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November 4, 2008 by Zoomba
Stardock announced its next major PC game, Elemental: War of Magic today. Stardock, the company that has released such award-winning PC games such as Galactic Civilizations, Ironclad’s Sins of a Solar Empire and is nearing the release date of Gas Powered Games’ Demigod has set the retail launch date of Elemental: War of Magic (www.elementalgame.com) for the first quarter of 2010 at $49.95 with a public beta starting next Spring.

Like all Stardock titles, Elemental: War of Magic wi...
November 4, 2008 by Zoomba
Stardock announced its next major PC game, Elemental: War of Magic today. Stardock, the company that has released such award-winning PC games such as Galactic Civilizations, Ironclad’s Sins of a Solar Empire and is nearing the release date of Gas Powered Games’ Demigod has set the retail launch date of Elemental: War of Magic (www.elementalgame.com) for the first quarter of 2010 at $49.95 with a public beta starting next Spring.

Like all Stardock titles, Elemental: War of Magic wi...
November 4, 2008 by Zoomba
Good Morning JoeUser!

In case you've been under a rock for the last few weeks, you're aware that today is Election Day.  So for the rest of the day and well into the evening in many states, folks across America are going to their local polling location to cast their ballot.

Because the Presidential race is so contested this year, officials are expecting record turnouts.  Already, in states that held early voting, we've seen massive lines and wait times upwards of 6 hours.  I...
October 24, 2008 by Zoomba
The 2008 GUI Champs have been underway for just under two weeks now and already we have some absolutely fantastic skins in the library.  Today we have a mix of Skins, Icons and Dreams already vying for the top spots when we pick the winners in November/December.  As was the case last year, we already have two outstanding Icon sets, some killer skins and great dreams, some of the best content of the entire year so far!

Below are the latest entries.  Be sure to check back regular...
October 23, 2008 by Zoomba
We have covered quite a few Halloween skin categories over the last couple of weeks.  By now, you should be able to get a Halloween inspired desktop put together rather quickly.  Continuing on, this time we wanted to feature some WindowBlinds skins with a spooktacular look and feel.

Dont forget if you are a WinCustomize or Object Desktop subscriber, you get the Halloween theme free. 

If we missed any, please post the links to the skins.

  
October 23, 2008 by Zoomba
Reading through some of the answers in the WinCustomize Member Survey, I was surprised to see many didn’t know about the personal  sites that each user can have here.  Any member, subscriber or not, can create their own personal site on WinCustomize with their own personal url.  Personal sites can contain a bunch of information like images, links, guestbook, articles, and much more. 

You can share the page with friends and the public to show off the skins you hav...
October 22, 2008 by Zoomba
Last week we created a short survey for members (subscriber or non-subscriber) to fill out.  This is to get some community input on the current state of WinCustomize which will in turn help us in the planning of the next version of WinCustomize.  Thank you for those of you who have filled the survey out already, the response has been impressive, but we wanted to send out a reminder to those of you who have yet to fill it out.

WinCustomize 2008 Member Survey
October 22, 2008 by Zoomba
This weeks member spotlight goes to a member who has been creating some really stunning 3D wallpapers. That member would be Atomnet. I see he does much of his work in Cinema4D, and it's obvious he knows what he's doing when it comes to 3D work.  Atomnet has been a member of WinCustomize since July 2002, and is currently at the rank of Apprentice. 

While most of his work in the wallpaper category, he has also submitted some icons, so don’t forget to check those out as well.&nbs...
October 13, 2008 by Zoomba
Welcome to the fourth bi-annual GUI Championships!  The GUI's is the ultimate Windows Graphical User Interface (GUI) competition.  Graphics designers from around the world will be competing in three primary GUI categories; WindowBlinds, Icons and Animated Wallpapers.  This year's competition has a prize pool of nearly $15,000 with prizes from AMD/ATI, Wacom, Corel, TechSmith, DeviantArt and WinCustomize!

Starting today, October 14th, 2008, skinners will be able to submit their ...
October 13, 2008 by Zoomba
Today is the launch of the 2008 GUI Championships! 

After many months of hard work rounding up sponsors, and building a completely new competition website, we are almost ready to go!  As I type this, the finishing touches are being put on the GUI Champs site, which includes a completely new uploading system (much better than the current WC one).  We're still on track for a site launch later today.  So keep your eyes peeled to this space, and to GUIChamps.com for updat...
October 10, 2008 by Zoomba
Last night, Blair Fraser of Ironclad Games was on G4's X-Play talking up the upcoming Sins of a Solar Empire microexpansion; Entrenchment.  On the October 9th episode, they show off the first of three new Starbases, massive defensive platforms that will decimate all but the largest, most powerful fleets. 

Watch the video below to get all of the details, and a peek at the game in action.

 



 
September 29, 2008 by Zoomba
Alright, we're about two weeks away from the start of the 2008 GUI Championships and the launch of the brand new GUI Champs website.  We're seeing teams form up, and I know some of you out there have been working very hard on your entries for months now.  With the contest so close though, I wanted to make sure that everyone was clear on the rules, the technical requirements etc.

So now's your chance.  Ask away!  Any burning questions or nagging doubts?  Want to know i...
August 29, 2008 by Zoomba
Stardock announced today the Gamer’s Bill of Rights: a statement of principles that it hopes will encourage the PC game industry to adopt standards that are more supportive of PC gamers. The document contains 10 specific “rights” that video game enthusiasts can expect from Stardock as an independent developer and publisher that it hopes that other publishers will embrace. The Bill of Rights is featured on Stardock’s website (www.stardock.com) and is on prominent display i...
August 29, 2008 by Zoomba
Stardock announced today the Gamer’s Bill of Rights: a statement of principles that it hopes will encourage the PC game industry to adopt standards that are more supportive of PC gamers. The document contains 10 specific “rights” that video game enthusiasts can expect from Stardock as an independent developer and publisher that it hopes that other publishers will embrace. The Bill of Rights is featured on Stardock’s website (www.stardock.com) and is on prominent display i...
August 29, 2008 by Zoomba
Today Stardock & Ironclad Games are proud to announce the first of several micro-expansion packs, for the award-winning Sins of a Solar Empire.  The first micro-expansion Sins of a Solar Empire: Entrenchment is currently in development and will be released late 2008 for $9.95 via Stardock’s Impulse digital distribution platform (www.impulsedriven.com).

Developed by Ironclad Games, Sins of a Solar Empire is a real-time strategy game that adds an extreme amount of depth normally...