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StarCraft II Demo Released

StarCraft II

The game was released months ago, but Blizzard have just got round to releasing a playable demo for SC2. The demo weighs in at a hefty 1.56 GB and lets you play the first three missions as well as a solo skirmish according to Techtree. Limitations include Terran V Terran only and no multiplayer support.

You don’t need to have a Battlenet account to play, though you need to enter your email address when you download.

Check it out here.

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Starcraft 2 holds most data transferred bit torrent record

Starcraft 2 Wings of LibertyDespite Blizzard’s attempts at safeguarding against piracy with the Real ID system, Torrentfreak reports SC2 holds the dubious record as the bit torrent with the the most data transferred. The game has been shared on bit torrent networks to the tune of 15.77 petabytes of data – 2.3 million shares of the 7.19 GB game file. And that’s only for the most popular torrent of the game, other uploads would inflate the figure even more.

Interestingly, the legit copies of the game sold by Blizzard may have transferred even more data. All download copies of StarCraft 2 have been distributed through Blizzard’s very own BitTorrent downloader. Unfortunately Blizzard’s tracker doesn’t provide any stats so we don’t know if the official beats the illegitimate counterpart traffic wise.
5 Torrent Files That Broke Mind Boggling Records

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Starcraft II keyboard, mouse and headset ready for preorder

Starcraft 2 Razer PeripheralsRazer’s line of Starcraft II hardware is now ready for preorders. The keyboard, mouse and headset are custom designed for Blizzard’s hit RTS and each features a built-in actions per minute system that monitors your speed and provides instant feedback on your in-game performance.

Essentially the gear lights different colours depending on the situation as you play Starcraft II. an example Razer give on their website shows the Banshee Mouse with green lighting in a low APM situation like building your economy, and red for situations like multiple fights requiring higher APM.

You can also set up the hardware to your liking by changing colors, setting your own APM range and you can even set game conditions to flash a number of times in a colour of your choice.

The peripherals are set to ship in November and are priced at $119.99 for the headset and keyboard, and the mouse at $79.99.

Razer Starcraft II Gaming Peripherals

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StarCraft II Easter Eggs

Starcraft II iPistol adFrom Ghostbusters and Aliens references to flying toilets and Murloc marines, Blizzard went into overdrive packing the game with fun little things you barely notice the first time you play.

I chanced across a fun thread on the SC2 forums where players are posting easter eggs and cultural references they’ve found throughout the game.

My top 5 from the discussion:

  • A Tauren marine in the Zero Hour mission who sticks around for 3 seconds before going into an outhouse, which then flies off
  • Mini Diablo spotted in Devil’s Playground mission
  • The /dance command from World of Warcraft also works in SC2 – just select your troops beforehand
  • An ad for the ‘iPistol‘ on the TV in the cantina
  • Repeatedly clicking on random animals you find in the game makes them spontaneously combust

Check out everything players have noticed here. Warning: contains spoilers if you haven’t completed the campaign.

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Tuesday is patch day for SC2 fans

StarCraft II logoBlizzard will drop the first major patch for StarCraft II on Tuesday. The patch will include one map change and some significant balance changes. The Terran Siege Tank and Reapers will get a nerf as well as Battlecruisers, while the Protoss Zealot unit build time will be increased. On the Zerg side the Ultralisk damage will be decreased.

In addition:

Patch 1.1 will contain a number of improvements including additional mod features, Editor improvements and bug fixes, some custom game improvements, support for NVIDIA’s 3D Vision, and more. We’d also like to share some specific plans for this patch with you.

To begin, we’ve heard a lot of feedback from our global community about standardized hotkey options. We’re happy to announce that in patch 1.1 we are going to make the Standard (US) and Standard for Lefties (US) hotkey options available in all regions.

Full details are available on the official StarCraft blog: Patch 1.1 is coming

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The StarCraft II Open Tournament is fantastic

TG Intel Starcraft II Open 2010For tournament fans like me still suffering withdrawal symptoms from the FIFA World Cup, the nerdfest that is the TG Intel StarCraft 2 Open tournament is making a pretty nice substitute.

I have to admit, this is the first video games tournament I’ve checked out so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

The tournament runs between September 4th and October 2nd, when the overall champ will pocket a cool $87,000 cash prize. The event had a proper opening ceremony complete with live music and a speech by Blizzard Entertainment CEO Mike Morhaime.

Fans can watch all of the matches on GOMTV.net – one set out of every match is viewable for free, while the other two sets can be viewed by paying for a season pass for $19.95. The season pass also lets you view any video from the tournament in a higher definition.

That’s a veritable feast for StarCraft 2 fans like me who only started playing the StarCraft genre in July and would like to see how the pros play.

The thing I like most about the tournament though is the over the top and enthusiastic live commentary on each match. I don’t know who the two guys are who do the commentary but they’re obviously big StarCraft fans and know their stuff well in their own right.

Between now and September 14th we’re promised 4 matches a day broadcast live on the site.

I highly recommend you check it out if you’ve played StarCraft II and are looking for pro tips, or just need a good tournament to follow.

The only criticism I have is the lack of a leaderboard to follow on the site, at the moment it’s hard to tell how many players remain and so on.

Check out the tournament here, or follow the GOMTV twitter list for updates.

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Free SC2 Trial with NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 460 Graphics Card

StarCraft 2 Replays Competition

Starcraft II screenshot
Curse.com are running a competition that will be of interest to SC2 fans. All you need to do is upload your best replays and wait and see if you get the most downloads on sc2replayed.com

They are offering prizes of free subscriptions to the Curse premium client to the top 10 uploaders between now and Sept. 17th, 10 AM, CDT.:

First place: 1-Year Subscription to Curse Premium, plus a feature spot on SC2Replayed.
2nd place: 6-Month Subscription to Curse Premium, plus an honorable mention.
2th – 5th: 3-Month Subscription to Curse Premium, plus an honorable mention.
6th – 10th: 1-Month Subscription to Curse Premium.

There are no rules for the theme of the replays, you can upload epic matchups, tutorials or even humourous replays are welcome. The only thing that matters is how many people view your replay.

To get uploading visit Sc2replayed.com

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Limited Edition: Starcraft II Strategy Guide
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty Collector’s Edition
Free SC2 Trial with NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 460 Graphics Card

Global Starcraft 2 League Begins

TG-Intel STARCRAFT II Open Season1

The first global Starcraft II tournament has started and videos of all 64 matches are being streamed and posted up on GOMTV.net.

The TG-Intel StarCraft II Open Season1 started today (04/Sept) and will be held through to November. The event is being held in South Korea, where Starcraft has a massive following.

This is the first official Starcraft II tournament in the country, with two more planned for 2010.

SC2 fans can watch non HD videos of the competitive matches, or purchase to gain access to HD versions. You need to register online to watch even the free videos.

One note: I tried to log in with my Facebook account to watch the videos but was perturbed by GOMTV asking to put an app on the account to post on my wall and comment under my name. So I suggest just register on the site without using Facebook or Twitter.

Check out the videos section here and see how SC2 is meant to be played, complete with over-the-top commentary worthy of professional sports.

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StarCraft 2 Mods List
Limited Edition: Starcraft II Strategy Guide
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty Collector’s Edition
Free SC2 Trial with NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 460 Graphics Card

StarCraft 2 Mods List

Starcraft 2: Wings of Lliberty
Tons of mods and minigames for Blizzard’s StarCraft 2 have been created since the game was released, we’ve compiled a list of some we’ve seen so far

MiniGames:

  • Supply Depot Tetris w/ Multiplayer -This is supply depot tetris. The rules are simple. Blocks will drop and you need to manipulate them to complete lines of 10 blocks.
  • Bomberman Classic – A bomberman clone. Place bombs (which explode in 4 directions), collect powerups, and destroy every opponent.
  • ChessCraft – Chess game in SC2, with fully supported feature as a standalone game.
  • Bumper Cars – The objective is to bump other players out of the ring – Up to 4 Player
  • SCV Football – SCV Rugby Australia v New Zealand first team to get 56 points / 8 touch downs wins the game
  • CardCraft SC – You start with a Deckmaster, create decks of 32-64 cards having normal cards with a maximum of 3 per cardtype.
  • TronCraft – A tribute to the old classic, Tron. The map is mostly made for multiplayer since it’s only fun with an actual opponent.
  • Vuvuzela Frenzy! – Take on the role as a protector of the sound environment and dish out a cold serving of whoop ass on anyone trying to use a vuvuzela.

Tech demos and videos:

Downloadable maps

Official Blizzard mods
(Go to the multiplayer games tab in SC2 and they’re in the custom games window, just sort the list by Author to see the ones created by Blizzard.)

  • Left 2 Die – A nod to Valve’s Left 4 Dead, this is a mod of the classic Outbreak mission from the campaign that shifts between night and day.
  • Aiur Chef – Up to 8 players aim to outcook their opponents by scouting out ingredients across the map then preparing their culinary masterpieces in a kitchen located in the middle of the map.
  • StarJeweled – SC2 meets Bejeweled Blitz, which can be played in solo vs A.I., Co-op vs. A.I. or PvP modes.

Downloadable mods

Miscellaneous SCII links

If I’ve missed an interesting SC2 mod, post in the comments below and I’ll add it to the list.

StarCraft 2 WoW Mod

People are going crazy with the Starcraft 2 editor, making third person shooter and Diablo 2 mods, Tetris and all sorts of things. The latest to come to my attention is this cool tech demo of World of Warcraft ported to the SC2 engine.

The creator reports he’s made a fully working dungeon in his latest version of the mod. There’s no gameplay yet, just a demo of what can be achieved by the SC2 editor.

The homepage of the mod is here.

Via the StarCraft 2 Facebook page

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Gaming Stu on this week’s gaming news

Gaming StuEvery week we pose a few questions from the week’s gaming news to Gaming Stu, Ireland’s hardman of iRacing.

This week, Stu has been staying up til 7AM every night playing
iRacing, getting aggravated by noobs who don’t play by the rules.

His eyes are bloodshot and he’s pretty angry, so I hand him a page
with my written questions, make my excuses and leave.

A few days later the answers arrive by mail. Here they are:

Stu, Sony has released the legal hounds on the makers of the PS
Jailbreak mod that allows people to play pirated discs on the PS3.
Meanwhile, the modders are basically saying ‘we didn’t do nothin’. Who
will win, the faceless multinational corporation or the crafty
hackers?

Something tells me the faceless multinational will win, they usually
do. Also a lot of players won’t want to risk getting banned.

Stu, last week we heard the news that Halo: Reach had leaked to the
internet, and this week unboxing vids popped on YouTube. This kind of
thing seems to happen whenever a new Halo is released. Are Microsoft
just boneheaded when it comes to security or is it really an elaborate
publicity machine, too huge for our puny brains to contemplate?

I really can’t see Microsoft being that lacksadaisical when it comes
to security, either way that game will be huge. Never liked the Halo
series personally but by God the great unhosed seem to.

Stu, the PS3 has sold 38 million units since 2006 but the PS2 sold 146
million units between 1999 and today. Can PS3 catch up by 2016?

I’ve been fairly impressed by what I’ve seen of the PS3 and it still
hasn’t fully realised its potential. I think it can easily sell more
than the PS2, but that doesn’t mean it will. The new Playstation Move
may help it along though.

Stu, a bona-fide college course called 21st Century Skills in
Starcraft is open now in the University of Florida. Discuss.

Seems like a good idea. Applying your game skill to real world jobs
could be incredibly effective. It’s a very detailed game, probably a
lot harder and more complicated than most jobs.

Gaming Stu's Igniq sponsored iRacing Car

Gaming Stu in his Igniq-sponsored iRacing car

Stu, a new console called the eBox is coming out next year in China.
Meanwhile, the Xbox hasn’t even been RELEASED there yet. What gives.
Why can’t I go and play Gears of War at the Great Wall if I want to?

I reckon the Chinese would prefer a home built console to be sold as
opposed to an American one. They call it red tape but I think it’s
more than that. Microsoft shouldn’t be too worried though as the eBox
is aimed at the family market like the Wii. Hardcore gamers might not
find anything of interest to play on it, but I’d still like to see
what it does.

Stu, my colleague on Igniq Gary is currently making the ultimate
gaming rig to end all gaming rigs. What advice can you give him as he
builds this monster?

Any advice I could give would be redundant. I’ve read the specs and by
George it’s a monster. I want it now… now!!

Previously:
Gaming Stu on:  Molyneux, Lineage II addiction and new fangled PSPs

Free Name Change for SC2 Coming Soon

Starcraft 2Blizzard have announced via their Facebook page for Starcraft 2 that they will be offering a free name change in the near future for anyone who might have been unaware how the names would be used by the multiplayer aspect of the game.

The initial name change will be free, with a WoW-like paid name change service coming some time after.

StarCraft Free Character Name Change Coming Soon

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StarCraft 2 Custom Map Contest Opened

StarCraft 2

Blizzard have just updated Twitter about a new contest for the StarCraft 2 community. Fans are challenged to create the most fun, creative and polished custom maps for SC2.

The prize for the competition is an accommodation and airfare-paid trip to BlizzCon 2010. If that wasn’t cool enough, attendees will have a chance to play your custom map in a demo area at the convention. Blizzard will also throw in a cool $5,000 cash to spend while you’re there.

If you think you’ve got the skills, fire up the StarCraft II Editor that came with your copy of the game and get started. The Editor is a powerful, robust, and complete development tool, and it’s everything you’ll need to build your creation. Keep in mind that we’re looking for originality, innovation, and fun, so whether you want to make the next DotA, craft a mini-RPG, or concoct a third-person shooter, let your imagination run wild.

The contest closes on September 11, so get cracking.

Full details and contest rules are available here.

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StarCraft 2 Zombie Shooter Vid


Don’t ask me how this was done, but some genius somewhere somehow has modded Starcraft 2 into a third-person shooter. Only a tech demo at the moment though.

Those with the burning need to create will still find a way, and this SC2 zombie shooter is an excellent example of what is capable from a dedicated and talented community when presented with the right tools. You’ll notice that StarCraft II is a real-time-strategy game, and that this map is a third-person-shooter. Wild, right?

SC2 Zombie Shooter: This Is Why You Empower Community Creators

Bonus SC2 Link: Starcraft 2 Mod – Final Fantasy 0.2

Starcraft 2 Secret Mission

I stumbled across a YouTube vid showingStarcraft 2 Media Blitz how to unlock a secret mission in the single player campaign for the the excellent StarCraft 2.  The name of the mission in the video is Media Blitz, a memorable one where the Odin unit is on display in the dominion base before you take control of it and proceed to obliterate them all.

I missed the secret mission on my first play through of the game but I’ll deffo check it out when I go through again on hard mode.

Check out the video here.

Bonus SC2 Link: Starcraft 2 Signature Generator