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http://www.joystiq.com/2011/03/31/ga...riously-it-bo/
"Whoa, whoa, whoa ... so GameStop purchased Stardock, Impulse's owner? Nope! "GameStop has acquired Impulse, Inc.," the official Stardock FAQ on the deal reads. "Impulse is a separate business unit from Stardock Entertainment." No layoffs are anticipated, staff stays with Impulse, customer service is still handled by Impulse (for now!), and the group is actually hiring.

The press release says that Impulse will offer "three specific components." First is the client, dubbed "Impulse::Client" here, which users can use to download games. Duh. Next is Impulse::Reactor, which "provides content publishers customer friendly DRM and copy protection tools. It also allows developers to enable achievements, account management, friend lists, chat, multiplayer lobbies, and cloud storage within their games." Last is Impulse:ublisher which gives pubs "real-time reporting and management tools.
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Here is a post from Brad Wardell on the Stardock forums
"At some point, you have to decide what type of company you want to run. A technology company or a digital retailer? When Impulse became our #1 business unit, we knew it was time to find someone to partner with to take it to the next level. Someone who already was a retailer and understood the game industry. Someone who was interested in seeing the PC gaming market greatly expanded. Gamestop turned out to be the ideal partner."

Also doesn't seem like an April Fool's joke. Here is a press release off the Gamestop corporation site.
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix....860&highlight=
"GRAPEVINE, Texas, Mar 31, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), the world's largest multichannel video game retailer, today announced the acquisition of Spawn Labs, a streaming technology company. In addition, GameStop announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase Impulse, Inc., a subsidiary of Stardock Systems, Inc., and a leader in digital distribution. The Impulse acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in May 2011. "

Don't know what to think. Could be a good or a bad thing. Gamestop could help promote digital distribution, and PC gaming. Give Impulse some marketing and help compete against Steam. It can also make Impulse into a pile of crap lol.
Edited by Lettuceman - 4/2/11 at 10:51pm
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Not quite sure if I like this.
I rather Gamestop stay with their physical retail and leave Impulse/STEAM to the digital. But I guess times are changing.
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Gamestop is teh evil.
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Impulse was really one of my favorite places to buy games from. Great company, great support, great service.
Now that Gamestop is getting their dirty hands on it.....
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I hope this wont end up being bad for us...
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steam will always have me
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Quote:
Originally Posted by OmegaNemesis28 View Post
Not quite sure if I like this.
I rather Gamestop stay with their physical retail and leave Impulse/STEAM to the digital. But I guess times are changing.
Impulse needs this in order to compete strongly with steam I think. Steam has the lions share of the market, it's going to take quite a push to get any of that from them. Gamestop also needs to diversify, as retail sales are loosing to online ones.

This makes good sense from a business perspective for all parties involved.
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GameStop has some decent games in their digital store that even Steam, GoG, etc. don't have, so if they leave it as is and simply integrate their library into Impulse's then I don't see there being much of a problem.

Besides people willingly trading in their games for terrible prices, I don't see where all the GameStop hate stems from.
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I wonder if Impulse games will get more shelf space, more advertisements in their stores, more employees mentioning their games, etc...?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Paradox me View Post
GameStop has some decent games in their digital store that even Steam, GoG, etc. don't have, so if they leave it as is and simply integrate their library into Impulse's then I don't see there being much of a problem.

Besides people willingly trading in their games for terrible prices, I don't see where all the GameStop hate stems from.
GameStop employees play brand new games and reseal them and sell as new.
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