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Ars is teaming up with GOG and is giving away The Witcher to everyone

Octagon7711Octagon7711 Member LegendaryPosts: 8,967
Saw this on my Google news list this morning.  Ars and GOG are teaming to give away free copies of Witcher for the next 48 hrs.  Of course the site appears to be swamped as a lot of people try to register first in order to get the code.  Site registration was down for maintenance when I tried.  :3  

GOG also has a Witcher and Witcher 2 backup section where you can get a free backup copy of the games.  Just put in your CD code here.

[Ars article]

Everybody gets a free copy of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition—and that's just the start.

LEE HUTCHINSON - 4/25/2017, 10:00 AM

Here at Ars, we like to celebrate the classics—especially classic video games—and we've long been fans of the folks over at GOG (formerly known as "Good Old Games"). They sell modern games, sure, but the site is a treasure trove of DRM-free hits from days gone by. Want to grab a copy of Tie Fighter that works on modern computers? Boom, ten bucks. Want to replay Wing Commander IV with upgraded DVD-quality cutscenes? Here ya go, $5.99. Never got a chance to try your hand at managing global thermonuclear war? DEFCON, six bucks. And there are more—so many more.

As it turns out, GOG likes Ars, too! We've been in talks with the GOG crew for the past couple of weeks and as of this morning, I am happy to announce that Ars and GOG are entering into a partnership—which means there are some cool things that are about to happen.

First thing: You get a free game! And you get a free game!

The first of those cool things is that we're giving away a few hundred thousand copies of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition—all you have to do is click in the sidebar over there to claim a code. You'll be redirected to GOG.com to redeem the code and download the game. It'll work on Windows or MacOS (sorry, penguin fans—there's no Linux version of this particular game, though there's a buttload of Linux-friendly titles on GOG).

Please note that this giveaway is only running for the next 48 hours as of the publication of this post. We can't just give away codes forever, but for the next two days we've got as many codes as there are people who want them. You can check the fancy timer in the sidebar for how much time is left. Note that in order to prevent bots from taking codes, you must first create an Ars account and be logged into it in order to claim a Witcher code.

I really wanted to put the Oprah Everybody gets bees gif here but I just couldnt find a version that would fit properly So heres a picture of a Witcherliterally one who witches
Enlarge / I really wanted to put the Oprah "Everybody gets bees" gif here, but I just couldn't find a version that would fit properly. So, here's a picture of a Witcher—literally "one who witches."

More coming soon

Giving away a game is just the first thing we're doing. Over the next few months, we're going to be testing out some cool integrations between Ars and GOG—most of it's under-the-hood stuff, but based on the talks we've been having with the GOG folks, it should be pretty neat.

Additionally, GOG has agreed to open up its archives to Ars and give us access to the developers who worked on many of the big games of the last 30-plus years, which ought to make for some excellent write-ups and stories. We're also looking forward to running a story or two on the complex methods GOG has had to employ over the years to excise copy protection and DRM from old titles, often without access to the original source code.


[Update from Ars]

Promoted Comments

  • Lee Hutchinson Senior Technology Editor
    OKAY. Things should be a little more stable now and codes should once again be get-able.

    Quick notes:

    1) We're still limiting this to logged-in users
    2) We've temporarily disabled new user registration in order to combat the multiple-thousands-per-second of registration attempts that was making the backend weep (massive simultaneous user registration isn't typically something you design for, and it's a use case that we're not really set up to handle well due to all of the non-cacheable stuff that has to happen)
    3) We're working on more ways to smooth this out
    4) New user reg will be re-enabled shortly (i.e., at some point in the next few hours as of the timestamp on this message) once we implement some more workarounds

    All in all it's been a fun morning.

"We all do the best we can based on life experience, point of view, and our ability to believe in ourselves." - Naropa      "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."  SR Covey


  • cheyanecheyane Member LegendaryPosts: 7,309
    Surely everyone has already gotten this game in one form or another. I bought the game originally in CD form then I got the Steam version or may be GoG version . Well good for people who have not yet gotten this game.
    Chamber of Chains
  • Octagon7711Octagon7711 Member LegendaryPosts: 8,967
    I have Witcher 2 on Steam and will use the backup function GOG has for it.  I got Witcher 3 from GOG already when it was on sale.

    "We all do the best we can based on life experience, point of view, and our ability to believe in ourselves." - Naropa      "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."  SR Covey

  • GruntyGrunty Member EpicPosts: 8,657
    edited April 2017
    The enhanced version is appealing but it still won't help me get past the Dragon's Lair type of twitch based combat.  All this nice scenery that's wasted because I'm sitting there looking for a mouse icon to flash faster and faster and faster.  

    Enjoy the game.  I can't get past the combat interface.
    "I used to think the worst thing in life was to be all alone.  It's not.  The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone."  Robin Williams
  • SlyLoKSlyLoK Member RarePosts: 2,698
    The first is the best in the series imo.
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