First you may ask what is the GBOR. It's the Gamer's Bill of Rights.
The Gamer’s Bill of Rights:
1) Gamers shall have the right to return games that don’t work with their computers for a full refund.
2) Gamers shall have the right to demand that games be released in a finished state.
3) Gamers shall have the right to expect meaningful updates after a game’s release.
4) Gamers shall have the right to demand that download managers and updaters not force themselves to run or be forced to load in order to play a game.
5) Gamers shall have the right to expect that the minimum requirements for a game will mean that the game will play adequately on that computer.
6) Gamers shall have the right to expect that games won’t install hidden drivers or other potentially harmful software without their consent.
7) Gamers shall have the right to re-download the latest versions of the games they own at any time.
8) Gamers shall have the right to not be treated as potential criminals by developers or publishers.
9) Gamers shall have the right to demand that a single-player game not force them to be connected to the Internet every time they wish to play.
10) Gamers shall have the right that games which are installed to the hard drive shall not require a CD/DVD to remain in the drive to play.
Wow that looks great doesn't it. Finally a publisher that gets it. But slow down there, let's look how the treat the first two so called rights.
Claim: Gamers shall have the right to return games that don’t work with their computers for a full refund.
Reality: Well they should change that to a partial refund, you see you have to ship the product back to them and they will not reimburse shipping charges, so you're still going to be out about 13% of the original purchase price. You know they could easily just look up my account and link it to my unlock key and then ban that key from being used, but that's too easy for the consumer. They have to make sure the consumer won't actually want to take them up on their claim by making them wait weeks for a refund and make them pay more out of pocket to return their borked up game.
Claim: Gamers shall have the right to demand that games be released in a finished state.
Reality: DemiGod is still in Beta as proven by the CEO's own comments that the online status of the game is a travesty (as of 29 Apr 2009). This is supposed to be an online game and with the online so broken what can you do but complain on their forums about it to warn others not to come near this game until it gets fixed.
Ignore the fanboys that will support Stardock no matter what they put out. Yes this game has potential to be great, but with the net code so messed up right now stay clear of it unless you want to be extremely frustrated. And I'm frustrated because the game has so much potential and looks like it will be awesome. Stardock should do something to make up for this mess beyond what was already planned at release of the game. And yes working net code is not enough to make up for this as that should have been fixed out of the gate.
Bottomline: Stardock talks a good game, but so far in my limited experience they aren't living up to their words. They want others to do as they say not as they do.