So first of all this topic has been spinning around my head for a while and noticed last week that GOG had 10 year anniversary which surprised me. Didn't remember at all they had 10 years of road behind them already! Gotta applaud model GOG/CD PROJEKT RED have done for us gamers. Remember joining myself long time ago when they were giving Fallout collection for free and was really happy about it.

But that's for the memories and now more into the topic. Would be interested to hear what games you prefer to have in these services or in otter services to play over Steam. Even though Steam has plenty of titles it doesn't have all of them and some to many of these services might have those certain games on theirs. Those would be most interesting to hear as i presume there are quite a few GOG lovers among us who detest Steam and well even people who almost only use Steam and still detest it. o.o

These would be my picks as games which Steam doesn't have on it's nibblers. o.-

GOG
Cannon Fodder
Clive Barker's Undying
Heroes of Might and Magic III Complete Edition
Jazz Jackrabbit Collection
Jazz Jackrabbit 2 Collection
Might and Magic series

Origin
Dragon Age II
Dragon Age Inquisition GOTY

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Your favorite service for games to PC?

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Steam
GOG
Origin
Uplay
Gamespy
Games for Windows Live
Rockstar
Battlenet
Desura
itch.io
Some random net site, free Flash games rule!
PSNow
Microsoft Store/Xbox
DRM Free
Yarr Harr fideli dii, pirate life for me!
Yuu stuupid! Where are the otter choices i would have chosen! >:(

I play wherever I can legally acquire a game the cheapest which in my country is almost always Steam thanks to regional pricing.

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Regional pricing is quite rare here, but sometimes Devs/Pubs have actually balanced EU region cost vs US. 60€ isn't after all 60$. o.o'

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In this regard GOG is actually better than steam, as they give some store credit for us in the EU if you buy something with an unfavourable regional price compared to the US

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Guess in Steam it's more of responsibility of Devs/Pubs to do that, seen quite few doing them, but GOG gave it as extra like that which is nice! :) Kind of like buying from HB store which i prefer over Steam these days. o.-

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GOG is only better than Steam in that regard if Steam don't have regional pricing. Plus you still have to pay full price and the credit is restricted to GOG, being able to buy a game cheaper doesn't necessarily mean you want to spend the difference on another game.

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How is GOG's system better in this regard if steam does not have regional pricing?
GOG's system is better IF there's regional pricing in play, not if one of them lacks regional pricing (if one lacks regional pricing, and the other has regional pricing, then the place without regional pricing is better).
Getting store credit is better than not getting store credit, and even if you don't want to spend the difference on games "now", it gets saved to your account, so if you decide to buy something half a year down the line, that saved store credit will lower the price on that purchase.

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Outside of a handful of places like Australia where games costs more regional pricing is usually used to refer to the lower prices found in places like Russia and South America. If you're in Russia then Steam with regional pricing will be cheaper than GOG without.

Getting store credit is better than not getting store credit

Generally speaking this is true but it's taking the choice out of your hands. I'd rather spend a little extra now and be free to shop where I please next time around.

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If you read my reply to heilurmes though, you'll see that I specifically mentioned when there's a price difference between EU & US. This is still regional pricing. I assumed that this was what you replied to me about, as that was what the conversation was about that you replied to.

Generally speaking this is true but it's taking the choice out of your hands. I'd rather spend a little extra now and be free to shop where I please next time around.

Why does it take the choice out of my hand? If I have 5€ in store credit from GOG for having bought a regional priced game, there's nothing that forces me to make my next few purchases there. I can't think of a single situation where I would rather not get store credits instead of getting store credits, all else being equal.

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there's nothing that forces me to make my next few purchases there.

Again, true, but you now have no choice but to go back there (even though you probably would be doing so anyway).

This is exactly how places like Gamestop can thrive. Someone goes in with a pile of stuff to trade-in and takes credit to get a more reasonable price for them, having credit they are then stuck with Gamestop. Gamestop knowing this are then free to charge their signature ridiculous prices.

I know publishers set the prices and GOG are making up the difference "out of their own pocket" but all this is is predatory marketing to lock users into GOG purchases and I'm saying that as a supporter of most of GOG's practices.

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Can you save credit at Gamestop? Last time I checked, which granted, was well over a decade ago, you could not, you had to spend the credit that you got right away from tradein, creating a really different dynamic compared to a place where each purchase gives a small amount of store credit. With Gamestop (as I know it at least), you were trading in a game to get an immediate "discount" on a title

I would not consider store credits to be predatory. It in the end benefits the customer, as it results in them having to spend less money to get what they want. The customer just needs to be aware of the fact that just because a store offers store credit does not mean that it will always be the best deal.

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GOG recently released Star Wars Episode I: Racer - game that was totally broken and unplayable on moders PCs, and at the same time was opne of my most beloved childhood games and to this very day remains my most favoritue racing game ever <3

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Oh indeed that is one of the good sides at GOG, they usually fix unplayable products before putting them on their storefront so games can just be played instead of finding work around or few to get the game even started. Along with that usually they include plenty of the extra stuff that was published to the game back in time. :)

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I've been using GOG since the start and I think it's a poor alternative to Steam. I only buy GOG exclusive games there now, and there are very few of those.

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That was more of the idea of this topic, to find out those exclusives people like out from the other services. Think from my list Might & Magics are open at Uplay, but not in Steam. Dragon Age II used to be in Steam, but not anymore. :) Tend to buy myself exclusives only as well from other services as most features like friend chats/screenshots/blaeo etc etc are around Steam.

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If you count games that are on Steam but are unplayable for technical reasons, while on GOG they made an effort and made them playable (by reverse-engineering and stuff, in some cases), then there are alot more games "exclusive" to GOG.

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GOG usually has fixed products on storefront, but as Saucisse mentioned it's not always like that sadly. I surely have put quite many patches/fixes etc down in the line at Steam on games, but so far all have worked and could been played through. Two to three games were unplayable, but other got of the original two got patch and other was fixed by devs. Third i will see to later on and probably delete from account if change hasn't come upon it. o.- Pretty solid for account which has around 70% of it's games played through. :3

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From what I have on my accounts and played

Origin
Alice: Madness Returns™ (game removed from steam)
Medal of Honor™ Pacific Assault+Allied Assault

uplay
Might and Magic 1 to 6 Collection
its cheap on tremor (395 coins, but 2 Items Remaining :O)
http://www.tremorgames.com/index.php?action=showitem&itemid=148802

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Did buy long time ago Alice Madness Returns from Steam sales and it's quite nice hack 'n' slash platformer, visually very nice. Guess it won't return to Steam considering it's under EA. o.-

Oh that's a nice deal indeed, loved 6th in series, probably would go after 6 and 7 myself and maybe X :)

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GOG used to be each week like a candystore, what good oldie do they have now? Now they barely got good classics anymore, too much focus on newer games.

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They still do publish oldie goldies every once in a while, my guess is that fixing then and getting the content might take it's time sometimes. o.- They certainly do have newer titles, but it might be required to keep up sales and handle the costs of store so.

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Well they managed to get and fix several a week in the past too. ;) Well what geo says below, it's true the oldies are running out, atleast the rights to them, i mean plenty of abandonware, but if they can't get the rights.

Like with Sierra i am missing Manhunter still and Eco Quest, and they got Albion yet not the first game, Amberstar, and what about the first Wizardry games (they got them with Ultima and Might and Magic).

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So basically getting the content has become harder. :D There might not be that many good quality artbook/strategy guides and the like left so it might take time to get good enough version to make a pdf out of them. Those were quite usual in older games after all and seemed like they like to add those as extras to their storefront games. o.-

Hopefully they will upload those games in future to their services. Oldies have been getting good amount of treatment at later years along with new games or remastered versions. :)

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Probably because they got a lot of them already. Those that are not in their store might as well be impossible to get.

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Uhm... Your reasoning is a bit weird here. They already have most of the classics they can get there. Is not like they can force copyright holders or create new classics out of thin air.

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Yup. They killed abandonware and then abandoned it. Thanks "Good Old Games" :x :x

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Undying was the first game I bought on GOG if I remember it correctly!

Even though I use Steam for the most part, I really hope that GOG becomes equal or even better one day. They deserve it, and with their determination, I think that they will.

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Read quite many comments giving Undying praises so added it on to my GOG list. Got recommended especially after playing Jericho lately and uploading some screenshots out of it to Steam feed.

Expect them to be certainly around for quite a while since already 10 years behind them. Maybe their service grows in the future as it seems that they are doing work little by little on that Galaxy part. Steam has done quite many bad decision customer wise in the later years sadly, but it's expected after all as some features were abused so much. Seems like Humble Bundles might be soon on that road too. o.-

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I've been a GOG'er since the beginning. I prefer their sales model and how they put the customers (and dev's) first. GOG always has first dibs on my money, but not all games are found on GOG, and Steam's seniority often means I end up buying from Steam long before I can do so on GOG. I spend money on GOG because I want to do so. I spend it on Steam when I am forced to do so.

As for exclusives, I don't choose platforms based on exclusives. That means there are a lot of games I never get to see because I refuse to use their platforms, but I already have enough games to last me a lifetime.

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Many LucasArts classics are still absent from Steam:
Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders
Afterlife
Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine
Outlaws

and most notably Sam & Max Hit the Road

In general, regarding old games, GOG is still the best platform to use. There are some examples where an old game is broken on Steam while working perfectly on GOG. Unfortunately, there have been examples of the reverse with newer games because the developers forgot to patch/update their games on GOG. Sometimes for many years: https://www.gog.com/forum/sam_and_max_series/episode_1_culture_shock_sybil_missing

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Thanks for the games list, remember brother playing some Indiana Jones game when i was a little runt. LucasArts is quite close to people who love classic P'n'C games from what i know and remember Sam & Max Hit the Road being quite popular in it's class. Brother had those gaming magazines and all so used to read and check the pictures out of them. :D

Ah that's actually very good point that GOG might not have most stable and fixed version of game after all! Had to surely use patches, fixes and so on for "quite a few" games on Steam, but only had pair of can't get it work situations in the past. Think other got patch from people per SG user comment and other was fixed probably by devs. o.- GOG has been so far been pick and play, but certainly haven't played even closely as much games from there as from Steam due so many features around Steam that you get used to, but good thing is that can pick outside game to run with overlay and use chat/screenshot feature still. :)

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I don't appreciate all of GOG's decisions, but I love that they've resurrected so many cool old games. Here's some of the cooler GOG games I have that aren't on Steam:

  • Battle Realms. A WC3-era RTS with a medieval Japanese theme. Can't hang with the classics IMO, but it's fun and has buckets of charm.
  • Blade of Darkness / Severance is a janky but fun & challenging fantasy action game. Sadly it had to be removed from sale over a change in distribution rights.
  • Cannon Fodder and 2. Unique squad-based arcade shooter & war satire. There's a Cannon Fodder 3 on Steam from a different developer, but it really can't compare.
  • Clive Barker's Undying. Absolute classic horror shooter, dual-wield magic & guns.
  • Crusader: No Remorse & No Regret. Isometric sci-fi action games that feel a bit System Shock-y to me, in the number of ways you can approach the challenges it offers. Tank controls take some getting used to but reward mastery.
  • Die by the Sword. AKA QWOP Knight. Swing your mouse to swing your sword. A total pain in the ass to play, but there's nothing else like it.
  • Dungeon Keeper & 2. Bullfrog were masters of the management game, and this is my favorite. Very silly game about building dungeons to destroy invading adventurers.
  • Fantasy General. Y'all, it's Panzer General meets HOMM. All the crunchy tactics, without the dry wargame flavor.
  • Heroes of Might & Magic III Complete. Technically there's a version of this on Steam, but it doesn't have the expansions. Absolute legend of strategy/RPG games, huge, deep, addictive.
  • Magic Carpet & 2. From Bullfrog's "let's try everything and see what works" phase, they're a hybrid of flight-action and light strategy, and some of the best simulated wizarding out there.
  • Master of Magic. Master of Orion 2 is on Steam, but this fantasy spin-off is not. It's an endlessly replayable fantasy 4X strategy.
  • Nox. Charming, goofy action-adventure from Westwood at their peak.
  • Sam & Max Hit the Road. Probably the best comedy adventure game ever made, still a GOG exclusive.
  • Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. Not just a refined Civilization with a sci-fi theme, it has some of the best sci-fi world-building in gaming.
  • Ultima Underworld 1+2. One of the most important games in history, the grandad of Skyrim, BioShock & Dishonored, and still a hell of a dungeon crawl.
  • World in Conflict. The Call of Duty 4 of RTS games. Streamlined, but fast fun and pretty.
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Crusader, Nox and Dungeon Keeper at the very least are all available through Origin as well so don't fit your exclusive qualifier.

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That's fair. I rarely remember Origin even exists, much less that EA sells a lot of their 90s catalog there. Corrected to say that these are games that aren't on Steam.

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Master of Magic is where it's at.

I played a crap-ton of Battle Realms on LAN way back in the day.

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Thank you for this post. Lots of good old games here. I think I might just visit GOG today

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Thanks for the nice list, good to see pair of users did go down with effort as most seem to be just idle comments and criticising the picks of others. :D

Basically from my list Might and Magic series is open at Uplay too so. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ As it was about which isn't open in Steam after all. -.o

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Movac, out of sheer and honest curiosity: Which decisions do you mean? While I have enjoyed GOG for quite some time, I haven't been very active in following them and their decisions / development.

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My biggest frustration with GOG as a customer is that while they usually do a great job getting old games running on modern systems when they're initially re-released, they aren't nearly as good at keeping up with changes to Windows. For example, Tomb Raider 2 has an issue on Windows 10 where the window border is visible in full-screen. There are multiple solutions available, from a fan-patched engine, to using a Glide wrapper, to simply setting a flag for the game in the Windows compatibility database. GOG's version of the game does none of these, leaving the user to hunt down a fix on the forum. Another example: some GOG games ship with a library that wraps the winmm.dll Windows CD audio playback system, allowing games that used CD audio for music to instead play .wav or .ogg files from the hard drive. Windows 10 broke their wrapper, causing games that used it to fail to launch. They've created a new version of the wrapper that they've used for some games they've released since Windows 10, and the new version is a drag-and-drop replacement for the old, but some older/less-popular games are still broken as shipped.

My second-biggest frustration with GOG as a customer is that their curation decisions seem opaque and arbitrary. I understand that they consider strong curation of their store a competitive advantage, but they have a history of turning down seriously great games. Here's a thread from Reddit about the time they declined to sell Opus Magnum (which they later added after public pressure). Commenters there mention some other interesting examples of games GOG has declined, like CAVE's fantastic shmup library, the unique and historically important MacVenture games, and the beautiful action-adventure Mystik Belle.

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Thanks for elaborating, Movac! Much appreciated.

I can understand some of the frustration, but since I have no idea how easy to implement some of the fixes actually are (and whether they might introduce new, unwanted behaviour for some games/OSs) I can't comment on the Windows 10 issue. It does sound like an arbitrary decision, though, although I would think they would implement the patches if they were easy to do and without side effects - if only to have more potential customers for their games.

As for the curation decisions: Personally, I am pretty happy that they are picky about the games they allow because I often feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount on Steam (and I get the impression the clear majority is trash). However, I agree that it is a system that has its flaws (Opus Magnum would be an obvious example, although credit to them for changing their decision - at least it shows the community has an influence on their games library).

Thanks again for clearing this up for me, I really wasn't aware of these things. Also thanks for the Reddit link, makes for some interesting reading.

For what it's worth: My main reason to like GOG is the DRM-free approach and the fact that you do not rely on their service to play your games, since you are able to download the installation files and actually own this instance of software that you bought. Doesn't only remind me of the "good old days" when you bought physical copies of the games, but it also seems the better long-term approach. I, for one, will be pretty pissed off if Steam folds and leaves me with a virtual portfolio of games I cannot access and play anymore.

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as to fixes the official line is they are sometimes restricted by their licences with publishers and developers to do whats needed to make the game run on a certain OS fluently (windows 10 being a specific example here).
they cant just apply a crack / updated exe / make one unless they have permission. if they dont they can only do so much. this has been a greater issue with win 10 than 7 or 8 were it seems.

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GOG has the original Sam & Max game so Steam is basically pointless! Although I wouldn't be suprised if it was brought over to Steam since Monkey Island 3 was released not too long ago.

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GOG is my favorite platform, I wish more devs were willing to sell their games there so I wouldn't have to buy games on Steam at all.

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I still need to play live Barker's Undying - bought last year and barely started. D:

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Free flash game... kongregate

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Epic Pinball !

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I do not usually play on GOG nor buy since I am addicted to bundles BUT I am very happy with what they had done so far. No matter if its selection of Older games, DRM-Free, just download from Browser, playing without client, their store curation, their work behind in making older games play on modern machine where Steam do not even bother.

If they start selling bundles, i will not find myself hard to resist to use it more. Cheers~

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Kongregate!
Befriend me, my fellow Flash gamers! http://www.kongregate.com/accounts/Sparagnausen
XD

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Oh my, I haven't been there in ages.
Is it still crap, with hot new being filled by idles and poor rpgs?

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they keep on putting there awesome games every day, and you'll find hundreds of them NOT for free on Steam too, from tower defense games like infection, gemcraft, bloons and kingdom rush (on kongregate there are like 5 for every series, on steam only 1 and always not free) to puzzle/logic games and so on, plus epic battle fantasy, crystal story.. lots of awesome rpgs like mardek and world's end that no one knows but that are better than the 95% of the games hosted on Steam and sold for crazy amounts of $$$ xD
the enchanted cave 2 which is 100% free on kongregate is sold at 9$ on steam with the same content lol

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Yeah, but most of the games you've mentioned I have already played :/
Ah well, I'll probably go take a looksie for old times sake.

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As much as I hate to say it... Steam. Favourite for its wide range of available games, community system (groups, chats, etc), but most importantly because most people I care about either are Steam users or in a Steam group chat I frequent.

Otherwise, I do greatly appreciate GOG for what it stands for/is even if I rarely use it and simply add the games I downloaded from them in Steam via adding non-Steam app - it only needs more time and maybe Valve shutting down before it'll be a "thing". :P

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Yeah it's my favorite too hands down due so many features it has and how community and other parts are build around it, not other service has so much grown around them. :F

Let's give few more i can remember out just little braining out without morning coffee. o.-

Origin
Titanfall
Titanfall 2

ArenaNet
Guild Wars 2

Battlenet
Diablo 2 + Expansion

Kongregate/Newgrounds or the like has free version of Detective Grimoire which is apparently murkier and better version. This was said by Taigo if remember it right.

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Detective Grimoire was a pretty dark but extremely good flash game by the same developers, but also very different than their newer "reboot" approach to the game. I highly recommend it.

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Steam is a legit social media platform now, no joke. :o

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As ashamed as I am to say it, I've got to give it to Steam. But I do love GOG as well. I've been considering doubling up on certain games I own on Steam on there -- most notably all of my Falcom games from XSEED -- but I'm a little low on funds at the moment. Still, GOG's a really friendly site, especially with their occasional "GOG Connect" runs and how they'll advertise when they're giving away games for free.

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Still missing Atari lol

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Maybe Mac in there too. :3< But yeah think there are quite a several still left that aren't in poll. What is underwhelming though is how little amount of titles people have come out front being exclusives on these services. o.-

So basically could call result as:

Everyone uses mainly Steam and almost no one cares about exclusives on other services and rather wait them to come out at Steam.

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I mean I'm still missing it hehe. Sorry wasn't clear :) It's why I bought Atari Vault and a couple of Atari titles in steam. I wish they had more.

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I love GOG's DRM-free concept. The fact that you can download the installation files to your PC means that you do not depend on online connection - or GOG for that matter. If GOG should go bust at some point in the future, you still own the games (IF you dowloaded and archived the installation files, of course). If Steam goes bust ... well ...

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You can also transfer your GOG account to another person -- be wary this is not allowed for Steam accounts -- and older games are patched to run on modern operating systems (you would have to fix it yourself on Steam, bugs me a lot).

Also, games bought on GOG have all the in-box goodies (in PDF) such as the manual, hintbook, lorebook, etc... sometimes including never-before-released bonus content (1-hour interview with game creator).

Thankfully, GOG removed the security questions on most DOS games, that would require you to read the manual -- in the heyday this was a means of curbing piracy, but nowadays whatever shall I do if the manual was not included with a (digital copy) game?

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I wasn't aware you were allowed to transfer your account. While it will very likely not be an issue for me, I think this is a great idea.

Oh yes, the security questions. Sometimes printed red on green so you couldn't properly copy the pages on copy machines... And then there was a short time when just about everyone who had security questions used those code wheels... :D

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steam, i don't need anything else.
and maybe a bit of blizzard just for diablo.

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I'll take everything on GoG if they're price competitive, I like not having the DRM. Will I pay more for a DRM-free copy from GoG? That largely depends on the game and the price premium. But given everything else being equal, I prefer GoG over others.

And for any old game, GoG 100%. I've been burned too many times by buying old games on Steam only to find out that they don't work on Windows 7/10. I don't have the time or inclination to figure out how to hack the Steam copy into working when the GoG version just works.

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IMO none of the clients are perfect. Steam has the best selection of games, the most users, and the best linux support (steam play, proton, steamOS). On the flipside, they allow invasive DRM and anticheat software such as VAC which scans your memory, sends back lists of websites you've visited, same with BattlEye etc, and the monstrosity that is Denuvo. I realize that a lot of this pressure comes from publishers who demand it to release on their playform, but it is really anti-consumer. Their support is awful, the regional gifting system is a mess, removing inventory gifts was a real bummer. Then you've got the deluge of shovelware, asset flips, forever early access titles, and completely broken ratings system.

Moving on to GOG, I love the concept of DRM free games.. but the selection is very limited. And, often times the sale price is not nearly as good as Steam. Still, I can't fault them entirely as much of this is up to the publisher. I will criticize them for not releasing a Linux client, though. As much as I like CD Projekt Red games, they have really dropped the ball when it comes to linux releases. I think a lot of that was due to Witcher 2, when they released a really poor linux port and suffered a lot of negative feedback for it. Instead of working on better ports, they just dropped support entirely.. so that's pretty lame. Despite that, I still try to buy games there when I can.

Then you've got the exclusive games on all the various obscure clients.. Diablo on Battle.net, Far Cry on uPlay, Battlefield on Origin, Fortnight UT4 on Epic Games, etc etc..not to mention the trash that is the Windows Store. Like I really want to have 20 different clients to play all my games.

I really like the idea of an open source game launcher like Playnite to launch all my games from one place. Unfortunately, in my experience it's just not there yet. Maybe in the future, once it has more polish it'll be the way to go.

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gog is good service and hopeful it will only get better, they are going into good way to compete steam, user profiles has been added.

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Never used GOG, only made account and used GOG connect when someone was pestering me about it. I don't have need to re-play games I already have on Steam. And I don't have nostalgia for older games, in fact I prefer to not re-play them after 10 / 15 years... it removes good memories I have about them.

What I would use GOG for - if they'd release Black & White 1 / 2. But I think it will never happen.

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