If you have any urges to play classic video games, GOG.com (formerly Good Old Games) is for you. Most old games have become impossible to play on modern operating systems. GOG.com has solved this problem by automatically pre-patching or bundling games with open source emulation and compatibility software and selling them for a small fee. If you don’t believe me, almost everything at GOG.com costs less than $10.
So Many Great Choices
A library of 728 Windows and 276 OSX compatible titles are available since launching in 2008. All games are DRM-free and transferable among any Windows or OSX computer. Out of that massive library, some highlights include Myst: Masterpiece Edition, Simcity 2000 Special Edition, System Shock 2, Planescape: Torment, and Baldur’s Gate: The Original Saga. Cult favorites are represented too. Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition, Rise of the Triad: Dark War, Carmageddon Max Pack, and Mega Race 1+2 are all available. In addition to the game, most purchases come with bonuses, like concept art, wallpapers, and soundtracks.
I recently had the pleasure of installing Carmageddon Max Pack and it was up and running after a few clicks in Windows 8. Even the 3dfx patch worked without any hiccups. I can’t wait to splice in the Spice Girls as pedestrians and smear them across the pavement like the good old days!
The Future Looks Bright
Because of services like GOG.com I believe retro gaming will take off in the near future. Sony and Microsoft will be taking the console market by storm and allowing customers to stream old PlayStation or Xbox games to their console. Sony has given their service a name of PS Now while Microsoft has kept a tight lip on what they plan to do. The chance that GOG.com will offer some type of streaming service is unlikely and not really needed for PC’s. They have tackled and conquered the backwards compatibility issues with a simple solution.
If you are looking for a service that will let you easily and cheaply play old games while not expecting a great multiplayer experience or a deep rooted community, you can’t beat GOG.com.