Digital Prima Guides Come to Impulse

Stardock's Impulse digital storefront will now be selling Prima's eGuides, which take all the fun and wonder of a video game guidebook and convert it into a digital format.

The initial selection of seven guides includes some odd choices, offering only four guides for currently available PC games. One of them, Fallout: New Vegas, is even a Steamworks game, which Stardock refuses to sell on Impulse.

There are also two guides for Wii games--GoldenEye 007 and PokePark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure--which is incredibly confusing, especially for PokePark, a game aimed at children. I doubt many kids use Impulse and parents will probably just grab the guide in-store when buying the game.

"Fifty-two guides from various titles are scheduled to hit Impulse in the coming weeks, making Impulse the best online destination for official guides," Brian Clair, director of publishing for Stardock, told Shacknews. Prices for the guides range from $14.99 to $24.99.

Only two of the games are currently sold by Impulse--Arcania: Gothic 4 and The Sims 3: Late Night--and I don't know who would buy something like Fallout: New Vegas on Steam only to then buy the guide in Impulse.

These eGuides, which are PDF versions of the print guides, are different from the integrated guides offered exclusively through Steam for certain games.