When it comes to PC gaming, there are only a handful of ways to get older titles. You either have to know a friend with the game, do things that are technically illegal, have a bit of luck when you go shopping at flea markets, or in some cases, be willing to shell out some big bucks on eBay for them. And that's before you even run into DRM issues, missing instruction booklets or any number of other problems that can pop up. If you're tired of such problems or you just don't want to deal with them, then Good Old Games might be what you're looking for.
Created by Polish game publisher CD Projekt, best known for the surprise hit The Witcher, Good Old Games is all about classic PC titles. The site itself is currently in beta, but I have been one of those able to get access to it. What I found was a site with a small library that is slowly growing, but one that provides a great overall experience.
The library of games at Good Old Games isn't too big, especially since the site has only recently opened, but it is impressive. The most notable titles are those from Interplay and Codemasters' catalogues, which combined make up the library of games on the site right now. Fallout, MDK, Descent and Freespace are among the better-known games available right now, with others like TOCA Race Driver 3 and Colin McRae Rally 2005 on the way. All of these titles not only come with the game, but with the instruction manuals and any other bonus material, like theatrical trailers. Adding in those little touches for no additional cost is a huge plus for Good Old Games.
Purchasing games is simple. All games are priced at either $5.99 or $9.99 and can be paid for via Visa, MasterCard or PayPal. Once your cart is full, you simply check out, follow a few quick steps if you're going the PayPal route, and the games are automatically added to your library. From there, you can download them as many times as you wish, totally free of DRM. Also, unlike Steam, you don't need to be connected to any service in order to play these games.