I imagine only a person who is a pirate would have a problem with using Impulse. Stop making waves over nothing.Not true. I have Impulse, and I bought Sins of a Solar Empire: Collector's Edition. And I DO have a problem with using Impulse as the exclusive means to deliver patches. And being a customer, I'd like stand-alone patches as an alternative to Impulse.Don't get me wrong, I think Impulse is a very good idea. However, it could also turn out to be horrific for the gaming community[...]Take a look here. Half-Life and its sequel, as well as a myriad of derivatives on the Source engine (Day of Defeat, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress Classic, Team Fortress 2, etc.) are arguably some of the most successful online games of all time. Note that all of updates for these games are available only through the Steam distribution platform, and none of the doom-and-gloom scenarios you painted have happened. Steam is so successful that many other gaming distributors are choosing it over the stand-alone products.Not only does it eliminate the "version hell", it also allows for quicker turn-around of patch releases. Rather than wait for months while multiple patches are being piled into one gigantic download, the devs are able to release smaller fixes and balance tweaks, even on a daily basis if they chose to.Would you rather download gigabytes worth of a patch (to handle all updates from 1.0), or sift through tons of incremental patches (e.g. 1.0 -> 1.5 -> 1.5.08 -> etc.), or just fire up Impulse and have it auto-update your game to the latest version in a fraction of the time?
I really hate to tell you but steam can abuse it's power over steam, such as admins, who can easily abuse their own power, and get away with it. The same case can be added to impulse, but last time I checked, impulse is just starting out, so we shouldn't really argue about this. In case they do follow suit with Steam's admin rights, then impulse will be heading down the wrong road.
There's prime examples, such as today, I was playing office the admin kept slaying the terrorists for camping spawn, which in this case they should of been doing anyways. He kept it up, and when everyone, espcecially some dude, his steam account was deleted, just for *****ing about the admins abusive powers.