GOG.com Introduces a Fresh New Look, New Features, and DRM-Free Movies
Founded in 2008 by CD Projekt RED to provide DRM-free "Good Old Games" to the PC, the site has since expanded into selling brand new titles alongside the classics. Yesterday, GOG.com introduced a brand new, sleeker look to its website along with a slew of new features. The most surprising new feature is GOG.com's first foray into non-gaming avenues with DRM-free movies. Most movies will be available at 1080p, with some at 720p, but also have 576p versions for those with limited bandwidth. Users can either download their movies or stream them directly from GOG.com, and as with the site's games, expect bonus goodies for each movie.
As of now, GOG.com's movie section is simply "starting with 20 documentaries about Internet and gaming culture," but the site's already in discussions with "most of the big players in the movie industry" to bring classic movies and television series. All the movies right now except one are priced at $5.99, and that's the main price point GOG.com is aiming at for most future releases as well. If you'd like to test the movie distribution features, two movies are currently being made available for free: The Art of Playing and TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard.
For those that only care about games, do not fret; that's still the main focus of GOG.com and the other new features may appeal to you more. Four new currencies are now supported alongside US Dollars: Euro, Pounds Sterling, Australian Dollars, and Russian Roubles. Three new payment methods have also been added: Sofort, Giropay, Webmoney, and Yandex. Users in countries with those new currencies aren't forced to pay via them though, as they can always switch to USD if that's their preference. GOG.com tries to price games differently per region because it knows that "$1 does not equal 1€," but where it can't for whatever reason, it'll eat the difference via the Fair Price Package: "If you end up paying more for a game than its standard US Dollar price, we'll refund you the difference out of our own pocket. The refunded value will be added to your account in Store Credit in the currency of your purchase." Yes, that leads us to the next new feature: Store Credit.
Lastly, GOG.com is removing 35 games from the site, but before it does, it's offering them all for up to 80% off until Tuesday, September 2, at 3:59AM GMT. As always, any game you buy will remain in your collection forever even after it's removed from the catalog.