instance, the first three Ultima
games are one package, the next three are another, Ultima VII
and its Expansion Pack Serpent Isle
are a third, and the Ultima Underworld
duology are yet a fourth.
Since August 2014, GOG.com also sells DRM-free movies, so far mostly indie productions which touch upon the gamer and nerd culture in some way.
Video games and series available on GOG.com include:
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Films available on GOG.com include: