Good Old Games Apologies for Closure Hoax

Paul Lilly

Enough with the funny business, Good Old Games, and get back to doing what you do best -- serving up classics games in DRM-free glory with Windows compatibility and mostly reasonable prices. But what's that, you ask, didn't GOG.com announce to the world that they're closing up shop? They did, but it turns out it was a publicity stunt. Our sister site PCGamer.com was all over this one and extracted the following statement from GOG:

"First of all we'd like to apologize to everyone who felt deceived or harmed in any way by the closedown of GOG.com. As a small company we don't' have a huge marketing budget and this is why we could not miss a chance to generate some buzz around an event as big as launching a brand new version of our website and even more important, bringing back Baldur's Gate to life!"

You can read the full statement here , as well as a similar explanation on GOG.com's website . The bottom line is the stunt worked, and if we weren't such big fans of what GOG is all about, we'd stay pissed. But damn it all, that's hard to do in an era of gaming where DRM has dug in its hooks, so we're willing to assume GOG is being sincere and had a momentary lapse in judgment.

The relaunch is scheduled for 8:00am EDT tomorrow and GOG promises the site will be bigger and better than ever, and still DRM-free. And no more shenanigans.

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