Tuesday, December 12

Gog.com Pulled a Good Ol’ Joke – Sep 22, 2010

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Put your Kleenex and black suits away, because Good Old Games is coming back to life. Apparently, the ’site shutdown’ message that GOG put up last week was just a hoax, and the website is just making a rebirth. An updated front page with a countdown timer now reads:

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First of all we would like to apologize everyone who felt deceived or harmed in any way by us closing down GOG.com without any warning and without giving access to your games. We apologize for that from the bottom of our hearts!

Now it’s time we put an end to all the speculations once and for all. It’s true that we decided that we couldn’t keep GOG.com the way it was… so we won’t. As you probably know by now, GOG.com is entering its new era with an end of the two-years beta stage and we’re launching a brand new GOG.com with new, huge releases.

The new GOG.com will launch at 8.00 a.m. EDT (2 p.m. CET). Later today we’ll provide you here with 4 videos where you’ll find all needed information about the current events, as well as news on the new GOG.com, the upcoming big releases and the summary of the last two years.

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Two of the promised four videos are live now, one of which features the company’s managing director and co-founder dressed in monk’s robes and apologizing for faking the site’s death, but stated they felt they had left plenty of hints in their statement on Sunday.

In addition to pulling off what Elvis never could, the new GoG.com will feature:

  • Facebook integration that allows you to “Like” games

  • A new recommendation system based on games you’ve bought and rated

  • A download calculator

  • GoGmixes: user-created lists of titles grouped around a single theme

  • Baldur’s Gate will be added to the service when it relaunches tomorrow at 9 a.m. EST]

Is this perhaps the worst publicity stunt to ever occur? Head to our DRM-free comment section below and tell us.

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