GamersGate to offer free ad-supported PC/Mac games

By Matthew
Jun 9, 2011
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  1. Digital distributors frequently offer blockbuster PC games for pennies on the dollar, but playing such titles completely free of charge is generally only possible if you're willing to acquire them…

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  2. "".....many of them will purchase the full version to avoid the ads and clear their list of installed games.""

    Or pirate the full version to avoid ads all together. Good way to demo a game but those that already are getting games by "other means" because of a financial situation will just pirate the game anyway to enjoy game with out ads. I don't think this will make it to far.
  3. jetkami

    jetkami Newcomer, in training Posts: 99

    Just wait for Steam to have a sale and buy the game cheap without the advertising hassle.
  4. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 917   +26

    Still, those pirates will be exposed as the hypocrites they are. :)

    I wonder what games will be available this way. In particular whether high profile games will be available to play. Also, there's always an issue of regional limitation, and ads make it even more relevant (since they often don't apply to overseas audiences). If this service debuts as US only, like most good things, I'll be very disappointed.
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    There are a lot of interesting "B-list" games on GamersGate that I'd like to try, but don't want to shell out the 10-20 bucks just to try. Well, I signed up for beta, hope its cool.
  6. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,230   +314

    Stupid Steam sales have already got me neck deep in so many games that I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to play them all. I'll pass on this one... :p
  7. Emin3nce

    Emin3nce Newcomer, in training Posts: 129

    So let me get this straight...

    People could either play an advert cripple game for FREE
    or download an advert free game for FREE...

    Problem?
  8. well i am thinking that those games will not containing any viruses or bugs...but these are taking time to be published its better that they are free and not getting any slowness or virus.
  9. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TechSpot Maniac Posts: 451   +62

    No thanks...

    I'll wait and pay 5 bucks for a Steam game rather than sit through 60 seconds of some woman telling me about the greatest feminine hygiene since sliced bread.
  10. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,062   +69

    BRAWNDO - The Thirst Mutilator - "It's got what plants crave!"
  11. Got to love the people who don't read the full article, then make dumb comments.

    You can buy the games to have no adverts, or you can play them for free with adverts. I think it's a fair trade, especially since you can test out the game for free with ads. Then if you like the game, pay to get rid of the ads to properly enjoy the game.
  12. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,570   +41

    Yeah this is like gametag or whatever that thing was called or gamespy. Pretty nifty if you ask me.
  13. Tanstar

    Tanstar TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 194   +18

    Only for people like you who have no problem stealing.
     
  14. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    have a lot of games off steamy site & alike (steam / impulse / GoG / gamersgate / d2d) & free is always welcome minus the ads :p

    but if it is a good way to get a small yet interesting game to play for a while then drop it when finished it's OK.

    the ad may be annoying yet you get the full online play capable where available & updated game.

    it's a good way to fight piracy & to expose most games to the audience, for like some said, it's hard to shell out even 1$ on an unknown product, it's easier when tried & approved & demos not always do the thing.

    i enrolled for beta too, the only limit for me would be zone restriction though.

    cheers!
  15. KUDOS to GG. Come on people, you will not spend a penny. It's Free. Hope this will be as good as it sounds. And there is no risk for viruses, as those crappy pirate one that no one knows what else is installed on your PC. Also the developers will make more money and as a result more games. If you do not like it, try another one, if you like it, as someone said above, buy it without the ads. All the TV shows have ads, do you complain about it too?
    Lets hope more such new ideas will be implemented. Steam also started Freetoplay service. I see a brighter future for us real gamers.


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