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Stardock's CEO on the Impulse/GameStop deal photo
Stardock's CEO on the Impulse/GameStop deal
by Maurice Tan

Earlier this week, one indie studio had to make a snap decision (based on a lot of factors) and decided to stop selling its game on Impulse, Stardock's digital distribution service, after GameStop officially takes over.

When the Impulse/GameStop deal was initially announced, many people wondered why Stardock sold Impulse to the retail behemoth. Were they running out of money? Did Elemental: War of Magic nearly bankrupt Stardock? And if Impulse really was profitable, as Stardock's CEO Brad Wardell recently told Joystiq, then why did they sell it? Or why did they sell it to GameStop of all things?

Wardell was happy enough to answer these questions for us and to clarify what the sale of Impulse will mean for the service's management, for developers, and for consumers.

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12:20 PM on 02.28.2011

Serious Sam 3 made official, first screens shown!

You can forget about your Bulletstorm, your Killzone, and even your Duke Nukem. Everybody knows that Serious Sam 3 is going to be the pinnacle of FPS gaming this year! Well ... it'll probably be cheaper, in any case.  Se...

Jim Sterling

3:20 PM on 02.16.2011

Sony releases PS3 hack statement, promises mass banning

Sony has today released an official statement concerning "unauthorized circumvention" of the PlayStation 3, and promised repercussions of genocidal proportions. According to Sony, you have only a very brief period o...

Jim Sterling

12:40 PM on 02.16.2011

GTA veteran Navid Khonsari talks about '1979 Iran' game

Iranian-born Navid Khonsari -- voice actor, co-director and writer for PS2-era GTAs -- is working on a new game centered around the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Specifically, the happenings surrounding the U.S. embassy hostage c...

Maurice Tan

12:40 PM on 02.11.2011

Croteam: Serious Sam 3 coming out this summer

Croteam has posted a small -- but not insignificant -- message about the state of Serious Sam 3 on its website. CEO Roman Ribaric says, quite simply, that the long-awaiting game will be arriving this summer. He also says that...

Jordan Devore

10:40 AM on 01.06.2011

Vogel: Game developers shouldn't read their own forums

Spiderweb Software founder Jeff Vogel has written an interesting little article imploring fellow game developers not to spend too much time in the trenches with the fans.  Vogel provides three sound reasons for not readi...

Jim Sterling





10:10 PM on 12.22.2010

Jonathan Blow, CVG, and the sh*tstorm I caused

Earlier today, we posted a story about Jonathan Blow, who stated in an interview that Sony was prone to put more adventurous indie games on the PlayStation Network when compared to Microsoft. A fair comment, I thought. Howeve...

Jim Sterling

6:30 PM on 12.07.2010

One Chance: consequences in gaming

As we see games evolve, we find that our experiences within them become more realistic. And yet, there are basic tenets of gaming that still are determined to defy reality: monsters that drop money, treasure chests in the mid...

Colette Bennett

9:40 AM on 11.16.2010

Videogames now cause relationship breakdowns

Relationships end all the time. Sometimes it's the man's fault, sometimes it's the woman's fault, sometimes it's nobody's fault at -- VIDEOGAMES! VIDEOGAMES DID IT! EVERYBODY LOOK AT THE VIDEOGAAAAAAMES! According to a survey...

Jim Sterling

9:10 AM on 09.16.2010

TGS: Hidden cam of sticking it in Dream Club Zero

TGS takes a lot of getting used to. Unlike at PAX and E3, you can't just shoot video of any old game on the TGS show floor. First you have to get a special "Press" sticker from the given game's developer. It doesn't matter t...

Jonathan Holmes

2:40 PM on 08.24.2010

XBLA gets Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter next month

Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter is finally getting a release on Xbox LIVE Arcade, after months of availability through the usual PC channels. According to Devolver Digital, Serious Time is coming on September 22. I read ...

Jordan Devore



Free Steam weekend and sale for Serious Sam HD: TSE photo
Free Steam weekend and sale for Serious Sam HD: TSE
by Jordan Devore

Starting tomorrow, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter is getting a free weekend of multiplayer on Steam. From then through Sunday, you'll be able to play co-op Survival and Campaign, deathmatch, and other modes in which you shoot dudes in the face.

I couldn't not include a snippet from the press release:

"This is total bullshit," said Fork Parker, Chief Financial Officer at Devolver Digital. "How are we supposed to make any money by giving away our sweet multiplayer juice for free?"

"Goddamnit," replied Fork when asked for further comment.

Lastly, for the duration of the promo, The Second Encounter will be marked down to $10. That's half price!

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10:00 PM on 07.04.2010

Nintendo wants us to take the 3DS seriously

If you were going to levy a complaint at the DS it might be that the games on it aren't that in depth, mature or serious. Yes, the fantastic little handheld has games that fit that description, but it's fair to say that they ...

Matthew Razak

3:40 PM on 06.14.2010

Creative Director of Ubisoft Montreal says au revoir

As the creative director of Ubisoft Montreal, and Assassin's Creed and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Patrice Désilets is a big deal for the company. Or, he at least was a big deal, as announcing today, courtesy ...

Ben Perlee

1:20 PM on 05.06.2010

The House of Sam is very... wow

This rather astounding trailer may very well be one of the best I've ever seen. It's to promote Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter and it scores points for originality, if nothing else. Quite a few people didn't get the jo...

Jim Sterling

3:00 AM on 04.23.2010

Serious Sam for Palm OS may induce vomiting

Why yes, that's the unboxing of Serious Sam for Palm OS. And no, I'm not entirely sure what's going on here either or why Velcro is undeniably cooler when circular in form rather than rectangular. The lovable marketing muscl...

Jordan Devore