If you're the kind of person who likes to play videogames and not have to pay for the priviledge, I have some bad news. In an announcement on Wednesday, Gametap revealed that they will be scaling back the size of their free offerings in an effort to encourage more users to sign up for their pay service.
While it has long been commonplace for the company to cycle games into and out of the subscriber-only section of the site, the number of titles available to be played for free has generally hovered around a hundred. With the new changes, that number will drop closer to forty.
With Gametap changing hands from Time-Warner to Metaboli, it was certain that some changes were going to be coming down the pipe. This is a disappointing one, however, and I would not be surprised to discover if it alienates people who had been considering a Gold membership. Not to mention that there are a lot of really great games being dragged away.
If you've been playing games for free on GameTap, you're running out of time. The free games in question are being locked up on January 22 so you might want to get cracking. Hit the jump for a complete list of titles which will no longer be gratis at that time.
1942 1st Division Manager 3 Count Bout Art of Fighting Astrosmash Bagh Chal Ball 7 Deluxe Baseball Stars Professional Battle of Europe Bee 52 Black Tiger Blast Miner BloodRayne Brian Lara Cricket 2007 Bust-A-Move Again Cannon Fodder Captain Commando Captain Dynamo CJ in the USA Colin McRae Rally 2005 Commandos 3: Destination Berlin D.N.A. Daikatana DarkStalkers®: The Night Warriors® Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition Disciples II: Rise of the Elves Gold DJ Puff’s Volcanic Capers Dracula Twins Fallout Fast Lanes Bowling Fastlane Pinball Fatal Fury Flip Words 2 Football Frenzy Ghosts’N Goblins Ghouls’N Ghosts Grand Prix Simulator Grell & Falla Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Ikari Warriors Jewelcraft Kamikaze King of the Monsters King of the Monsters 2 Kizuna Encounter: Super Tag Battle Knights of the Round Lara Croft Tomb Raider®: Legend Lazer Force Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 Little Puff in Dragonland Marine Park Empire Mean Machine Mega Man®: The Power Battle Mercs Metal Slug Metal Slug 2 Miami Chase Mig-29 Soviet Fighter Morning’s Wrath Motocross Mr. Robot Murray Mouse - Supercop Mutation Nation Nemesis of the Roman Empire Olli & Lissa 3 Poltergeist Pop-A-Tronic Prehistoric Isle in 1930 Prince Clumsy Pro Boxing Simulator Pro Skateboard Simulator Psychonauts Puzzled Qix Rainbow Islands The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 Rally Cross Simulator Rampage Rastan Restaurant Empire Rogue Trooper Sacred Gold Samurai Shodown Second Sight Sensible Soccer 2 006 Shark! Shark! Shock Troopers Slightly Magic Street Fighter® II’: Champion Edition Stuntman Seymour Super Qix Texas Hold ‘Em Poker The King of Fighters ‘95 Thief: Deadly Shadows Tilt Tube-It Twinkle Star Sprites Warlords Battlecry III
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