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--if all of your games/applications/etc are checked against corporate servers, one of two things could happen:A)
All of your programs will be up-to-date with minimal hassle, running smoothly and without disks, all without any
form of customer aggregate data-mining.
The corporations involved, which DO have a very large invested interest in your activities and programs, use Impulse to monitor all of your actions/software involving it. That, combined with the premise that many things (such as this 1.1 patch) are EXCLUSIVE to Impulse, effectively creates a virtual monopoly--"either allow us to monitor you or you can't do anything."
I'm not saying that bad things will happen. I'm saying they might happen. That's why I advocate stand-alone patches and other methods of distribution--it forces honesty. Hopefully we all remember how bad exclusive distribution deals can be in the real world.
Remember that IF a situation like that happens, we, the customers, will suffer the consequences.Real-Life Example of Exclusive Distribution Problems