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Good Old Games' Oldakowski On Selling PC Classics Today

As digital distribution services like Steam, Impulse, GamersGate, Direct2Drive, and others compete to rack up as many new PC titles they can, relative newcomer Good Old Games is taking a markedly different approach: as its name suggests, the service specifically targets older titles.

Owned by Polish developer CD Projekt, known for its hit PC RPG The Witcher, GOG has made a name for itself by carving out a specific market segment and focusing on a strong and consistent level of presentation. The service eschews DRM schemes, it ensures compatibility with modern versions of Windows, and it frequently includes additional pack-ins like soundtracks and development-related materials.

Now, some nine months after going into open beta -- still the service's official status -- Gamasutra got in touch with managing director Adam Oldakowski to talk about GOG's growth, the competition, the PC market, and how the company defines "old."

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