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Good Old Games: only 250 more PC titles worth having

UPDATED: Retro download site's boss thinks site will pursue 'other directions' once PC catalogue is maxed-out

Good Old Games MD Guillaume Rambourg has stated that, although there are several years' worth of new deals yet to come, there is a finite amount of retro PC titles the download service could feasibly host.

Talking to GamesIndustry.biz about the site's current catalogue which currently totals around 230 games he was clear that there was a ceiling in sight.

"The thing is, I believe we are running after roughly 200 good old games," he said, "and then I think the PC catalogue will be pretty much packed. There are only so many good old games. 450, 500 and then I think we'll be done."

Rambourg did not reveal plans for the site past that point, but did have a timescale in mind. "It took us two years to get 230 games, so I think it will still take us at least another year, maybe two years to get to 400. We still have much on the plate.

"Our current strategy is to have one key publisher per quarter."

The MD confirmed that "we are performing above expectations so far," but recommended against other firms trying to enter the digital distribution market.

Good Old Games recently relaunched, following a hoax closure, with Hasbro-owned titles including Baldur's Gate added to its catalogue.

The full interview with Guillaume Rambourg, in which he also discusses the challenges of marketing old games using modern means, the Polish government's attitude towards the industry and whether he still sees Steam and the like as rivals, is available here.

Update: Rambourg has clarified his comments to GamesIndustry.biz: "GOG's ultimate goal is NOT to sign 250 more games and consider our job done and dusted. We are way more ambitious than that.

"The message behind my comment was simply that in our humble opinion, there are today around 200 great PC gems to be signed to strengthen GOG's position of main digital distribution platform for PC back-catalogue content.

"Once we have reached this level of excellence (our most sincere wish), I do believe GOG would have already taken other directions to expand the business further and share our passion for old titles with a wider audience. To sum it up: count on us!"

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Latest comments (12)

Antony Cain Lecturer in Computer Games Design, Sunderland College6 years ago
Bullfrog games please!
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Tom Keresztes Programmer 6 years ago
Can we have Origin's games ? And Microprose, DiD, Simis :)
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Infocom pls:
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James Finlan Studying Information Systems, University of Manchester6 years ago
Warlords 3 and expansion would be awesome.
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Christopher Goodno Studying Computer Sciences, University of Maryland6 years ago
Planescape: Torment. A crime if it doesn't come to GOG, IMHO.
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Simon Small Studying Bachelor of Multimedia (Games and Interactivity) / Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Software Engineering), Swinburne University of Technology6 years ago
They should have a chat with Blizzard. See if they can get their hands on the early Warcraft games.
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Stefan Thomas Studying Computer Game Designer, Train2Game6 years ago
anyone remember a game called Legend?

or the four crystals of trazere i think it was also called

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Stefan Thomas on 27th September 2010 7:11pm

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Michael Leung Freelance writer 6 years ago
Last I checked, there will always be old games for as long as GOG exists. That's sort of how history works.
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Lisa Ohanian6 years ago
What a coincidence - I just started playing Baldur's Gate again!

And yes, Planescape:Torment, please. It's quite possibly my favorite game of all time... such a hidden gem.
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Simon Arnet6 years ago
I'm sure they will have a trick up there sleeve, nobody will want them to be done at that point.
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D6 years ago
Microprose, god they were awesome.

This is going back now, but I had a little strategy game for the Amstrad called Guadalcanal. Never heard anyone talk about it, but it was one of the best games I've EVER played. Either that or I was easily amused back then.
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Gabor Forrai CEO/DOD, Catmoon Games Ltd6 years ago
I need Crusader: No remorse, and Crusader:No regret :)) Now !!
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