Hands on GOG's Galaxy (and why you should give it a try)
Good Old Games, the online store that specializes in old-school games, indies and DRM-free gaming just launched a new gaming service that aims to compete with Steam. Their new client is called Galaxy and since last earlier this week, it also supports the Mac.
To take on Steam would be foolish for most companies, but not for GOG. Their brand-new Galaxy client already fixes many of Steam's problems (like no DRM nor online requirements) and they're just getting started.
Our friends over at MacNN took the Mac version of Galaxy for a ride:
With Galaxy - a new online, client-centric service - GOG promises to solve these problems by marrying the benefits of Steam's online services, with the DRM-free principles that lay at the heart of GOG's original fame. As in any relationship of course, there's always an awkward initial period, where both sides try to figure out how to work together to achieve a sense of mutual happiness and satisfaction. A beta phase, if you will. Welcome to the Public Beta of GOG Galaxy.
MacNN's hands on goes deep, pointing out some hitches, unfinished features, but also all the potential that can be already seen. After all, remember that this is a beta...
Should you get into Galaxy's wagon? Even if you're already committed to Steam or other platforms? I sure think so, and I fully agree with MacNN's conclusion:
In the end, anyone would be tempted to say that Galaxy is really little more than a Site-Specific Browser for GOG. However, the allure of Galaxy lies not in what it is now, but what it promises to be in the future. Exciting times are surely ahead for GOG, Galaxy, and their users, but we also need to remember that nothing is certain in the land of Public Betas.
For now though, we can still see this as a glimpse of what the future holds in store for GOG and its staunch principles on DRM, in a market increasingly focused on online connectivity and social networking. With luck, the marriage of an online client with GOG's DRM-free principles will be one that will provide big dividends for all gamers.
You can download it and try it for yourself here.