Over at gamesindustry.biz, they have a short interview with several of the folks from CD Projekt. The focus, no surprise, is on the Good Old Games site.

Perhaps also no surprise, they mention that some publishers are reluctant to release their old games DRM-free. Which is amazingly shortsighted. These are games that went off the market years ago. The only way to get them now is second-hand, or off the torrents.

And, given the age of most of them, there is no guarantee they’ll work, or work well, on modern systems. Not without a lot of tweaking, and maybe not even then. Yet here GOG can offer those quality products in a way that they will run, and there’s a good forum for tech support in case of difficulties.

Mention was made that the beta is going well, with over 20,000 signups. While not an immense number, it shows there is interest among gamers to obtain those “oldies but goodies” at reasonable cost. Shucks, the original Fallout alone is worth the price, and you get more than that.

I am very much hoping CD Projekt can convince other publishers to release those older games that aren’t otherwise available any more. That would be a great service to gamers, especially newer ones who aren’t familiar with those titles except as titles.

It’s especially important now, as DRM on current games becomes ever more heavy-handed and unfriendly to the customers who actually buy the product. The immense backlash over Spore indicates that people are becoming fed up with methods that don’t work and only penalize honest gamers.

I think Michal Kicinski, CEO of CD Projekt, summed it up best at the end: “We attract people to buy the original games instead of pirating them and that’s the most efficient way of fighting piracy.” Are you listening, EA? Probably not, alas.

Old’s Cool on gamesindustry.biz

(Hmmm. “Old’s Cool” or is that really “Old School”. Hmmmm…)