It doesn't have the high-profile of the "Console Wars" or Mac Vs. PC battles, but there's another important fight going on in the world of gaming. As you may know, Steam, Valve's PC game download service, is on top of the heap when it comes to digital distribution of games. But it's not the only service in town. Tech company Stardock has its own system of distributing games -- Impulse.
Both services look different -- Impulse is a little flashier than strictly-business Steam -- but today, Stardock announced an update to improve its network. Stardock's new technology aims to solve some all-too-common digital distribution problems and offers some advantages over Steam.
This is a little tech-y, so work with me a bit, but here's the deal on Stardock's new technology. It's called Game Object Obfuscation (Goo), and it allows developers to encapsulate its game executable into a container that includes the original executable plus "Impulse Reactor," Stardock's virtual platform. Both are contained in one encrypted file.
When a consumer runs a game for the first time, Goo lets the user enter his/her email address and serial number then associates the game with the person as opposed to the person's computer. Once it's validated, the game need never connect to the Internet again.
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