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  1. The deep sea survival game Subnautica is free for a limited time through the Epic Games Launcher. This follows closely on the heels of Epic's announcement of an Epic digital distribution service that begins with their launcher. And even better? Epic says they will be releasing a free game every two weeks until the end of 2019! Subnautica debuted to the world four years ago as an Early Access title through Steam. After years of additional development, the seafaring title released fully in January of this year. The game places players in a dire survival scenario: Their spaceship has crashed, seemingly with all hands either lost or dead. Players end up having to fend for themselves on an uncharted ocean world. Securing resources, salvaging gear, upgrading equipment, researching upgrades, and constructing a base of operations all become engrossing activities. It only recently launched on consoles, and unfortunately the free version seems to be exclusive to PC for now. Announced via Epic Games, the company has launched its year-long free game service with Subnautica, an offer which will disappear on December 27 to be replaced by a new free title. The service itself is free - all that you need to do to download the free biweekly game is to download the Epic Games Launcher and download the free title from there. From that point on, it's yours to keep with no strings attached. While a schedule of the games coming to the platform have yet to be announced, we do know that the next game heading to Epic users for free will be Team Meat's classic platformer Super Meat Boy. This move to distribute free games doesn't come out of the goodness of Epic Games' heart, however. The company is making an effort to capitalize on the 200 million people who play Fortnite through their service, a number that absolutely dwarfs juggernauts of the industry like Steam, which boasted a record 18.5 million users in January of this year. If even 10% of Epic's user base begins to use Epic Games as their go-to digital platform of choice, things could really begin to shake up in the slowly crowding digital distribution market. Undoubtedly, the allure of free games for an entire year will keep people opening up the Epic Games platform and building a collection of titles that could potentially include a few games they picked up on the storefront beyond the free games. It's a perfect way to rope in people who are already playing Fortnite and bring in new blood who want free games. Overall, this will likely accelerate some degree of competition between the biggest digital storefronts like Steam, Good Old Games, and Origin. With free games bringing in users and a better cost sharing arrangement than other platforms, Epic really does have a shot at securing a spot as not one of the most used but the most used digital games platforms in the world. This could be the beginning of an entirely different digital ecosystem. Be sure to grab Subnautica on PC before December 27! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  2. The deep sea survival game Subnautica is free for a limited time through the Epic Games Launcher. This follows closely on the heels of Epic's announcement of an Epic digital distribution service that begins with their launcher. And even better? Epic says they will be releasing a free game every two weeks until the end of 2019! Subnautica debuted to the world four years ago as an Early Access title through Steam. After years of additional development, the seafaring title released fully in January of this year. The game places players in a dire survival scenario: Their spaceship has crashed, seemingly with all hands either lost or dead. Players end up having to fend for themselves on an uncharted ocean world. Securing resources, salvaging gear, upgrading equipment, researching upgrades, and constructing a base of operations all become engrossing activities. It only recently launched on consoles, and unfortunately the free version seems to be exclusive to PC for now. Announced via Epic Games, the company has launched its year-long free game service with Subnautica, an offer which will disappear on December 27 to be replaced by a new free title. The service itself is free - all that you need to do to download the free biweekly game is to download the Epic Games Launcher and download the free title from there. From that point on, it's yours to keep with no strings attached. While a schedule of the games coming to the platform have yet to be announced, we do know that the next game heading to Epic users for free will be Team Meat's classic platformer Super Meat Boy. This move to distribute free games doesn't come out of the goodness of Epic Games' heart, however. The company is making an effort to capitalize on the 200 million people who play Fortnite through their service, a number that absolutely dwarfs juggernauts of the industry like Steam, which boasted a record 18.5 million users in January of this year. If even 10% of Epic's user base begins to use Epic Games as their go-to digital platform of choice, things could really begin to shake up in the slowly crowding digital distribution market. Undoubtedly, the allure of free games for an entire year will keep people opening up the Epic Games platform and building a collection of titles that could potentially include a few games they picked up on the storefront beyond the free games. It's a perfect way to rope in people who are already playing Fortnite and bring in new blood who want free games. Overall, this will likely accelerate some degree of competition between the biggest digital storefronts like Steam, Good Old Games, and Origin. With free games bringing in users and a better cost sharing arrangement than other platforms, Epic really does have a shot at securing a spot as not one of the most used but the most used digital games platforms in the world. This could be the beginning of an entirely different digital ecosystem. Be sure to grab Subnautica on PC before December 27! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  3. Kongregate announced today that it would be offering its own alternative to online storefronts like Steam and Good Old Games. If successful, Kartridge could prove to be a great alternative for smaller devs looking to have more control over their stores and to stand out from the tides of shovelware that has come to plague larger services. Kongregate has been something of a low-key industry force for over a decade now. The service launched in 2007 and managed to capitalize on the tail end of the height of free online Flash gaming. Over the years, it has managed to leverage its position in the industry to bill itself as a stepping stone for up and coming devs looking to break into the mobile and PC gaming markets. It was able to do this by slowly expanding into mobile publishing and using their Gamestop connection to leverage Steam publishing deals. Kartridge offers developers a platform that has no listing fees and the power to tailor their storefronts to suit their game. It will also include the social features that Kongregate has attempted to implement over the years on their website. "Playing on Kartridge will immerse gamers in a deeply social world; they'll earn rewards for playing their favorite games, collect customized achievements, and connect with other gamers through chat, forums, and additional social features," said Kongregate in their announcement. "They’ll share tips and strategies within newfound communities as they level up their accounts, earning rewards along the way. The Kartridge platform was designed to be a unique and robust experience for players to enjoy, with the end goal of making the platform as fun as the games people are playing." Perhaps the most enticing feature of Kartridge will be its promise to curate the content that makes it onto their store. With Steam opening the floodgates several years ago, there's now an entire subsection of YouTube and Twitch that focuses entirely on the lazy, awful and sometimes seedy underbelly of the releases pouring onto the platform. Kartridge will use a combination of an editorial team and a series of algorithms to "help surface titles that are getting lost in other marketplaces and [...] help players find new content they didn't know they'd love." The service isn't quite live yet, but it will be entering its beta testing phase in the near future. People interested in seeing what it will be all about can sign up for entry to the beta here. The service is slated to launch sometime this summer. View full article
  4. Kongregate announced today that it would be offering its own alternative to online storefronts like Steam and Good Old Games. If successful, Kartridge could prove to be a great alternative for smaller devs looking to have more control over their stores and to stand out from the tides of shovelware that has come to plague larger services. Kongregate has been something of a low-key industry force for over a decade now. The service launched in 2007 and managed to capitalize on the tail end of the height of free online Flash gaming. Over the years, it has managed to leverage its position in the industry to bill itself as a stepping stone for up and coming devs looking to break into the mobile and PC gaming markets. It was able to do this by slowly expanding into mobile publishing and using their Gamestop connection to leverage Steam publishing deals. Kartridge offers developers a platform that has no listing fees and the power to tailor their storefronts to suit their game. It will also include the social features that Kongregate has attempted to implement over the years on their website. "Playing on Kartridge will immerse gamers in a deeply social world; they'll earn rewards for playing their favorite games, collect customized achievements, and connect with other gamers through chat, forums, and additional social features," said Kongregate in their announcement. "They’ll share tips and strategies within newfound communities as they level up their accounts, earning rewards along the way. The Kartridge platform was designed to be a unique and robust experience for players to enjoy, with the end goal of making the platform as fun as the games people are playing." Perhaps the most enticing feature of Kartridge will be its promise to curate the content that makes it onto their store. With Steam opening the floodgates several years ago, there's now an entire subsection of YouTube and Twitch that focuses entirely on the lazy, awful and sometimes seedy underbelly of the releases pouring onto the platform. Kartridge will use a combination of an editorial team and a series of algorithms to "help surface titles that are getting lost in other marketplaces and [...] help players find new content they didn't know they'd love." The service isn't quite live yet, but it will be entering its beta testing phase in the near future. People interested in seeing what it will be all about can sign up for entry to the beta here. The service is slated to launch sometime this summer.
  5. Though Good Old Games has certainly become a contender in the area of digital sales with a focus shifting toward new titles, the team behind the online storefront's curation of older PC games has been quietly chugging along. To that end, the 1996 adventure game Titanic: Adventure Out of Time has released once again! One might be forgiven for thinking of Titanic: Adventure Out of Time as a cheap cash grab that follows the events of James Cameron's Titanic, which released in 1997. Instead of weaving a tale of love and loss on the high seas, Adventure Out of Time focuses on the exploits of a British secret agent on the trail of a mystery that will decide the fate of entire countries, a mystery that turns into a race against time as the ship nears its tragic end. The game reconstructs the interior of the Titanic in intricate, 1996 PC-levels of detail. Players are able to interact with over 25 characters from differing segments of society who respond dynamically to choices made throughout your time aboard the Titanic. There's also an option to simply tour the 3D reconstruction of the vessel to learn more about the actual history of the doomed voyage. Titanic: Adventure Out of Time has long been a sought after gem among adventure game enthusiasts, so having it readily available and updated to run on current platforms is a real boon for the retro community as well as those curious about gaming history itself.
  6. Though Good Old Games has certainly become a contender in the area of digital sales with a focus shifting toward new titles, the team behind the online storefront's curation of older PC games has been quietly chugging along. To that end, the 1996 adventure game Titanic: Adventure Out of Time has released once again! One might be forgiven for thinking of Titanic: Adventure Out of Time as a cheap cash grab that follows the events of James Cameron's Titanic, which released in 1997. Instead of weaving a tale of love and loss on the high seas, Adventure Out of Time focuses on the exploits of a British secret agent on the trail of a mystery that will decide the fate of entire countries, a mystery that turns into a race against time as the ship nears its tragic end. The game reconstructs the interior of the Titanic in intricate, 1996 PC-levels of detail. Players are able to interact with over 25 characters from differing segments of society who respond dynamically to choices made throughout your time aboard the Titanic. There's also an option to simply tour the 3D reconstruction of the vessel to learn more about the actual history of the doomed voyage. Titanic: Adventure Out of Time has long been a sought after gem among adventure game enthusiasts, so having it readily available and updated to run on current platforms is a real boon for the retro community as well as those curious about gaming history itself. View full article
  7. Over 350 games are on sale as of right now over on the Good Old Games website along with a number of bundles and time sensitive deals. New games will go on sale every 12 hours, while new bundles will become available every 24 hours. Some of the high profile deals at the moment are The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (-30%) and its Hearts of Stone expansion (-10%), Pillars of Eternity (-50%), Age of Wonders 3 (-75%), Legend of Grimrock 2 (-75%). As for bundles, you can pick up the massive 36-game Interplay Ultimate Collection bundle (-90%), The Elder Scrolls Classics bundle (-66%), Fallout Originals (-66%), and the ability to build your own Daedalic bundle (up to -85%). Not only that, but GOG.com is offering three games as rewards for people who make purchases during the sale. Those who spend $5 will receive a free copy of System Shock 2. For $15, customers are given a copy of The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. People who spend $30 or more obtain a copy of Banished. The Big Fall Sale goes from today through November 15. This could be a good opportunity to pick up a last minute game or two for Game Day on Saturday.
  8. Over 350 games are on sale as of right now over on the Good Old Games website along with a number of bundles and time sensitive deals. New games will go on sale every 12 hours, while new bundles will become available every 24 hours. Some of the high profile deals at the moment are The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (-30%) and its Hearts of Stone expansion (-10%), Pillars of Eternity (-50%), Age of Wonders 3 (-75%), Legend of Grimrock 2 (-75%). As for bundles, you can pick up the massive 36-game Interplay Ultimate Collection bundle (-90%), The Elder Scrolls Classics bundle (-66%), Fallout Originals (-66%), and the ability to build your own Daedalic bundle (up to -85%). Not only that, but GOG.com is offering three games as rewards for people who make purchases during the sale. Those who spend $5 will receive a free copy of System Shock 2. For $15, customers are given a copy of The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. People who spend $30 or more obtain a copy of Banished. The Big Fall Sale goes from today through November 15. This could be a good opportunity to pick up a last minute game or two for Game Day on Saturday. View full article
  9. The original System Shock was mind-blowing when it released in 1994. Never before had storytelling, RPG elements, and open-ended gameplay. Now, over two decades later, Night Dive Studios has remastered the classic and brought it to modern hardware via Good Old Games. "With System Shock: Enhanced Edition, we're implementing game-changing improvements, including mouselook, widescreen, and a high resolution display mode," says Stephen Kick, CEO of Night Dive Studios. "The classic game has never been more accessible to a modern audience." Night Dive Studios has upped the resolution of the original (640x480) to 1024x768 as well as a native 854x480 widescreen mode. A toggleable mouselook mode has been added along with a streamlined inventory system. Long overdue bug fixes and the ability to remap controls make this remaster something worth looking into even for players who still have the original version. However, even those without the original version can experience it as it was with System Shock: Classic, a completely unaltered version of System Shock that runs on modern PCs. Both Classic and Enhanced versions are bundled together and those who have bought System Shock 2 on GOG.com get a 40% discount. View full article
  10. The original System Shock was mind-blowing when it released in 1994. Never before had storytelling, RPG elements, and open-ended gameplay. Now, over two decades later, Night Dive Studios has remastered the classic and brought it to modern hardware via Good Old Games. "With System Shock: Enhanced Edition, we're implementing game-changing improvements, including mouselook, widescreen, and a high resolution display mode," says Stephen Kick, CEO of Night Dive Studios. "The classic game has never been more accessible to a modern audience." Night Dive Studios has upped the resolution of the original (640x480) to 1024x768 as well as a native 854x480 widescreen mode. A toggleable mouselook mode has been added along with a streamlined inventory system. Long overdue bug fixes and the ability to remap controls make this remaster something worth looking into even for players who still have the original version. However, even those without the original version can experience it as it was with System Shock: Classic, a completely unaltered version of System Shock that runs on modern PCs. Both Classic and Enhanced versions are bundled together and those who have bought System Shock 2 on GOG.com get a 40% discount.
  11. For the next six days, GOG.com is running a sale for bundles of, you guessed it, good old games. The sale will see discounts on bundles of up to 85% off. It opens with the Hasbro RPG Bundle for 80% off (including Planescape: Torment, Neverwinter Nights, Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale) and Lucasfilm point-and-click adventures at 75% off (Sam & Max Hit the Road, Secret of Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and The Fate of Atlantis). Up to four new bundles will be revealed every day. Beyond that, the tower is a mystery, so expect to see more news, offers, and unexpected goodies to be dropping between now and Sunday. View full article
  12. For the next six days, GOG.com is running a sale for bundles of, you guessed it, good old games. The sale will see discounts on bundles of up to 85% off. It opens with the Hasbro RPG Bundle for 80% off (including Planescape: Torment, Neverwinter Nights, Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale) and Lucasfilm point-and-click adventures at 75% off (Sam & Max Hit the Road, Secret of Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and The Fate of Atlantis). Up to four new bundles will be revealed every day. Beyond that, the tower is a mystery, so expect to see more news, offers, and unexpected goodies to be dropping between now and Sunday.
  13. GOG.com's weekly staff highlights offers five classic FPS games (and one modern FPS done in classic style) for up to 50%-80% off. The sale covers: Alien Versus Predator Classic 2000, SiN Gold, Duke Nukem 3D Atomic Edition, Unreal Tournament 2004 Editor's Choice Edition, SHOGO: Mobile Armor Division, and Rise of the Triad (2013). No game in that list costs more than $2.99. If you are looking to brush up on your retro FPS knowledge and experience, this is one of the cheapest (and legal-est) options. The sale will be going on for the next 68 hours. Happy shooting!
  14. GOG.com's weekly staff highlights offers five classic FPS games (and one modern FPS done in classic style) for up to 50%-80% off. The sale covers: Alien Versus Predator Classic 2000, SiN Gold, Duke Nukem 3D Atomic Edition, Unreal Tournament 2004 Editor's Choice Edition, SHOGO: Mobile Armor Division, and Rise of the Triad (2013). No game in that list costs more than $2.99. If you are looking to brush up on your retro FPS knowledge and experience, this is one of the cheapest (and legal-est) options. The sale will be going on for the next 68 hours. Happy shooting! View full article
  15. A slew of classic Paradox Interactive games have come to GOG.com and they've come bearing discounted price tags. Two of the released titles make their debut appearance on a digital platform, while the remaining four come equipped with deals for 50% off their normal price for their first week on Good Old Games. Hearts of Iron - a digital premiere Europa Universalis - a digital premiere Crusader Kings: Complete (-50%) Majesty Gold HD (-50%) Majesty 2 Collection (-50%) Victoria Complete Pack (-50%) If you're curiously searching for more Paradox Interactive games, but can't find your favorite, never fear. Following this initial release Paradox Interactive will slowly be adding more titles to GOG.com in the coming months.
  16. A slew of classic Paradox Interactive games have come to GOG.com and they've come bearing discounted price tags. Two of the released titles make their debut appearance on a digital platform, while the remaining four come equipped with deals for 50% off their normal price for their first week on Good Old Games. Hearts of Iron - a digital premiere Europa Universalis - a digital premiere Crusader Kings: Complete (-50%) Majesty Gold HD (-50%) Majesty 2 Collection (-50%) Victoria Complete Pack (-50%) If you're curiously searching for more Paradox Interactive games, but can't find your favorite, never fear. Following this initial release Paradox Interactive will slowly be adding more titles to GOG.com in the coming months. View full article
  17. Toonstruck, a solid, but largely forgotten title from the heyday of point-and-click adventure games, releases on Good Old Games today. It stars Christopher Lloyd of Back to the Future fame as a cartoonist sucked into a world of animated characters. Needless to say, things get a bit weird. The game stars a lot of other great talent, too. Ben Stein makes an appearance, while Dan Castellaneta (perhaps better known as Homer Simpson), Dom DeLuise (All Dogs Go To Heaven), and ever amazing Tim Curry. Toonstruck is a weird, classic piece of gaming and it is good to see it get some new life on GOG. Heck, up until now, most people these days probably only heard about it from Hey Ash Whatcha Playin'?
  18. Toonstruck, a solid, but largely forgotten title from the heyday of point-and-click adventure games, releases on Good Old Games today. It stars Christopher Lloyd of Back to the Future fame as a cartoonist sucked into a world of animated characters. Needless to say, things get a bit weird. The game stars a lot of other great talent, too. Ben Stein makes an appearance, while Dan Castellaneta (perhaps better known as Homer Simpson), Dom DeLuise (All Dogs Go To Heaven), and ever amazing Tim Curry. Toonstruck is a weird, classic piece of gaming and it is good to see it get some new life on GOG. Heck, up until now, most people these days probably only heard about it from Hey Ash Whatcha Playin'? View full article
  19. GOG.com is taking another step toward delivering on the promise of a world without DRM. Today, they launched a flashy, new site that works better on mobile devices and tablets alongside a price matching option for people outside the United States and a section for movies. While the store is sleek and easier to navigate, the most notable addition is clearly the addition of movies to GOG's offerings. So far, the twenty-one movies offered through the GOG store are all documentaries relating to video games or the video game industry. Right off the bat, two of them are being offered for free: The Art of Playing and TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard. The remaining documentaries are available for a limited time at $5.99. Good Old Games will eventually expand their lineup of movies out of the rather niche genre of video game documentaries into more mainstream films. In the meantime, many of these documentaries are rather obscure or ones that I have never heard of like Gamer Age or 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience. Of more interest to people living outside the United States is the new price matching system GOG has introduced. Now the price of games abroad can be compared to the price of games in the United States and if the abroad price is higher, the difference will be refunded to your GOG wallet. Also, European customers will be able to purchase in their local currency, choosing between the euro, ruble, or British pounds. Overall, I think this is pretty neat and worth checking out, if only for two free movies.
  20. GOG.com is taking another step toward delivering on the promise of a world without DRM. Today, they launched a flashy, new site that works better on mobile devices and tablets alongside a price matching option for people outside the United States and a section for movies. While the store is sleek and easier to navigate, the most notable addition is clearly the addition of movies to GOG's offerings. So far, the twenty-one movies offered through the GOG store are all documentaries relating to video games or the video game industry. Right off the bat, two of them are being offered for free: The Art of Playing and TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard. The remaining documentaries are available for a limited time at $5.99. Good Old Games will eventually expand their lineup of movies out of the rather niche genre of video game documentaries into more mainstream films. In the meantime, many of these documentaries are rather obscure or ones that I have never heard of like Gamer Age or 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience. Of more interest to people living outside the United States is the new price matching system GOG has introduced. Now the price of games abroad can be compared to the price of games in the United States and if the abroad price is higher, the difference will be refunded to your GOG wallet. Also, European customers will be able to purchase in their local currency, choosing between the euro, ruble, or British pounds. Overall, I think this is pretty neat and worth checking out, if only for two free movies. View full article
  21. In the midst of all the E3 craziness, I had an appointment with the digital distribution company Green Man Gaming. Due to scheduling mishaps that appointment never occurred, but we managed to track down Green Man's EVP of marketing Darren Cairns for a pleasant (and very green) post-E3 interview. ---- How did Green Man Gaming (GMG) begin? Green Man Gaming launched on 10th May 2010 after Paul Sulyok (CEO & Founder) and Lee Packham (EVP Engineering and Co-Founder) wanted to create a digital store loosely based on an eBay and iTunes model, but for gaming - letting people sell the games in their library. As digital game downloads are becoming the dominant and preferred way for people to get their games, Green Man Gaming began leading millions of gamers through the transition from traditional retail purchases into a new digital era. What does GMG offer that sets it apart from competitors like Steam or GOG.com? We know that modern core gamers care about their games, no matter what platform that they play them on. Our service allows gamers to buy games and content across a range of platforms which makes us very different to retailers like Steam and GOG. Green Man Gaming also collects and uses a level of gameplay data that no other commercial retailer has. Valve has data about Steam, Sony has data about PlayStation, Microsoft has data about Xbox; Green Man Gaming has data about all of them. We then use this behavioural data (based on tracked in-game activity, rather than just purchasing or browsing history) to accurately target core gamers with offers and tailored messages that they need and want. Our strength that sets us apart from other retailers, is that we sell what gamers want, how they want (allowing game access and activation across a range of platforms including Steam, Uplay, Origin, other first party platforms, or by our own Capsule client). Combined with our strong Playfire Community, that becomes a larger offer for gamers that is more than just a sale. GMG Acquired Playfire in 2012. Have you seen a boost in users with the inclusion of more social elements into your platform (i.e. achievements, stat tracking)? Being a member of the Playfire community means gamers can track their gameplay and what their friends are playing, join leaderboards, see what other members are excited about on Playfire Buzz, and create Want lists that we can then make great offers on when those games go on sale. The strength of our community comes from their engagement and we've seen a huge boost in users as gamers are signing up to our Playfire Rewards BETA. By linking their Steam account (with other platforms coming very soon), Playfire Members are eligible to earn Green Man Gaming Credit by playing games! Users don’t have to originally buy their games from Green Man Gaming; they simply have to play those games that Playfire attaches rewards to for the chance to earn up to £5 (Edit: About $8.55 US) Green Man Gaming credit (which is converted into local currency depending on a user’s location). This credit can then be spent towards anything on the Green Man Gaming site. Have you found that offering store credit for social participation on GMG uniquely benefits your business? How does that work? We reward people with Green Man Gaming Credit that can only be used on our service, which we know successfully reduces the cost of gaming for those involved. We feel there is a value exchange that benefits both the user and Green Man Gaming. Our users benefits from earning GMG Credit by simply playing the games they love, and we benefit from learning more about their gaming habits and style as they play. We can use this knowledge to target users with more relevant offers based on the way they play games, and help them to discover more games to love. It works! GMG is the number two digital platform in the world. Are there any plans in the work to dethrone Steam to reach number one? I guess this also harkens back to my second question. How do you compete with something like Steam when they seemingly hold such a significant market share? Steam has well over 75 million users, and as we have an official API from Valve, we think of Steam as one of our allies. We understand that many gamers feel comfortable accessing their games through Steam. However, our offering is quite different to Steam, and we are seeing the number of people using Green Man Gaming to access non-Steam games rapidly increasing, as they prefer our range of download options and opportunities to earn Green Man Gaming Credit. We are going to keep focusing on creating something very special here at Green Man Gaming. We are using billions of game data points and user behaviour knowledge to continually improve the user experience for all our customers, and this will never change. We currently sell over 4500 titles across 185 territories, and are working with over 350 official publishing partners to offer even more than just a sale in the future - bringing more great titles, more great deals, and coming soon, very special Playfire Rewards to millions of gamers around the world. ---- A big thank you to Darren Cairns for taking the time to talk with us and to Tracy McGarrigan for being patient and helping to facilitate this interview!
  22. In the midst of all the E3 craziness, I had an appointment with the digital distribution company Green Man Gaming. Due to scheduling mishaps that appointment never occurred, but we managed to track down Green Man's EVP of marketing Darren Cairns for a pleasant (and very green) post-E3 interview. ---- How did Green Man Gaming (GMG) begin? Green Man Gaming launched on 10th May 2010 after Paul Sulyok (CEO & Founder) and Lee Packham (EVP Engineering and Co-Founder) wanted to create a digital store loosely based on an eBay and iTunes model, but for gaming - letting people sell the games in their library. As digital game downloads are becoming the dominant and preferred way for people to get their games, Green Man Gaming began leading millions of gamers through the transition from traditional retail purchases into a new digital era. What does GMG offer that sets it apart from competitors like Steam or GOG.com? We know that modern core gamers care about their games, no matter what platform that they play them on. Our service allows gamers to buy games and content across a range of platforms which makes us very different to retailers like Steam and GOG. Green Man Gaming also collects and uses a level of gameplay data that no other commercial retailer has. Valve has data about Steam, Sony has data about PlayStation, Microsoft has data about Xbox; Green Man Gaming has data about all of them. We then use this behavioural data (based on tracked in-game activity, rather than just purchasing or browsing history) to accurately target core gamers with offers and tailored messages that they need and want. Our strength that sets us apart from other retailers, is that we sell what gamers want, how they want (allowing game access and activation across a range of platforms including Steam, Uplay, Origin, other first party platforms, or by our own Capsule client). Combined with our strong Playfire Community, that becomes a larger offer for gamers that is more than just a sale. GMG Acquired Playfire in 2012. Have you seen a boost in users with the inclusion of more social elements into your platform (i.e. achievements, stat tracking)? Being a member of the Playfire community means gamers can track their gameplay and what their friends are playing, join leaderboards, see what other members are excited about on Playfire Buzz, and create Want lists that we can then make great offers on when those games go on sale. The strength of our community comes from their engagement and we've seen a huge boost in users as gamers are signing up to our Playfire Rewards BETA. By linking their Steam account (with other platforms coming very soon), Playfire Members are eligible to earn Green Man Gaming Credit by playing games! Users don’t have to originally buy their games from Green Man Gaming; they simply have to play those games that Playfire attaches rewards to for the chance to earn up to £5 (Edit: About $8.55 US) Green Man Gaming credit (which is converted into local currency depending on a user’s location). This credit can then be spent towards anything on the Green Man Gaming site. Have you found that offering store credit for social participation on GMG uniquely benefits your business? How does that work? We reward people with Green Man Gaming Credit that can only be used on our service, which we know successfully reduces the cost of gaming for those involved. We feel there is a value exchange that benefits both the user and Green Man Gaming. Our users benefits from earning GMG Credit by simply playing the games they love, and we benefit from learning more about their gaming habits and style as they play. We can use this knowledge to target users with more relevant offers based on the way they play games, and help them to discover more games to love. It works! GMG is the number two digital platform in the world. Are there any plans in the work to dethrone Steam to reach number one? I guess this also harkens back to my second question. How do you compete with something like Steam when they seemingly hold such a significant market share? Steam has well over 75 million users, and as we have an official API from Valve, we think of Steam as one of our allies. We understand that many gamers feel comfortable accessing their games through Steam. However, our offering is quite different to Steam, and we are seeing the number of people using Green Man Gaming to access non-Steam games rapidly increasing, as they prefer our range of download options and opportunities to earn Green Man Gaming Credit. We are going to keep focusing on creating something very special here at Green Man Gaming. We are using billions of game data points and user behaviour knowledge to continually improve the user experience for all our customers, and this will never change. We currently sell over 4500 titles across 185 territories, and are working with over 350 official publishing partners to offer even more than just a sale in the future - bringing more great titles, more great deals, and coming soon, very special Playfire Rewards to millions of gamers around the world. ---- A big thank you to Darren Cairns for taking the time to talk with us and to Tracy McGarrigan for being patient and helping to facilitate this interview! View full article
  23. CD Projeckt RED, the developer behind The Witcher series and Good Old Games, is kicking off E3 with an early press conference, which you can watch right here. The livestream begins at 11am Pacific (2pm Eastern). They're teasing more about The Witcher 3, a new trailer/in-game footage, and a big announcement for GOG.com. Maybe we'll hear something about Cyberpunk 2077? You can watch the livestream of the press conference on thewitcher.com/stream, GOG.com/stream, or right here in the player below. UPDATE: The press conference is over. There were a number of bombshells dropped, so let's cover them for those of you who didn't have a chance to watch live. - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will release February 24th, 2015 - The boxed versions of the game will contain a map, soundtrack, the official "Witcher Universe - The Compendium," stickers, and a protective sleeve - Collector's Editions will come with all of the goodies of the boxed game along with a 200 page art book, a Witcher medallion, a SteelBook box, inner and outer containment boxes, and an awesome 33x24x26cm, hand-painted, Polystoone statue of Geralt of Rivia slaying a griffin (there is a neat little marketing/making of video, as well) - Additionally, pre-orders will come with two priority beta keys for The Witcher Adventure Game, a digital board game for PC, Andorid, and iOS that will have both single and multiplayer modes (though the beta will only have multiplayer) - The press conference ended with CD Projeckt RED announcing that they would be launching a digital distribution platform called GOG Galaxy. Galaxy will have many of the same features as the Steam platform, minus DRM, any online requirement (unless your game happens to require online to function like an MMO or if you want to connect to update achievements and chat with friends), cross-play will allow players to game with friends who have bought their games on other platforms. The goal of the platform is to provide users with the most convenient and fair ways of playing their games while being completely optional. This could finally be some real competition for Steam.
  24. CD Projeckt RED, the developer behind The Witcher series and Good Old Games, is kicking off E3 with an early press conference, which you can watch right here. The livestream begins at 11am Pacific (2pm Eastern). They're teasing more about The Witcher 3, a new trailer/in-game footage, and a big announcement for GOG.com. Maybe we'll hear something about Cyberpunk 2077? You can watch the livestream of the press conference on thewitcher.com/stream, GOG.com/stream, or right here in the player below. UPDATE: The press conference is over. There were a number of bombshells dropped, so let's cover them for those of you who didn't have a chance to watch live. - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will release February 24th, 2015 - The boxed versions of the game will contain a map, soundtrack, the official "Witcher Universe - The Compendium," stickers, and a protective sleeve - Collector's Editions will come with all of the goodies of the boxed game along with a 200 page art book, a Witcher medallion, a SteelBook box, inner and outer containment boxes, and an awesome 33x24x26cm, hand-painted, Polystoone statue of Geralt of Rivia slaying a griffin (there is a neat little marketing/making of video, as well) - Additionally, pre-orders will come with two priority beta keys for The Witcher Adventure Game, a digital board game for PC, Andorid, and iOS that will have both single and multiplayer modes (though the beta will only have multiplayer) - The press conference ended with CD Projeckt RED announcing that they would be launching a digital distribution platform called GOG Galaxy. Galaxy will have many of the same features as the Steam platform, minus DRM, any online requirement (unless your game happens to require online to function like an MMO or if you want to connect to update achievements and chat with friends), cross-play will allow players to game with friends who have bought their games on other platforms. The goal of the platform is to provide users with the most convenient and fair ways of playing their games while being completely optional. This could finally be some real competition for Steam. View full article
  25. Fans of good (old) games, rejoice! GOG.com is offering deals on games chronologically from 1983-2013. The sale began yesterday with Zork and continues strong today with the likes of Deus Ex. Interest in the games featured in the sale dictate how long the deals last. Purchasing the current title on sale extends the time that deal is available by three seconds for everyone else. Already own the discounted game, but still want to show your support? You can vote an additional second onto its sale time. Alternatively, if you dislike the title in question, you can take a second away from the sale timer to hurry along the next bargain. View full article
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