In 2012, the online retailer formerly known as Good Old Games renamed itself GOG and began selling current releases, promising to remain committed to DRM-free distribution and no regional pricing. While GOG has continued to add older games to the catalog, they have stuck alongside more up-to-date releases. (A look at the banner at the top of GOG.com today shows Horizon Zero Dawn under a re-release of The Wheel of Timefirst released in 1999.) Today, GOG announced (opens in new tab) a plan to “return to our classical roots”.
Don’t wait for the name to change again or for these new releases to disappear from the store. Instead, the aim is to make classic games more visible and the first step is a “revival of [the] Good Old Games Concept”. The newly added Good old game tag (opens in new tab) highlights over 500 games, each over a decade old and widely considered a classic, though you’re welcome to discuss the specifics of individual games.
A scroll through the list shows beloved names like Planescape: Torment, Heroes of Might and Magic 3, The Curse of Monkey Island, Theme Hospital, System Shock 2, Blade Runner and Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. It’s also a slightly rude reminder that games like Dragon Age: Origins and Fallout: New Vegas are over 10 years old and have apparently passed the event horizon by which games can be counted as classics. It made me feel absolutely vintage.
This is described as the beginning of GOG’s return to enhancing the “visibility and discovery” of classic games. We will have to wait and see what the next step is. In the meantime, here’s a look back at where it all started, with the beginning of GOG’s journey to bring good old games back to life.