Star Ruler Studio Really Hates GameStop

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Star Ruler Studio Really Hates GameStop

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Star Ruler will be pulled from digital distributor Impulse, which was recently acquired by GameStop, because creator Blind Mind Studios really hates GameStop.

GameStop dropped a big bombshell last week when it announced the purchase of Impulse, one of the biggest digital distributors in the business. It's no Steam, but it's right up there with Direct2Drive, GamersGate and GOG, and its acquisition represents a huge maneuver in GameStop's battle to remain relevant in the era of digital. But not everyone is thrilled with the new boss.

"On March 31st, Stardock Systems announced that Impulse will be purchased by GameStop, likely some time in May. Due to a rather large list of things we detest about GameStop, Star Ruler will no longer be available for purchase on Impulse after the takeover," Blind Mind founder and lead programmer Andrew Ackermann, also known as "Thy Reaper," wrote on the Star Ruler website.

"We are ending sales through Impulse due to GameStop's long, negative behavior toward the PC platform and independent games," he continued. "We would never have signed onto distribution through GameStop, and being forced into this situation has only made it worse for us. We feel GameStop cannot serve as the leader of a true competitor in the digital distribution market."

Ackermann emphasized that the studio's relationship with Impulse has been "consistently good" and that it had every intention of continuing to use the service for future releases. But with Impulse founder Brad Wardell out of the picture, Blind Mind says it no longer has faith in the future of the service.

It won't leave Impulse customers stranded, however. "We will be trying to arrange the continuation of automatic updates through Impulse. If this doesn't work out, our patches are all compatible with the Impulse version, and we will be working on an automatic updater for all of our customers to make the update process simpler," Ackermann said.

And that, kids, is called putting your money where your mouth is.

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Ok, I know I can be irrational at times, but that is just plain childish.

Badass. Good for them. They have the courage of their convictions and I think that's very honorable of them.

gigastar:
Ok, I know I can be irrational at times, but that is just plain childish.

They are just worried about the direction it will take. They don't want extra draconian DRM or a lower cut of the profits. It's not irrational; it's business.

More than likely, it'll appear on other DD services.

so noone can buy this game now?

We're on a number of distributors other than Impulse. (GamersGate, Steam, Desura, Iceburg Interactive)

Also as a pre-emptive: We had no choice but to act immediately. Legally, there was no other recourse if we didn't want to partner.

RaikuFA:
so noone can buy this game now?

They'll likely move to another digital distribution platform; Steam, Direct2Drive or what have you, we'll have to wait and see.

OT: I think the last line of the article pretty much sums it up. Good on them to stick to their guns.

Well. That's definitely going to grab GameStop's attention. It is good to see someone keeping to promises they make. Maybe they should offer thier game on Steam? Plenty of indie developers sell there.

Now we know why they call it GameStop

mew4ever23:
Well. That's definitely going to grab GameStop's attention. It is good to see someone keeping to promises they make. Maybe they should offer thier game on Steam? Plenty of indie developers sell there.

its already on steam

http://store.steampowered.com/app/70900/?snr=1_200_200_256_13

and to be honest, I dont blame them.

Omnific One:

gigastar:
Ok, I know I can be irrational at times, but that is just plain childish.

They are just worried about the direction it will take. They don't want extra draconian DRM or a lower cut of the profits. It's not irrational; it's business.

More than likely, it'll appear on other DD services.

Draconian DRM policies i can understand. Not simply using multiple digital distribution platforms i cannot understand.

Besides he stated the reason quite clearly.

From that newspost, Some editing may be obvious:
"On March 31st, Stardock Systems announced that Impulse will be purchased by GameStop, likely some time in May. Due to a rather large list of things we detest about GameStop, Star Ruler will no longer be available for purchase on Impulse after the takeover,"

ATTENTION PEOPLE. THIS GAME IS ALREADY AVAILABLE ON STEAM AND DIRECT2DRIVE.

Firgof:
We're on a number of distributors other than Impulse. (GamersGate, Steam, Desura, Iceburg Interactive)

Also as a pre-emptive: We had no choice but to act immediately. Legally, there was no other recourse if we didn't want to partner.

I don't know if this guy really is from Blind Mind. If he is, that's awesome.

Good for them. If you dislike a company that strongly, it's your right and responsibility to avoid doing business with them. I personally think that the problem is less with Gamestop and more with the education of the consumers (assuming one of the bullets on Blind Mind's list of grievances is the pre-owned sales model), so I still use Gamestop but only buy new games. Still, it's good to see someone taking a stand.

gigastar:
Ok, I know I can be irrational at times, but that is just plain childish.

As far as I'm aware, it's called having principles.

Yes, those will conflict with other things in life at times, but it's better to hold on to them rather than break them just because it might inconvenience you.

gigastar:

Omnific One:

gigastar:
Ok, I know I can be irrational at times, but that is just plain childish.

They are just worried about the direction it will take. They don't want extra draconian DRM or a lower cut of the profits. It's not irrational; it's business.

More than likely, it'll appear on other DD services.

Draconian DRM policies i can understand. Not simply using multiple digital distribution platforms i cannot understand.

Besides he stated the reason quite clearly.

From that newspost, Some editing may be obvious:
"On March 31st, Stardock Systems announced that Impulse will be purchased by GameStop, likely some time in May. Due to a rather large list of things we detest about GameStop, Star Ruler will no longer be available for purchase on Impulse after the takeover,"

A large number of things SUCH AS Gamestop being quite greedy and only looking toward gaining the most profit. It is inevitable that they will jack up the share taken by Gamestop to somewhere between 60-75% to recoup expenses incurred during the sale.

As well as Desura, and Iceburg Interactive.

Not simply using multiple digital distribution platforms i cannot understand.

There are some parts of that decision that we legally cannot discuss.

EDIT:

I don't know if this guy really is from Blind Mind. If he is, that's awesome.

I am indeed and thank you. :)

Well my hats off to them for sticking to their guns, I wish more people in the industry and community would. I might have to check out Star Ruler too. It looks right up my alley.

Firgof:
EDIT:

I don't know if this guy really is from Blind Mind. If he is, that's awesome.

I am indeed and thank you. :)

Hmmm...maybe I should have just looked under your name. Now I feel like a bit of an idiot.

I'm fairly tempted to break my self-imposed No New Games rule to buy this on Steam now.

I still maintain the whole Impulse purchase is an elaborate April Fools joke or GOG type stunt.

Slycne:
Well my hats off to them for sticking to their guns, I wish more people in the industry and community would. I might have to check out Star Ruler too. It looks right up my alley.

Quite, and I admit it is a stunningly good business decision as well. The massive amount of positive publicity originating from the core gaming realm will likely lead to exponentially increased sales numbers. Bravo.

Omnific One:

gigastar:

Omnific One:

They are just worried about the direction it will take. They don't want extra draconian DRM or a lower cut of the profits. It's not irrational; it's business.

More than likely, it'll appear on other DD services.

Draconian DRM policies i can understand. Not simply using multiple digital distribution platforms i cannot understand.

Besides he stated the reason quite clearly.

From that newspost, Some editing may be obvious:
"On March 31st, Stardock Systems announced that Impulse will be purchased by GameStop, likely some time in May. Due to a rather large list of things we detest about GameStop, Star Ruler will no longer be available for purchase on Impulse after the takeover,"

A large number of things SUCH AS Gamestop being quite greedy and only looking toward gaining the most profit. It is inevitable that they will jack up the share taken by Gamestop to somewhere between 60-75% to recoup expenses incurred during the sale.

GothmogII:

gigastar:
Ok, I know I can be irrational at times, but that is just plain childish.

As far as I'm aware, it's called having principles.

Yes, those will conflict with other things in life at times, but it's better to hold on to them rather than break them just because it might inconvenience you.

Ok first im quoting both of theese because my responses are pretty much the same.

Secondly i would just like to clear up that i did watch the whole Zero Originality series that cropped up on Youtube a while back.

And thirdly i do, as a consumer, know why many people should hate Gamestop.

But buisness and liking something are two different things, pulling away before GS actually runs Impulse with that reason (seen in red in the first quote) just is childish. Its exactly like not sitting on the last available seat on a long bus journey just because you dont like someone who will be next to you.

In short, you should use it anyway, and pull out when you get a better reason.

Firgof:
We're on a number of distributors other than Impulse. (GamersGate, Steam, Desura, Iceburg Interactive)

Also as a pre-emptive: We had no choice but to act immediately. Legally, there was no other recourse if we didn't want to partner.

Excellent display of backbone. It was only a matter of time before industry members started joining consumers in turning on Gamestop. Their business model is poor, their service is uniformly terrible and if they're doing anything good for the industry, it's only by virtue of their existence and lack of competition. I honestly hope Gamestop makes the same mistakes that Blockbuster did and so become as defunct as K-Mart; their flaws seem top-down so I don't see much hope of their becoming an honest, smart company.

Holy crap, I didn't even know Impulse had been bought by Gamestop! I thought that was Stardock's baby.

Now I'm going to have stop using Impulse as well :(

Star ruler (and firegof) are pretty cool.

I always liked steam more, but loved supporting stardock.

Long live steam.

Death to impulse.

gigastar:

Ok first im quoting both of theese because my responses are pretty much the same.

Secondly i would just like to clear up that i did watch the whole Zero Originality series that cropped up on Youtube a while back.

And thirdly i do, as a consumer, know why many people should hate Gamestop.

But buisness and liking something are two different things, pulling away before GS actually runs Impulse with that reason (seen in red in the first quote) just is childish. Its exactly like not sitting on the last available seat on a long bus journey just because you dont like someone who will be next to you.

In short, you should use it anyway, and pull out when you get a better reason.

I'll direct you to a post that was already made.

Firgof:
We're on a number of distributors other than Impulse. (GamersGate, Steam, Desura, Iceburg Interactive)

Also as a pre-emptive: We had no choice but to act immediately. Legally, there was no other recourse if we didn't want to partner.

The developer would be locked in if they didn't switch NOW. They probably did have a discussion but felt that Gamestop wasn't the best to partner with. Same reason why Notch didn't sign on with anyone, there was a choice.

I am glad they done this. Gamestop is damn right despicable. Evident from several in-depth rants on [email protected]

Tron Paul:

gigastar:

Ok first im quoting both of theese because my responses are pretty much the same.

Secondly i would just like to clear up that i did watch the whole Zero Originality series that cropped up on Youtube a while back.

And thirdly i do, as a consumer, know why many people should hate Gamestop.

But buisness and liking something are two different things, pulling away before GS actually runs Impulse with that reason just is childish. Its exactly like not sitting on the last available seat on a long bus journey just because you dont like someone who will be next to you.

In short, you should use it anyway, and pull out when you get a better reason.

I'll direct you to a post that was already made.

Firgof:
We're on a number of distributors other than Impulse. (GamersGate, Steam, Desura, Iceburg Interactive)

Also as a pre-emptive: We had no choice but to act immediately. Legally, there was no other recourse if we didn't want to partner.

The developer would be locked in if they didn't switch NOW. They probably did have a discussion but felt that Gamestop wasn't the best to partner with. Same reason why Notch didn't sign on with anyone, there was a choice.

Fair enough, but i didnt know there was an overriding piece of contract that locked dev's into theese things.

I suppose it wouldnt be wrong to assume that simply not releasing for one DDP is going to result in a lawsuit too.

Nikolaz72:
ATTENTION PEOPLE. THIS GAME IS ALREADY AVAILABLE ON STEAM AND DIRECT2DRIVE.

Is it really on Steam?

Not sure if it's any good, but I may have to get it just as an FU to Gamestop...

Oh good. I love Sins of a Solar Empire, but I hated that I had to update it through Impulse. Crappier client than Steam... and I'm really not fond of Steam's client software.

*uninstalls Impulse*

I'm just glad I'm not the only one.

ex2katana:

Good for them. If you dislike a company that strongly, it's your right and responsibility to avoid doing business with them. I personally think that the problem is less with Gamestop and more with the education of the consumers (assuming one of the bullets on Blind Mind's list of grievances is the pre-owned sales model), so I still use Gamestop but only buy new games. Still, it's good to see someone taking a stand.

I don't even buy new games from gamestop.
First of all, you have to wonder "how new" from them.
They make you pre-order (which is unnecessary) AND they require you give them money for your preorder. Some people pay for their games months ahead of time. Why not just put that $60 in anything, even a money market account for that time. That's all gamestop does with it: they don't have to pay the publisher until the games ship.

Games (at gamestop) are the only things I've ever pre-ordered and was asked for money. That doesn't happen with books, movies or anything else.

Yeah dudes, sorry if I wasn't clear enough about this but Star Ruler is available on just about every DD platform out there. It's not an Impulse exclusive.

gigastar:
Ok, I know I can be irrational at times, but that is just plain childish.

*scoff* principles, what are they, four?

No problem, Andy. I'm sure everyone's got the message now. :)

Good for them. Any time somebody sticks it to GameStop, everyone wins.

I'll never understand the hate for GameStop. I've never had a single problem with my local 4 stores. Just seems like some people got screwed by a bad employee, complained about it, and it turned into a wave of hate.

Oh well.

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