Beamdog

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Beamdog
File:Beamdog.png
Developer(s) Beamdog
Initial release July 2010 (2010-07)
Development status Active
Platform Microsoft Windows
Type Content delivery
License Beamdog EULA (Proprietary software)
Website beamdog.com

Beamdog is a digital distribution platform.[1] Beamdog facilitates the purchase, download and updating of software. Beamdog was founded by Trent Oster, BioWare co-founder and Cameron Tofer, former BioWare lead programmer.[2] The service was launched in July 2010.[3]

Overhaul Games

Overhaul Games is a division of Beamdog. Originally, Overhaul Games was a part of Beamdog, but following the release of MDK2 Wii, a discrete studio was founded to work on MDK2 HD.[2] The name Overhaul Games was chosen to reflect the company's work on MDK2 HD as they had overhauled the game into a next generation game. Since 2012 the team has released several enhanced editions of Infinity Engine games starting with Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition in 2012, an overhaul of Baldur's Gate.[4][5] and followed by Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition in 2013 and Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition in 2014.

Games

Though Beamdog mainly publishes games to its website, its division Overhaul Games developed the Enhanced Editions of Baldur's Gatefor Beamdog, while the internal Beamdog team developed the expansion Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear.

Controversy

In March 2016 interview with Kotaku, writer Amber Scott criticized sexism in the original Baldur's Gate series, explained that Beamdog had improved the stories and characters in this regard in the expansion game Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, and declared "If people don’t like that, then too bad." Gamers reacted angrily to her statements as well as to a perceived jab at GamerGate in the game, and responded by leaving hundreds of highly negative reviews on Steam, Metacritic, and Good Old Games. Beamdog's CEO Ostner publicly backed Scott's statements, called for supporters to leave positive reviews on Steam in the Beamdog forums, and denounced the criticism as "protest reviews by small minded individuals" in an interview with Techraptor.

References

  1. Williams, Rob (2011-10-13), "A Look at Beamdog's PC Game Digital Distribution Service", Techgage, retrieved 2012-03-24<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Callaham, John (2010-06-29), "Interview: BioWare co-founder talks about launching Beamdog and MDK2 HD", Big Download, America Online, retrieved 2012-03-24<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. (Press release) (2010-03-24), "BioWare Veterans launch Beamdog, a new PC digital distribution service", Beamdog, retrieved 2012-03-16<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Dutton, Fred (2012-03-19), "Baldur's Gate 3 is "our long-term goal", says Beamdog", Eurogamer, retrieved 2012-03-24<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Keefer, John (2012-03-19), "Baldur's Gate 3 is a 'long-term goal' of Beamdog", Shacknews, retrieved 2012-03-24<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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