GOG, provider of all things retro, indie and new games, take things a bit further with their DRM-free policy by granting buyers of DRM games an alternative.
This might be the biggest endeavor the Polish company has taken so far, but it’s a worthy cause. With the imminent release of Valve’s Steam machines and controllers, this might just be what many gamers have been looking for to get away from the big company and play games how they were meant to be played in the old days: install and start without being connected to the internet or reliable on a server.
So how does this concept actually work? Well, first you have to own a legal game copy of course, with an activation key, the one you used when installing the original title, using the old copyright protection method. This key has to be typed in on GOG’s reclaim page and the game should be added to your library, being now available for download and safe-keeping. At the time of writing, only these games were available:
More games are promised to be included in the future, depending on negotiations with publishers. If this really takes off, then it would be one step closer to the DRM-free revolution the GOG team already showed proudly on the T-shirts they gave away some Gamescoms ago.
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