Activision flogs old games without DRM

Swollen games publisher Activision has just signed a deal with Good Old Games to offer several of its classic games via the retro retailer’s website. GoG’s ‘Activision Month’ will see a veritable goody bag of Activision titles added to the site over the next few weeks.

The season kicks off with the addition of 2001 RPG Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magic Obscura, as well as the brilliant 1993 point and click adventure, Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers. These two games are already available from Good Old Games, and there are plenty more to come. Speaking to THINQ, Tom Ohle from Good Old Games, said that 'we'll have close to 20 games as part of the first wave, with titles being revealed every week in February. '

Sadly, Good Old Games is remaining tight-lipped about the other titles, but Activision has a huge back catalogue of games that would be perfect for the outlet. Let's also not forget that Activision merged with Vivendi recently, which means that the whole Sierra back catalogue could also potentially be up for grabs.

In the meantime, GoG says that the games are likely to feature a variety of games for different tastes. Describing the games on offer, GoG says that they will give ‘all types of gamer – from the long-time devotee to the laptop-carrying “newbie” – an unforgettable glimpse into the rich history of the PC gaming.’

Activision joins a long list of established PC game developers who have also signed up to GoG to offer their wares without the evils of restrictive DRM. The site’s list of developer friends already includes heavyweights such as Epic and Codemasters, but a colossal publisher such as Activision is a massive coup for GoG. With Activision on board, you have to wonder how long it will be before EA signs up to GoG as well.

GoG’s managing director, said Adam Oldakowski, described the Activision deal as ‘the biggest thing that’s happened at since the actual announcement of the service. This is a huge step forward for our site and for digital distribution as a whole, as Activision is one of the biggest publishers in the world with a long history in the games industry.’

He also added that GoG ‘is the only place right now, where you can grab the announced titles.’ According to Oldakowski, GoG has also ‘managed to work on those titles to provide full compatibility with modern operating systems.’

The retro retailer has already achieved this on many older games, often by using a virtual machine such as DOSBox