River City Ransom: Underground DMCA’d By Alex Mauer, Removed From Steam
River City Ransom Underground
(Last Updated On: July 16, 2017)

Alex Mauer has sent a DMCA notice to Valve to have River City: Ransom: Underground removed from Steam. Mauer had provided music for Conatus Creative’s game, but as part of the personal breakdown parade that Mauer has been going on, DMCAs have been sent out to have the game barred from being sold on Steam.

Siliconera picked up the news from a post on the Steam forums by lead programmer Andrew Russell, who explained that the team is working with Valve to get the game restored, stating…

“We are aware that RCRU is down on Steam. We have contacted Valve’s copyright department, and will let you know when access is restored.”

Russell previously had to explain that it wasn’t Conatus doing when a bunch of River City Ransom: Underground videos were pulled off YouTube due to DMCA claims. This was actually Alex Mauer’s doing.

YouTuber SidAlpha has been chronicling these events and Mauer’s breakdown, which originally involved the other Kickstarted title, Starr Mazer: DSP.

As SidAlpha points out, Alex Mauer has been issued a restraining order from Imagos Softworks, preventing Mauer from issuing anymore DMCA or copyright strikes against any Starr Mazer: DSP content, including the game itself. This comes after repeated abuse of copyright strikes and after Mauer sent death threats to various individuals. While that’s good news for Starr Mazer, it still leaves River City Ransom: Underground as fair game for Mauer’s antics.

A lot of gamers who simply wanted to buy and play these games have questioned what has been the cause of all of this? Some have stated that it was Mauer becoming too defensive over the contracted music works provided for various games. Other claimed that Mauer felt there wasn’t enough payment for the projects, even though the contracts did not include any clauses for royalties or residuals, based on what was shared by Conatus. Some have speculated that it could be the hormonal effects from the process of going through transgender treatment. Others pensively expressed that Mauer may have just had a mental breakdown and is suffering from mental illness.

An exact explanation has not been given for the extreme behavior exhibited by Mauer.

Regardless, a lot of gamers and YouTube channels are being affected by the DMCA takedowns, costing them money and resources, as well as forfeiting consumers the opportunity to buy games.

In the case of River City Ransom: Underground, the game was originally Kickstarted back in 2013 and only recently released on PC in February of 2017. And while they note on the Steam forums that you can still purchase the game from GOG.com and the Humble Store, the keys will not activate on Steam. You can, however, use this alternate Steam store page to purchase River City: Ransom, which was bookmarked by savvy Steam users before the store page was officially removed by Valve.

(Thanks for the news tip Ruliweb)

[Correction: The article originally stated the comments were from Andrew Merritt but they actually came from Andrew Russell]

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  • Hawk Hopper

    Destructoid runs damage control for Mauer.


  • AlecJ

    Gotta love the majority “games media” completely ignoring this story.

    Gamergate happened because of this exact bias. Its subtly everywhere in games journalism but once in a while its so obvious everyone sees it clearly.

    Look, i judge everyone individually, so i dont put this Alex Mauer’s lunacy on every trans person, but obviously the coastal progressives in charge of the big game sites do.

    That is the problem with radical leftists, their biases and prejudices are so extreme as to taint their view of everyone else.

    Being inflicted with a primal level of guilt or prejudice is the quickest way to get to believing everyone else is guilty or prejudice……its just how the human mind works…

    I believe it is this demented state of reality that has lead to social justice culture as a whole…..which, to bring this tugboat back to shore…..

    Is the reason the biggest games journalists, and websites refuse to cover this important story. Their own deep seeded prejudice.

    San Francisco is a land fill of failed and terrible ideas but still somehow controls a large swath of culture. We need to change that.

  • AerosM

    Good article. Destructoid should take notes from you on how to make a neutral toned article about ongoing internet and legal drama.

  • giygas

    In other news, Jonathan Holmes debunks the myth that Destructoid can go five minutes without shitting it’s pants.

    “Since word got out that Ms. Mauer had issued the DMCA orders against the
    two games, a sadistic feeding frenzy has formed in certain pockets of
    the internet, leading to Ms. Mauer receiving multiple online death
    threats, and ambulance chasing, opportunistic video game pundits
    demonizing her in long winded, fruitless Youtube rants.”


    • VersVlees

      Oh great the victim card has been pulled again and naturally current year gaming journalists side with the poor Indie music composer.

      I’m surprised he didn’t setup a Patreon for muh victim buckazoids yet.

      • ThyPancakeConsumed

        its matter of hours.

    • Thanks. I will do an article about this later… maybe. There’s a lot of evidence mounting that warrants another article.

      • giygas


        An update, he retracted and apologized after realizing the article was indefensible. He promised never to do it again. Leonard French, Total Biscuit and SidAlpha are incredulous. Time will tell whether he really learned his lesson. (Seriously, how long has this guy been in the industry?)

        • tajlund

          Just read that mess. He needs banned from every gaming site in existence. That whole piece he wrote was crap and he deserved every bit of the shitstorm that came down on him from the people that felt attacked by him. What a dirtbag. Bet he never has to suffer a single penalty. (If your article has more than one retraction and apology you should lose your chosen profession forever.)

    • tajlund

      And there’s the mysterious death threats again. She/he/it can send them to the game designers, but the minute it claims to have gotten some (unreleased and probably unfounded), it turns into “shut up, she/it wins”.

  • Alistair

    Billy there was a dr who the game. Now we bring it sequel dr who the game-2 a heavyweight social justice of a game. That play like shite. lol 😂

    • I’m almost tempted to write up something about Dr. Who becoming a woman.

      • Alistair

        Well it took about 50 years of a the series and new BBC diversity policy to turn it around he became a she.

        For all those who don’t know what Jodie part in broadchuch she was Beth the mother of the murdered boys.

        The fact is I think they could plan it better as some one else commented she could be a time war survival time lord and the doctor rival she be great at it.

  • Alistair

    Now before you scream Ali is a sexist I watch broadchuch at my mums and enjoy it. And yes I’m very picky what I watch. And with Olivia Coleman and Jodie Whittaker with David tennent both fine actress and actor.

    Having none tv licence is a handicap, but I haven’t regretted it. As it means more game time. But when you Ever force diversity for just the sake of it, it never ends well.

    • ThyPancakeConsumed

      Ali is sexist!
      Nah jk, he is cool.

  • ThyPancakeConsumed

    DMCA’s was made to be abused and its not first time they are. For example countless twitch cam whores used dmca to take down any videos criticizing them or showing what they really are. Another thing to note here is thanks to digital distribution people can be prevented from purchasing game devs hard worked to make by freaks, if retail was still thing there would be warehouse somewhere full of copies of game. I hope Alex Mauer gets ass handed so bad in the end, so they never gonna attempt shit like this ever again.

  • Gozu Tennoh

    It’s a tranny so it’s already mentally ill, anything stupid that comes after is to be expected.

    • Disqusted

      It’s probably reasonable to question the mental stability of people pumping themselves with chemicals, especially hormones.

    • durka durka

      well…..i keep seeing crazy trans people, so yeah.

  • Disqusted

    Another example of DMCAs being used outside of their intended purpose.

  • Alistair

    oh dear another poison woman that screw gamers, from what im reading she notthing but trouble.

    if you got a problem, discuss it out with the dev or take it further to court.

    you dont hold gamers to ransom by removing the game.

    • EroBotan

      that won’t work, in this case she should discuss it with psychiatrist lol

      • Alistair

        LMAO 😀 why not try both lol court and last resort the doctors.

        but tonight gonna be fun, as the BBC will go full diversity again as they announced the 13th doctor in doctor who.

        and regressions femmists SJWs got a statement ready if the BBC doesn’t deliver,
        what so shocking about it, well the top favourite hinted to be next time lord is by a woman actress.

        edit: well that my prediction. well bille piper was qouted as saying it will be a snub by the BBC if they pick another male actor.

  • GuyverOne

    Maybe he’s just an arsehole.

  • “Some have speculated that it could be the hormonal effects from the process of going through transgender treatment”

    Here we go again.

    • mikebrand83
    • tajlund

      The psychological effects of this BS can’t be understated. A lot of people who do this self-mutilation project commit suicide.

      • Daniel Ream

        One of the reasons Johns Hopkins stopped performing the surgeries for a while is that it had no effect on long-term morbidity. While overall suicide rates did go down slightly, that was washed out by the early deaths from complications from the surgery and lifelong hormone injections.

      • Disqusted

        I feel like they are being tricked into making themselves experimental guinea pigs for half-assed… technology(?). Assholes have been pushing it so much lately, it really feels like s scam, designed to take advantage of their desperation.

        It also takes advantage of how they won’t understand the irreversible effects for themselves until it’s too late. Any way I look at it, it’s just not worth it.

        • tajlund

          In a way not too far fetched. And suicides have been on the rise for both those that don’t complete the procedure and those that do. Turns out that when they find out that everything they had done didn’t fix anything, they tend to get more depressed.

          Not every psychologist or psychiatrist out there is an SJW, but this is a minefield they don’t want to step into. It’s like one of my profs said, “if they wanted to have an arm removed, we’d have them committed, but they want a penis chopped off, so we say go ahead, you be you.”

          • Feli Aslan

            I take this medicine for quite some time and I have to say, I feel rather better than having an increased psychologica pressure or other issues. Same with other transgendered people I know. I would say its probably about who really needs the transition and who doesn’t really needs it. I think nowadays people rush it too hard, I took years to think about whether or not I want to take the transition route, worked with my therapist and waited until he gave me his expert opinion.