The facts are that PC gaming is dying. The large developers are going the way of the Dinosaurs. We will no longer be able to demand video and depth. We will be forced to choose between video and depth, but will rarely get both. This is occurring because of the improving quality of consoles, high PC prices, pirating and rights destroying DRM. There are some developers that I can't stand and who deserve to be pirated...like EA ( Will Wright and that pile of fecal matter known as Spore, though why anyone would want to pirate Spore is beyond me ).
I chose to buy Distant Worlds because of the concepts introduced and I will buy Star Ruler tomorrow for the same reasons. I want to support talented people and fan loving developers when I see them obviously trying to provide a quality product to a niche market.
Also, from what I've read on the forums, and this came from the developers, Star Ruler is already making enough money to sustain development:
Facts? Where are you getting facts that PC gaming is dying? Many lead people in the gaming industry (including Sid Meier) already confirmed this is in fact NOT the case. I don't know why some people still continue to state this and its simple not true. I mean seriously, Starcraft II was just released, Civ5 is around the corner, shipsim xtremes is due out in 5 days, digital distribution sales are sky rocketing! What IS dying is... the days of going to a store and buying a PC game. This is not a bad thing, I love the digital now for many reasons. No more worrying about a box with no room to put it, no more worrying about hunting for a CD that eventually ends up scratched. It feels good to be able to pick my game and play it without having the CD in the drive. If I restore my computer, I loadup steam or any of the other sites, all my games are right there to download. Then on top of this, no more hunting the net for the latest patches. You download the game and its up to date. I am all for digital distribution now. So this is the direction PC gaming is heading. PC games are becoming scarse in stores because it is more efficient to download them online now and most people are doing this. Another thing, so many times in the past I remember calling all the Gamestops in my area only to find out they are out of stock on a game I wanted. Then having to drive an hour or more away just to get it.
Well, Sid Meier said it so that's it! Whew, I was worried until Sid said it. Golly gee I sure am relieved. Sid, is releasing a game this year, so yeah he's not gonna say anything to dishearten you. I am 29. I played the original Civilization and I look back on MicroProse with a fondness you can't imagine. There used to be cool and interesting games streaming to the public, but not now. Now, all we get are yearly installments of Madden and Need for speed. The heady days of Microprose, Master of Orion, Civilization, Red Alert, Lords of Magic are drawing to a close. How long has it been since Civ IV Beyond the Sword was released? What were we given in the intervening years...? Civ Rev? Excuse me, but you can keep that garbage.
You mention Starcraft II. Starcraft was an awesome game and I rank it among civilization in terms of hours played and fun, but shouldn't starcraft II been more than it's predecessor? All we got with SCII was a rehash of what we all played in the original. There was nothing new and innovative, and that is indicative of the entire industry. Every year we get the same games we've gotten before, but with a bit more eye candy and even less depth. Take a look at Civilization V....What's new? The hex based mapping system? Gee, I've never seen that before. Excuse me for wanting a game that has incorporated the lessons learned since the early 90's! I've already mentioned the epic fail that is Spore, but I had such high hopes for that game and I was utterly let down. Don't get me wrong...despite the fact that Spore was a sellout in terms of depth...the innovation is sheer genius, however it was wasted.
Also, look at the state we find ourselves in today. We are all here on this forum, but how did you find it? I bet it took a little searching didn't it? You wanted more than what you were being given didn't you? I know I sure as hell did...I went looking for it and here I am relegated to a small pocket of the internet huddling with like minded gamers starving for quality.
I would support moving the thread to a more appropriate location.
"Tho' much is taken, much abides; and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved Earth and Heaven; that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will." -Tennyson