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February 24, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
Perhaps the civilization with the most tragic backstory, the Manti Cluster is an Aquatic race that’s brand new to Galactic Civilizations IV. The game is now in beta and this civilization - along with over a dozen others! - is available to play right now. Let’s take a look at the Manti Cluster and what they bring to the game. The Manti were naive.  They will be the first to admit their folly, to acknowledge that their naivety cost them so dearly that they are stil...
February 17, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
Galactic Civilizations IV is in beta right now and moving on toward release! Although we’ve been introducing plenty of new civilizations into the game, we have made sure not to neglect some of our classics who have been around since the very beginning. This week, we’re going to talk a bit about the Terran Alliance and what their place is on the galactic scene. The Terrans are the youngest civilizations in the galaxy and are known almost as much for their professed love o...
February 10, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
The Galactic Civilizations series has existed since the OS/2 days and has a long and storied history spanning the last 25+ years. Galactic Civilizations IV is on the horizon and it contains many beloved and established civilizations from previous versions of the game. GalCiv IV also happens to include several brand-new civilizations, perhaps the cutest of which - at least, in my opinion - are the Mimot Brotherhood. The Mimots evolved on a planet with five other species, but are now ...
February 3, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
About a week ago, we released Galactic Civilizations IV into beta . Since then, more videos from our YouTube and Twitch friends have been rolling in, and we’ve really enjoyed seeing all of the gameplay and hearing all of the feedback! The alpha testing phase for GalCiv IV was awesome and we were able to implement a lot of great player feedback during that time because we had such an active and vocal community. We’ve put out an update to the beta today , too, which incl...
January 20, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
I’m terrible at New Year’s Resolutions. The concept of picking something that I need to do or accomplish isn’t what I take issue with, nor is the idea of having a set time frame, but rather that it has to happen at the first of the year and carry on throughout the next 365 days or whatever. When I’m going to make a resolution, I have to be really ready to see it through, otherwise it’s a moot point. Picking an arbitrary time to start one - lik...
January 13, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
I have long found speed runs fascinating. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, the goal is for a player to get through a specific game as quickly as possible in order to beat it with the best possible time. An entire culture has popped up over the years that is centered around this activity, with many generalized and also game-specific communities. An annual charity fundraiser known as GDQ - or Games Done Quick - is in its 12th year thanks to the wonderful speedrunn...
January 6, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
While I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions for myself, it’s hard not to feel the pull of “new year, new me!” every time we finish our midnight celebrations. More often than not, this is accompanied by an urge to clean and purge certain areas of my home in an effort to feel like I’m starting fresh. This desire often extends to my personal computer as well, since I spend large amounts of time on it for my various hobbies and work endeavors. I have said it...
December 23, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
The mosaic (left) and geographic (right) maps of Jupiter's moon, Ganymede. Image courtesy of NASA. In case you haven't figured it out by now, we love space here at Stardock. While the premises for our games tend to be fictional, we do our best in many cases to try and adhere to real-world science, and that includes referencing and showcasing planets that actually exist in our solar system. In Star Control: Origins, for example, you start in our solar system. All of the planets...
December 16, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
When it comes to teaching a person how to play a video game, there have been two extremes over time that have been prevalent in gaming: “too much hand-holding”, and “throw you to the wolves and see how many times you get shredded alive.” Earlier video games - long before gaming became a mainstream hobby for millions of people - typically skewed toward the latter category. Old school NES games would drop you right into a situation with no explanation of how to play -...
December 9, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
As a general rule, most everyone thinks of Pong as the first actual video game (it isn’t technically , but it was the first one commercially available).We’ve come a long, long way since then - both visually and technically.  I have grown up on video games, starting back in the 1980’s with Nintendo’s Super Mario Brothers. At the time, I don’t recall being particularly enamored with the graphics of even the technological marvel that it was for its time...
December 2, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
I love open exploration. This fact is actually relatively newfound information for me. I have always enjoyed RPGs and the “exploration” they offer - by that, I always meant whatever new world tidbit or experience I had as I progressed through a linear storyline.  But as open world exploration started to permeate several different game genres, I found myself finally at a place where open-world sandbox and RPG intersected: Skyrim. As far as my immediate recollectio...
November 25, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
The weather in Michigan has started to turn colder, though for the time being we've dodged any real abundance of snow (I know, I know - I just cursed us). As we enter into the holiday season, I find it impossible not to reflect a bit on how fortunate I am to have become friends and share so many experiences with my inredible colleagues at Stardock. The last two-ish years have been a bit strange, to say the very least. The pandemic forced us all into remote work and kept us from seeing each ot...
November 18, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
The Internet can sometimes be a cesspit of vitriol and negativity, but no matter how gross it can get there's always something that manages to shine through the murk. This story from Kotaku a couple of weeks ago about a couple who put out an ad on Craigslist asking for someone to help them beat The Last of Us 2 is definitely one of those things. Karen and Bruce Klein retired and took an interest in video games in 2021 after looking into things that they could do to keep themselves active. T...
November 11, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
I have long known that I work with plenty of people who love games - that's not news to me, and if you've been reading these blogs at all, it isn't to you either! What did surprise me, however, was just how many of my colleagues actually love Dungeons & Dragons and other table-top RPGs. About two months ago, we were coming off the high of having a fantastic in-person game night . Raeann - a member of our amazing operations team - said in one of our chats "Stardock D&D night, when?", ...
November 4, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
We absolutely love Halloween here at Stardock! Frankly, there are a whole bunch of us who will jump at any excuse to dress up in a costume and have fun - Halloween just happens to be the time when everyone  else  is doing it, too.   Our operations team here is amazing and they always make sure that we have everything we need to have a good time! They played Monster House on our big TV downstairs and had lunch catered from a local company - everything was absolutely deliciou...