Does GOG pirate games?

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  1. Gyrobax
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    I recently bought Skullgirls 2nd encore from the website GOG along with shovel knight and nuclear throne, and when I tried to play online with skullgirls it wouldn't let me, and even the anti piracy message came up (whats the square root of a fish? now I'm sad) I'd like to know really. I bought the game and am now a bit pissed cause I can't play online
     
  2. dimmidice

    dimmidice GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    Of course not.

    edit: i'm a bit confused though. GOG doesn't sell skullgirls?
     
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    You must be thinking of another site, like a discounted cd-key seller, who do use illegitimate means to sell the keys.
     
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    it was probably that, I know for sure I got shovel knight from gog, I might just be thinking that skullgirls is from the same place
     
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    Some years ago i read that some GOG games had cracked exe when installed, and there was also proof where RELOADED (or CODEX) watermark was found on the GOG's executable.
    But that was years ago, i don't know about now.
     
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    Actually they still do that. If you open any of those .exe files in a hex editor like HxD you'll be surprised to find that many (probably all) older games use a cracked executable. In fact I noticed this while I was messing with SW: Rogue Squadron. It uses the same cracked exe released by same group. I was kind of surprised but I guess it saves them time. Besides what are the pirates going to do? sue them? I can't speak for the newer games though but it wouldn't surprise me they use cracked files for those as well.
     
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    I think its quite often the developers fault for the game cracks as they don't have the time to go through their old games and remove the DRM so they download a crack and pass the game over to GOG.
    The same thing happens from time to time on steam games the devs don't really care because selling a cracked exe of your own game is not illegal and saves them time.
     
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    The article i read featured a newer game, released in 2012 or newer. Sorry but i can't remember what it was.
    I would also link the article here, but i couldn't find it.
    IMO, i think it's fine, as long as the original developer and/or publisher still get a portion of the revenue.
     
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    It's very likely. I bought a Diablo 2 LOD expansion key from one of those places, and it was already used, so I couldn't play online with the expansion enabled.
     
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    I never heard of that, to be honest, but I do know that they are one of few legit companies that sell their games DRM free, which is a boon for many users, and a smart way to attract customers :P
     
  11. LaronX

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    Gog certainly has the right to sell all those games, else there would have been a big lawsuit already heading there way. More so considering how they aren't keeping low profile and make no attempt to hide the game code.

    Like a few pointed out it is likely the devs being lazy. The Hitman DRM incident from a few years back comes to mind where the DRM locked out people who legitimately bought the game. They had no idea how to revert it and even reinstalls didn't fix that shit. So what was the solution of the devs? Well use the crack of course.