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Thread: GOG Galaxy 2.0 - One Launcher to rule them all?

  1. #26
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    Yeah, there's that too. Dunno why I thought exclusively of uninstalling.

  2. #27
    Thing What Kicks
    Registered: Apr 2004
    Location: London
    One that's annoying me is that if you want to see which games are actually installed, it only shows the GOG games.

  3. #28
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    That's weird. It used to show installed Steam games. For some reason, it's not doing so now.

  4. #29
    Thing What Kicks
    Registered: Apr 2004
    Location: London
    To be honest, if they fix that, I'm much more likely to be using it as my primary launcher, as it's incredibly snappy compared to all the other platforms I've got installed. It launches almost immediately.

  5. #30
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    Hang on. I can launch games (but not uninstall them) by right-clicking its icon and then choosing 'play'. I also see every installed game that I have on any platform.

    I seem to be running version 2.04.10.

  6. #31
    Thing What Kicks
    Registered: Apr 2004
    Location: London
    Nevermind, sorted it. For some reason, my Steam and Uplay accounts had unlinked from Galaxy, so I just had to connect them again. And now I can see all the games I have installed across all platforms.

  7. #32
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Ireland
    I suspect that due to the hackery they use to scrape Steam, it will end up getting logged out frequently and requiring a re-connect.

  8. #33
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Yeah. I'd suspect valve of putting in things to discourage people from using it.

  9. #34
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Ireland
    Valve have official APIs that allow other sites to access your data, if you grant them permission.

    The GOG Steam integration just doesn't use them, instead opening a web browser and scraping the site. It's always going to be buggy until they tear it up and rebuild the solution to properly use the APIs.

  10. #35
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    Is Galaxy 2.0 tracking "playtime" for games on the Epic platform for anyone? I recently started playing Abzu and played it for an hour or two, but according to Galaxy I still haven't played it at all. Then again I can't find a way to see how long I've played some game even on the Epic Launcher itself, so perhaps Epic just doesn't track playtime at this stage.

  11. #36
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Ireland
    Yeah, Epic doesn't track play time yet (it's in their "coming soon" list, IIRC), so GOG has no data to go on.

    I think GOG are planning to do their own playtime tracking as well, but that's also not currently implemented.

  12. #37
    Thing What Kicks
    Registered: Apr 2004
    Location: London
    I'm not sure how GOG exactly scrapes info from the other stores, but there's a Github project for adding other libraries, such as battle.net and Oculus:
    Click Me (Reddit Link)

  13. #38
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia


    Video detailing the atlas update.

    This is looking really good.

  14. #39
    Moderator
    Registered: Sep 2000
    Location: Hong Kong
    Good grief, even Rockstar are at it now with their own launcher: https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/17/...&utm_source=dl

    While I don't really care if it's just another client, I sincerely hope they don't start pushing exclusives (i.e. Epic, as well the new range of upcoming streaming platforms) leading to greater fragmentation.

  15. #40
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Be just another plugin we'll have to get for the GOG launcher.

  16. #41
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    Galaxy 2.0 has become my main launcher at this point. Apart from having to reconnect to Steam every now and then, it's working flawlessly for me now. I'd still like to have some more library customization options, but I'm confident that there'll be more features to come in the future, so I'm a happy customer right now.

    Anyway, has someone had a look at the "Library" tab on Steam lately? It seems that they've pretty much shamelessly copied what Galaxy 2.0 did, but they've somehow managed to make it look uglier and more confusing.

  17. #42
    Thing What Kicks
    Registered: Apr 2004
    Location: London
    I haven't used it as much recently, but that's more to do with what I'm playing at the moment.
    Outer Worlds I'm playing through the Windows store thanks to Xbox Game Pass, and Destiny 2's chat is tied in to Steam. But for anything else, such as Noita, Streets of Rogue, etc.?
    Yup, would still rather use Galaxy 2. 'tis a grand thing!

  18. #43
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Yeah my Steam updated last night. I completely HATE it and it wont let me turn it off. Gah. It looks awful. Why didn't they have a "Classic Mode" button to turn it off.

  19. #44
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Ireland
    I've probably mentioned it before, but IMO the main thing GOG 2.0 needs is to have the context menu on the tray icon show a list of your recently-played games, like Steam does.

    That's usually my main method of launching games from Steam, and if I could do that from Galaxy, that would be great.

  20. #45
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Finally got my invite .

    Certainly nice to have all my games under the one banner. Annoying part was that they all appeared un-categorized in GOG Galaxy, so had to recategorize them again. And you can't select multiple games at once to tag them, so this took QUITE a while.

    I'd have preferred it, that when in grid mode installed games would appear in full color and the uninstalled ones be in grey. Make for seeing what's installed easier. And yes I know you can filter them into installed and not installed sections.

  21. #46
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2004
    Location: Netherlands
    They've added a way to import tags, favorites, and hidden games from other platforms too. This isn't implemented yet though, so beware as it wipes all the tags you'd set for those games in GOG Galaxy 2 so far. It'll be a nice thing once it's working though, and a workaround to Galaxy 2 not allowing selecting multiple games to tag at the same time.

  22. #47
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    Quote Originally Posted by Nameless Voice View Post
    I've probably mentioned it before, but IMO the main thing GOG 2.0 needs is to have the context menu on the tray icon show a list of your recently-played games, like Steam does.
    Looks like they've added that feature in the latest update! It's one feature that I've been looking forward to as well, and my main way of launching games (on Steam) too, so pretty soon Steam won't have anything essential that GOG 2.0 hasn't. Another nice new feature is that GOG 2.0 now combines "duplicates" in one entry, so that the games that you own on multiple platforms don't take too much space in your library.

    Gotta start tagging my games as well now. I tried to put all my Steam games in different categories some time ago, but in the end I wasn't really happy with it. Should have planned it a bit better, I suppose!

  23. #48
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    Not quite yet. They've added jump lists, but they've yet to list your installed games. As is, it's mostly a list of shortcuts for quickly jumping to a specific part within the GOG client.

  24. #49
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2004
    Location: Netherlands
    It's listing the last 3 played games for me in the jump list (RMB on the window icon in the task bar, not the tray).

  25. #50
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Ireland
    I was excited when I saw the changelog, but sadly they didn't actually implement what I was hoping for.

    There's still no context menu on the tray icon.
    Instead, they added a submenu to to GOG Galaxy on the start menu (like Steam has), and allowed you to right-click* on the program's taskbar icon to get a menu. Which is just silly, since it requires you to open the full application before you can use it.


    * This is also a thing which really annoys me. I have my taskbar button right-click swapped to the old-school Windows context menu from Windows XP and older, the one which actually worked with keyboard shortcuts unlike the fancy modern one. By default in Windows 7 and higher, that is normally accessible with shift+right click, and I used 7+ Taskbar Tweaker to swap them around.
    GOG Galaxy somehow doesn't support that context menu at all, so right-clicking on the tray icon does nothing for me unless I shift+right click to open the fancy jump menu.
    It doesn't support Alt+Space either, so the usual alt+space, X to maximise shortcut doesn't work either.

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