It’s a sad day for sci-fi fans around the world in learning that Leonary Nimoy passed away today at 83. Last year he announced he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and was admitted to the hospital earlier this week with complications from that. Sadly, he passed away this morning at his home. Leonard Nimoy is most famously known for playing the role of Spock in the Star Trek franchise.
Born in Boston in 1931, he started acting in local theaters at the age of 8 and eventually mad...
Little known fact: The first commercial game to be sold while it was in beta was called…Galactic Civilizations for OS/2 in 1993.
Since then, every single Stardock game has been made available for sale, as a beta to customers. I found a link from 1995 for people to pre-order Avarice for OS/2.
Suffice to say, I think I can definitively say that Stardock was the first company in the industry to make use of “early access” for its games.
Interesting article on Kotaku today in which activist Anita Sarkeesian expresses what she’s looking for from game developers.
Ultimately, she is looking for games to keep 8 guidelines in mind when making games:
1. Avoid the Smurfette principle (don't have just one female character in an ensemble cast, let alone one whose personality is more or less "girl" or "woman.")
2. "Lingerie is not armor" (Dress female characters as something other than sex ...
There's a huge Steam that started today on the Galactic Civilizations games and runs until Monday.
GCIII - 50% off
GCII Ultimate - 75% off
GCI Ultimate - 75% off
I have seen the future and it is good. I like Windows 10. A lot.
I’m not loving their Start menu and while there is hope it will improve, it is good to know that Start10 is available.
Here is the current Windows 10 build with their Start menu:
I have a lot of problems with this. First off, most desktop users are using the start menu to get to their stuff. Stuff is more than just apps. The Windows 10 menu is a “Modern” app which means no context menus....
The Object Desktop suite just keeps getting better! The latest update includes access to the Start10 beta, Stardock’s all new Windows 10 start menu alternative.Start10 adds a classic or enhanced start menu to the Windows 10 January Technical Preview with the features you're already familiar with and more. The beta is available now for current Object Desktop™ subscribers. If you don’t have a subscription now is a great time to join for as low as $3.99* per month.Start10 Key ...
In a prior Developer Blog (http://forums.galciv3.com/461709/page/1/ ) I talked about all the cool stuff you can do in the Custom Race tool. We give you a bunch of images, traits, abilities and settings to create whatever race you want.
But, if you really want to make something unique you can go so much further. In this post I’ll talk about how modding works in Galactic Civilizations III and show you how I used it to make a new faction for the game, the Ghosts of Abbadon.
Kotaku talks with Stardock CEO Brad Wardell about DLC and how it actually helps games.
"As Wardell puts it "DLC is probably, more than any other single factor, improving the quality of life of working at a game studio." This increased quality of life for us game developers directly improves the quality of the games we are able to make for you."
Read more at Kotaku: http://kotaku.com/how-dlc-actually-helps-games-1686831595
If you follow my posts you might have seen I planned and recently finished my new PC. Putting together a new PC is a bit of work, at least assembling all the parts together and making sure everything works. That's only one part of it though, as you also have to install Windows, install all your apps and games, and then get your data moved back.
My new PC doesn't have an optical drive, so I loaded up my Windows 8 ISO onto a USB drive and installed it. It didn't ta...
I don't really have a dog in the console wars. Personally, I think both the new consoles are pretty outstanding from a hardware point of view.
That said, a few uncomfortable truths:
The PS4 hardware is better. Significantly. There's no amount of hand waving that make XBO's choice of DDR3 go away.People are too hung up on hardware. Hardware mattered more in the 90s but software is king. All the HW in the world won't make a DirectX 9 game be able to deliver more than 10k batc...
The Start 8 1.5 update is now available for download for current Start8 customers. Use Start8 to return the missing Windows 8 Start menu
This update includes:
Added support for sleep function on Surface 3 and similar devices. Added option to access a list of modern UI applications from the Start8 Start menu. You can download the Start8 from your Stardock account page, or via Object Desktop Manager.
For more information about Start8, please visit: http://www.stardock.com/...
Greetings! We need your help!
This year we have SIX games (not including Star Control) that are being released or going into early access this year.
We want to make sure we highlight the coverage these titles get on the major game sites that would traditionally cover these titles.
Please comment below on any sites you think I’m missing that have substantial traffic that you think are likely to cover PC games as well as ones you would like us to talk to.
–RELEASED 02/05/2015– (Island Dog update)Sorcerer King Beta 4 is now available! See below for details on the enchantment system, Tinkerer sovereign, custom sovereigns, and more:
We’re putting the final touches on beta 4 of Sorcerer King. It is a massive change from beta 3 and we plan to have a beta 5 before release.
NOTES: Beta 4 will be MAYHEM as we have not even attempted to balance the crafting enchantments yet. So feel free to go nuts as...
Last year we released zilch. No new games, no new apps. It was a year of building.
This year, things start to get interesting.
Let’s take a look at just this Winter:
February: Offworld Trading Company goes into Early Access
March: Sorcerer King is scheduled for release
April: Galactic Civilizations III is scheduled for release
And we still have two more games that are unannounced that are going to be shown at GDC.
Stardock and Mohawk Games are thrilled to pull back the curtain on Offworld Trading Company, the economic RTS from Civilization IV designer Soren Johnson. The Earth is fading and the asteroids controlled by a corrupt monopoly, leaving Mars as the last frontier for the human spirit to rise up and make something of itself. Do you have what it takes to carve humanity a new home – and turn a profit doing so?Rekindle humanity’s adventurous spirit by leaving the tired Earth to find new for...