Can’t say that today’s announcement, stating that GOG.com will end its “Fair Price Package” program, through which they gave back, as store credit, the amount paid above the United States price by people from regions that had higher regional prices for games, was in any way unexpected. In fact it was very much expected, just one more step down that slippery slope they’ve been on for several years now, leaving absolutely no shred of any value except DRM free for single-player, and who knows what may come even from that point of view, thinking of Galaxy and looking at some games already having things tied to registration on third party sites.
Of course, in my case the program was irrelevant. Still there strictly for their original values and the fact that they cornered this supposedly “ethical” part of this rotten market and then ran away with it when they changed direction, so nobody else can pick up the banner they dropped and the only hope, false as it may be, is that they’ll go back to what they used to be. So a game not respecting said values, which obviously includes having prices above the base price, was firmly on the “don’t purchase” list regardless of level of interest and will remain so. But there were plenty saying that there was actually no such game on GOG because of the Fair Price Package, so I wonder what they’ll say now… Or don’t, actually, since I already see them in the comments, being understanding and thanking GOG for the honesty and making good wishes as if this would be a good thing, or even directly saying that it is a good thing. Because they don’t care about those original values or changing the market. Same as GOG hasn’t in so long now.
Will need to hope that MaGOG, for games released before the “Legacy Mode” cutoff, which at the moment is the start of 2018, and the price tracking topic, for the newer ones, will remain valid and constantly updated after this though, to accurately point out the pricing matrix of each game now that the wallet funds will no longer be the obvious indicator making it clear when a game has a price above the base price.
And yes, we should all “thank” Epic for this race to the bottom, trashing any services game stores may offer even more than they already were. Though, of course, that comes after “thanking” CD Projekt for demanding GOG’s growth and draining their profits to cover their development costs, and more recently taking over their infrastructure and employees as well in order to create and maintain the whole on-line infrastructure for Gwent… Which shouldn’t have been on GOG in the first place anyway.
Recalling how enthusiastic I was about GOG.com before the “Good News” of 2014, how that struck me and then seeing everything that happened since then, how every new change was another step in this rotten direction, how they played us for fools, all of us who believed in and supported and promoted them during those first several years, for their values and stated mission… That’s businesses for you. If there’s money in it, it’s by definition rotten, can never be anything good. The hope, my hope during those years, was that they were more like a group, an NGO, fighting to change this rotten industry, that also happened to make use of a store in order to raise some of the funds for that endeavor. But it is in fact the other way around, just a business that made use of some fake values and mission statement to grow by attracting those who rejected the market otherwise, until they became big enough to no longer need us and show their true colors.