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GOG introduces 30-day refunds for wonky games

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 09, 2013 6:45am PST

As delightful as digital distribution is, you're less likely to get your money back if a game's wonky than you would be with a physical disc. That old DRM-free rogue GOG has upped its customer-friendly practices with a new money-back guarantee, letting customers get a refund...

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"If onlyther etailers, like gamefly, would do the same. If X-Rebirth has taught us anything, ..."

- Milleh see all 4 comments

GOG adds free Bullfrog expansions

By Alice O'Connor, Sep 27, 2013 6:00pm PDT

It was delightful enough that GOG managed to drag some of the beloved Bullfrog's classic games out of mothballs and make them available again, but now it's dug up expansion packs too. And GOG being the happy friendly folks that they are, they've added them for free. The good...

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"what Jonathan responded I didn't know that any body can profit $4634 in one month on the ..."

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Second Life dev buys digital distributor Desura

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 11, 2013 12:45pm PDT

In its ongoing missions to be known as anything other than "the company that made the game for unconventional virtual reality cybersex," Second Life developer Linden Lab has bought digital distribution platform Desura. It may not be a huge name, but the site is awfully popul...

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"On the one hand, Linden Labs can't seem to leave a good thing well enough alone, at least when ..."

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Origin Mac client now available

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 08, 2013 12:45pm PST

Origin seems to have few fans fighting in its corner, but surely everyone can be glad that the Mac is being taken more seriously as a gaming platform. Electronic Arts today launched the Mac client for its digital distribution platform with 45 Mac titles from EA and other pub...

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"Are the old C&C titles among the Mac ones? I really want Red Alert 2 on the Mac."

- Mad Brahmin Disease see all 11 comments

Origin client adding Twitch livestreaming

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 08, 2012 6:45am PST

Origin has done little to distinguish itself from other digital distributors, beyond hosting fewer sales and being required for newer EA games, but it's finally getting a feature the competition hasn't had for yonks. A coming patch will bring built-in livestreaming through T...

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"you know you dont have to wait for that. Just cancel the cloud sync."

- shinobidye7 see all 13 comments

Steam Greenlight adds $100 submission fee

By Alice O'Connor, Sep 05, 2012 6:00am PDT

Steam Greenlight was flooded with hundreds of games, including countless hoax and illicit entries, within hours of launching last Thursday, which apparently makes it quite difficult to fulfil its purpose of filtering Steam store submissions. To bring the volume down and ward...

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"Solution to problem: give the $100 back on successful submission to Steam with Greenlight. So ..."

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Origin client 9.0 revamps UI

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 17, 2012 8:15am PDT

The Origin client was in a sorry state when EA relaunched its digital distribution platform, but it has improved slowly. Thirteen months later, version 9.0 of the client is coming, and what can we expect from this revision? User interface changes, mostly.

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"sooooo.....because Valve does it better, Valve should be the only one doing it?"

- soundcreepy see all 40 comments

Steam coming to Linux with Left 4 Dead 2

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 17, 2012 6:00am PDT

Valve has muttered and murmured about bringing Steam and its Source engine to Linux before, and now it's revealed the plan--port Steam and Left 4 Dead 2 to Ubuntu 12.04, then work from there.

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"Of course, the only downside of this is that we'll have rogue Linux copies of Civ IV and GTAIII ..."

- doglikesparky see all 14 comments

Origin boss: Steam sales 'cheapen intellectual property'

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 06, 2012 11:40am PDT

The head of EA's digital distribution platform Origin has spoken against offering big discounts, as Steam does, because it "cheapens your intellectual property."

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"This is a month ago I know, but today EA have a Midweek madness sale on where Red Alert 3 is ..."

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Origin offers free 90-day distribution for crowd-funded games

By Steve Watts, May 18, 2012 9:45am PDT

Origin is offering to waive the first 90 days of distribution fees for any crowd-funded project, EA announced today.

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"it's probably on a per-game basis. I imagine some devs probably get better deals than others ..."

- DeBurgo see all 47 comments

The Witcher 2 digital sales breakdown: 81% through Steam

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 10, 2011 9:30am PST

Steam accounted for 81% of all The Witcher 2 digital sales in the first six months, CD Projekt has revealed by announcing its digital sales figures. GOG rung up 35% of the 240,000-odd sales, while all other platforms combined only made up 4%.

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"I am surprised it didn't have more as well. I bought it at full price at launch from GOG to ..."

- ROCKETR see all 28 comments

Indie Royale launches biweekly 'pay what you want' bundles

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 27, 2011 6:45am PDT

The Humble Indie Bundle popularized the 'pay what you want' model for indie games. Now, new site Indie Royale is running with it. Every two weeks, Indie Royale will launch a 'pay what you want' bundle of four indie games.

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"Just a slight heads up - they tweaked their offer on the Sanctum DLC. Two will be available ..."

- wfalcon see all 10 comments

Kids 2 to 14 buy one fifth their entertainment media digitally

By Garnett Lee, Oct 04, 2011 5:30pm PDT

A new NPD Group study finds kids ages 2 to 14 spend $0.21 on digital content out of every dollar's worth of entertainment they buy today.

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"they don't. this was a survey. An online survey was fielded August 1 - August 19, 2011, to a ..."

- electroly see all 5 comments

GameFly to launch digital client for PC games

By Shack Staff, Aug 09, 2011 5:30am PDT

GameFly plans to make a dramatic entry this coming holiday into the digital market for PC games.

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"Which is why I always keep that in mind before purchasing something on Steam. I ask myself: is ..."

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EA building Origin 'exclusives' [Update: didn't pull Crysis 2 from Steam]

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 15, 2011 9:45am PDT

EA plans to have more games exclusive to its own recently-relaunched digital distribution store Origin. It was initially thought that EA pulled Crysis 2 from Steam as part of this plan, but that's since been denied.

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"All I'm saying is, Crytek is a great company, they did nothing wrong, but Valve delisted their ..."

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