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Topic # 171983 7-May-2015 17:55
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Anyone tried the beta yet?
Gog are releasing a steam competitor for desktop downloads and management of games. Looks to be for Mac OS and Linux too.

I signed up for the beta and got what appears to be an invite, but it just redirects back to the invite page. 




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  Reply # 1300447 8-May-2015 09:36
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Isn't GOG  DRM free? Why they would need desktop game manager?

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  Reply # 1300452 8-May-2015 09:46
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Because opening one app to launch all of your games is awesome. Having your entire collection available from a single place is also great.

Unfortunately, my thousands of dollars in Steam games means it is highly unlikely I ever go anywhere else. 

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1300454 8-May-2015 09:48
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My assumption is to improve the experience.  From what I read the games can be managed more easily within the framework and looking at adding update management, voice chat etc.  They ahve also said that all games are playable and available online or offline no matter what.

Think I also read that each game you buy you are free to have a second copy somewhere else completely DRM free.

Its more about providing a framework to fit everything together to be more user friendly.  Guessing it is trying to be steam without the stuff people don't like about steam....

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  Reply # 1300458 8-May-2015 09:53
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I like the idea, but for me I buy everything I can on steam.  But this is because I use big picture exclusively and have machines setup as game consoles.   That means I havent bought GTAV yet as I'm waiting for a steam sale of it (I dont want a rocksteady key).

And gog pricey in AUD is kind of a PITA, we get overcharged.

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  Reply # 1300459 8-May-2015 09:55
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Yeah, it looks like we will have the same problem with game managers as with browser toolbars :(
Currently I have:
- Steam
- Origin
- Games evolved (AMD)
- Microsoft Live Games
While in fact I like only steam. All others just required by different games.

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  Reply # 1300500 8-May-2015 10:16
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Just received a beta key today. Spent very little time with it so far. But I like the way it looks. If you have already downloaded a game from GOG you can link the downloaded file to the entry in galaxy so you won't have to re-download everything.

As I see it the biggest reason to install galaxy rather than just downloading it from GOG is that it will update games for you unlike the current way GOG does it where you have to go to the webpage to see that there are updates then if you click on the game that says update the flag goes away and you never end up updating it anyway.

If they can make it like steam where it downloads the updated files so you download a few MB instead of a few GB then they will be on a winner.(It may already be like this but I have only spent like 10min with it so far)




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  Reply # 1300504 8-May-2015 10:24
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solival: Yeah, it looks like we will have the same problem with game managers as with browser toolbars :(
Currently I have:
- Steam
- Origin
- Games evolved (AMD)
- Microsoft Live Games
While in fact I like only steam. All others just required by different games.


The only reason to have more than one is exclusive content - looking at you Origin and uPlay.

Steam seems to cover everything I want or need.



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  Reply # 1301433 10-May-2015 14:12
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Got my invite and installed. Client looks good and seems to work well even though it is beta.
I don't like how it seems to stick games in odd places though. Steam has them under its program files directory which is neat. Thus far I have games in my documents (How very XP like) and in a gog folder at the root of the C drive. I think the new folder at the root of C is from the client and the folders in My Ducuments are from the old manual installs. Annoyingly it doesn't pick up GOG games you have already downloaded. 
Still if you get games from GOG, the client is going to be a great way to get them and keep them up to date. 




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