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Shadow
04-01-2011, 02:37 PM
The news of the day seems to be that GameStop is buying Impulse. I'm still hoping that this is an April Fool's joke, but it doesn't look like it. The last time a portal was purchased that we had games on it went bad very quickly and basically another distribution avenue was cut off for us. I'm worried that this is about to happen again.

From my point of view, and I do realize I'm biased, one of nice things and I think one of the key selling points of Impulse compared to Steam is that they seem to accept way more indie games. So as a gamer you have a broader choice of games to buy from their platform. Now the question is will GameStop feel the same way or will they follow Steam's lead? If they keep accepting lots of indie games and put more money and marketing muscle behind Impulse they could do amazing things for indie developers, gamers, and the game industry as whole. Or they could act like most companies and simply play follow the leader and end up as the poor man's Steam. Which path will they take? I hope they take the former, but I worry that they will take the later.

Brian Rubin
04-01-2011, 03:23 PM
Since it's GameStop, I think the latter is more likely. Are you gonna keep your games on Impulse?

Shadow
04-01-2011, 03:42 PM
Since it's GameStop, I think the latter is more likely. Are you gonna keep your games on Impulse?

I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt for the moment.

I like Steam for the most part (except the part of being rejected), but the industry as a whole needs them to have a real competitor. I'm hoping that GameStop + Impulse can be that competitor. I don't think the chances are terribly good, but I can still hope.

Brian Rubin
04-01-2011, 03:44 PM
I'd like to be as hopeful for you, but as a former EB/GameStop employee...I just can't be. Sigh.

getter77
04-01-2011, 05:19 PM
In an alternate history where this was instead one of the "lesser" stores that GS gobbled up instead of GS....

Definitely casts a shadow on any future Impulse purchases from me, though all I had left in particular were the promised things as an Elemental early pre-order person. Gamersgate, GoG, Steam, and direct to dev look to be all I have left aside from the odd bit from Amazon.

torikamal
04-02-2011, 10:55 AM
Here's to hoping that Desura can make a mark for Indies!

udm
04-02-2011, 12:48 PM
This just in: Blind Mind Studios (http://forums.blind-mind.com/index.php?topic=3235.0) pulls Star Ruler out of Impulse.

Maledictus
04-02-2011, 05:56 PM
Over here (NL, Europe) most smaller game shops (that might carry the more interesting games as opposed to the AAA stuff) are gone, and all we have left is the big guys selling the generic stuff. If I want an interesting JRPG for my PSP, well, good luck to me because there's no way I'll find it here; all my recent game purchases are import. My point is that it seems that nowadays "they" only go for the safe sale. I can get COD anywhere, but finding something like Blazblue is next to impossible. And now this behavior is spreading throughout the internet, as the smaller and therefor interesting distributors are disappearing. I'm very disappointed about this Gamestop takeover, and will most likely not purchase anything on Impulse from now on.
I'm very curious as to how this will play out though, and will most certainly keep a close eye on it.

alstein
04-03-2011, 01:13 AM
That's because in the case of Blazblue, the delay was so long most Euros imported it. At least you guys will get Arcana Heart (which is better), though releasing that on the same day in the states as Mortal Kombat is beyond stupid.

I see no reason for Gamestop to intentionally sabotage Impulse. I do see a scenario where they bungle it though. I do hope Gamestop keeps the indie game cred up, I think they will though. The cost to put a title on a DD service is minimal, and gamestop does carry some indie console games.

Maledictus
04-03-2011, 05:20 PM
The more I think about this, the more angry I get.
I have several games on Impulse. I bought those games knowing and trusting the Stardock name. Now Stardock simply sold it and I feel like I've been had. This also exposes a problem with digital distribution; as a (paying) customer I can sink money into a service, only to see it change hands (and potentially get f@cked up) or disappear altogether (because of competition).
On a sidenote: it's been said that competition is good for the market, but I think that's BS. Remember Thatcher? How is the crippling or disappearance of a smaller DD service in the market (where many people have games they paid for) a good thing for the players? Lower prices would be nice, sure, but if a service goes out of business the people having games on it lose out big time.
I'm holding on to my discs for a while longer. O, and the purchase of Elemental is off the agenda.

Edit: seems I'm not alone in this, interesting reading:
http://forums.stardock.com/407118

caldazar
04-04-2011, 04:07 PM
I'll say this, my purchasing on Impulse is on hold indefinitely. I am glad that I won Elemental - if not, there is no way I'd purchase it now.

First GOG gets purchased, now Impulse. It is a dark time for digital distribution. Looks like I'll stick to greenmangames and steam from now on, or go direct to the developers.

Maledictus
04-04-2011, 05:20 PM
I missed that, who owns GOG now? I though GOG was created/owned by the people that did The Witcher.
Even so, with GOG it might not be that big a deal (aside from the fact that it might be misused to push more commercial stuff); you can store the games you bought and re-install them at any time (no need for GOG).

udm
04-04-2011, 07:07 PM
caldazar must have made a mistake there, because GOG is definitely still owned by CDP. Impulse is the only "big" runner to drop out of the competition so far.

Personally, these days I'll go with Gamersgate for most of my DD needs. The guys there have excellent service, and their in-house DRM can be circumvented.

caldazar
04-04-2011, 08:09 PM
caldazar must have made a mistake there, because GOG is definitely still owned by CDP. Impulse is the only "big" runner to drop out of the competition so far.

Personally, these days I'll go with Gamersgate for most of my DD needs. The guys there have excellent service, and their in-house DRM can be circumvented.

I thought GOG.com was bought up by some larger company within the past year - is CDP CD Projeckt? The folks who made The Witcher? Were they always the owners? I will admit, I have purchased from GOG since that time - and probably will, for some older games. I will have to keep any eye on Gamersgate as well I suppose now, for my digital needs :| And perhaps, in time, I shall come to feel differently about Impulse.

udm
04-05-2011, 06:17 AM
That's right, it's CD Projekt. You might be thinking of the September Massacre, where they shut their service down for about a week or so, and caused a massive furore on the Internet. During that period, there were rumours floating about that GOG had been bought out by someone else, but these speculations turned out to be false :o