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Freeware Garden: Impulse

Deck 16's Impulse is a deceptively simple game on paper. All it asks of you is to guide a little neon circle (a.k.a. "your craft") from point A to point B and notice how gloriously fun those ancient, physics-based propulsion mechanics still are. Intriguingly it does consider itself a mash-up of Super Meat Boy and Lunar Lander too. The fact that it starts off with fourteen…

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Orbitron: Revolution Is Out, Rather Circular

Firebase's side-scrolling shooter Orbitron: Revolution has turned up on the personal computer format, over here. It's a fine-looking piece of retromancy, although I am have been playing it and am not fully convinced. While the pace of the Defender-meets-Uridium-on-a-ring sort of play is excellently paced and suitable explody, I found the visuals a bit tricky to read. Perhaps it's down to the game being more…

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Wait What: Valve’s Games Now On Impulse

This is curious. Valve's games are now available to buy on rival digital distribution platform, Impulse. Oh 2012, you so crazy. Actually, this makes sense. Impulse was acquired last year by mega game retailer, GameStop. When all you care about is selling games to the most people, as a corporate entity like GameStop would, then you need to get the biggest games on your service.…

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After Impulse Sale, Stardock Come To Steam

Nothing kickstarts a grim Northern day quite like a bit of digital retail news. It's the stuff that really gets my blood pumping and makes me realise how much I love this land called Interactive Entertaindom. You may remember that Impulse, the download service previously operated by Stardock, was purchased by Gamestop earlier this year. This led to some gnashing of teeth but the ski…

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Indies vs Gamestop/Impulse

Last week's news that US high street gaming market-choker Gamestop had acquired the Impulse download service from Stardock caused a whole lot of shock in these parts. Looks like PC gamers weren't the only ones a little troubled by the news; Star Ruler dev Blind Mind Studios has pulled its sci-fi grand strategy game from the digital store in protest.

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Impulse Sale Good For Indies Say Stardock

We've just spoken to Stardock's boss regarding the story we just reported, that GameStop has purchased Stardock's digital download service, Impulse. And no, it's not an April Fool. The megacorp plans to integrate Impulse into their own website in the coming months, although Stardock say that at least for the foreseeable future Impulse will still be run by its current staff. This is certain the…

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GameStop Swallow Impulse And Spawn Labs

Whoah! RPS reader Oak sends words that US game retailer GameStop has acquired both Impulse, Stardock's independant digital distribution service, and Spawn Labs, a cloud gaming service, all with the aim of developing GameStop's "growing suite of digital game products and services". This press release on the subject says that Impulse's digital download services will be fully integrated with GameStop "within the next few months".…

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GalCiv II Ultimate Edition: Is Quite Cheap

It really is. For the alterna-prices of $10/£6.21 you, a person who owns a computer, could get GalCiv II and its expansion packs - on Impulse, obviously. Why would you want to do such thing? Well, in short, it's a brilliant strategy game that has few peers in the gaming world. It'll indulge your galaxy-grabbing fantasies like no other. In long? Well, PCG's Tom Francis…

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Brad Wardell On The Future Of Impulse

Last week I had a chat with Stardock boss Brad Wardell, and I've chopped the transcripts into two bits to be posted today and tomorrow. In this first part we talk about Impulse and Stardock's attempts to rival GFWL and Steamworks with its Impulse Reactor tools. It's an interesting response to living in the shadow of both Steam and Games For Windows Live, and it'll…

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Mega-Bargain Bucket: Steam Goes Sales Mad

Digital distribution's a funny bugger - it's growing ever harder to predict and apply patterns to it. One day, a new videogame from Steam et al is more expensive than its boxed-copy counter-part, then a few weeks later it can be selling for next-to-nothing. The Steam Christmas sale is almost unreal in both the amount and extent of its discounts, and it's going to be…

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Surf Solar Sins: Diplomacy Beta on Pre-Order

As much as I dislike the beta-access for pre-order trend, this is one case in which I'm sorely tempted to just slap down the cash. Sins Of A Solar Empire's second expandy update thing, Diplomacy, will open its beta (currently in progress) to anyone who pre-orders via Impulse. It requires the original game and Entrenchment to play, but I have been playing the crap out…

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D2D Hit Back At Stardock Claims

It seems the analysis of Stardock's public report is far from over. Gamasutra report that Direct2Drive do not agree with the assessment that Impulse is second in the digital distribution market behind Steam. D2D's splendidly-named VP of digital content, Sutton Trout, said the claim was "misinformation at best." Stardock's Brad Wardell responded: "The data we used came from the publishers. When you add in the…

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Digi Retailers Drop Modern Warfare 2

The Big K has news that the major digital download services are boycotting troubled enormo-shooter Modern Warfare 2 because of the inclusion of Valve's Steamworks. Apparently Direct2Drive were first out with the news, saying they had "told publishers that they'd stop selling games bundled in such a manner until Valve "decoupled its retail marketplace" from Steam's other services." GamersGate and Impulse will also be boycotting…

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Braid Coming To Impulse, Others

[EDIT: Actual price for this is $14.95.] Exquisitely clever time-bending platformer Braid will finally see a PC release on March 31st, and the $15 pre-orders are up on Stardock's DRM-free digi-delivery system, Impulse. Blow says: ""I’ve signed the game with 3 different online distributors. One of them, Impulse, has already announced. The other two haven’t put out their press releases yet, so I don’t want…

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We Don’t Just Post About Steam, Right

We also post about Stardock's Impulse thinger, which is like Steam, only different. They have a sale on and look at this: Galactic Civilizations I: Ultimate for $3.99, Space Rangers 2 Complete for $3.99, Supreme Commander for $9.99, and Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords for $9.99. Ace. Anyone using Impulse out there? Thoughts? Complaints? Concise user-reviewers to inform and aid your fellow consumers in their…

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Demigod Footage

So the left over footage from PAX includes a few minutes of Demigod footage with some detailed developer commentary. The explanations highlight your demigod's character development as you play - the big old central unit in your battle will grow stronger and expand in powers during each bout against another demigod. So it's that whole RTS-but-ooh-we-have-RPG-stats-for-heroes thing. The footage also give you some idea of…

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Stardock Launches Impulse

Stardock's digital distribution platform, Impulse, goes live today. I know what you're thinking, but Epic Games, THQ, AVG, iolo, Gas Powered Games, Hothead Games, Ironclad Games, Meridian4 have apparently signed up to the platform. Notable games on there include Sins Of A Solar Empire, Unreal Tournament III, Gal Civ, and Space Rangers 2. No, Space Rangers 2 was awesome, go play it. Details below.

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