I agree with your assessment as well Dolynick. Yes, patchs cost money. But the devs have already made them. Now I am sure you have all heard of a little game called Never Winter Nights 2? Well you can patch that game with their patcher ORRRRRRRrrr you can simply download the patches manually.....I have found many, many in the long list of patches available for manual download. This is not the samekind of game to be sure, however, as I have stated before, if impulse is so good at what it does, i.e. checking my version/ archiveing old version/identifing that it is my installation without needing me to re-enter info upon instal, then it should not be a long leap of logic that this is something they could reasonably look into for a better solution.
This post is certainly valid, if you do a short search of my post, you'll see same thing has happened to me. Now, I am sure we all understand that it is not the end of the world when you can not use the program you have bought and paid for, particularly when you expect to and all.......ya know .....it worked when I left to go to work......and I paid for it an all.....however, I also understand these other concerns as well,
"I think it's perfectly fine for them to make sure that the people getting the results of thier continued labors are those that actually have paid for the game."
Agreed, but it does not have to be an all or nothing mentality. A solution can be found, I mean after all these guys are computer wiz's, and further, no one is suggesting that they shouldnt get the .... good results to their "paying" customers. But, realize that this is a problem, and also notice that everytime this subject comes up there are two invariably identical takes on it. First piracy.........pleeeeeezzzzzz... lets not beat that dead dog any further......if impulse allows me access to previous patches then I have no problem allowing them any verification they need to accomadate me. Second, we already paid for the game, we have already played each of those patches and when restricted from using a program you have purchased regardless of the amount of time that you are restricted "is a problem".
I felt like the original poster was blowing off a little steam.......been there. Planning a gameing session takes time too. We all have carreers and some go to school, so YEAH, it is a pain in the arse to be informed you only sorta own the program,,,, kinda more like owning limited access sometimes though. Shooting down a whole night of fun because of the inability to use a program that worked only a little earlier in the afternoon blows. NO, I do not want them to take away money from development or expansions. BUT this is part of the game..... it falls under that heading..... it is an aspect of the game that needs to be addressed. As I have stated many times, and just as Dolynick stated in the above post....and many others have stated.
One problem is when this happens to someone, they come here and post to blow off steam, then ensues the "bash Stardock///////defend stardocks choice of where to put their money" forum post battle. Well, I for one would like to be able to play the version I have that works.... frankly I dont care which version......but if I have a working copy of lets say Mad Scientist....and so does my gaming buddy....then I would like to have been able to play the game when I got home and simply NOT patch to 1.02 untill I was ready.......WHICH means: that the modders will have had a couple days or how much ever time they need to get their mods working again with that patch....... It should not be unreasonable to expect to choose "when" to patch your game. Then you could play that afternoon and when those that wish to wait to patch are ready to do so, they could. At their discretion.
FYI, I love the patching system for a number of reasons..... but, I would just like to have the option to choose when to patch and the ability to play a previous patch, which, would allow me to play an old version of Mad Scientist(among other mods) that had techs in it that are no longer in the mod. Oh well, guess I am blowing off steam now too. But hey, this is only the second game that I have ever liked so much that I would sit down to type in the forums for.