GOG Galaxy is a gamer-friendly, DRM-free online gaming platform that promises auto-patching, social functionality like chat, friends lists, and achievements. Could this be the beginning of Steam's downfall?
Excuse me while I violently roll my eyes. Steam's not going anywhere just because of this, just like Wal-Mart's not going anywhere just because of Target.
But, Walmart is losing to Amazon. Any company is vulnerable if a better option comes along...
Walmart is far from losing to Amazon. So many towns in the U.S. rely on a single Walmart for the mass majority of their shopping, including groceries.
Walmart is the largest corporate entity on this planet, theyre not going anywhere.
@wakeNbake dont make the old mistake usa is not the world
Can you buy groceries at Amazon? I thought it was online only.
You can buy most groceries on Amazon. It's a newer market for them, but it's doing fairly well.
Forget the Walmart discussion and just acknowledge that GoG is a much more consumer-friendly affair than Steam ever was. I hope these guys have success with what they're coming up with and I'm sure that they can co-exist with Steam.
it could hurt Steam's near-complete monopoly over digital distribution but it won't put steam itself in danger. The situation is a bit similar to someone trying to replace Facebook. It doesn't matter if a new, better platform comes along. People are already used to Facebook, and they have all their friends/stuff on facebook. It's very hard to convince everyone to move to something else all at once (remember google+ ?)
Not necessarily a bad thing.
Exactly what Timesplitter14 said. I also thing PC gamers are ready for Steam to get some competition. Their monopoly as "the" PC market place is showing signs of being unhealthy imo.
"The situation is a bit similar to someone trying to replace Facebook. It doesn't matter if a new, better platform comes along. People are already used to Facebook, and they have all their friends/stuff on facebook. It's very hard to convince everyone to move to something else all at once (remember google+ ?)" You're forgetting that Facebook did exactly that to Myspace, which was the dominant social media site before Facebook came along.
yeah, it's not impossible, just unlikely. MySpace wasn't nearly as ingrained into the whole planet's day-to-day life as Facebook is, though.
Steam won't go anywhere with this. GOG is very limited in scope right now. You can't even invite people to be friends via e-mail or username, let alone make groups, manage mods, switch between controller and K&M modes, and so much more that Steam does. Sure, it has DRM-free games, but that's not what will spell Steam's doom.
until gog gets new games and big titles aside from very few like witcher 3 nothing will really change.
But surely by theory the more GoG Galaxy / GoG games you use, The higher the chance of losing all those digital steam game licenses you have? If GoG or a similar service dethrone Steam in the distant future; Then what happens to all those games you've accumulated?
Nothing, that is what DRM free means. Conversely what you describe is exactly what will happen with Steam.
That's what he said. Reread his comment.
All things must come to an end , if that's the case so be it .
Hm...DRM locked games that I need Steam for. Or DRM free games that I can do whatever I want with.. Hm....choices choices...
Perhaps Valve can get off it's collective fat ass and make Half-Life 3?
Steam and Valve really do need some competition so they don't get complacent. I don't think GoG Galaxy will be much of a competition for Steam though. I'm in the beta for Galaxy atm and it offers very little compared to Steam. Maybe in a few years it will be that competition but not now.
I just downloaded GoG Galaxy and it's very limited at the moment. I presumed that it'll make pre-downloading the massive The Witcher 3 much easier but instead I got confused. There's no discernible pause button, only an abort button so I wasn't sure whether it'll roll back the download should I need to pause it at some point. In the end I closed the still-in-beta Galaxy client and currently using the good old GoG Downloader to preload TW3 instead. I'm sure the Galaxy will get better in time but I don't think it will be a huge game changer to topple Steam. Still, it seems to be a much friendlier client than Origin or Uplay in terms of file management. That's a very important aspect for me since I play between a laptop and a desktop(and another desktop once my ITX build is completed). Steam and GoG allow me to copy and paste game files easily between devices while the other two clients require me to re-download their huge games.
I like competition
GoG is DRM free. Great for gamers, bad for publishers. Because of that it will be able compete with Steam.
Galaxy integrates with Steam, so no they are not in any danger.
Anyone who could bring down that Rich, arrogant, pudgy, snooty, Billionare owner at Steam, is my best friend. Hope it works out for them and give's PC gamers MORE OPTIONS, more options is BETTER FOR CONSUMERS. And the morons?.... will disagree lol, ok.
I'll be using both platforms. Both offer some great deals. The more competition the merrier! As consumers we can only benefit from this. Valve/Steam aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Even if Galaxy were to take off, Steam wouldn't just crumble overnight. Competition is always good and healthy. I'm really excited and hoping this will drive some more new innovation into digital distribution. The DRM-Free policy GOG has had always makes me feel good. Exciting stuff.
I think most people are going to find it difficult to switch to another service, especially if they have been using Steam for many years like i have and already have built up a friends list.
Oh, that's cool, GOG's awesome. :)
For home gaming DRM is usually fairly harmless, but when travelling with a gaming laptop I am beginning to realize how crippling always-on DRM/Steam is for gaming - even for single player games. If you aren't able to get all of your single player games in the "all-clear" zone for Steam offline mode, or if your Wi-Fi bugs out, or if Steam is acting up that day, it renders on-the-go gaming almost impossible. I really appreciate the consumer-friendly approach GOG is striving for, especially in terms of guaranteed compatibility and refunds. Competition isn't bad, and maybe GOG stepping up as well as the BBB's rating might be the slap in the face that Valve needs to start focusing on service.
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