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Apogee's shmup Stargunner is free on GOG.com photo
Apogee's shmup Stargunner is free on GOG.com
by Jordan Devore

I had forgotten that Apogee Software made a sidescrolling shoot-'em-up -- one with '90s-rific pre-rendered 3D graphics, no less. That's more to do with my terrible memory and general cluelessness when it comes to the genre than a statement about the quality of Stargunner.

The game has been freeware for quite a few years, at this point, but there's something about adding these titles to your library on a familiar digital distribution service that makes them seem somehow better. GOG.com is hosting Stargunner, should you want to give it a try.

While the site has your attention, there's also a decent sale on Square Enix games. Look for 60 percent off Startopia, Thief, Soul Reaver, and freakin' Total Overdose, to name a few.

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1:00 PM on 09.11.2013

Valve announces Steam Family Sharing

Steam letting users share their game libraries has been suggested before as a possibility, and it puts a smile on my face to see that we're finally getting the feature. With Family Sharing, you can share your Steam library wi...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 09.09.2013

Pick five games on GOG.com for 80 percent off

Digital distributor GOG.com has a promotion running for the next week that let's users choose five games out of a total 25 applicable titles for an 80-percent discount. Unless you're some sort of game-playing machine (hi Chri...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 09.06.2013

No Linux support on GOG.com for the 'foreseeable future'

Linux and GOG.com might sound like a match made in heaven, but in practice, there are some notable issues holding such support back. As expected, the financial incentive doesn't seem to be there. The digital distributor spoke...

Jordan Devore





11:30 AM on 08.28.2013

Valve approves 100 new titles on Steam Greenlight

Valve has been candid about Steam Greenlight not being where it ought to be yet. There's been talk of wanting to fix bottlenecks in the system so that more games can get approved which, more recently, has resulted in more fre...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 08.22.2013

Aksys throwing a sale on 3DS and Vita digital shops

Atlus isn't the only company ringing in the start of a new school year. Aksys Games is also so pleased that all the little brats are sweating in a classroom where they belong that it decided to place a number of games on the ...

Tony Ponce

11:15 AM on 08.20.2013

Is that you, EA? 24-hour refunds on Origin games

In a surprisingly progressive move, Electronic Arts will offer full refunds on game downloads for Windows or Mac that are purchased on its distribution platform Origin. What's the catch? There isn't one, really. You just have...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 08.19.2013

GOG.com is pushing hard to attract indie developers

What's it take to submit a game to GOG.com? Find out for yourself -- the distribution platform has a page for exactly that, and it's refreshingly transparent. It's also a decidedly different approach than the one Steam is tak...

Jordan Devore

7:30 PM on 08.19.2013

Looking for Oculus Rift games? Find them on Oculus Share

Many of the cooler virtual-reality projects I've encountered for the Oculus Rift have been one-offs, coming to my attention either because they gained traction in the press, on YouTube, or made waves elsewhere. Having a place...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 08.19.2013

Three Atlus 3DS games are each $10 off on eShop

Good news, cheapskates! Atlus is keeping the Nintendo love train going by dropping ten bucks off select 3DS eShop titles until August 31. This is in addition to other deal running through the end of the month, in which you'll...

Tony Ponce

7:00 PM on 08.16.2013

Games for Windows Live Marketplace closing soon

The Xbox.com PC Marketplace, which is where you can go to purchase Games for Windows Live titles, you non-existent person, you, is about to shut down. Microsoft has set its closure for the very near future: August 22, 2013. "...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 08.16.2013

Ubisoft's digital boss says retail sales won't go away

It may seem like we're moving toward a world where it's more common to have your library of videogames stored on a hard drive instead of a shelf, but Ubisoft's VP of digital publishing doesn't quite completely envision that s...

Brett Makedonski

5:00 PM on 08.13.2013

L.A. Noire, Alan Wake, and Monaco are your daily deals

Whilst I've slowly weaned myself off pre-purchasing games, it's still a great way of saving some money without having to wait for a sale later in the year. Green Man Gaming's voucher system means you can save even on titles t...

Alasdair Duncan

7:00 PM on 08.07.2013

Two Worlds II and Oddworld are your daily deals

The middle of the week usually brings a slight lull to the deals we're hunting for but there's still a few new bargains to be had. This Horror Fest Bundle caught my eye, offering Steam keys for Scratches, Vigil: Blood Bittern...

Alasdair Duncan

4:00 PM on 08.07.2013

Amazon.co.uk launches digital game sales

I've long looked at Amazon.com's more expansive videogame selection with envy compared to the selection at Amazon.co.uk; digital titles were the thing I wanted most and now Amazon in the UK has finally stepped into the ring. ...

Alasdair Duncan







GOG: Indies, nostalgia, and the evils of DRM photo
GOG: Indies, nostalgia, and the evils of DRM
by Fraser Brown

It took a long time for me to be comfortable with digital distribution. I held onto my dusty boxes and physical media with grim determination, seeing no reason for me to move with the times. It was Space Quest that changed all that. I'd lost my discs filled with the adventures of space janitor Roger Wilco years before, but when I realized that I could simply download every single one of them and start playing them mere minutes later, I started to become a convert. 

That was many years ago, and now -- between plaforms like Steam and GOG -- I have almost 400 digital titles, and the last time I purchased a physical PC game, it was for an article I was writing about the experience of going back to a brick-and-mortar store. I want to emphasize this: I only bought the game for an experiment. 

GOG.com, once Good Old Games, started out by appealing to folk like myself. Those who wanted to dive into the classics and bygone titans of PC gaming, but it's transformed into something much larger: a huge digital platform promoting and selling bounties decades old next to modern indie titles, and all the time sticking to its anti-DRM principles. A year after its rebranding, I caught up with managing director Guillaume Rambourg, and some of the developers whose games feature on the site.

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