Gamers, don't worry if you regret a purchase of Derek Smart's latest space sequel, "Galactic Command: Echo Squad." You can get your money back.
Smart is, to put it mildly, an outspoken developer of space simulation games who loudly walks the line between passionately defending his creative works and at times outright attacking his own audience. Smart's own personal biography describes himself as "an eccentric and vocal personality."
But he's okay if you don't like "Galactic Command." Smart commented on popular PC news site Blue's News that he'd refund gamers who purchased "Galactic Command" ahead of its release and weren't satisfied. Not only that, but Smart won't even disable your license key, just in case you want to come back and play again.
Isn't he afraid people will purchase with every intent to complain for a free version? "I'm quite certain that there may be other takers. Who knows. But regardless, people know who they're dealing with, so its not like they're going to try and pull a fast one. After all, this is Derek Smart we're talking about :D," he told Multiplayer in an e-mail exchange.
Encouraging apprehensive players to check out his games without a currency exchange isn't really new to Smart. In 2001, he released the original "Battlecruiser 3000AD." The follow-up, 2005's "Battlecruiser Millennium," has been downloaded 34,689 times, according to Fileplanet. And just last month, Smart uploaded the four-year-old "Universal Combat" online for gamers to download free-of-charge.
"Most of my legacy games, even the barely four-year-old original 'Universal Combat (UC) ' game, I release for free on the Internet when their shelf life expires," Smart said. "I own all my IP. As soon as a publisher's license rights expires, the game goes online for free."
You can download his games at Fileplanet.
Even if you're not a fan of Smart, it's hard to argue with free, right?