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June 16, 2015 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
The PC Gaming Show at E3 is happening tonight at 9pm ET, and we're hosting the stream on the Stardock Twitch channel.

http://www.twitch.tv/stardock

 
June 11, 2015 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
The Steam Summer Sale has started! This is always a fun time for gamers where you can grab some great deals on games. Stardock has its games and DLC up to 75% off during the Steam sale.You can see all Stardock games here: http://bit.ly/Stardock_on_Steam
I think there’s a special place in hell for people who spend 90 hours playing a game only to tell others that it’s not worth playing.
Galactic Civilizations OS/2 was the first commercial 32-bit game (1993)Was also the first commercial game to support >256 colorsWas also the first commercial multithreaded gameIs the longest-running actively developed space strategy gameIs the top selling space 4X selling game of all time with >10 million total salesGalactic Civilizations I (Windows) (2003) was the first commercial game to be digitally distributed on the same day as retailWas also the first commercial game to support Intel...
May 7, 2015 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
PC Gamer lists both Galactic Civilizations II and Sins of a Solar Empire in their list of the best strategy games on the PC!
 

Galactic Civilizations 2"If you’ve ever wanted to conquer space with an army of customisable doom-ships, this is the strategy game for you. It has smart, creative AI, and a full-size game can take weeks to complete."

Sins of a Solar Empire"Sins captures some of the scope of a 4X strategy game but makes it work within an RTS framework. This is a game abo...
April 30, 2015 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Stardock's Derek Paxton wrote an opinion piece for Polygon on paid mods, which has become a hot subject with the recent introduction and subsequent retraction of paid mods on Steam.

"I began as a modder by creating the "Fall from Heaven" mod for Civilization 4. That led me to working with Firaxis on developing two scenarios for their Beyond the Swordexpansion, one of which got included in the base game, as well as creating the Modder’s Guide for Civilization ...
April 10, 2015 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
GameSpot talked with Stardock, BonusXP, and Oxide Games at GDC about Ashes of the Singularity and Servo.

"As we've learned over many years of strategy games, the real-time strategy genre is replete with creative possibilities. Last month during the Game Developer's Conference, I chatted with representatives from both Oxide Games and BonusXP Games about their current strategy projects, and the visits were pleasant reminders of how a single genre can provide a framework for ma...
April 10, 2015 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
GTA V is coming to PC next week after a couple of delays. I have to say it's looking pretty good on the PC.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/271590/

 
April 8, 2015 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion is 75% off today on Steam!

Get it now!http://store.steampowered.com/app/204880/
Starcraft requires a great deal of skill to play.  But not all races require the same skill level to play.  For example, a Platinum Zerg player is probably more skilled than a Diamond Protoss player.

Having both worked on and played Starcraft over the past 18 years, below is a rough estimate of the skill level difference between the different races.

Explanation This chart is, of course, subjective.  I’ve played all the races for many years and love them all in their ...
March 18, 2015 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
There's lot of people out there doing gaming videos on YouTube whether it's a Let's Play, a review, or just general gaming commentary.

I wanted to know what channels you are watching and what you recommend.

 
March 17, 2015 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
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...
March 6, 2015 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Cities: Skylines comes out next week and it looks like it could be a great city builder game. I've been watching many of the preview videos coming out for it, and it seems to learn from some of the mistakes made in SimCity.

I took advantage of some of the pre-order sales and grabbed it as I was going to get it on launch anyways.
Day 1

Greetings.

I'm old.

It's official.

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.  

DirectX 12

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...
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. 

 

Galactic Civil...