What do you think of GOG.com's recent PR stunt?

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Bill Loguidice
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Yeah, I saw that this

Yeah, I saw that this morning. I suppose I'm warming up to them. I only have the one prior free game in my account at the moment, Martian Memorandum (Mean Streets) and I am a big Jagged Alliance fan.

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Rob Daviau
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Well that is noce.

Sorry to dredge this up again but I JUST got the GOG newsletter, it seems all people who held an GOG account since they were in BETA will be receiving FREE Jagged Alliance Deadly Games. I guess that is kind of nice?

http://www.gog.com/en/news/a_gift_for_gog_beta_users/0

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I wouldn't say I'm a cynic.

I wouldn't say I'm a cynic. They still provide a service that no one else cares to offer.. and it's quite a valuable service. Plus, I will always come down on the side of DRM free- so Steam isn't even an option for me. That being said, it was a horribly stupid stunt and their "monk routine" feels like it lost something in the translation.

As to their affiliate program. I'm an affiliate with them as well and it's probably one of the worst ones I've been involved in. I don't plan to get rich but if I can keep them around and make a few bucks for some free titles then that's fine with me.

-Gandalf42

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That stinks. They should be

That stinks. They should be giving you promo codes for 5% or 10% off, something like that.

Cheer up though! I finally bought by copy of Vintage Games today!

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I don't know if it was the

I don't know if it was the stunt or not, but I didn't make any sales at all from GOG. I wasn't expecting to get rich, but I did expect at least a few lousy bucks. As it is, they refused to give me any kind of discount code or anything I can use to encourage people to use my affiliate link, so it's a no-win for me. I'm basically just providing free advertising for them and looking like a schmuck in the process.

I'll probably mention them in passing when I cover a game that they have on their site, but my enthusiasm for their company has dropped from cheerleader to cynic.

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It is sad that GOG felt they

It is sad that GOG felt they had to go to these lengths to get publicity, but it may have been the only way to break the mold and get out of the "core audience" stigma (sales were probably slow or nearly non-existent, otherwise I can't see why they would do something like this-a simple "reboot" shouldn't warrant their actions).

Getting people that are not regular gamers talking is something that is hard to do (believe me, it is not as easy as people think). You are constantly searching out new markets to penetrate, many of which don't care about games but some of the people involved do, to an extent. It is hard but resorting to some foolishness like GOG did has never crossed my mind. I would never tell any of the people I work with to "shut down" in hopes of making people talk, that is, to me, counterproductive (as in the case of Matt there who basically got screwed over on the timing because NO ONE was kept up to date about this matter).

I guess, according to the GOG owners, the economy is not in a recession, we are just "rebooting" it.

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Hmm.

Might as well use it as a reason to promote Steam.

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Matt Barton
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Well, it definitely didn't

Well, it definitely didn't help me at all. Zero sales, as I fully expected after directing everyone to a shutdown site.

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Bill Loguidice
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Good one
cdoty wrote:

The ironic thing is that the closing announcement received a lot more coverage than the relaunch.

That's a great point. Perhaps many of the other outlets feel like many of us do and decided not to give them additional free publicity for the stunt. I'd LOVE to know what the real story is (hard numbers) of how much this stunt actually helped.

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Ironic

The ironic thing is that the closing announcement received a lot more coverage than the relaunch.

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