GOG (Good Old Games) has long been a website dedicated to older PC titles. In recent years they’ve begun adding more modern titles and held pre-orders. This new move of offering video is an interesting one.
The GOG philosophy is simple and one that’s served them well: Offer DRM-free gaming products. A DRM-free product is one sold to you without restrictions. This means you don’t need to have a client (Origin or Steam) or intrusive piece of software (SecuROM) installed on your PC in order to enjoy your purchase. This is now being extended into movies, TV series, and documentaries.
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“We talked to most of the big players in the movie industry and we often got a similar answer: “We love your ideas, but … we do not want to be the first ones. We will gladly follow, but until somebody else does it first, we do not want to take the risk.” – GOG press release
GOG knows the entire process will take some time, but in order to test the waters they’ve began listing a few documentaries (two of which are currently free). These titles range from Indie Game: The Movie to TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard.
“We offer you a number of gaming and internet culture documentaries – all of them DRM-Free, very reasonably priced, and presenting some fascinating insight into topics close to a gamer’s heart.” – GOG press release
This new range of products are available in 1080p, 720p, and 576p in MP4 format. GOG allows you to both download and stream your purchases from their servers. Each one includes a few bonus features as well, for example trailers or wallpapers.
Considering Steam is GOG’s biggest rival, a move into video is an interesting one indeed.
Read the full article here: http://www.gog.com/news/introducing_gogcom_drmfree_movies