For those of you who don’t know it GOG.com(formerly known as Good Old Games) is a place where you can buy and download older games for your PC or Mac computer. More recently they have opened this up to newer games and some indie games as well. Now they have launched a new service called GOG connect which will allow you to download games from your Steam account DRM free. This means that you will be able to play those games on all your computers.
Here’s how it works: Start by logging into your Gog.com account. Once you have done that, you log into your Steam account. GOG Connect will then start looking through your steam account for any eligible games and then you can add them to your GOG.com account permanently and download them to your devices.
From there you can click one button and just like that the eligible games will to your GOG.com account. Once you do this you can then download those games as many times as you want to as many computers as you want.
The service just went live earlier today and right now here are the 20+ games that are available on GOG connect.
– The Witness
– FTL: Faster Than Light
– The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut
– Galactic Civilizations 3
– Trine Enchanted Edition
– Saints Row 2
– Shadowrun Returns
– The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
-Breach & Clear
-Breach & Clear: Deadline
-Broken Sword: Director’s Cut
-Mount & Blade
-Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring
-To The Moon
-Unreal Tournament GOTY
You will want to act fast because these games will only be available to download DRM free for a short amount of time. As of right now, the above games are only available to download DRM free for the next 4-5 days.
I think that this is yet another huge win for PC gamers. I believe that as a gamer you should have the right to take control of your collection. You should be able to play your games on all of your computers without having to log into an account every day or so. After all it’s your hard-earned money that you have spent on these games. What’s more it also aids the efforts to preserve these games so that future generations can enjoy them.
By the same token I think that as Steam is GOG’s main competitor this is a direct shot at Steam. Whilst it’s highly unlikely that they will take Steam’s crown I think that it’s likely to take a bite out of their market share.
With that said I am not so sure how many developers would be keen to get on board with this. I am sure that a lot of the smaller(and independent ones) ones would be happy to do this because they want their games in front of as many people as possible. As for the bigger devs (such as EA, Activision and Blizzard) I don’t think that they would be too keen on this because they paranoid that people like you and me would pirate these games. Whilst I think it’s highly unlikely I would like to see Ubisoft partnering with GOG.com and offering up some (if not all) of their games as there has been a backlash in the past from people who have used their uPlay DRM system. I would also like to see Capcom partnering with GOG.com and making some of their back catalogue available on GOG connect.
What games would you like to see on GOG connect.