DIGITAL distribution platform GOG has built a solid and well-deserved reputation among gamers for its huge library of DRM-free games and in particular, its range of classic titles from the 1990s and 2000s.
Many of those games established IPs that are still going today, or set benchmarks which in some cases still haven’t been surpassed (Personally, I don’t think anyone has managed to make a decent new Jagged Alliance game since Jagged Alliance 2 came out in 1999)
What many people don’t realize is that GOG originally stood for “Good Old Games” and the company (owned by CD Projekt Red) was founded on the idea of giving gamers a legal, easily accessible way to play older and classic games.
For those of you joining the gaming world in the past decade or so, it can be hard to appreciate how difficult it can be to get older games – particularly from the DOS/Windows 95 era – to run on modern systems. Between incompatible operating systems, vastly different graphics architecture, and the lightning speeds even the most basic modern system runs at and the often Byzantine copyright status of some of the games, it’s a surprisingly challenging undertaking and the simple fact is a huge number of these old games are only available nowadays because of the work the GOG team have done.
In that spirit GOG have recommitted themselves to making “Good Old Games” available to a new generation of gamers, starting by highlighting more than 500 classic games on the store – including many, many iconic names like the OG Fallout, Bioshock, Interstate ’76, Baldur’s Gate and Blade Runner.
From the official announcement:
“As the classic games hold a special place in our heart, we’d like to come back to our roots and devote more attention to highlighting the gems of the past. It means that our goal is for GOG to become, once again, the best place for classic PC games.
To achieve this while helping classic games shine again, and getting discovered by even more people, we’re reviving the concept of Good Old Games. We’re starting with adding the “Good Old Game” tag, which showcases over 500 games that our Team has deemed iconic classics – games that are older than 10 years and are critically acclaimed, stand the test of time, defined certain mechanics, or simply created new genres. You’ll find there games like Bioshock, Baldur’s Gate, Fallout, Blade Runner, Gothic, and many many more. Of course, this is in part our subjective choice, but we hope to inspire you to check them out for yourselves, have fun with them, and see if you agree with our assessment.
We believe that celebrating and preserving classic games is important. They have the power to connect generations. They have the power to evoke nostalgia. They have the power to teach us about what came before and shaped the games we enjoy today. They deserve to be remembered, and available for everyone to enjoy.
This is just another step to give Good Old Games a well-deserved spot on GOG. The invitation is here and it’s waiting for you! Rediscover with us the games that have been universally loved or search for hidden gems that didn’t get their time in the spotlight. Whatever you choose, we commit to bringing you the best classics experience out there: playable offline, compatible with new OSs, packed with additional digital goodies, and with the ability to back up anywhere at any time to ensure that the games we offer are playable for years to come.”
In addition to most of the games being quite affordable (generally AUD$8-$30), there’s also the fact they don’t take up much hard drive space (usually a few hundred MB, maybe a GB or two at most) and will run on pretty much everything, no matter how much of a potato your PC might be.
It’s good to see GOG recommitting themselves to classic gaming – and as someone who played a lot of these games the first time around, it’s wonderful to see how many still hold up today; not to mention offering a chance to play some of the classics I missed back at the time due to not having a suitable system/money/even knowing the game existed.
Regardless of your interests on the classic PC games front, there’s some real gems in the GOG library – and I’m looking forward to seeing what else gets added in future… how about the RTS Jeff Wayne’s The War Of The Worlds from 1998? Please?