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Simply put, The Workshop is the home for fans of LucasArts titles. Loved Monkey Island? How about the digital resurgence on Steam, D2D, and Virtual Console? We’ll get those too! We might even use this blog to test the waters for some new things – games, stories, and more!

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  1. Etienne permalink
    September 4, 2009 3:24 am

    Hello there… Steam, D2D (for broadband of 2nd zone not good), OK… But what about putting the originals (slightly modified to work on today’s OS) on Good Old Games (www.gog.com)?

    • Joe permalink
      September 5, 2009 1:56 pm

      Yes…. Yes… GOG.com is the answer. Search yer feelins, LucasArts. Ye know it to be true!

    • September 6, 2009 4:28 am

      GOG is definitely the best.

  2. Ben L. permalink
    September 5, 2009 1:52 pm

    I’d second the GOG suggestion. I mean, theoretically you are targeting the retro audience with these back catalog releases, aren’t you?

  3. John permalink
    September 6, 2009 11:50 am

    This really can’t be said enough times. I would literally buy all of the classic LucasArts games if they were to appear on GOG with a $5.99 price point. And before you ask, yes, I understand the definition of literally.

  4. JudasIscariot permalink
    September 6, 2009 12:10 pm

    How about putting these games on GOG? I guarantee you will have at least 1000 first-hour sales if not more. It would be a feeding frenzy over there…

  5. Afthartos permalink
    September 6, 2009 12:11 pm

    I would personally be buying all of the good old games from that grand library of Lucasarts adventure games.
    If they will get into GOG’s catalogue

  6. September 6, 2009 12:33 pm

    Yeah, GOG is doing a great job and they’re already established!

  7. Ralackk permalink
    September 6, 2009 2:17 pm

    I don’t think this will make a difference but heres another shout out for bringing lucas arts to GOG.com.

  8. September 6, 2009 2:29 pm

    Yes come to GOG please, I reckon there’s at least a few ten thousand people that would buy all your stuff. πŸ™‚

  9. MarckY permalink
    September 7, 2009 8:33 am

    Yes, please bring your titles to GOG (www.gog.com). This is definitely my favourite place to buy games!

  10. SaunaChum permalink
    September 7, 2009 12:42 pm

    Yes, GoG.com is so awesome website that it deserves awesome games like the Monkey Island series. How about it LucasArts, there’s always time to turn to the light.

  11. Cerepol permalink
    September 10, 2009 10:46 am

    I concur GoG is a great site and even though it’s in beta has a great service that provides Good Old Games (interestingly enough) at a price point that one can’t say no to. They also have a great “bonus” section on most games and an active forum which makes it a great Digital Distributer for us retro game fans

  12. September 10, 2009 11:33 am

    Yeah, Godd Old Games rlz. We’ll be pleased to see LucasArts old games there.

  13. September 10, 2009 11:35 am

    You know, when I saw the older releases come out on D2D and Steam, I thought to myself “Weclock, you sexy bastard, why didn’t Lucasarts have the sense to distribute these games through GOG?”

    Well, I’m here now to suggest that you guys do that. And please, don’t announce that you’re going to announce something. That is really lame. It makes it seem like you guys are all bark and no bite.

    That said, GOG.com is the way to go for digital distribution.

  14. PossesseDCoW permalink
    September 12, 2009 10:23 am

    I’m a bit hesitant to buy your games on Steam – even though I love them. However, if they were on GOG.com, which is perfectly suited for your games, I’d buy them in an instant.

  15. lowly hung permalink
    September 13, 2009 10:08 am

    There’s no reason why Lucasarts classics shouldn’t be on GOG.com! Come on guys, this is your chance to make big bucks with oldies.

  16. September 13, 2009 10:08 am

    Yeah, that GOG.com place is awesome. DRM free and all that. Are you ever going to put your games there instead of Steam?

  17. September 13, 2009 10:27 am

    The more you tighten your grip Lucasarts the more gamers will slip through your fingers!

  18. September 13, 2009 10:29 am

    Release your games on GOG!

  19. September 13, 2009 10:32 am

    I’d be much more interested in your older games if they were on GOG instead of Steam or any other digital distribution platform.

  20. cogadh permalink
    September 13, 2009 11:48 pm

    GOG.

    Just… GOG, dammit!

  21. Tor permalink
    September 14, 2009 12:55 am

    Yes! Good Old Games is clearly the perfect home for classic LucasArts titles. Think about it, it stands to reason:

    – The classic titles are Good
    – They are also Old
    – Finally, they definitely are Games

    Anything else would be madness!

  22. Igor Savin permalink
    September 14, 2009 2:31 am

    Yet another vote for GoG!

    Steam and DRM are a no-no for many gamers; StarForce fiasco and the latest success of unprotected Sims 3 proves the point very well.

  23. Navagon permalink
    September 14, 2009 4:36 am

    So how about bringing your back catalogue to GOG.com then Lucasarts? Or is the idea of kicking back and watching a ton of money roll in not one that appeals?

  24. Henke permalink
    September 14, 2009 5:28 am

    Release your games on GOG!

    Pretty please with sugar on top *puppy eyes*

  25. kScope permalink
    September 14, 2009 5:48 am

    Any LA title on GOG would be an instabuy for me

  26. DarthKaal permalink
    September 14, 2009 6:14 am

    Yes, GOG is definitely the right place for LucasArts oldies, they are Good Old Games.
    DRM-free doesn’t necessary mean “opened to piracy”. And on the contrary, DRM doesn’t necessary mean “impossible to copy” (see MI:SE on torrent sites…).

    For now, I just wait to see all these excellent games on GOG, my wallet is ready πŸ˜‰

  27. Deluxe permalink
    September 14, 2009 8:03 am

    You should release your games on GOG.com…
    Because LucasArts and GOG.com are like :
    – Wallace and Groomit,
    – Darth Vader and Obiwan Kenobi,
    – Arthur and the round table,
    – etc.

  28. September 14, 2009 11:03 am

    Another vote here for the entire Lucasarts catalogue to be put on Good Old Games!

    It would get thousands of sales per title, especially things like Day of the Tentacle, Monkey Island, Full Throttle, X-Wing and Dark Forces.

    Surely that makes good business sense?

  29. Sumppi permalink
    September 14, 2009 12:29 pm

    Just like many have said before me, GoG is the way. It targets the retro gamers who are the main audience of LucasArts classics. GoG also has a large user base, from which many will surely order many of LucasArts game classics if they are made available. They are games people want to play but have trouble getting hold of. People WILL buy those games if they are made available to them. They want them.

  30. Needlock Wet Plaster permalink
    September 14, 2009 9:18 pm

    Just to add a bit of dissent to the GOG love here, I’ve stopped using them ever since they announced that they were going to delete some Codemasters titles, even from people who had purchased them. The ability to redownload a purchase is an important part of the appeal of DD to me, and GOG apparently doesn’t provide that, at least not guaranteed. It really was enough to wipe out my interest in their easy download system, easy trouble-free installer, and excellent, loving preservation and presentation. But that’s all useless if it’s just temporary.

    D2D’s DRM-free system is the most attractive, in my opinion, but I’m also willing to put up with Steam’s client if the price is right. Impulse is also decent, though it seems to trade the convenience of Steam but fail to reach the simplicity of D2D’s DRM-free offerings.

    • September 15, 2009 8:53 am

      What makes you think any of the other digital download sites guarantee that? Because none of them do. Not Steam, D2D or any of them.

      However, unlike those sites, if GOG pulls a game, you can still play the game fine if you back it up, thanks to the total lack of DRM. So it isn’t temporary. It’s analogous to a store. It’s not guaranteed a game will always be in stock, you need to grab a copy and take it home with you.

      I can still play TOCA3 from GOG, and will still be able to play it years from now. If this were Steam, I couldn’t do that. Your objection is irrational because you go on to say Steam is acceptable, when in fact it offers significantly less protection(actually none) against this kind of thing than GOG does.

    • Deluxe permalink
      September 15, 2009 9:44 am

      Codemasters debacle is not from GOG but Codemasters deal with car makers…
      By the way, due to these licensing problems, I don’t think any game platform can propose those games anymore, not GOG specifically.

      To get back to the subject : LucasArts –> GOG.com ! (Pleaaaase !)

    • WBGhiro permalink
      September 15, 2009 11:03 am

      Also, while you can’t buy the game anymore you still can download it as many times as you want, if you purchased it before it was pulled down of course.

      And yeah GOG.com is currently the best dowloading service for games there is, and that’s why the old classics shouldbe released there, not on Steam.

  31. September 15, 2009 7:24 am

    Needlock, I sympathize with your dissent in theory, but I haven’t seen it in practice. Can you clarify which titles you think GOG removed?

    I still think GOG’s got it right. If you download the title when you buy it and archive it, you’ve still got a DRM-free, easily installable copy that will last. GOG can’t take it away from you if they retract the game later.

    I’m not much of a redownloader, myself. I don’t want to wait for a re-download — I want to *play.* So I keep my data safe. (It’s nice to know there’s a backup available online though, so I hear what you’re saying.)

  32. Needlock Wet Plaster permalink
    September 15, 2009 3:38 pm

    GOG sent out an email saying that they were deleting CMR2005 and TOCA3 (which they had already stopped selling) even from the accounts of people who had purchased them, due to a problem with licensing. They’ve also said they’ve started working on making sure they have the rights to offer unlimited downloads of games to purchasers, but don’t currently have those rights for all the games they’re offering. So this can happen with other games too, which is enough to make me lose interest in them as a store until they straighten that out. DD is just too intangible for me when it’s just a one-time download.

    Steam is a lot bigger, giving them more negotiating leverage (they’re still selling TOCA3 for now) and the ability to re-download a game is tied into the same system as allows the games to play at all, which means they have more pressure on them to make sure they continue allowing downloads of games. Even when they’ve had to pull games from sale because of licensing problems (Alien Shooter, for example), they’ve continued allowing downloads to previous buyers. If they close down it’s going to be a pain to get the games working sans Steam client, but that’s hypothetical whereas in the case of TOCA 3 it’s already the case that GOG has had to close down. So I’d say that games are demonstrably less temporary when purchased from Steam than from GOG.

    But I also said I was mainly only interested in Steam when the price was reasonable — and I balance the price against the “subscription” nature of the service when arriving at my determination of reasonable. But really I prefer D2D’s DRM-free offerings the most. The mechanics of those downloads are the same as GOG’s, except backed by a large company with years of experience in negotiating DD deals. GOG will probably be a good store someday, but they’re very much still at work on the basics of their service. Even their logo still points out they’re in BETA.

    • September 15, 2009 10:37 pm

      Good points. As Arkose has pointed out, and as I can verify, TOCA3 is still available for download, if not purchase, and like with D2D’s DRM-free stuff you mentioned, all this becomes totally moot if you back up the installer to a DVD, which you should be doing regardless of how much you trust a service.

      However, it seems a bit harsh to out-and-out leave GOG for other outlets simply because they PROBABLY won’t have this problem that GOG does.

      This is all totally off topic for the LA blog though, let’s shift it back.

    • September 15, 2009 11:38 pm

      the games are still available for download, I bought them because of the sales and I still have them. πŸ˜€

  33. Arkose permalink
    September 15, 2009 5:37 pm

    The deadline for TOCA 3 is long past, but I still see it on my shelf and can download the installer and other files as if nothing had happened, so it seems GOG has quietly resolved the licensing issue for existing owners.

    GOG has always promoted what they sell as being both a product and a service. The “product” portion is closed to new buyers if unforeseen issues arrive (as on any DD service) but the “service” portion is still available to those who bought before the deadline, allowing them to download and play as if nothing had happened. Even the subforums for the removed games still exist. When GOG knows well enough in advance that a removal is going to happen they put the games up for a special “going away” sale–as with CMR and TOCA 3–to allow as many people as possible to grab a copy.

  34. cogadh permalink
    September 16, 2009 5:00 pm

    After reading about all the issues with the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight package release on Steam, I have to retract my vote for getting your games on GOG. If the games don’t work, I don’t want to see them anywhere, but most especially not on GOG. It is way too classy a service to get shafted by releases of games that don’t even approach acceptable standards.

    If you can get the games to functional state, maybe I’ll change my mind, but as it stands right now, not only do I not want to see your games on GOG, I won’t purchase them from any service.

    • September 17, 2009 10:25 am

      Sod the Star Wars games – we want the CLASSICS.

      • September 17, 2009 2:48 pm

        Hey, the Star Wars games are classics too. Remember TIE Fighter?

  35. Bad Asp permalink
    October 6, 2009 6:28 am

    Hey, Lucasarts, I was wondering if you have any plans to rerelease Sam and Max Hit The Road and/or continue the development of Sam and Max: Freelance Police? Or at least, give the license and programming code to those games to Telltale?

    Please, pretty please?

  36. Ace permalink
    October 8, 2009 4:33 am

    Yup… I totally agree with the guys above. If you start releasing ALL old classic games (even Labyrinth) in Special Edition; I would buy ALL, ALL of them ! LucasArts, just think of this:

    Classics = Big Sales !

    I can’t wait to have:

    Maniac Mansion: Special Edition
    Zak McKracken: Special Edition
    Day of the Tentacle: Special Edition
    Grim Fandango: Special Edition

    And the list goes on and on…

  37. Bramis permalink
    October 22, 2009 7:50 am

    I second all above comments. GOG rocks. I highly enjoyed replaying Fallout and Fallout2 from the GOG-store recently. Lucasarts games in GOG would be a win-win-situation for everyone : gamers, GOG and Lucasarts alike.

  38. April 11, 2010 4:33 am

    Hello LucasArts,
    do you believe that just “one” version could sell itself ?

    Try this:
    Set up the old classic versions (Floppy & CD) of Monkey Island, Indiana Jones etc. at GOG.com.
    Set Up the new special editions at Steam.

    You will see which kind of games are selling themself … a little fee is also a fee, right ?
    By the way, you know that there are enough illegal sources to get your old games, right ?

    It’s some kind of race against the time:
    Every day your games are not online at GOG.com,
    you are losing money, downloads and one person of your fanbase
    (people getting older, family, business, friends …)

    Don’t be afraid: Quality sells themself. Set up a fair price at GOG.com and you will see.

  39. June 13, 2010 7:15 am

    I love Lucidity and its beautiful ambient soundtrack ! Please, someone at LucasArts make it available, I want it so much !

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