Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:42 AM
how did it all begin?
to me, a very close follower of the gaming industry, Ironclad and Stardock was not very known. i knew they existed, but not any games from them really. they were just there, the background drop of the dark space in contrast to the bright stars of Valve, Rockstar, Dice, Paradox... in hindsight, what a ironic way of describing them to my friends...
some time pass, and i hear of a new game in town, being in early development. it was to be a RTS on a big scale in space. im interested, as i am a fan of sci fi games, and was expecting nothing at all really.
the game was to be known as Sins of a Solar Empire.
time passed, and when it came out i bought it, thinking "what is this? 4x? epic scale? meh, i heard it before... same old "we made a amazing game!" and the reality lack a lot.
install it, and fire it up... and 14 hours (yes, four-teen-hours) i realised i had just played the most epic game i ever saw. Sins had caught me with its MASSIVE maps, its very complex yet easily understandable tech tree, its way of microing yet macroing the economy of your empire, the fleets and the diversity each ship offered, the capital ships and their immense power... all of it, and much more, was to grab me and would not let go after 14 hours of straight gaming. with some occasional food added to my hungry belly, i might confess.
and then, when i saw Trinity on Steam, with both its expansion backs and the original, i did not hesitate a second. i bought it for myself, and two friends, and we enjoyed a wholesale game of it, with all there was with star forts, envoy cruisers, diplomatic toe tripping, pirate bribing... and good god, i was stuck again. i have now the original game, and the trinity pack. then i saw the preview of Rebellion and, after checking the website, also this game.
Stardock and Ironclad. all who make theese games you just made... i owe you so much fun, so much joy, so much rage because that little battleship did not get out of the gravity well fast enough... i owe you a lot more than just buying theese games i did. i would pay you again for the joy you gave me.
i salute you, as one of the most bright stars on the sky of gaming heaven, where you easily compete for a place in my all star hall of games, where giants such as Half Life, Doom and other, similarly epic titles reside. you people have impressed me beyond any other gaming companies, and you have rightfully been called pioneers.