Penny-Arcade, a gaming centered web comic with a huge cult-following had good things to say about TotalGaming and Brad Wardell specifically.
""...Before I go, there's a great article about the state of the PC games industry here at JoeUser dot com. The poster goes by the handle Draginol, but I have every reason to believe that he would also answer to "Brad Wardell" if pressed - Brad Wardell being the Stardock guy, who I praised not only for his excellent Galactic Civilizations but also the painless manner in which I was able to acquire it electronically. Apparently, he wasn't finished usurping the retail channel.
Because I wanted access to Stardock's beta software, specifically The Political Machine, I subscribed to a service they used to call Drengin dot net which allowed access to all of their games for the duration of your subscription. That concept has been updated somewhat to include games from other publishers as well, all distributed and maintained via a single host application, in a service called Total Gaming dot net. Apparently my old subscription transferred over, because I've got access to Celtic Kings and the complete edition of Disciples II with all the expansions in addition to the stuff I'd originally meant to buy. I'll be curious to see what other developers cotton to his way of doing things.
You read his article, and he says a lot of the things I've said about how problematic and insulting being a PC gamer can be. The difference is that, in response, he went on to revolutionize publishing. I had a sandwich. I guess that's the difference between us.