In 2012, the online retailer, formerly Good Old Games, rebranded itself as GOG and began selling the current version, while pledging to remain committed to DRM-free distribution and non-existent regional pricing. While GOG continues to add older games to the catalog, they’re keeping pace with newer releases. (Look at the banner at the top of GOG.com today for a reissue of Horizon Zero Dawn under The Wheel of Time, which was first released in 1999.) Today, GOG Announce (opens in new tab) A “back to our classic roots” program.
Don’t expect the name to change again or those new releases to disappear from the store.Instead, the aim is to make the classic game more compelling, and the first step is to “revive the [the] Good old game concept”. Added good old game Tags (opens in new tab) More than 500 games are highlighted, each more than a decade old and widely regarded as classics, but you are welcome to question the details of individual games.
Scrolling through the list reveals favorite names such as Alien: Torment, Heroes of Might and Magic 3, Curse of Monkey Island, Theme Hospital, System Shock 2, Blade Runner and Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. It’s also a somewhat rude reminder that games like Dragon Age: Origins and Fallout: New Vegas are more than 10 years old and have clearly passed the event horizon that allows games to be considered classics. It makes me feel downright retro.
This is described as the beginning of GOG’s return to enhance the “visibility and discoverability” of classic games. We’ll have to wait and see what’s next. In the meantime, let’s take a look back at the beginning of it all, GOG’s journey to bring great old games back to life.