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That’s a real shame, and I hate to hear it. I’d had really good luck with GOG in the past so I thought for sure they’d manage to package these games with class. Hopefully they can get it together.
It’s funny now to think of downloading GK2… can you imagine that back in the day? All those CDs?
New games today! GK2 and King’s Quest IV-VI bundle. Who says these games aren’t marketable anymore?!
FYI to all – This week, GOG.com added Phantasmagoria and a bundle with Space Quest 4-6. This weekend, they have a Red Baron collection and Incredible Machine for 50% off. Just in case anyone wanted some gaming goodness for the weekend! But oh how it makes me sad to see them labeled as Activision titles…
PS. LOVING what is going on with the site here… it looks fantastic!
They do indeed come bundled with an installer, but they work far FAR better than the shovelware that was the VU collections. I’ve yet to have to tweak any of them in any way – they just install, and run like any other software.
While it’s great to have those collections on Steam, those are the versions released a few years ago that I heard were hit-and-miss with modern OSes. The great thing about GOG is that they package everything together with the loader so you just have to install and go, and they make sure it all runs correctly.
And WHOA… I didn’t know about the EA thing. I’ve been busy lately, but I don’t know how I managed to miss that…
Agreed… it seems unfortunate to have them locked away. I know the last thing Ken wants to wind up doing is running a game company, but it would be great to have the rights so they could be licensed out to quality developers. And heavens knows they’d make money… these days, you don’t have to worry about getting space on store shelves – you can go right to the consumer.
And you make a good point that other companies are doing a great job resurrecting their properties – LucasArts especially – and it really shows the viability of older games like this. Making them run and releasing them on GOG.com would be like printing free money…
I was just wondering if anyone knew anything more about the status of the Sierra IP. Has it been sold, or is it actually on sale? I just have a horror that someone will buy it for next to nothing, strip it of a few valuable properties, and let it rot. There’s just too much potential here to let it go, and it drives me nuts!
I keep thinking about this subject, and I noted that they’ve just released the KQ and SQ collections on Steam this week. See? Viability! And it was just a lazy port, too… There’s so much these games can be good for! (And profitable!)