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    News - GOG moves into open beta, promises DRM-free classics for the masses

    Looking to download classic PC games? The on-demand Good Old Games service could be for you, and it's now open to all.
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    Re: News - GOG moves into open beta, promises DRM-free classics for the masses

    Is mininova a beta?
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    Re: News - GOG moves into open beta, promises DRM-free classics for the masses

    Quote Originally Posted by revol68 View Post
    Is mininova a beta?
    What does that have to do with GoG or this news item?

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    Re: News - GOG moves into open beta, promises DRM-free classics for the masses

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    What does that have to do with GoG or this news item?
    It's a competitor.
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    Re: News - GOG moves into open beta, promises DRM-free classics for the masses

    Quote Originally Posted by revol68 View Post
    It's a competitor.
    Oh cool. How much does Mininova charge for licensed products typically?

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    Re: News - GOG moves into open beta, promises DRM-free classics for the masses

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Oh cool. How much does Mininova charge for licensed products typically?
    Well this is where it derives it's competitive edge, it doesn't.

    Do you think the grunt developers and the like who worked on these old titles will see any more money form these services or is it not simply some chancers looking to buy licenses for old games at knock down prices and then resell them on at profit.
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    Re: News - GOG moves into open beta, promises DRM-free classics for the masses

    revol, can you avoid turning every thread into a fight with stewart or a piracy thread its getting really old.

    You seem to be on a one man mission to wreck the hexus gaming forums and have done a great job!

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    Re: News - GOG moves into open beta, promises DRM-free classics for the masses

    Quote Originally Posted by SmileyUK View Post
    revol, can you avoid turning every thread into a fight with stewart or a piracy thread its getting really old.

    You seem to be on a one man mission to wreck the hexus gaming forums and have done a great job!
    Boo hoo you don't like my posts, I can't say I find yours much to read either but it's not my place to tell you not to post.

    Seriously though, this is a business model based on buying old licenses off publishers and selling them on at profit to customers, am I wrong? I fail to see how this model is anymore more moral than people distributing and sharing them for no profit.
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    Re: News - GOG moves into open beta, promises DRM-free classics for the masses

    i fail to see a problem with it, if people already own the games they dont need them and if people dont and want them then they can get them cheaply.

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    Re: News - GOG moves into open beta, promises DRM-free classics for the masses

    Quote Originally Posted by revol68 View Post
    Boo hoo you don't like my posts, I can't say I find yours much to read either but it's not my place to tell you not to post.

    Seriously though, this is a business model based on buying old licenses off publishers and selling them on at profit to customers, am I wrong? I fail to see how this model is anymore more moral than people distributing and sharing them for no profit.

    Yes but they now own the licences, so you buying them would make the game you have legal. I could understand your point if they were selling the games at $30+ but there not.
    Ther're selling the games at $6 and $10 which is £3and £5. Thats an absolute bargain. Just how much of a cheapskate are you?
    You seem to have some morale objection to a company making a profit? Moraly better than stealing i'd say.
    It's not as though they have just got the old flies and put them on a PC somewhere to upload to the internet either, they have made every game they sell vista compatible. Which alot of those wouldn't have been before.
    I'll be keeping an eye on there for any interesting titles, for that price you can't really go wrong.
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    Re: News - GOG moves into open beta, promises DRM-free classics for the masses

    Quote Originally Posted by revol68 View Post
    Well this is where it derives it's competitive edge, it doesn't.
    So how does it afford to buy the games from the publishers to sell in the first place?

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    Re: News - GOG moves into open beta, promises DRM-free classics for the masses

    Revol68

    You REALLY need to chill out dude.

    Is there any real point in creating an argument here about classic games being sold on for decent prices. Its the same as buying the Sold Out Software range where you can get 3 games for a tenner. Why not a similar business model but utilises digital distribution instead.

    Mastertronic buy the licenses for old games and pass it onto the consumer. Nintendo have done the same with the Wii virtual console. Believe it or not, publishers like System 3 still hold the rights to their older games so they must be getting something from sales of games like IK and Last Ninja.

    Be all and end all is knock it off, no point in arguining with everyone. You are fully allowed to express your views on the HEXUS boards. Just think on what you are typing and how others will react to it.

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    Re: News - GOG moves into open beta, promises DRM-free classics for the masses

    Ahem, back on thread - this sounds pretty cool actually. If only so that I can pick up Operation Flashpoint again... loved that game. Hopefully the catalogue will expand even more as it gains popularity...

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    Re: News - GOG moves into open beta, promises DRM-free classics for the masses

    Say what you will but I believe this is a step in the right direction, reasonable prices as well, I was also surprised to see some fairly recent games on there too like, Colin McRae 2005 and TOCA 3

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    Re: News - GOG moves into open beta, promises DRM-free classics for the masses

    at the drop of a hat just now i bought mdk 2 for $5.99 or about £3.50 and the downloads dont seam to be that bad. pulling about 1.1MB/s. i will report back soon
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    Re: News - GOG moves into open beta, promises DRM-free classics for the masses

    i will definitely be buying a drm free digital download of Operation Flashpoint from G0G, a brilliant idea.
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