Feb 102009
 

It was recently announced that Stardock’s Sins of a Solar Empire’s first update – Entrenchment, will be delayed until February 25th.  And I’m damn glad they’re doing it.

I’m a huge Sins fan.  I play lots of new games, I enjoy new games and I’ve got a system capable of handling the latest and greatest but Sins alway draws me back in.  This is the game I play when I’m bored with everything else or when I know I’ll have a few hours to dedicate to a good game.

I also have a good deal of respect for Stardock and their CEO because of the open stance they’ve taken on games and gamers.  Their 10 point Gamer’s Bill of Rights (copied at the end of this post if you somehow managed to miss it) is a very good thing.  That a game publisher would have the balls to put this out there is an even better thing.

Now Stardock has increased my respect for them by actually honoring the document they put forth.  Points 2 and 3 specifically.

So that’s the Bill of Rights point #3:

Gamers shall have the right to expect meaningful updates after a game’s release.

This update brings new content, new ways of playing and even further increases the replayability of Sins.  It’s a bit like getting Sins of a Solar Empire II for $10.

They’re also honoring the second point of the GBoR:

Gamers shall have the right to demand that games be released in a finished state.

Stardock decided to take more time to release a more polished product that will satisfy their users more.

I’ve been participating in the beta of Entrenchment since it became available and I’ve watched as Stardock has taken suggestions and implimented them to make a better product.  I’m confident that the $10 I’ll spend (well, I already spent it) on this upgrade when it comes out of beta will further enhance my experience in playing Sins.

Wow.  That they’re open and forthcoming with this information is just an added bonus.  That is why I’ve officially declared Stardock to be the Bacon of the game publisher’s world.

For comparison, EA is the month old scrapple being eaten by that stray dog with three legs behind the dumpster.

Note that they also stick to the other 8 points of the GBoR as well, but numbers two and three apply in more than a general sense to Entrenchment and it’s delayed release.

If you have Sins and you haven’t tried the Entrenchment beta, you’re going to like it.  No more creating guard fleets to stand at your nearest bottlenecks strictly on defense.  No you have starbases and mine fields that can ease that burdon, among other improvments and fun add ons.

The Gamer’s Bill of Rights

1. Gamers shall have the right to return games that don’t work with their computers for a full refund.

2. Gamers shall have the right to demand that games be released in a finished state.

3. Gamers shall have the right to expect meaningful updates after a game’s release.

4. Gamers shall have the right to demand that download managers and updaters not force themselves to run or be forced to load in order to play a game.

5. Gamers shall have the right to expect that the minimum requirements for a game will mean that the game will adequately play on that computer.

6. Gamers shall have the right to expect that games won’t install hidden drivers or other potentially harmful software without their express consent.

7. Gamers shall have the right to re-download the latest versions of the games they own at any time.

8. Gamers shall have the right to not be treated as potential criminals by developers or publishers.

9. Gamers shall have the right to demand that a single-player game not force them to be connected to the Internet every time they wish to play.

10. Gamers shall have the right that games which are installed to the hard drive shall not require a CD/DVD to remain in the drive to play.

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About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

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