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StarCraft II

4 months ago

Feature: Great games to play against friends

The 25 best multiplayer games on PC

Multiplayer games are the best type of games, because they're built around the most interesting components known to humans: humans. Men, women, and an awful lot of children. Internet strangers aren't always the friendliest bunch, but they can surprise you in ways that a static system can't. People form the living, beating hearts of the gaming moments I value the most. Join me, then, as…

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1 year ago

Feature: A beginner's guide...

Spawn Point: how to get into real-time strategy

Hello. This is Spawn Point, a new not-quite-regular feature in which we take a genre, series or other facet of gaming culture, and try to convince you to give it a shot. It might be those hero shooters you’ve always wanted to get into, or that terrifying space game played by thousands of jerks. We’ll briefly explain the thing, followed by some ways for you…

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2 years ago

Feature: A fan-made MMO inspired by FTL

Starcraft Universe: Hands On With The Open Beta

I think one of my favourite things about seeing a game jump genre is what it means for the ground-level stuff. An Ultralisk is never going to be scary, viewed from top-down, with a small army at your disposal. Leering down at you, with so many hit-points that the mission is more about distracting it, it becomes a very different matter. Ever since World of…

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3 years ago

Feature: A series of tubes

A Lament For The LAN Party

Before broadband and the connected world of information, we found different ways to mix our social life and our games. LAN parties. Where our PCs had a big group hug and let us kill one another in peace. Michael Johnson remembers those times. Growing up as a PC gamer in the 90's was a curious experience, the dawn of the internet age was upon us,…

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4 years ago

Feature: Into the Void

Hands On: StarCraft II – Legacy Of The Void

I am, and always will be, ambivalent about StarCraft 2 [official site]. It is a game I can barely play at the best of times, where my greatest exertions will raise me to the barest level of competence. It is the eSport I fell in love with, the competitive game I still get the most excited about during long, lazy weekends at home. It is…

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6 years ago

Feature: Splendid E-Sports News

An E-Sporting Chance: Eventboom

Our e-sports correspondent is Jeb Boone. The e-sports community is in the midst of a mad scramble to organize tournaments. There are such a large number of events this month it’s enough to overwhelm even the most dedicated fans. While many prominent members of the community argue over tournament oversaturation and eschatological speculations, this November is one of the most important months for the industry…

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Feature: Splendid E-Sports News

An E-Sporting Chance: The Fates

Our e-sports correspondent is EFSI World's Jeb Boone. This week he looks at the worries around Starcraft 2, and the impact League Of Legends is having on the pro community. On Wednesday, October 17th, the Fates seemed to be conspiring to kill e-sports. Like their Roman counterparts, the e-sports Parcae spin, measure and cut the USB cord of life, deciding what will live, and who…

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7 years ago

Watch The Starcraft UK Championships For No-Pennies

I'm about as much use as toenails on a strawberry in terms of discussing StarCraft II's popular, ladder-based multiplayer, so I'm sure you'll be hanging upon the golden wisdom of my every word as I bring you news that the UK SC2 championships are being held at BAFTA this weekend. To be honest I mostly clicked through because it said 'free tickets' and even though…

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No Rush: Starcraft II Getting Mod Marketplace, Streaming

Details up on Battlenet tell of the beta for patch 1.5 for Starcraft II, and it's got a couple of important things in there. The most important of these is The Arcade, which is a way to find "custom games", aka mods, that have been created and posted by the Starcraft community. Blizzard explain: "When you log into the beta, you’ll find the Arcade has…

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Blizzard Crafts One SCII Championship To Rule Them All

E-sports are complicated - and not just because they involve phrases like "300 actions per minute."  Planet Earth, you see, is broken up into these colossal rocks - oft-believed to be kept afloat by a colorful assortment of giant sea turtles - called continents. And within these continents are countries, states, cities, and provinces, each with their own rich cultures and unique perspectives. Which is…

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Feature: Splendid E-Sports News!

E-Sporting Chance: The March Round-Up

Our e-sports correspondent is ESFI World's Samuel Lingle It’s been a month since the last e-sports update, but fear not. They’re returning with weekly regularity. In theory. Today I’m going to recap most of the bigger events of the past month or so, considering there was a lot of exciting stuff you guys may have missed. It’s StarCraft heavy by necessity, as the majority of…

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Intel Extreme Masters Is Underway, You Can Watch It

The best of the best of the e-sports types are flexing their brain-muscles and finger-glands to fight it out at the Intel Extreme Masters, right now. You can watch it streamed over here. Counter-Strikes are being struck, League Of Legends are being made legendary, and Starcraft IIs are being uhm stricken? Anyway, $55,000 is at stake. I miss pro Quake 3, to be honest. Imagine…

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OMG! LTP SCII MP With Blizzard’s StarCraft Master

If you are Pvt. Leonard 'Gomer Pyle' Lawrence, then StarCraft Master is Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, shouting GG sarcastically into your face to prepare for the horrors of Vietnam StarCraft II multiplayer. Masters is a mod that's just gone live on Battle.net with 30 challenges carefully curated to mimic strategies you'll use when you click that terrifying button that takes you online. You may not like…

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Feature: Splendid E-Sports News!

E-Sporting Chance: 2012 Kick Off

Our e-sports correspondent is ESFI World's Samuel Lingle. E-sports in 2012 got going quickly as a number of January events opened the year. The Global StarCraft 2 League (GSL) kicked off their new season. The fighting game community knocked off APEX 2012, featuring Super Smash Bros and various other titles. The DotA 2 beta continues to chug along with various tournaments and leagues. The biggest…

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Competitive Clicking: Starcraft II Tournament

It seems like only last week that I found myself watching men playing Countertstrike and wondering how they came to be so good at man-shooting and here I am today watching two people playing Starcraft 2, which makes me realise how bad I am at mouse-clicking. These people though? Very good at mouse-clicking. They're playing in the Grand Final of Blizzcon's Starcraft 2 tournament and…

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Red Versus Blue: Blizzard DOTA

Sometimes games brood, sitting in a corner and calculating their every internal component with a die that has unlimited sides. That can be agreeable, but it's much more agreeable when a new game approaches wearing a jester's hat and jigging merrily into view. Such is the case with Blizzard DOTA, the trailer for which has all the appearance of a wonderful parody. But this is…

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Oh! And Also A Heart of the Swarm Trailer

There was something else that Blizzard were talking about at Blizzcon this weekend, which was the next instalment of Starcraft II. The beta for Heart Of The Swarm is apparently "months" away, so it looks like we can expect the next game before the end of next year. Anyway, the trailer (below) shows a bunch of CG and in-game scenes, basically telling the story of…

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Starcraft Universe PvP Test Playable Now

One of Starcraft II's big boasts was how awesome its editor was going to be for making your own games and such. We're just starting to see the fruits of that. One group of modders took Blizzard up on the challenge and got on with creating a Starcraft MMO. After some initial legal wobbles, the mod is now approved by Blizzard, and it's PvP mode…

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