Before you go all “STEAM IS TEH ROXXZ0RZ” on my ass, let me first say this is NOT a replacement for Steam, but rather a supplement, like the cold glass of milk you take with your delicious bowl of Cookie Crisps.
If you are one of the thousands of PC gamers affected by DRM woes such as activation limits and that SecuROM bull crap, and like cheap games then Good Old Games is definitely for you. I’ve had the pleasure of watching this site grow from a small private beta to what it is now, a public beta with a catalogue of over 50 quality, DRM-free games priced from $5.99 to $9.99 with new arrivals every Tuesday. Everything about GOG is sexy- the website, the forums, the nifty downloader, and even the game installers have been tricked out for maximum sexy. Just go there for yourself and be blown away by the clean and easy to use interface that they’ve whipped up.
Don’t expect to find Spore on GOG. Ever. That game is neither good OR old. The catalogue thus far has only seen games from 1991 to 2005. You can ask for anything you want with the super handy official GOG Wishlist but unless it magically tops System Shock 2 at 2863 votes I doubt it will do much to affect its chances of showing up on the site someday. Although I’m still rooting for Pajama Sam.
And if you’re asking yourself, “Why should I pay for these old games I could easily pirate?”. I suggest you die in a fire promptly. Just kidding. To answer your question, GOG gives you all these bonus goodies like exclusive wallpapers, soundtracks, avatars, and more. It also makes sure the classics will work on your Crysis-ready rig from the future thanks to all the hard work done by the supposedly undoubtedly handsome programming team they have at their disposal. They make sure the game you buy will work flawlessly with XP and Vista and is updated with the latest patches.
The community is friendly and knowledgeable. The support team is there for you, and the site is getting ready for its first big update soon. I cream my pants every time I visit or talk about GOG. Just go there!