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StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty

8 years ago

SC2 Master & Grandmaster Leagues Exist

Are you a bit of a StarCraft 2 contender? Do you keep build orders in your wallet, eat nothing but egg whites and speak not of your poops, which have started resembling shaving foam? If so, I suppose you've probably heard this news already. Nevermind. With the new 1.2 patch Blizzard has introduced a Master League for its sci-fi RTS, comprised of the top 5%…

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Athlete’s Fleet: Star Battle

Question, hot shot. What's the most popular user-created map on the European StarCraft II servers right now? I bet you have no idea. I bet a single bead of sweat just appeared on your forehead. Ah, youth! You're cute. Here's the answer: It's Star Battle, a 6v6 Defense of the Ancients-style mod that uses not fantastic heroes, but sluggish, superpowered space-ships. So, Defense of the...…

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9 years ago

Wings Of Liberty Liberated: StarCraft II Demo

To celebrate achieving a place in our advent calendar, Blizzard has released a demo of their hot young RTS StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty. It contains the first 3 missions of the game's single-player campaign, plus the chance to slap around the AI in skirmish mode. No online shenanigans, sadly. Get it here. Alright, so I don't have "evidence" or "a source saying" that this…

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Algorithms Discover Build Order From Hell

This is mad. Over on StarCraft 2 forum Teamliquid, a poster who goes by Lomilar has been talking about a program he’s coded called EvolutionChamber. It uses genetic algorithms to find powerful build orders, meaning his program takes a population of build orders, kills off the useless ones, and has the most successful ones reproduce asexually to create a new population, which tests itself again,…

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Blizzard Suing Creators Of StarCraft II Hacks

As we reported last week, Blizzard have taken the extremely peculiar decision to ban players from playing StarCraft II for using cheats in the single-player game. This meant that, despite cheating no one but themselves, they were locked out of playing the single-player game. Which is clearly bonkers. But it's not enough for the developer. Blizzard's lawyers are now setting out to sue those who…

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Blizzard Bans Single Player SCII Cheaters

The digital scoundrels at CheatHappens.com have posted an interesting article about what they're calling an "unprecedented act" from Blizzard. Namely, at the beginning of this month Blizzard began banning the Battlenet accounts and CD keys of StarCraft II players who were using cheats and trainers (at least one of which was created and distributed by CheatHappens.com) in their single player campaigns and in matches against…

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Heart Of The Swarm Pencilled In For Q2 2012

Battle.net project director Craig Canessa mentioned at GDC Online yesterday that StarCraft II's first expansion, Heart of the Swarm, is at least 18 months away, which is a lot of months. Take your current age and add 1.5 years to it. That's "at least" how old you'll be when Heart of the Swarm comes out, with its new single player campaign and new multiplayer content.…

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First Official Starcraft 2 Custom Map. Yes.

It's Friday, so time to quickly nose around and see if there are any key stories we've missed. And Blizzard releasing their first official custom map for Starcraft 2? That's a key story. Not an enormous key, like the one Superman uses to keep his Fortress of Solitude locked, but certainly some manner of key. Perhaps one for a padlock for a bike or something.…

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StarCraft 2: Beating The Rush

I’ve figured out why I’m playing StarCraft 2 online. It’s for the rush. Not the Abrupt-Wave-Of-Units kind of rush. What I mean is that a match of StarCraft 2 will have my heart performing drum solos, and it’ll pluck my taut nerves like violin strings. The game’s been designed for this. What’s forgotten in the talk of how StarCraft pros perform 300 actions per minute…

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StarCraft II Sells 3 Million In First Month

Blizzard has announced that StarCraft 2 sold 3 million copies worldwide in its first month on sale. That's good news for any game. For a game with two must-have expandalone releases in the pipeline, I daresay it's the sound of a leathery Porsche brochure flomping through the letterbox. Or maybe I'm being presumptuous- Blizzard's boys were were working on SC2 since 2003, after all. In…

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It’s Blitz: StarCraft 2 1.1 Patch Notes Released

As the only member of RPS who's actually playing StarCraft 2 multiplayer, it falls to me to snatch my withered, claw-like hands from their actions-per-minute training freeware to write that details on the 1.1 patch have been released, with the patch itself arriving in September. There's some stuff in their about additional mod support, map editor improvements and 3D support, but if you're anything like…

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Starcraftsmanship Compo: The Results

On Friday we gave you guys the chance to win a mammoth stash of StarCraft 2 merchandise, including the above canvas artwork of Arcturus Mengsk. We asked you to describe, in 50 words or less, what you'd craft a star into, and why. And boy, did you ever respond. If I read one more answer relating to Dyson spheres I think I'm going to turn…

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RPS Half-Verdict: StarCraft 2

Blizzard's über-RTS, StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty is finally here, with its sprawling single player, imposing multiplayer and grand narrative aspirations. Where does it succeed? Where does it stumble? Does it really need the two additional parts currently in development? Alec and Quinns met in the RPS saloon for a chat. Alec: Right, let's put our cocks on the table. How much have you played…

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Starcraft 2: The Midnight Launchening

As you may be aware, a little game called StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty was released tonight. Alec? Probably best you back off. These fine folks aren't interested in a liveblog of the single player campaign. They're not interested in the game. These guys? They want to know about the midnight launch at the Game branch in London's fashionable Oxford Street. They want the glitz,…

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Hell Freezes: Starcraft 2 Dated

Goodness, that was quick. Well, by Blizzard standards - I wasn't expecting this until 2011, to be honest. Hottish on the heels of the ongoing closed beta test, long-in-the-making strategy sequel Starcraft II has finally been accorded an official date on which it will be available in shops: July 27 2010. Ah, shops. Like the internet, but located in annoying places, asking higher prices and…

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