GOG.com doles out free games to furloughed government workers

If gog-shutdownyou’re one of the 800,000 federal workers with a lot more extra time on your hands these days, Good Ol’ Games would like to help you fill the hours.

The classic gaming service has introduced the Shutdown Promo, a collection of seven titles that it manages to tie to the current squabbling in D.C. And, in a classy move, GOG.com is giving it away for free to all furloughed federal employees.

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Analysis: The Vast Wonderland Of Once-Great Games

[Gamasutra editor-at-large Chris Morris examines the “shaky steps” of the game industry to ensure long-term access and viability for older games, amid controversy over a GOG.com shift.]

Game industry enthusiasts take an odd joy in pointing out that retail sales for this industry now regularly beat the annual Hollywood box office receipts. It’s a fun headline that makes it look like games are winning the culture war – assuming you resist that urge to scratch the surface.

The reality, of course, is that Hollywood smokes games when you compare apples to apples. Movies don’t disappear once their theatrical run ends. There are pay-per-view revenues, DVD and Blu-ray sales (both the original release and the inevitable director’s cut), initial network rights, syndicated network rights and more. Games? Well, they tend to disappear after a brief stay on retail shelves.

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