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Good Old Games: only 250 more PC titles worth having

Mon 27 Sep 2010 10:26am GMT / 6:26am EDT / 3:26am PDT
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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!"

12 Comments

Antony Cain Lecturer, Wakefield College

263 21 0.1
Bullfrog games please!

Posted:4 years ago

#1

Tom Keresztes Programmer

683 335 0.5
Can we have Origin's games ? And Microprose, DiD, Simis :)

Posted:4 years ago

#2
Infocom pls:

Posted:4 years ago

#3

James Finlan Studying Information Systems, University of Manchester

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Warlords 3 and expansion would be awesome.

Posted:4 years ago

#4

Christopher Goodno Studying Computer Sciences, University of Maryland

12 1 0.1
Planescape: Torment. A crime if it doesn't come to GOG, IMHO.

Posted:4 years ago

#5

Simon Small Studying Bachelor of Multimedia (Games and Interactivity) / Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Software Engineering), Swinburne University of Technology

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They should have a chat with Blizzard. See if they can get their hands on the early Warcraft games.

Posted:4 years ago

#6

Stefan Thomas Studying Computer Game Designer, Train2Game

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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

Posted:4 years ago

#7

Michael Leung Freelance writer

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Last I checked, there will always be old games for as long as GOG exists. That's sort of how history works.

Posted:4 years ago

#8

Lisa Ohanian

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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.

Posted:4 years ago

#9

Simon Arnet

54 3 0.1
I'm sure they will have a trick up there sleeve, nobody will want them to be done at that point.

Posted:4 years ago

#10

Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D

863 707 0.8
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.

Posted:4 years ago

#11
I need Crusader: No remorse, and Crusader:No regret :)) Now !!

Posted:4 years ago

#12

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