GOG redesigned; now distributing movies, too27 Aug 2014
DRM-free games aren’t enough for some people, so GOG have now started distributing movies too. Which makes it a good thing that these days they’re called “GOG” rather than “Good Old Games”, because now only one of the words in that is true.
Apparently, GOG have been trying to do this for awhile, but basically every major studio has gone “Maybe, but we don’t want to take the risk so we’ll wait for someone else to sign up first.” As such, most of the things up there at the moment are independent titles (mostly documentaries about gaming and gaming culture) but GOG eventually want to extend this to “cinema classics as well as some all-time favorite TV series.”
Right now, movies are priced at $5.99. Most come in 1080p quality, with some in 720p, and everything will have a 576p version for those of us with slower connections or caps on how much we can download per month. You’ll be able to stream as well as download, and as this is GOG, the movies will generally come with as many goodies as can be mustered. And, so that you can try it for yourself, two movies are currently free: The Art of Playing and TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard. You can browse the movie catalogue over here.
Of course, browsing the movie catalogue will poke your brain until you go “hang on, there are a few other different things here too.” And you’re right! The site has had a rather big visual redesign. More currencies are supported, so you can now see prices in British Pounds, Australian Dollars, Russian Roubles, and European Euros. Are they called European Euros? It felt weird just putting “and Euros” after that. Er, I digress; this basically means you’ll be able to choose whether you want to pay in your local currency or in dollars. Also, their Fair Price Package (making sure customers in different regions don’t pay more) means that every title that doesn’t apply to will now get you store credit instead of a gift code. Hurrah!
Finally, GOG now support more payment options in the form of Sofort, Giropay, Webmoney, and Yandex. Finally finally, 35 games are being removed from the store (including Amnesia, bizarrely) and as such they’re now part of a Last Chance sale.