Quite honestly, I was thinking about buying Political Machine. But then I went to your website, saw that I'd need this Impulse thing, clicked through to this article, read about a whole lot of stuff that doesn't interest me, and decided that maybe I should hold off on that new game!
YOu should be able to buy it at retail by the end of the week. For updates, you'll need Impulse though.
Yeah, I saw that there's a box version on the way in another thread, so, drank, check your local stores soon.
However, Impulse appears, to me, as tag-along invasive software no different from the Google, Yahoo, and MSN toolbars that sometimes install themselves with other software without giving you the option to prevent the installation. iTunes is another great example of tag-along invasive software. On Firefox 3, the new 'smart address bar' is something else I consider tag-along and invasive. I don't want that. I spent an hour getting rid of it and fully restoring the older bar. Yes, it's great to be able to play and download games without dealing with DRM, but it seems you get everything plus the kitchen sink along with Impulse. It's like you're stuck driving around in an RV (recreational vehicle -- motor home) when all you really need is a small car or SUV. It would be nice if there were a slimmed down Steam-like version without the extra community and utility bloat. I just want to update games and perhaps consider purchasing some that won't make it into boxed copies.
Even though I have this stance and agree with Mumble on almost all points, there's no point in launching a tirade against Impulse because, if I were managing Stardock, I'd do the exact same thing -- it makes perfect business and strategic sense especially while barriers to entry into digital distribution and communities are low. I don't see the utility of this stuff, but driving traffic and customers to your assets is always good business.
However, I see that Epic Games has teamed up on Stardock's Impulse thing -- absolutely terrible considering how bad that company is. That company is on its way down the crapper due to abusing, banning, deceiving, and mistreating its customers, not '40+ million pirated copies'. Frogboy/Stardock
, it's rather disturbing that you've teamed up with Epic Games at all given their anti-PC stance. You need to rethink this partnership and/or drop it
lest you get associated with everything from comments about the PC being in 'disarray' to company leaders not knowing why they made a game for PC. I will not even remotely support Epic Games and their endeavors after what happened at the start of this year. Chris Taylor wasn't sitting on his company's forums banning customers left and right, but Jeff Morris and his cronies have actively been doing so even to people who give bug reports and debugging output. Teaming up with Epic Games will be a serious problem for you.