Last month, Good Old Games announced that they would be bringing regional pricing to the site. This was so that they could offer a wider range of games as publishers demand price differences. Well, apparently that was a mistake, and they’re taking it back.
There are two things Good Old Games thinks their customers love – all their games are completely DRM-Free, and the games are all well priced. In hoping to promote the one core value, they seemed to sacrifice the other, and now they realize that this is wrong:
We’re not perfect, we’re exploring new frontiers, and we make mistakes. We thought DRM-Free was so important that you’d prefer we bring you more DRM-Free games and Fair Price was less critical and that it could be sacrificed in some cases. The last two week’s worth of comments in our forums (nearly 10k!), show that’s not the case. We didn’t listen and we let you down. We shouldn’t sacrifice one of our core values in an attempt to advance another. We feel bad about that, and we’re sorry. Us being sorry is not of much use to you, so let’s talk about how we will fix it.
The bottom line? Some companies may choose not to work with GoG.com, but they will not compromise their core values.
I still love the idea of GoG.com. Honestly, it’s not because of the DRM-Free or even pricing – it’s because I can get games from my childhood to work on modern machines. I’m used to playing games through Steam. In fact, I like it because of Steam chat and the fact that I can earn achievements and playing cards, maybe even craft a badge and get a special background. Yes, I’m one of those people. When it comes to price, Steam and GoG are fairly comparable; both have insane sales. Truly, the main appeal of GoG for me is the fact that I can play old games I loved, or games I should have loved but missed out on. Still, I’m glad they’re backtracking on the pricing policy and listening to their consumers.
Last Updated: March 17, 2014