DRM might not be the fiercely debated topic it was a few years ago, but it’s still influencing how gamers go about purchasing or downloading products from developers. Security measures have ranged from simple disc encryption to forcing games to always remain connected to the Internet, and DRM often makes it more difficult for people who have legitimately purchased a game to access it or play it. However, it’s the pitfalls of these security measures that has allowed websites like Good Old Games (GOG) to find success among PC gamers.
GOG is a welcome rarity in the digital games world, selling content for direct download without attaching any DRM features whatsoever. This kind of approach might lead those unfamiliar with GOG to assume the games they sell aren’t particularly popular or well-known, but the fact is, GOG’s library of games is getting more impressive with every new wave of offerings. And this week, things are getting really exciting.
This week GOG announced that they are adding another well-known partner, Bethesda Softwork,s to their roster of already-impressive gaming giants. Select games from Bethesda’s Fallout and Elder Scrolls series are available now on GOG, joining other classics from other famous developers like Activision, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, and Square Enix. Games like The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind‘s Game of the Year Edition, Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics are all available as of this writing, and GOG has announced that everyone who purchases at least one Bethesda title will also receive a free copy of old school classics The Elder Scrolls: Arena and The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall.
While it’s clear Bethesda isn’t going to bring any of their newer titles to GOG, like the record-breaking Skyrim or mod community darling Fallout: New Vegas, the DRM-free access is a welcome addition nevertheless. The website already had the entire Witcher series of games, System Shock 2, the original Deus Ex, and Baldur’s Gate 2 among other equally brilliant IPs, and the GOG catalogue is beginning to appear like a carefully picked catalogue of gaming triumphs.
Bethesda’s choice to partner up with GOG isn’t just about flaunting past successes, however. GOG represents a community-friendly way to generate revenue off of games that are fifteen-years-old or more, although smash hits like The Witcher 3 are available too. It also offers gamers a chance to acquaint themselves with the Elder Scrolls or Fallout universes so as to better understand why Bethesda is such a giant in the industry. At the very least, experiencing the graphics engines of Fallout 2 or Morrowind should help those complaining about the graphics in Fallout 4 realize that it could be a lot worse.
Do DRM restrictions make you less likely to purchase games from major developers? Is it difficult going back to old school games after being so used to the many advancements made in the industry since their release? Let us know how you feel in the comments.