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Blind Mind pulls game from Impulse following GameStop acquisition

Wed 06 Apr 2011 5:49am GMT / 1:49am EDT / 10:49pm PDT
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Star Ruler removed "due to a rather large list of things we detest" about retailer

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Star Ruler developer Blind Mind Studios is to pull its game from Stardock's Impulse service following the announcement that GameStop is acquiring the digital delivery business.

"Due to a rather large list of things we detest about GameStop, Star Ruler will no longer be available for purchase on Impulse after the takeover," said Andrew Ackermann, founder of the developer.

We would never have signed onto distribution through GameStop, and being forced into this situation has only made it worse for us.

Andrew Ackermann, Blind Mind Studios

"We are ending sales through Impulse due to GameStop's long, negative behaviour toward the PC platform and independent games. We would never have signed onto distribution through GameStop, and being forced into this situation has only made it worse for us.

"We feel GameStop cannot serve as the leader of a true competitor in the digital distribution market."

Star Ruler is also available from Direct2Drive and GamersGate, and Blind Mind said it would continue to support the game through Impulse where possible.

"GameStop's business practices stand opposed to our goals," detailed Ackermann. "We feel they would not respect our customers."

"GameStop consistently focuses only on large budget titles and safe bets, shying away from the independent market."

4 Comments

can't say i disagree. for all of stardock / impulse's talk with their 'gamers manifesto' etc it's more than a little disturbing that they would go this route. gamestop is pretty much everything that's wrong with retail, and is the majority of the reason why i have moved exclusively to digital distribution purchases over the past several years.

the local gamestop (pick one / any one) is 99% dedicated to nice slick shelves with the latest console games, and then there is literally one tiny section of decrepit, unorganized (and very dishevelled) PC games, most of which are poorly masked second hand copies being sold for near full price, etc etc etc...

they are going to have to do a lot of work to convince me that they (and impulse in turn) are worth supporting from both the gamer and developer standpoint.

Posted:3 years ago

#1

Ken Addeh

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the local gamestop (pick one / any one) is 99% dedicated to nice slick shelves with the latest console games, and then there is literally one tiny section of decrepit, unorganized (and very dishevelled) PC games, most of which are poorly masked second hand copies being sold for near full price, etc etc etc...

Exactly what any of the local GAME shops are like. Endless shelves of console games. Not much love for PC titles.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Ken Addeh on 6th April 2011 2:02pm

Posted:3 years ago

#2

Rick Lopez
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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Well I get annoyed at how they deal with used game sales and how much developers/publishers lose because of it. Its clear that as a game retailor they DO NOT support the gaming industry. Its all about making as much money as fast as possible, taking the bigger piece of the pie for themselves. Cause when i walk in a game stop its usually mostly second hand games, that are only 5$ less then a brand new game. And most people trade in a game just days after release. On top a that your only rewarded points on there game stop "power up rewards" system if you buy used games. On top of that the discounts using the powered up system is only for used games. And to really destroy developers they have those buy 2 get one free specials. GameStop as a business disgusts me.

Sorry for getting too intense, but the thought of it makes my stomach turn, when I put myself in the place of a developer.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Rick Lopez on 6th April 2011 7:44pm

Posted:3 years ago

#3

Benjamin Seeberger
Writer/Translator

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Long live the Spirit of Funcoland!

Posted:3 years ago

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