Discuss: Starcraft 2

July 9, 2010 at 06:43:46
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about the upcoming release of Starcraft 2. Discuss here if you think it will be worth the wait, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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July 9, 2010 at 07:16:18
I'll have to mention this to my son. He loved Starcraft and played it to death back when.

I never did like it a whole lot myself so probably won't buy it.

My favorite type of game is strategy games like Starcraft, but I preferred Warcraft and played version's 1 and 2 a lot. I didn't get into the WoW and quit playing that one back then.

As far as Blizzard games go, I liked Diablo the best and have both 1 and 2 and am going to buy 3

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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July 9, 2010 at 13:53:16
I have never actually played Starcraft.
You may strip me of my geek badge.

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July 9, 2010 at 15:09:43
Whoa Whoa Whoa!!!!! I thought the birth control glasses, pocket protector, electrical burns, and tiny circuit board cuts on the finger tips were all that were required for the geek badge. I didn't know there was a gamer test!!!! Somehow I just know video poker and csi just aren't going to cut it. I used to play GTA a hudred years ago does that count?

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July 12, 2010 at 13:11:09
'Sorry' to say, but I never even came across Starcraft (1)!! - I'll be
interested to see where this poll goes as I rather suspect that
the 'average' CN visitor is not primarily a gamer - there are
enough specialist forums that handle the gamers' needs & CN is
probably more of a last resort when the need is for a bit more 'in
depth' help when all else fails...

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."

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July 12, 2010 at 15:56:51
A science fiction space game doesn't work for me...still trying to get through WWII.

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July 13, 2010 at 07:01:58
I never got into Starcraft, it always seemed like a second rate RTS. It was a DOS game, it was full of bugs, glitches, and the graphics were sub-par.

Command & Conquer was a much better RTS game that seemed to have everything Starcraft lacked. It is too bad EA ruined C&C with the last few games, I'd say since C&C generals the series has gone to crap.

So, no, not expecting much with Starcraft 2.

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July 14, 2010 at 09:21:11
"it always seemed like a second rate RTS"
While you are certainly entitled to your subjective opinion, Starcraft is considered a seminal, genre-defining RTS.

"It was a DOS game"
Nope. It was released for Win98.

"it was full of bugs, glitches"
Such as? On the contrary, Blizzard continues to provide ongoing support for bugfixes, balancing, and just general technical support. That's virtually unprecedented for a video game. Starcraft is arguably one of the least-buggy RTS games in existence.

"and the graphics were sub-par"
As compared to what? Blizzard games are well-drawn and have great art style (I know, subjective) that still holds up today to some degree. Dated now, perhaps, but sub-par? I disagree.

"Command & Conquer was a much better RTS game that seemed to have everything Starcraft lacked"
Here's some meat for discussion! What features does C&C have that Starcraft lacks?

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July 14, 2010 at 11:09:17
1. Starcrafts graphics were only 640x480(or was it 320x240)

2. The animations were horrible, each character jittered and the transitions from one frame to the next were coarse to say the least.

3. It wasn't very compatible with XP, had a lot of trouble getting it to run correctly, including the in game movies, they really didn't want to run at all.

The game just felt abandoned and un-refined since I didn't play it until last year, I assume it probably performed better in DOS/win9X. At the time it came out, I was a Macintosh only person and I had C&C 1 for mac and it lacked all the faults that were listed above I found in starcraft. Most PC users at that time played games at 320x240 in DOS and were use to unpolished games, I however was spoiled and enjoyed crisp clean graphics with smooth animations, sounds, and movies at 1024x768. So while 99% of you guys were happy with C&C 1 at 320x240 and 256 colors because thats all you knew, I had it much better.

In short, I expected more from such a talked about game, even for one released in 1998. It simply did not deliver for me.

Hell, even Fallout, a game released by a much smaller company, Interplay, was 10x more refined and still works flawlessly in XP.

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July 14, 2010 at 11:28:49
"The game just felt abandoned and un-refined since I didn't play it until last year"

I think this is the source of much of your opinion of the game. Measured by today's standards, the game is definitely dated. In 1998, it was revolutionary. As you say, most gamers at the time were used to unpolished games. By the standards of 1998, Starcraft was a work of art compared to its contemporaries. And I really don't see how you can call this game abandoned. The most recent official patch was released in 2009. Who else still actively supports their games after 10 years?

Guess the rest is pretty subjective. I've played it quite a bit under XP, never had a problem. Ironically, most of your issues with the game (dated graphics, screen resolution, bugs and balancing) will be addressed in Starcraft 2. Maybe it's time to give the franchise another try?

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July 14, 2010 at 12:14:51
I didn't say I wouldn't give SC 2 a try, I'm just not that excited about it. I'd be more excited if C&C lost all the DRM garbage and aliens invading earth crap so it would be playable again, but that's never going to happen, thanks EA!

I'll play it when it comes out, but I'm not holding my breath.

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