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The LucasArts GOG.com Rumor Is Here Again 25 Oct, 2014 / 8 comments

Update: The teaser fonts are confirmed to be real, as they are now live on the GOG.com website.

We've gotten our hopes up before that LucasArts games would be released on GOG.com when the site previously teased that they were going to add a large publisher to their catalog (not to mention the Night Dive rumors). Well, the rumors are here again, as GOG.com is teasing that another publisher will be adding their games to the catalog, with a countdown timer on their main page.

There might be some weight to the rumor that the publisher is LucasArts this time, as a GOG.com user has reportedly found three countdown images on the GOG.com website that use well known LucasArts fonts. Of course, if it does end up being LucasArts, it's uncertain if any games that aren't already released digitally will be released on GOG.com, as the three franchises represented (Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and Monkey Island) already have games available digitally on Steam. But, at least this time signs do seem to point towards DRM-free versions of LucasArts games finally being available soon.

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    Lightkey on 28 Oct, 2014, 23:44…

    Jennifer

    Steam actually does have a minimum amount of DRM


    It's a little more complicated, actually. First, Steam is not Steamworks. And even if you use Steamworks, you don't have to use the CEG (Custom Executable Generation) component which you cited. There are plenty games that don't. And you can also provide an additional Binary that will run the game without Steam if you choose, which is the case here.

    So, to reiterate: Steam does not imply DRM (not even minimal). But.. I forgot they changed the data files so that the original executables that are present can not actually run the games (ScummVM can though since version 1.7.0 but that is besides the point). So there are DRM free versions on Steam that are (deliberately) incomplete.. and thus useless.
    Since the versions released on GOG.com are actually distributed with ScummVM, that is in all ways the preferable version to get. :-)
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    OzzieMonkey on 27 Oct, 2014, 21:01…
    Looks like some of the releases got leaked

    Definitely not just the steam releases then :)
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    Jennifer on 27 Oct, 2014, 04:17…

    Lightkey

    Steam does not imply DRM. They are already available DRM-free on Steam.

    Steam actually does have a minimum amount of DRM in it's distribution system. They don't have limitations on how many computers you can run them on, and they do allow you to back the files up. However, you can't install the software without the client, since the executables generated are tied to each user's account, which is DRM (albeit minimal DRM, but it's not DRM-free). GOG.com now has a client in beta, but it's not required to install any games. They distribute the software by an installer that is an executable that can be ran on any computer without the need for client based DRM, so it truly is DRM-free.
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    megarock58 on 27 Oct, 2014, 03:41…
    I have been waiting for this for years, I hope those teasers aren't just a joke.
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    megarock58 on 27 Oct, 2014, 03:40…
    I have been waiting for this for years, I hope those teasers aren't just a joke.
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    Lightkey on 27 Oct, 2014, 03:04…
    Steam does not imply DRM. They are already available DRM-free on Steam.
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    Jason on 25 Oct, 2014, 18:53…
    It's beyond past time.
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    Artisa on 25 Oct, 2014, 17:16…
    Ooooh, potential opportunity to play up some franchises I never got to play!: D

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