Ever since Windows 8 came out with the missing Start menu, Start8 has been a very popular Stardock app because it brought users back to Start menu they were familiar with. Even when the Start menu eventually returned, Start8 remained popular since it still offered Windows users a variety of options and customization.
Fast forward to today and now we have Windows 10 with its own take on the Windows Start menu. That’s where Start10 comes in, and just like before, gives Windows users the f...
PC gaming, at some point in the past year or two, has changed from expecting expansion packs to be offered as an integrated product to demanding they be released as DLC. Sorcerer King: Rivals stumbled into this brave new world.
Our story so far:
Last year, we released a fantasy 4X/RPG game called Sorcerer King. It takes place in our Elemental game universe and is a combination of a 4X strategy game with RPG elements. It’s a really fun game. In that game, you start wit...
Engineers are terrible at marketing. We really are.
If you’re playing Ashes of the Singularity, you may have noticed we updated the game last week. A minor update with some major changes. Under the covers, Nitrous got a pretty big boost. But because it doesn’t add features, it didn’t get a lot of attention. But performance wise, it was the result of months of optimization.
Making the largest scale RTS of all time is a big challenge in 2016. My...
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Stardock has updated its popular strategy game, The Political Machine 2016 with new issues and new candidates to run with including Jill Stein, Bill Weld and Tim Kaine. In addition, new issues like the National Anthem protest have also been added into the game’s simulation.
In The Political Machine, you run for President of the United States. You can run using existing candidates such as Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton or create your candidate. One recent update allows you to si...
Check out Stardock's CEO, Brad Wardell, on the latest eXplorminate podcast!
"Join Nate and Troy as they speak with Brad Wardell, the man behind Stardock, about all things Galactic Civilizations 3, Sorcerer King, Ashes of the Singularity, Offworld Trading Company, Star Control and much much more!"
Listen to the podcast here....
Some years ago Stardock developed a game called Elemental: War of Magic. We loved it. Unfortunately, it was a bridge too far. Too ambitious and it largely collapsed under its own tech. The name Elemental was tarnished and we moved away from using it.
The original plan was to have:
Elemental: War of Magic (2010)
Elemental: Fallen Enchantress (2012)
Elemental: Legendary Heroes (2014)
Elemental: Sorcerer King (2016)
Ah the bes...
I run a software company. I have for over 20 years. Once in awhile, someone will ask me what my “net worth” is. I have to respond, “It depends on whether you value intellectual property”.
Intellectual property, IP, would be things my software company owns or has rights to such as Galactic Civilizations or Start8 or our websites and our patents and trademarks. How much are they worth? It depends.
There are a number of ways of valuing intellectual property. If the...
The WindowBlinds v10.4.6 beta is now available for current Object Desktop members and current WindowBlinds customers.
Supports blurred window frames, menus, and the start menu (with Start10 installed). (Anniversary edition and higher)Modern skin has a blurred pre-set sub-styleThe beta can be downloaded from your Stardock account at http://download.stardock.com
PCGamesN has an exclusive preview of Stardock’s upcoming expansion pack to Ashes of the Singularity called Escalation.
IF I had a time machine, which I don’t…yet…I wish we could have called the game just Escalation. I love that title for an RTS.
Anyway check it out here:
I don’t like sounding like chicken little. Nevertheless, the sky is falling.
For those of you who don’t know me, I run one of the oldest independent software companies in the world. My specialty for the past 20 years has been in AI. It is my job to research, evaluate trends and invest accordingly to stay ahead of the curve. And I am here to tell you that the sky is falling.
It is automation. It is inevitable. It is irresistible. And if you think that automation always creates new oppor...
So I finally got a Tesla.
Some of my friends were surprised I didn’t get one earlier. I have a 20kw solar array that provided more than 100% of my electrical needs. So why didn’t I get a Tesla when they first started coming out? The short answer: I didn’t think they were practical at the time.
When the Roadster came out in 2009, it’s theoretical 240 miles (realistic, 190 mile) range wasn’t far enough for me to do serious distance yet. Remember, in ...
The Goal: Create the biggest, best real-time strategy game ever!
## Performance tuning ##
We haven't set up a specific version number for the next set of updates. Internally we're calling it the 1.5 series. But there's development and then there's marketing.
Right now, we're putting a lot of effort on performance tuning. Ashes is a big game and it's a new engine.
We would really like to get the base game of Ashes of the Singularity down to working on 1GB video...
More Players, More Worlds, More Units, More Everything...
in the new Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
Stardock has revealed the first expansion pack for its massive-scale RTS, Ashes of the Singularity. Escalation lets you take your war to the next strategic level on huge maps, destroy your enemy with devastating orbital abilities, bolster your armies with unique new units, and much more!
Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation introduces some new and exc...
Some people say that the dream job is to play video games, write about those games, take videos of them, etc. That job does exist and Stardock is looking to hire someone to do it.
The job is called Content Developer.
What does this job entail? Basically, playing our games and helping us get the word out to people what we’re doing via video, articles, screenshots, etc.
Here’s an example using our friends at Firaxis as an example: http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/civ-vi-spa...