Pre-order is available starting today through Microsoft Stores, (microsoftstore.com) and select retailers, and it will be on sale beginning May 5,, with availability in 26 markets by May 7.
You can see the tech specs here: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/productID.314885500?icid=BM_FAS_Hero_S3
There will be 4 models going from 10.8” 1920x1080 res screen 2 GB RAM 64GB storage (don’t forget, some of that will be OS), to 12” 4 GB RAM 128 GB storage.
Every game of Galactic Civilizations III is different. You can play as any of 8 pre-made alien civilizations who have their own histories, technologies, etc, or you can literally create your own. After release, we expect players will share their civilizations with one another. You can play against up to 128 different opponents but in this case, we are only playing against ~8 civilizations.
This example is just one game. The infinitely replayable G...
Today we released the WindowBlinds 8.1 update that includes fixes for skinning issues with Thunderbird, Firefox, Skype and Directory Opus. We also improved support for high DPI displays. View the full changelog.Visit your Stardock account to download the update. If you don’t already own WindowBlinds now is a great time to check it out. To learn more visit http://bit.ly/1FBxBH2
Windows 10 is coming along nicely. A definite nice step from Windows 8.1 (once the bugs are out).
Still, not all is well yet.
The Windows 10 skin
The Windows 10 skin has some issues. The title bar is thicker than some apps expect (such as Microsoft Live Writer). Stardock’s WindowBlinds has had to tackle this issue for years. I suspect WindowBlinds will be making a comeback with Windows 10 as the title bar and borders in windows 10 are a combination of not pretty and a ...
Who are the good guys?
So we (Stardock/Oxide) have been living in the Singularity universe for a couple of years now and there are a lot of arguments over which side is better. In the original PR for the game, the “Haalee faction” (the leader of the Substrate) tried to describe the game as a battle between the noble Substrate, led by Haalee to save the galaxy from Post-Human predation. This was ultimately changed to something more neutral.
Over the comin...
As we saw back in GalCiv II we did a number of test AI runs with the Drengin vs. the humans on a special arena map.
I’m happy to report that we are ready to do that again for GalCiv III.
The editor this time around is very very nice. Not that the old editor wasn’t but it wasn’t an in-game editor.
The year is 2241, one year before the events of Galactic Civilizations III’s story.
The Terran Alli...
At GDC this year, Stardock CEO Brad Wardell sat down with Niche Gamer and talked about a variety of topics from gaming to social media.
"With Stardock’s current offerings, there seems to be a common theme with all of the games being strategy games. Do you think Stardock is mostly a strategy game developer and publisher, and are you guys looking to branch out into other genres?
In the long run we are looking to branch out into other genres, certainly role playing is high up there on t...
A Social Justice Warrior is defined as:
pejorative term for an individual who repeatedly and vehemently engages in arguments on social justice on the Internet, often in a shallow or not well-thought-out way, for the purpose of raising their own personal reputation. A social justice warrior, or SJW, does not necessarily strongly believe all that they say, or even care about the groups they are fighting on behalf of. They typically repeat points from whoever is the most popular blogger or ...
Little shout-out on 23rd century Earth…
This week Stardock will be releasing Beta 5 of Sorcerer King. The last major public beta for its upcoming fantasy strategy/RPG game.
For those of you not familiar with Sorcerer King:
You are the sovereign of a civilization in the fantasy world known as Elemental. Unfortunately, the world has been largely conquered by the malevolent Sorcerer King who is now attempting to gain godhood by destroying the magical shards in which all magic in the world id derived from. The Sorcerer Kin...
It's 9pm and I've skipped out on the various parties and am just laying around the hotel room.
This year's GDC is unique in that we are seeing the arrival of several sets of new technology simultaneously. Notably, DirectX 12 and Vulkan, the new OpenGL API.
There's a lot of technical jargon that will be thrown around but what it boils down to is this: For the first time, PC game develope...
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