StarCraft 2 – PaperCraft

When I saw these images I thought they were computer generated images, they look exactly like the troops in StarCraft. Well these aren’t computer generated but paper generated to be exact, somebody made all these amazing models out of paper, and they look insanely real. An amazing tribute to StarCraft, I’m still shocked that these are made from paper.

Link: Kotaku


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Lego Starcraft: Brick Rush

I think I have had StarCraft on my mind 24/7 for the past week or so and I’m not even getting enough time to play all that I want. I’m seriously not getting enough but this stop motion photography depicting Lego StarCraft is fantastic. Terrans vs. The Protoss, its pretty much just like the game, except for less fire power. Just seeing this video makes me think about taking a week off and turning into a StarCraft Hermit. I love well executed stop motion photography because I know it takes a lot of time and skill to make it flow smoothly and realistically.

StarCraft II – Multiplayer – My Epic Fail

I got a few hours of campaign gaming with StarCraft 2, not as much as I would like but enough to be familiar with the Terrans. So I decided to jump into the multiplayer Unranked league, 1v1, which means a practice game against another human player. You get about 50 unranked games before going into ranked games, now I tried reading up as much as possible but in reality nothing prepared me for a multiplayer game.

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In very few words:

I got my ass handed to me in 17 minutes and 24 seconds.

I wasn’t expecting to be taken out like that. My opponent was a newbie as well, he had the Protoss and he came in strong, I sent in some troops to scout and I blew up a few things along the way. I felt good about myself, but seems like he was building up his big troops and saving them up to send them out. I wasn’t aware about all that, I was just blissfully happy building up my assists so I can build as many troops I want. So I was hoarding supplies instead following a strategy to destroy the enemy. It is a very erie feeling watching your troops get massacred by huge machines and your based being destroyed and you can’t do anything about it.

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Tips:

  • Build more then one base, and move it to another location
  • Try to get an army together quick
  • Pay attention to your stats
  • Get a little bit more practice with the A.I. before jumping in
  • Famliliarize yourself with your type, in my case the Terrans, before jumping in, I wasn’t full aware of the all the types of troops they had, so I was a bit slow and choosing what to build for attaching purposes
  • Next time I build more defensive structures

StarCraft 2 – Online Download

I was so excited to download the game that I have been waiting all day to come home and click download. I tried predownloading the game, but I got an error stating that it was too early and I can only download from the 27th, so as soon I got home and went to the Battle.net portal to proceed with the download. Made the payment, clicked all the buttons, filled all the information, and proceeded to purchase. One thing though, I did this all through my VPN, so that it appears I was making the purchase from a US location, I don’t know if that made a difference but I didn’t want any hiccups telling me that the game hasn’t been released in my country yet.

Now it begins, at first it said 3 days but after about 20 minutes, it flew through the list and I got to the download stage. Whats great is that my machine already counted what I had predownloaded a while back so I only had 1 GB left to download, and it wouldn’t be too much longer. I’m going to go through the installer and hopefully I can be playing by the end of the night, I’m not sure when but I want to free myself to play this game fully without any stops, it may not be anytime in the next few days, but Ramadan is around the corner, meaning I get off work early so more gaming time. 6.28 GB of 6.99 GB!

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StarCraft II – Ghosts of the Past – Trailer

One more day, just one more day for the game fo the decade. If this trailer is any indication, the Terran campaign promises to be one hell of a ride. Now the first release is will be the online gaming as well as the Terran Campaign story, the next to releases will be the Zerg and Protoss story lines. This just couldn’t get any better!

StarCraft II – Download Now

But you just can’t play it right at this moment, its genius that they are letting people download the game now, and then purchase an activation code on the 27th of July at 10:00 am Pacific Standard Time. You need to make sure that you have a BattleNet account with Blizzard to be ready for the purchase, just go through the process of registration to get over all the possible hiccups before D-Day. At last the day is getting closer for the release of one of the most anticipated games of the decade. Blizzard/Activision have spent over $100 Million dollars developing this game and Battle.net for the best possible gaming experience, and they are expecting to make a profit of at least $500 Million to a $1 Billion from this game, and it looks like that they are going to make it.

Link: Kotaku

Koreans & StarCraft

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With the coming release of StarCraft II there is a lot of buzz going around and people playing StarCraft the original game to catch up to the previous strategy and units. I for one just plan on playing it on my PC first for practice then moving on to the online gaming, but Korea takes this very differently. It’s called E-sports, there are leagues and thousands of Starcraft players, there are tournaments with a huge fan base, with government entities ruling these tournaments. Even Korean Air painted two of their 747 with StarCraft across the planes, I don’t even know how they worked that out with Blizzard. They have training camps for Starcraft just like football or basketball camps, where kids are trained to play harder, faster and smarter. They train to increase their APM or Actions Per Minute, I can’t believe how fast some of these guys are moving their fingers in complex actions, I can’t do that messing around on a keyboard! Some of these players have fan clubs, they are in teams, some of them make a huge amount of money. I just hope that whatever server I play that I don’t play against any of these guys, I would be annihilated.

Link: Kotaku

StarCraft II – Release Date Confirmed

“We’ve been looking forward to revisiting the StarCraft universe for many years, and we’re excited that the time for that is almost here,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Thanks to our beta testers, we’re making great progress on the final stages of development, and we’ll be ready to welcome players all over the world to StarCraft II and the new Battle.net® in just a few months.”

The Release Date: July 27, 2010

After so many years the day has come that StarCraft 2 will officially be released, I can’t beleive that it is so close, less then three months away. I got so used to the delays year after year I had no expectations to see it soon even after pre-ordering it Amazon, but seeing the date officially release from Blizzard has me excited. Now to plan for some free time during end of July to really get into the game, I want to enjoy the campaign mode before getting slaughtered in the online MultiPlayer as there are a lot of experienced gamers still playing the game since 1998.

Link: PopCultureShock

StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty & Diablo III – PreOrder

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The time has come to commence with the best two games that were created for PC. The build up has been long, for so many years we have been hearing on and off that Diablo III and StarCraft II will be coming out. Now the moment has come, they anounced that both games are available for PreOrder through Amazon. The moment I saw that it was available I went ahead and got the Special Edition Star Craft 2 which has the Original game and Expansion as well as the full art book, the book itself makes it worth it. Now I just have to wait patiently to get my hands on this game which will result in long hours of gaming. Amazing RTS with StarCraft 2, then developing my character with Diablo III. I’m honestly excited!

Link: Amazon Diablo 3
Link: Amazon StarCraft 2 Special Edition

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StarCraft II – Update

At last we are seeing some light at the end of this tunnel, I don’t know how long I have been anticipating this game and waiting for it. I have really lost count for how many times I said I will build a machine only for this game, but at this point I’m just anxious to get my hands on it. I’m at the stage of I will believe it when I see it, but I can’t help getting excited seeing the different screen shots and people describing the beta which has just been released. When looking at the screen shots, I look at the different units, the possibilities, whats new and how are they positioned. I’m going for either Terrans or Protos, and I hate the Zerg because they are slimy filthy creatures that should be destroyed.

Well it seems a lot of people seem to be very happy with the Beta release of this game, no extreme views out about it. Blizzard changes just enough of it to be new but they didn’t mess with the successful formula. The graphics seem to be phenomenal, they kept on refining it until they thought it was perfect for release. The game play is smooth and you don’t need a monster machine to play it at really good graphics which is good news. You can check out the breakdown of the Beta release over at Kotaku


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