Reader m3metix sent in the following:
Just wanted to let everyone know about a new site and online game distribution service called Good Old Games. I got into the public beta a couple weeks ago and have purchased a couple of games (Sacrifice and Giants: Citizen Kabuto) and checked out their very good community forums. They are selling classic PC games (from about 1995-2005) as downloads patched to run on Windows XP/Vista with any DRM removed. Currently all the games in their catalogue were either published by Interplay or Codemasters. This includes such classics as: Fallout 1 & 2, Freespace 1 & 2, MDK 1 & 2, Colin McRae Rally 2005, Operation Flashpoint, Shogo: Mobile Armour Division, the aforementioned Sacrifice and Giants, and many more.
Why would a Linux site care about windows games? Well since they are all older games a very high percentage of them run in Wine flawlessly or are playable with only a few small issues. Both the games I bought ran without any issues and there is a thread in the forums called “GOG Games that are working fine with Linux…”, which they featured on their front page news. The site design is very nice and the games just download as single file (with separate downloads for manuals, desktops, even soundtracks!), and there is also a very active and awesome user community. Aside from the great games, user-friendly service and lack of DRM, it is the price of the games that is extremely appealing. All games cost either $5.99 or $9.99 with the majority of them falling into the former category (only a couple of the newer Codemasters titles are $9.99). Unfortunately sign-ups for the public beta is closed (and I don’t know when it is ending), but for anyone interested in some older, high-quality PC games check out the site and keep your eyes open for it going live.
Good Old Games is operated by CD Projekt, the publisher who released the Windows game The Witcher semi-recently.