Gog.com  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Gog.com  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network BloodRayne, BloodRayne 2 Enhanced Editions Coming to PC https://www.gameskinny.com/h9vr8/bloodrayne-bloodrayne-2-enhanced-editions-coming-to-pc https://www.gameskinny.com/h9vr8/bloodrayne-bloodrayne-2-enhanced-editions-coming-to-pc Tue, 03 Nov 2020 10:45:46 -0500 Henry Stockdale

This year has been full of surprises, but we'd hazard a guess that a BloodRayne revival probably wasn't on your checklist. Having acquired the series' rights back in August, Ziggurat Interactive confirmed today that BloodRayne and BloodRayne 2 will receive updated editions on November 20.

A series of third-person vampire-themed action games, BloodRayne and BloodRayne 2 released in the early 2000s for PC, PlayStation 2, and Xbox. These enhanced versions, called "Terminal Cuts," will bring a number of improvements (listed below) to each title.

They will launch on Steam and GOG.com, and current owners of both BloodRayne games will receive these enhanced editions for free.

According to Ziggurat Interactive, quite a few updates are coming to each title, including:

  • Support for higher display resolutions (up to 4K/3840x2160)
  • Improved rendering with up to 4x anti-aliasing
  • Upscaled cinematic videos
  • Support for modern gamepads (XInput controller support)
  • Improvements to lighting at engine level, plus fully reprocessed lighting data
  • Engine improvements to support uncompressed original textures
    Improvements to effects such as reflections, water, fog, and shadows
  • Optimized for Windows 10
  • Localizations include:
    • BloodRayne: Fully voiced with localized interfaces in English, French, Italian, Spanish
    • BloodRayne 2: Localized interface and subtitles for English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Speaking further about the release of the enhanced edition, Ziggurat Interactive's President Wade Rosen said: 

The response was tremendous when we announced that we had taken over stewardship of the BloodRayne series. Fans have been asking what’s next for the series, and now we're excited to show off the great work that's been done by Terminal Reality on the first two titles.

Whether this leads to the development of any new entries in the BloodRayne series remains to be seen. The last installment in the franchise, BloodRayne: Betrayal, released in 2011 on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. A 2D side-scroller, it was a departure for the series that garnered mixed reviews.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny as we learn more about the series.

6 Places to Submit Your Indie Game for Prizes and Publicity https://www.gameskinny.com/hmoh9/6-places-to-submit-your-indie-game-for-prizes-and-publicity https://www.gameskinny.com/hmoh9/6-places-to-submit-your-indie-game-for-prizes-and-publicity Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:35:26 -0500 Allison M Reilly

Getting started in the video game industry is no easy feat. Developing an indie game is already hard work. Once you manage to complete the game, the next step is to market it and encourage people to play it. One way to get attention for your new indie game is to submit it to earn prizes and publicity. If you're not sure where you should submit your game, then here are six places to consider.


MomoCon is an Atlanta-based geek culture conference featuring video games, anime, cosplay, comics, and more. Developers can earn one of 48 spots to exhibit their game by either submitting the title to the showcase or paying $600 for a booth. If you choose to submit your title, then know that only the top 20 are chosen and given a complimentary booth. Of the top 20 exhibitors, six winners are chosen, winning a $1,000 prize and a spot to exhibit at next year's Momocon. The next Momocon is May 2018.


Most of the PAX festivals have an exhibit called PAX Rising, where up-and-coming indie games get to showcase on the expo floor. Each of the PAX festivals also has their own separate indie game showcase. PAX East focuses on mobile games, while PAX Aus features indie games from New Zealand and Australia. PAX is one of the bigger, more competitive options for indie games, but if you're able to get in, the reward is worth it.

PixelPop Festival

PixelPop Festival is an annual St. Louis indie games festival featuring new and upcoming games from local and national developers. Attendees can try out all of the different games as well as listen in on panels on topics such as women in gaming, how developers and streamers can work together, and gaming journalism. PixelPop is an excellent place to submit your indie game because you can get feedback from attendees directly, which is especially helpful in a city with a growing gaming scene. The festival also chooses a few games as their top choices among the exhibitors based on criteria like attendee feedback, game design, and originality. The next PixelPop is July 2018.


GOG.com is an awesome place to submit your indie game if you're about 90 percent of the way toward completion. When developers submit a game to GOG.com, the site takes the time to review the game and provide feedback. If your title isn't accepted, then you at least get the honest feedback. If the title is accepted, then next steps involve a formal release on the site. Every game formally released on GOG.com gets a cross-platform social media campaign as well as an extra-large banner and a review on the front page. The game's trailer will also be uploaded to GOG.com's YouTube. If you don't think you're going to need help marketing your game, then submitting your title here is a good choice.


If you just want to upload your indie title to a credible site and let the market speak for itself, then there's no better place to submit your game than itch.io. Upload the file, create a landing page, set the price, and you're done. What's more, the site provides developers with a lot of tools to sell and showcase their titles. Many indie developers also use itch.io as a starting point, uploading the game there and then marketing the heck out of it at all the festivals and conferences. Overall, if you can only submit your indie game to one place, then itch.io is your best bet. 


Kongregate is an indie games platform meant for free-to-play mobile and PC indie games. In addition to allowing developers to host their games on the site, they also have a publishing portal to help devs get their titles on multiple platforms. Developers who upload a game to Kongregate can earn money off their games through advertising and sponsoring monthly contests. The site is a great choice for indie game developers who want to build a community around their game or interact with other indie game developers and their games.

Getting publicity or winning an award is an incredible milestone as an indie game developer. Many people have an idea for a game but never actually take the time to execute on the concept. Ultimately, even if your indie game doesn't win a prize or isn't recognized as a finalist, don't forget that you actually made a game and brought an idea to reality. There really aren't many people in the world who can say that.

10 Treats You Don't Want to Miss From GOG's Halloween Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/mki7u/10-treats-you-dont-want-to-miss-from-gogs-halloween-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/mki7u/10-treats-you-dont-want-to-miss-from-gogs-halloween-sale Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:17:18 -0400 Allison M Reilly

Let's face it: the weather is getting colder. As much fun as it is to go trick-or-treating, it's also fun to stay in and be warm, too. Fortunately, GOG.com is running a Halloween sale until 6 p.m. ET,  November 2nd, so staying in can be even more fun with one (or more) of these 10 great deals.

During the sale, those who spend at least $15 will receive a free copy of Tales From the Borderlands, if you needed yet another excuse to spend money and get just one more game for your buck.

Darkest Dungeon

It can be hard enough to manage mental health issues in real life, but Darkest Dungeon presents the challenge of managing mental health issues in game. Part of the adventuring in this gothic, rogue-like RPG is managing the stress and sanity of your team. Also part of the game is Murphy's Law: anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Darkest Dungeon is a game of chaos, but intellectually stimulating chaos that doesn't completely feel like the game just wants to screw you over.

Darkest Dungeon - sale price $9.99 - normally $24.99


SOMA is an interesting entry in the genre of horror games. It's not really one about jump scares or surviving a ton of enemies. The underwater, sci-fi elements play into very specific phobias and create an uneasy, uncertain environment. On top of all that, SOMA has a compelling story, further driving both the game and the player toward continuing and finishing the game. A refreshing title when it comes to horror games, and one worth purchasing.

SOMA - sale price $7.49 - normally $29.99

Hollow Knight

The popular Metroidvania is perfect to purchase now if you haven't already, as the free expansion "The Grimm Troupe" just came out on Oct. 26. "The Grimm Troupe" is a new questline with new bosses, enemies and items, and players can access it at any time. Even without the free DLC, Hollow Knight is considered one of the best games of the year, if not the best. It's beautiful, challenging, engaging, and worth every penny.

Hollow Knight - sale price $9.89 - normally $14.99

Crypt of the Necrodancer

Crypt of the Necrodancer is a rhythm game even rhythm game haters would enjoy. The soundtrack is phenomenal, or players can add and play their own music if they disagree. The game also has tons of replay-ability, not just with the ability to add your own music, but with the different characters that require different playing styles. The game is a few years old, but manages to never get old. If you haven't picked up Crypt of the Necrodancer yet and given it a try, then every time is a good time to do so, but especially now during the GOG.com sale.

Crypt of the Necrodancer - sale price $4.49 - normally $14.99

Grim Fandango Remastered

Halloween isn't the only holiday happening this time of year. Those who love and celebrate the Day of the Dead will also love Grim Fandango Remastered. Everybody's a skeleton, you're in the Land of the Dead, and the dialogue is top notch. This horror isn't in the jump scares or enemies, but the level of corruption Manny Calavera has been dealing with in the Department of Death! Grim Fandango Remastered is an excellent game to pick up if you rather laugh out loud than scream this Day of the Dead.

Grim Fandango Remastered - sale price $3.79 - normally $14.99

Hand of Fate

Hand of Fate does a great job of combining many gaming elements together. It's part card game, part board game, part RPG. The player is in control during combat but still subject to the RNG of the cards. Overall, the game has a fantastic concept and is a grind, albeit a rewarding one, for achievement hunters. If you haven't yet tried Hand of Fate, then now is a great time to do it. The sequel, Hand of Fate 2, is coming out Nov. 7.

Hand of Fate - sale price $6.29 - normally $24.99

Don't Starve

Don't Starve isn't an easy game, and with each DLC release, it doesn't get any easier. The base game alone presents a ton of challenge, and most players will spend hours in trial and error figuring out how to not only survive, but thrive in a world where nearly everything is designed to kill you. The horror in Don't Starve isn't the creepy wilderness or the arrival of Deerclops, but the oversight of forgetting your thermal stone during your winter venture.

Don't Starve - sale price $3.79 - normally $14.99


Sure, Outlast II came out earlier this year and it may be tempting to play the newest game. But, don't skip over the original Outlast, where the object of the game is in the title. There's no fighting; just a lot of running and hiding while trying to record as much as possible. Not everyone is an enemy either, so there's the suspense and tension in who to watch out for and where you need to go. Outlast is a must-play title for any fan of the horror genre.

Outlast - sale price $2.99 - normally $19.99

Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami is fast-paced and action packed. If you want your heart to race because all you're doing is moving, reacting and paying attention to every detail, then Hotline Miami is the game for you. The main character goes on murderous rampages and all the enemies can kill you in one hit. You can sneak by, but that's not going to work every time. The scare here is the blurred lines in who's controlling the main character's actions. Are you really in control, or are you just doing what the answering machine tells you to do?

Hotline Miami - sale price $1.99 - normally $9.99

Layers of Fear

Layers of Fear isn't about action. It's not about resolving one scary scenario only to move on to the next scary scenario. It's drawn out. It's meant to feel like you can settle while, in reality, there's no room to get comfortable. Layers of Fear is meant to be about endurance. It's an excellently detailed game, designed to force the player to explore the complexities of fear much in the same way the paintings in the game can be much more than they appear.

Layers of Fear - sale price $4.99 - normally $19.99


Are you planning on taking advantage of the Halloween sale? What games did you buy, or are you wanting to buy? Let us know in the comments!

Check Out GOG.com BIG DEAL Sale Raffle and Game Giveaways https://www.gameskinny.com/3otl2/check-out-gogcom-big-deal-sale-raffle-and-game-giveaways https://www.gameskinny.com/3otl2/check-out-gogcom-big-deal-sale-raffle-and-game-giveaways Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:10:45 -0400 Kat De Shields

GOG.com's BIG DEAL sale is underway with more than 200 deals across the site. We here at GameSkinny are celebrating with a raffle and giveaway of our own! The only thing better than a great game is one that you can get for free. Here's how you can snag a few free keys over the next few days. 

GameSkinny and GOG Raffle

10 lucky winners will receive a copy of EVERSPACE or Darkest Dungeon. Click here to access the GOG.com Big Deal Sale Raffle with GameSkinny. Once you enter, be sure to check your email for tips on how to improve your chances of winning! This raffle closes at 11:59 PT on September 24th. 

GameSkinny Daily Giveaways

From now until Monday, September 25th, we're giving away a total of 30 free games! Keep an eye on GameSkinny's Facebook and Twitter pages to see the featured game of the day and how to enter to win a free copy.

If you haven't already, be sure to stop by GOG.com and check out their sale. There are tons of bargains you don't want to miss!




GOG's BIG DEAL Sale is a Big Deal https://www.gameskinny.com/pqf8y/gogs-big-deal-sale-is-a-big-deal https://www.gameskinny.com/pqf8y/gogs-big-deal-sale-is-a-big-deal Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:51:24 -0400 Robert Kazmierczak

Starting on September 18, GOG is offering discounts on more than 200 games in what has been named the BIG DEAL Sale. There are a ton of games on sale ranging from a modest 15% off to more substantial mark downs of 90% off.  

There are a ton of great games that have never been on sale before, as well as games coming in at prices way lower than ever before. Some of the more impressive discounts have managed to price a few games under $2, including Lichdom:Battlemage ($1.99), Her Story ($1.49), and Aarklash Legacy ($1.99). 

In addition to the crazy discounts, GOG has announced a surprise for anyone who visits the site on Tuesday, September 19, leaving this hint as to what the surprise might be.

"Everyone who drops by GOG.com this Tuesday will come away with an absolutely, definitely, positively special something! If that sounds a bit oddyou'll just have to come and see. 


There's no telling when another opportunity like this will come along, so make sure to hop on to GOG.com and check out these crazy deals before the sale ends on September 25.

Disney has Re-Released 16-bit Games on GOG https://www.gameskinny.com/jra0v/disney-has-re-released-16-bit-games-on-gog https://www.gameskinny.com/jra0v/disney-has-re-released-16-bit-games-on-gog Thu, 04 Aug 2016 11:23:41 -0400 Janiece Sebris

GOG.com has made available three Disney re-release 16-bit games today for a discounted price. These games include The Jungle Book (released 1994) The Lion King (released 1994), and Aladdin (released 1993). 

Back in the day, these games held their own and came out as some of the more solid games from the 8-bit and 16-bit era. They controlled well when released and featured eye-catching, colorful graphics. Their innovative soundtracks also caught gamers' attention. The Jungle BookLion King and Aladdin gaming soundtracks have all been uploaded to YouTube. 

While most gamers grew up first playing these games on their Segas, now gamers of all ages can either bathe in the nostalgia or enjoy something new from another time. The games have been updated to be compatible with modern operating systems -- while keeping intact the graphics, sounds and interactive gameplay. 

The games are available for Windows, Mac and Linux. For about the next three days, GOG.com has the games discounted at 10% each, and are available in a bundle discounted at 33%.  

GOG Summer Sale begins--earn free games through parsnip planting and more https://www.gameskinny.com/yexcs/gog-summer-sale-begins-earn-free-games-through-parsnip-planting-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/yexcs/gog-summer-sale-begins-earn-free-games-through-parsnip-planting-and-more Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:22:29 -0400 FlameKurosei

GOG.com kicks off the season with its annual Summer Sale from June 8-22, and this time with free games to grab! For the first 48 hours, players can obtain a free copy of System Shock 2 simply by logging into the GOG Galaxy client with their GOG account. The GOG Galaxy client is free, entirely optional, and provides the benefits of chat, achievements, and online multiplayer for DRM-free games from the site.

The free title won't be here forever, so be sure to grab it soon!

Players can also earn experience points (dubbed as "XP") by purchasing titles (discounted or not) during the Summer Sale dates and participating in daily activities to earn badges. There are plenty of games to choose from, with over 1000 deals for DRM-free PC games, with popular titles such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or Darkest Dungeon: Soundtrack Edition.

GOG.com will also be streaming on Twitch, giving users various opportunities to earn XP, including some quirky challenges in Stardew Valley and Grim Fandango Remastered. The first challenge takes place on Thursday June 9th, at 4:00 PM UTC -- players will have to do some parsnip planting in Stardew Valley. Take a look at GOG.com's Twitch schedule for more details and other to-be-streamed games!

 Are your computers ready for the summer sale and free games? Check it out now at GOG.com!

GOG Connect: A worthy DRM-free endeavor, or a waste of time? https://www.gameskinny.com/96lw5/gog-connect-a-worthy-drm-free-endeavor-or-a-waste-of-time https://www.gameskinny.com/96lw5/gog-connect-a-worthy-drm-free-endeavor-or-a-waste-of-time Tue, 07 Jun 2016 09:17:53 -0400 FlameKurosei

Yesterday, GOG.com announced the "GOG Connect", an initiative allowing players to connect their Steam account to their GOG.com account to import DRM-free games at no extra charge. While creating a free opening for gamers to have a chance for more DRM-free games, there were several questions from particular people wondering if there was any point to the GOG Connect.

To summarize, here are two specific points that several people brought up that peaked my interest:

1. Why should I buy DRM Steam games when I could purchase them already DRM-free on GOG.com?

And on the flip side:

2. Why should I use GOG Connect when I already have a copy of the game on Steam?

Both questions are valid viewpoints that say the same thing for both sides:

"Sure the GOG Connect exists now, but why use it when I already have a copy of the game I want?"

Answering this question differs for both sides. For question 1, as several commenters mentioned, it is a matter of cost and variety. A person might prefer to purchase a game on Steam than GOG.com because it is cheaper due to a sale, or available at an earlier date. Steam tends to have many sales throughout the year where players can get a copy of the game for a significantly cheaper price.

As website Lifehacker observes, Steam has a higher tendency to be the first place to put a sale on a new game compared to other online services -- 41% compared to GOG.com's 6%.

Furthermore, Steam also has a larger variety of games -- this means more AAA titles, so it can be more advantageous to purchase a game on Steam first than wait for GOG.com to release a DRM-free copy. The GOG Connect provides a benefit to GOG.com in this case, because once a consumer purchases a game on Steam, then there's little point to purchasing a DRM-free copy on GOG.com.

As the GOG Connect service's game roster changes constantly (i.e. a listed game has a limited duration for importing, and then a new game takes its place), it also encourages users to check GOG.com on a more regular basis. This means a better chance for GOG.com to have more customers -- a win-win situation.

The second question has a different focus. Why would a Steam user find benefit in having a DRM-free copy of their game? Is there a point in having two versions of the same game? The answer is focused on primarily on the benefits of having something "DRM-free". Steam is a DRM service, which contains limitations that inhibit users for accessing their games conveniently compared to a DRM-free service like GOG.com.

Let's back up a bit and let me explain the difference between GOG.com and Steam:

GOG.com, previously known as "Good Old Games", is a online service dedicated to selling games and movies "DRM-free". DRM-free games allow players to back up and download their games on multiple computers with little hassle. This method also allows for gamers to play without an internet connection. There is no need for an "activation key" or online confirmation to play a game--simply purchase it, download it, and play it.

Steam, on the other hand, is an online service that is majorly into DRM, requiring users to sign in to their accounts before playing a game. Steam also puts restrictions on sharing games or downloading games on multiple computers, requiring passwords, account permissions, and several other security checks before gamers can download and play their video game of choice. GOG Connect is an attempt to alleviate these tighter limitations, though Steam does have its own small library of DRM-free games.

Therefore, there are benefits for Steam users to have a DRM-free copy of their game via GOG Connect, because it allows them to freely access a game without going through the obstacle course of DRM permissions.

In conclusion, the GOG Connect is a worthwhile venture, as it allows GOG.com users a chance to purchase games at a cheaper cost on Steam, and it allows Steam users to have a DRM-free copy of their game for sharing or playing without hefty restrictions.

What are your thoughts on the GOG Connect, or on games being DRM/DRM-free? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Introducing GoG Connect: Access DRM Free games from your Steam library https://www.gameskinny.com/7kqfb/introducing-gog-connect-access-drm-free-games-from-your-steam-library https://www.gameskinny.com/7kqfb/introducing-gog-connect-access-drm-free-games-from-your-steam-library Wed, 01 Jun 2016 11:10:19 -0400 Ainyan

GoG.com, home of DRM-free copies of popular software, announced its new service GOG Connect today. This service will allow users to connect their GoG and Steam accounts, allowing them to access titles from their Steam library on GoG. 

This new service does more than simply allow users an additional platform from which to access their favorite Steam games. GoG games are strictly DRM-free, meaning the user never has to verify ownership of their copy or be connected to the internet in order to use offline features.

Currently, the list of connected games is small, but GoG confirms that they plan to continue adding more in the future. Current games include:

  • Bit.Trip Runner
  • Braid
  • Breach & Clear
  • Breach & Clear: Deadline
  • Broken Sword: Directors Cut
  • FTL: Advanced Edition
  • Galactic Civilizations III
  • Mount & Blade
  • Project Zomboid
  • Saints Row 2
  • Shadowrun Returns
  • Sherlock Holmes: Secret Of The Silver Earring
  • The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
  • The Witness
  • To The Moon
  • Trine Enhanced Edition
  • Two Worlds
  • Unreal Gold
  • Unreal Tournament GOTY Edition
  • Xenonauts

It is worth noting that games will not be eligible for Connect indefinitely. The ability to connect a game to GoG from Steam is time-limited, and the time a game is eligible to be connected will vary. However, once a game has been imported to GoG from Steam, it remains permanently in your GoG library, even if it is no longer able to be freshly connected.

To get started, head to the official GoG Connect website and connect your Steam and GoG accounts. Once connected, GoG will pull your Steam library and automatically make any eligible Steam titles available to you. Be sure to check back frequently to see what new titles are available for Connect and to add them to your GoG library.

Notice: As the service is new, it may be running slow as more and more users connect for the first time. As with any new service, patience is key. If the service can't connect, try again later.

All The Witcher Games on Sale on GOG.com https://www.gameskinny.com/8cs44/all-the-witcher-games-on-sale-on-gogcom https://www.gameskinny.com/8cs44/all-the-witcher-games-on-sale-on-gogcom Tue, 17 May 2016 08:36:46 -0400 ESpalding

All of The Witcher games are currently on sale over at GOG.com. The sale, which started yesterday (May 16), sees the entire The Witcher series with up to 85% off their original price. The sale is in celebration of the next The Witcher: Wild Hunt expansion, Blood & Wine, which is due to release on May 31.

The details of the sale prices are as follows:

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - 50% off
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Hearts of Stone - 10% off
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt & Expansion Pass (Hearts of Stone & Blood & Wine) - 33% off
  • The Witcher 2 - 85% off
  • The Witcher - 85% off
  • The Witcher Adventure Game - 85% off

The sale is on until Wednesday, June 1st, 5:00pm UTC /  10:00am PDT / 1:00pm EDT / 19:00 CEST so you've got plenty of time to catch up with what Geralt has been up to before the next installment.

Welcome to Bundleopolis, where a new deal is born every six hours https://www.gameskinny.com/2671c/welcome-to-bundleopolis-where-a-new-deal-is-born-every-six-hours https://www.gameskinny.com/2671c/welcome-to-bundleopolis-where-a-new-deal-is-born-every-six-hours Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:39:54 -0400 Mark Elgie

Deals galore are available with GOG.com's Bundleopolis sale this week.

In a sale that runs April 25 to May 1, users can take advantage of deals up to 80% off. New deals are introduced every six hours.

True to the name Bundleopolis, the sale is set up as a metropolis of various deals. At the Academy of LucasArts, users can purchase titles such as The Dig, Monkey Island SE 1 & 2, and Outlaws for up to 75% off.

Bit.Trip Street houses every title in the Bit.Trip series, available for up to 87% off.

The aptly named Nightmare Avenue has a collection of horror titles like Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, available for up to 80% off.

From GOG.com's news page:

"Keep coming back to the expanding Bundleopolis Sale to discover new sights and new releases, or exercise your rights as a citizen with build-your-own bundles. If you live here long enough, you might even get to learn its dark secret, which will be revealed just before the city lights go out."

As is always the case with games for sale on GOG.com, games are DRM (Digital Rights Management) free, so once a game has been purchased, users are free to install that game on any other computer, and redownload it as many times as is needed.

Beamdog President pleads with players to leave positive reviews for Baldur's Gate expansion amid "social justice" controversy https://www.gameskinny.com/4x7i7/beamdog-president-pleads-with-players-to-leave-positive-reviews-for-baldurs-gate-expansion-amid-social-justice-controversy https://www.gameskinny.com/4x7i7/beamdog-president-pleads-with-players-to-leave-positive-reviews-for-baldurs-gate-expansion-amid-social-justice-controversy Mon, 04 Apr 2016 07:34:05 -0400 Scott Simpson

Trent Oster, President of game studio Beamdog, has taken to the company forums to ask players of Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear a "favour", to leave positive reviews to try and cancel out the negative feedback left on Steam, GOG and Metacritic. He hopes fans of the expansion for the enhanced edition of the original Baldur's Gate will help to "balance out the loud minority which is currently painting a dark picture for new players", who he claims are giving the expansion bad scores as the result of "having a transgendered cleric and a joke line by Minsc [which] has greatly offended the sensibilities of some people."

Is that the real reason for the game's poor user reviews though? They say there's two sides to every story, and taking a closer look at this negative feedback paints a different picture.

While there certainly are cases of users of the aforementioned digital distribution platforms posting reviews purely out of malice, especially on Metacritic it seems, the majority of critical feedback appears to be concerned with a number of bugs in the game, broken multiplayer, issues with the UI and visuals, poor writing, and the game's linearity, among other things.

When it comes to the issues specificially mentioned by Oster, players seem to have a lot more valid criticisms than he proposes. Many explicitly explain that their issue is not with having a transgender character, but with the ham-fisted approach with which they are introduced to the game, and the stereotypical way in which they and other characters are depicted.

Others point out that the purpose of playing a game in a medieval fantasy setting is to escape the realities of the modern world, not be beaten over the head by gender politics and 4th wall breaking jokes.

Accusations of unnecessarily shoe-horning in political ideologies aren't really helped when the game's writer, Amber Scott, can herself can be quoted as saying:

"I consciously add as much diversity as I can to my writing and I don't care if people think that's "forced" or fake. I find choosing to write from a straight default just as artificial. I'm happy to be an SJW and I hope to write many Social Justice Games in the future."

In addition, some recurring characters from Baldur's Gate have had their personalities altered to appear less "sexist", or, as Scott puts it in an interview with Kotaku, have been given "a way better personality upgrade", going on to add, "...if people don’t like that, then too bad". It's not hard to see why this would draw considerable ire from fans of the original game.

The whole situation raises questions about Beamdog. Even if there is an active campaign to try and tarnish Siege of Dragonspear's review scores, is it really appropriate for a developer or publisher to plead with fans to actively go out and leave positive reviews for their games? Do they have the right to so freely alter established characters from a much loved game to fit with their own social ideologies? And are the company just trying to capitalize on the controversy by asking gamers to overlook the game's legitimate criticisms and give positive feedback under the guise of trying to balance things out?

What are your thoughts on the situation? Do you have sympathy with Beamdog? Or do you think the criticisms aimed against Siege of Dragonspear and the company's reaction to it are fair? Let us know your views in the comments below.

11 2K Classic Games Now On GOG https://www.gameskinny.com/lk5n9/11-2k-classic-games-now-on-gog https://www.gameskinny.com/lk5n9/11-2k-classic-games-now-on-gog Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:52:55 -0400 Pierre Fouquet

2K games and GOG have joined forces to add 11 classic 2K games to the site. This includes X-COMSid Meier's Pirates, Railroad Tycoon, and Freedom Force, and can find them for 50-75% off right now.

gog promo sale 2k games

What about bundles?

You can also get a bunch of these games in bundles, saving you more overall.

The X-COM Classic Bundle includes: 

  • X-COM: UFO Defense
  • X-COM: Terror from the Deep
  • X-COM: Apocalypse
  • X-COM: Interceptor
  •  X-COM: Enforcer. 

All of these classics are 73% off.

The Railroad Tycoon Bundle includes:

  • Sid Meier's Railroads
  • Railroad Tycoon 2
  • Railroad Tycoon 3

You can get all this classic railway building for 67% off.

The Freedom Force Pack includes:

  • Freedom Force
  • Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich

You can take turns in playing these classics for 50% off.

Sid Meier's Pirates! is also there for plundering at 50% off.

But why 2K classic games?

"2K is a treasure trove of timeless masterpieces..."

That's according to Oleg Klapovsky, Vice President of Business Development and Operations at GOG. He follows this up by saying:

"We're obviously thrilled about adding these classics to the GOG.com library, and we can't wait to see what this partnership still has in store for everyone."

The launch promotion is available now, and ends April 5th at exactly 1:59 PM BST / 5:59 AM PT / 8:59 AM ET.

It's refreshing to see times there too, so thanks for that GOG.

Will you be picking any of these 2K classics up?

GOG Insomnia Sale On Now https://www.gameskinny.com/re92r/gog-insomnia-sale-on-now https://www.gameskinny.com/re92r/gog-insomnia-sale-on-now Tue, 22 Mar 2016 09:33:39 -0400 Cresta Starr

Can't sleep? Need some games to help you get through the night? Well GoG.com is having their insomnia sale right now! You can find many titles like Uprising: Join or Die for $4.49 (25% off), Grim Dawn for $22.99 (10% off), and Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition for $49.79 (17% off) and many more at discounted prices.

What is Gog.com anyways?

Gog.com is a digital distribution platform much like Steam or Humble Bundle. They offer a wide variety of games from players to choose from at some times deeply discounted prices. Gog.com also offers games for all PC types, including Linux and MacOS.

How does this sale work?

There are a limited amount of copies of a game that are on a constant stream. When that particular title has sold out, it's on to the next one. There is no time limit on how long the sale will be going on. Once all the games have sold out, then the sale will be over. In addition to all of this, players can unlock free games with every 10 purchases during the sale. That number decreases with the more games you buy.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to GoG.com and get your game fix now while supplies last!

GOG.com launches its Big Winter Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/w01th/gogcom-launches-its-big-winter-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/w01th/gogcom-launches-its-big-winter-sale Fri, 04 Dec 2015 09:59:16 -0500 Daniel R. Miller

The DRM-free online game retailer, GOG.com recently launched their Big Winter Sale that will offer over 500 deals across a plethora of games with discounts up to 90% off. The sale will feature bundles and deals that will change out every 24 hours, so if you've got a huge wish list that you've been waiting to conquer, keep checking back to see which games are being discounted.

Currently, the headliner bundles are the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Pack, which features 3 games, Shadow of Chernobyl, Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat all from the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series and the Citybuilder Kit, which has four games, Caesar 3, Pharoah + Cleopatra, Zeus + Poseidon (Acropolis) and Children of the Nile. 

Other majors deals currently going on include:

If none of these deals pique your interest, you can take a small gamble on one of many $3 Mystery Games, whose true value lies between $9.99 and $34.99. The system is set up in a way that it prioritizes games that you don't own, so you are more likely to land something that you don't already own.

It's also worth noting that if you spend at least $5, you will be given a free copy of Divine Divinity and if you spend $50, you will get a free copy of Blackguards. As always, if you already own these games, you can gift them to anybody you want.

GOG.com's Big Winter Sale will last until December 13, 1:59 PM GMT / 2:59 PM CET / 5:59 AM PST / 8:59 AM EST.

Quick Take: I've already dropped about $25 on a few games (and will likely spend more), so I can say for sure that GOG.com is pulling out all the stops with this Winter Sale. I wish they would let us know ahead of time what some of the sales will be, but I suppose that's part of the surprise. GOG's library may be limited when compared with the likes of Steam, but I can't help but shake the feeling that gamers are safer buying games from GOG long term, due to it's stance on DRM.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt headlines epic deals on GOG.com https://www.gameskinny.com/mcazt/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-headlines-epic-deals-on-gogcom https://www.gameskinny.com/mcazt/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-headlines-epic-deals-on-gogcom Sat, 28 Nov 2015 09:14:04 -0500 Daniel R. Miller

The popular classic games digital distributor, GOG.com recently launched one of its biggest sales of the year to open the holiday season. Like every other sale, there is a headliner deal that is unique to the platform and that is The Witcher series. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is currently being discounted at 50% off, along with the rest of the games in the series getting discounts of up to 85%.

GOG.com has also bundled several other major franchises with heavy discounts that include Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer and Star Trek. The sale ends on November 29, so get in on these deals while you can.

The deals are as follows:

Quick Take: GOG.com may not have the deepest library among the major digital games distributors, but you can expect to get a great game every time you buy. If you've been waiting on Wild Hunt for any reason, GOG.com's deal is just about the best there is. Price wise, Steam and GOG.com are identical, but getting the game DRM-free (which is GOG's major sales pitch) is nice. 

First expansion for Pillars of Eternity takes inspiration from Icewind Dale, launches this month https://www.gameskinny.com/3od58/first-expansion-for-pillars-of-eternity-takes-inspiration-from-icewind-dale-launches-this-month https://www.gameskinny.com/3od58/first-expansion-for-pillars-of-eternity-takes-inspiration-from-icewind-dale-launches-this-month Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:28:53 -0400 Daniel R. Miller

In an official press release on their website, developer Obsidian has announced the release date for the first expansion of their epic computer Role-Playing Game, Pillars of EternityThe White March will be launching on August 25 and adds a plethora of new content that can be accessed whether you have beaten the game or not.

The expansion offers the following:

  • Higher level cap
  • New artifacts
  • New Rogue and Monk companions
  • New abilities
  • Party AI
  • Multiclassing
  • A new realm to explore
  • A new story by Carrie Patel, author of the Recoletta series and writer on the original Pillars of Eternity, and Eric Fenstermaker, lead writer on Pillars of Eternity and one of the co-writers of South Park: The Stick of Truth

Pillars of Eternity itself was created as a love letter to CRPG's of the past like Baldur's Gate and Planescape: Torment, but The White March takes this admiration a step further by looking to the Icewind Dale franchise for its inspiration in snow themed environments.

Pillars of Eternity released to widespread critical acclaim back in March and is currently one of the highest rated games of 2015, earning an average Metacritic score of 89. With a retail price of $45 and a 40+ hour campaign that will be even larger with The White March, Pillars of Eternity is arguably the best bargain in the 2015 release calendar. 

The Best (and Worst) Star Wars Games on GOG.com https://www.gameskinny.com/0cdtf/the-best-and-worst-star-wars-games-on-gogcom https://www.gameskinny.com/0cdtf/the-best-and-worst-star-wars-games-on-gogcom Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:15:11 -0500 Elijah Beahm


(Worst) Star Wars: Empire at War


This was the response to people not liking Rebellion. To put it bluntly, the original release for this game was a farce, with a bungled ground battle system full of awkwardly balanced units, and space combat that favored the Rebels far too often. (Also, the Rebels were favored in nearly every other way as well.) The AI would either rush you endlessly, or do absolutely nothing.


The sequel, Forces of Corruption, fixed a number of the original game's issues, but also introduced further imbalances, and had an odd issue with frame rate decreases, despite minimal graphical improvements. Even on a modern machine, it can struggle to push a consistent 60 on the lowest settings, whereas the original runs at upwards of 100 near max.


There is one upside though, and that is that developer Petroglyph made the game HIGHLY moddable. So even if the multiplayer maps were terrible at times, fans could make some of the finest RTS maps you've ever seen (or the most absurd, in many cases). With an integrated chat lobby and friend system, the multiplayer remained the highlight here, and it's worth looking into Hamachi or Game Ranger to play it with a few friends. Other than that though, this game is 100% ignorable.


(Best) Star Wars: Battlefront 2


This is the little game that could. It was only given a year for development, had to rush in a campaign at the last minute, nearly had as many tactical features as Battlefield 2, and tried to restore cut ideas from the original game. Yet, even though it had so much going against its core development, Pandemic pulled it off and sold millions of copies.


I cannot even begin to level with you how active the community base is, nor how much moreso it was back in the day. There's a ton of fan-created content: an unofficial 1.3 patch, a new KotOR era, additional campaigns, and more maps than I can count. I speak from personal experience when I say that all were made with some of the  most damn frustrating mod tools on the planet.


Game Ranger, Open Spy, and Hamachi support Battlefront II. Until EA/DICE's reboot hits store shelves, enjoy your time with this fine game from Pandemic's twilight years.


(Best) Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds


This game almost looks like a total conversion mod for Age of Empires II, packaged as a new game. But the power of the level editor and the new ranged-focused combat brought fresh life to the gameplay.


Additionally, every faction had varied attributes. For example, Gungans could build underwater structures and were the Zerg-like faction, making the species actually useful for once. Every campaign had unique ideas to offer, and the expansion pack tossed in a fair number of hard-as-nails battles to complete.


Really though, praise must be given to the community. I've lost the link ages ago, but I once played a custom scenario in this game that functioned more like an action game than a strategy game. The creator even made navigation hazards and moving "blades" to navigate around. Others have made old-school RPG inspired levels. Some maps were made for live role-playing with friends. Others tested every ounce of strategy.


Then there's the ongoing Expanding Fronts mod that aims to make several sub-faction variants to further specialize your preferred means of conquest. Despite being, for all intents and purposes, abandonware, the fanbase has not given up on it yet. Once again, multiplayer is possible through Hamachi and Game Ranger.


(Best) Star Wars: Tie Fighter


This game is without a doubt one of the most highly praised Star Wars flight sims in existence. While it's been ages since I last played it, Tie Fighter remains an impressive game. There were hidden objectives, solid (at the time) cutscenes, and a fair amount of story context to tie everything together.


If the age of Tie Fighter worries you though, X-Wing Alliance is a more modern entry point into the series. While lacking the more unique aspects that Tie Fighter touted, it features a scenario editor, and boasts the best graphics in the series. It also had some civilian missions, a rare perspective in a Star Wars game.


(Best) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and The Sith Lords


This game and it's sequel, The Sith Lords, are two of the best RPGs in existence, let alone two of the best Star Wars games in existence. The original introduced us to a new form of action-RPG we'd never seen before, all while weaving a Star Wars tale that was equal parts traditional and new style. It gave us HK-47, the Dance Dance Malak cheat, and an epic story of redemption (or revenge). There's also a fan expansion pack that adds a new companion, and over seven hours of new content, with voice-overs and everything.


Then The Sith Lords rolls up and offers a dark, introspective, and almost gothic Star Wars universe. Your master, Kreia, stands starkly in the gray, while most Jedi and Sith argue absolutes. As a whole, the game is the exact opposite of the Star Wars prequels. Instead of impressive graphics or famous locations, The Sith Lords is heavily grounded in criticizing both sides of the force. The discussions on cause and effect, and how no matter what we do, something good and bad can come from our decisions, are some of the deepest topics any Star Wars game has covered.


Unfortunately, the sequel was marred by a rushed development, but modders have seen fit to fix the vast majority of that, in addition to new planets for you to explore. There's even a full, total conversion mod, with a brand new storyline that follows up the first two games.


(Best) Rebellion


This is a fairly forgotten 4X strategy sim that Crusader Kings fans will enjoy. Make no mistake, this game is obtuse and vague, requiring you to learn its systems on your own. Once you have it under your control though, it's arguably the most sandbox-like Star Wars game in existence.


Have Luke duel Palpatine first and leave Vader to rule the Empire? Sure. Or maybe Luke discovers Han has a force sensitivity and trains him the in the ways of the Jedi. Perhaps the Rebels turn to terror tactics and a firm grip equal to the Empire to win the war. Maybe even have the Empire finally becomes a benevolent peace force and favors diplomacy over suppression.


The amount of stuff you can do through just a few menus and a limited space battle simulator is astounding. Getting to the good stuff will bore those who want an action-packed adventure, but the most patient gamers will find this game to be a treat.


Niche as the game may be, there's not only a community still playing the game online through Game Ranger and Hamachi, but it's also got modding support too, which you can find here.


(Best) X-Wing: Rogue Squadron


This is one of those games I wish hadn't become an exclusive, because it felt so at home on PC with its relaxed, arcade-style shooting and awesome mission design. The campaign primarily stretched from A New Hope up to The Battle of Hoth, but also features a mission set in the New Republic Era of the now defunct Expanded Universe.


The graphics have aged as much as any other N64 game, but it still holds a lot of charm. Missions are varied, from all-out assaults to interceptions, and even a tense breakout/escort mission. Until now, it hasn't been available on any system beyond Windows XP, but fans with a modern PC can finally play it.

There are also several small utility mods, all the game's cheat codes, the soundtrack, and the original demo, available on ModDB.


For those of you who don't know, I'm a bit of a Star Wars gaming nerd. Between LEGO and Lucas Arts, my childhood had lots of lightsabers and X-Wings, so I know exactly which Lucas Arts games are stinkers, and which ones are hidden (or not so hidden) gems. If there's mod support available for any of these games, I'll link to it in the descriptions so you can get all your money's worth.

GOG's Big DRM-Free Fall Sale: Up to 90% Discounts, Mount & Blade Free https://www.gameskinny.com/oy6y2/gogs-big-drm-free-fall-sale-up-to-90-discounts-mount-blade-free https://www.gameskinny.com/oy6y2/gogs-big-drm-free-fall-sale-up-to-90-discounts-mount-blade-free Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:34:33 -0500 Kathryn Baker

GOG.com is having its Big Fall Sale until November 25, including discounts on over 700 games. Additionally, they are offering free copies of the game Mount & Blade for the next 20 hours (as of the original posting time of this article).

Discounts go up to 90% off and include bundles. For instance, The Action Platformers Selection includes Dust: An Elysian TaleValdis Story: Abyssal CityUnepic, and Megabyte Punch and only costs $8.21 instead of its original $54.96 pricetag. 85% off four games is not a bad deal.

GOG.com also offers "Flash Deals" which occur every 40 minutes. Some of the current deals are The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena for $2.99, Cannon Fodder 2 for $1.49, and Inquistor for $2.29. All of these deals are time-sensitive, expiring in less than 5 hours. Check them out ASAP.

Mount & Blade is currently free on GOG.com, and the sequels and expansions are up to 75% off as well. Mount & Blade is a medieval single-player RPG. You can join one of five battling factions, become an outlaw or mecenary, or remain neutral as you play. There is no over-arching plotline, so you're free to act as you please to develop your character and fiefdom. Since it's free, you might as well try it out. Just sign in or sign up with GOG.com and enjoy the giveaway!

GOG.com's discounted games seem to cover every genre and style, from role-playing to indie to racing to adventure. When I first opened the Discounted Games page, I was greeted with Baldur's Gate 2 Complete for 50% off, followed by Earthworm Jim 3D for only $2.99. I count that as a fairly diverse selection right off the bat.

As previously mentioned, GOG's Big Fall Sale may continue until November 25, but new deals and discounts appear almost every half-hour. Head over to their site to check out the selection, and to also snag a copy of Mount & Blade for free! Once you look at the selection, let us know: What is your favorite deal and what did you buy?

Steam and GOG Both Giving Away Free Games This Weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/c0t5k/steam-and-gog-both-giving-away-free-games-this-weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/c0t5k/steam-and-gog-both-giving-away-free-games-this-weekend Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:02:39 -0400 Brian Crimmins

This weekend marks yet another Free Weekend on Steam. Valve has been doing these for a while, so what makes this particular weekend newsworthy? Scale. Usually, Steam makes a very small number of games free for its Free Weekends. From today until Sunday (10/16 - 10/19), the following ten games are free on Steam:

Also newsworthy is the timing. Earlier this week, GOG announced their own version of a free weekend. GOG is launching the beta for their multiplayer service, GOG Galaxy. To promote and test the service, GOG will be giving away Aliens Versus Predator Classic 2000 for free to those who sign up for Galaxy. This would currently be the only way for people to get the game.

A reaction to GOG Galaxy?

Taken together, we can guess why Steam chose this weekend for such a big free weekend. Until now, GOG and Steam have addressed different needs in the gaming community. While some of their libraries overlap, each generally serves their own purpose: Steam appeals to a general audience, while GOG caters to those who like older games. However, GOG Galaxy might cut into Steam's audience. The Free Weekend, although minor, might be a cutthroat way of pre-empting the impact Galaxy might have.