GOG Connect Lets You Free (Some Of) Your Steam Games From The Shackles Of DRM

This is a Good Thing™.

The founding of Steam was a major moment for the PC games market, which quite rapidly saw the vast majority of game purchases shift from physical to digital downloads. But Steam is laced with quite strict DRM, that has provisions for playing offline but pushes you to play while connected to the internet. GOG Connect lets you free some of those game purchases you made from that DRM, and add them to your GOG library.

There are currently 23 games included in this, which is barely even scratching the surface of Steam’s vast library, the majority of them are quite old – tieing into Good Old Games’ name – and aren’t from major studios and publishers. Linking your steam profile to GOG allows them to inspect your owned games and then provide you with an extra copy in your GOG library.

Those 23 games are:

  • Bit.Trip.Runner
  • Braid
  • Breach & Clear
  • Breach & Clear: Deadline
  • Broken Sword: Director’s Cut
  • FTL: Advanced Edition
  • Galactic Civilization III
  • Mount & Blade
  • Project Zomboid
  • Saints Row 2
  • Shadowrun Returns
  • Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring
  • Surgeon Simulator 2013
  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
  • The Witcher
  • The Witness
  • To The Moon
  • Trine Enhanced Edition
  • Two Worlds
  • Unreal Gold
  • Unreal Tournament GOTY
  • VVVVVV
  • Xenonauts

All told, it’s far from essential and many are more than happy with Steam, but it’s still a nice move and one that I look forward to seeing grow over time.

Source: GOG

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3 Comments

  1. My first impression was why would you want to, but it is handy if you spot a game and want to play it offline I suppose. If it had to be only 23 games for now, they’ve picked some gems for certain.

    • The less DRM, the better, even if it’s well managed and fairly forgiving DRM as it is in the case of Steam. This move won’t affect even 1%, I suspect, but that there are people fighting for this is still good to see

  2. i think i’ve only got two titles on that list, but it’s a start, and anything that releases content i’ve bought from any kind of shackles can’t be a bad thing.

    who knows how long Steam will last, so if i can keep a local copy that doesn’t need to be verified by some server somewhere that can be turned off on a whim, that’s good in my book.

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