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4 years ago

Seems Blizzard Are Revamping Diablo 2, StarCraft, WC3

[Update: Oh! Blizzard told GameSpot it's simply to maintain them. Dreams are always so short-lived. Hey, maybe do consider revamping them though! That would be lovely. Official support for modern resolutions in Diablo II would be a grand start.] Once a games studio has been around for long enough, different generations of players will each have their own idea of the devs' finest days. Perhaps…

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Feature: Celebrating a forgotten part of PC gaming

What Are The Best Game Manuals?

The omnipresence of the Internet, together with the ease of modern control schemes, has all but eradicated the need for game manuals. Who needs a glossy paper booklet when they have Reddit and GameFAQs and YouTube? Who has time to read with such a gluttony of entertainment options available at their fingertips? But game manuals and owner’s guides aren’t just about information. The best ones…

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5 years ago

6 years ago

Gigantic Is A Gorgeous Not-MOBA From StarCraft’s Lead

Gigantic pretty clearly wants to be a big deal. It's from the former lead designer of StarCraft and Guild Wars, it has $20 million in backing, and its team size is kind of, er, gigantic for an indie studio. So it can talk the talk, but can it justify a series of costly expenditures on the part of shadowy investors and/or see why kids love…

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The Devil Cries: Rob Pardo Pardos Ways With Blizzard

That headline might be confusing for some of you, so allow me to elaborate: Rob Pardo's been one of Blizzard's top designers for 17 years, making him - among many other things - one of Diablo's many daddies. So when I say the devil cries, I'm mostly referring to that. I'm sure he's blowing his 666 nostrils into a +44 WIS Hanky Of Wretched Despondency…

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Feature: Mohawks And Martians, Pt 1

Former Civilization IV Lead On Mars Game, Revitalizing RTS

Mohawk Games is an excellent name for a company. And so it is that former Civilization IV lead designer and Spore man Soren Johnson approaches me sporting the company haircut. It's a recent trim job for the old headshrub, he tells me, but he wears it well. However, the brain beneath the mohawk - the mind behind some of strategy gaming's greatest greats - is…

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7 years ago

9 years ago

The Tale Of The Ultimate Starcraft AI

The techno-chaps over at Ars Technica have posted an interesting story about the development of the ultimate Starcraft AI. Written by student Haomiao Huang, it's the story of the "Berkeley Overmind", which recently beat Starcraft pros a former Starcraft pro in head-to-head matches (although it is a way off beating the real current masters, it seems). Here's a snippet: "In theory, a computer should be…

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10 years ago

The Best Kind Of Zealotry: A StarCraft Life

ChaosSmurf found himself inspired by the humanity of Starcraft commentator Day(9)'s latest broadcast - a two hour confessional about his life as a gamer, and specifically Starcraft. He lobbed it over. I went to just briefly check its vibe, and all of a sudden I'm half an hour into it, just carried along with the enthusiasm and period detail. I suspect anyone who dug the…

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Starcraft Pros In Cheat Scandal

I'm not entirely sure how to dig deeper into this particular drama, as the main source sites are in Korean, and the auto-translations aren't proving to be particularly useful. Anyway, the story as originated here reports that top Korean players are being named and shamed for throwing matches to make money on illegal betting. It's apparently been a problem that the e-sports organisers have been…

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12 years ago

Blizzard Digi Downloads

Blizzard have announced some lovely digital downloads via their online shop. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne cost $20 each (about £10) and Starcraft is up there for $15 (about £7.50). Not bad, but I recall buying the CD version of Starcraft (minus Broodwar, come to think of it) for about £3 off Amazon a while back...

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Experiments In RTS AI

A fascinating little study of Starcraft's AI by software engineer Shamus Young reveals something you might not have expected from the game: I’ve been curious about the quirks in the Starcraft AI and I’ve wanted a chance to see them do their thing in a deterministic environment. I learned some surprising things about this ten-year-old gem. While the races themselves are very nearly balanced in…

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ReZerged

Half the internet is rather excited about finally getting to see Starcraft 2's Zerg in action. So, here they are, doing what Zerg do best: Zerging. Seems the game's being pretty playful about their infamous swarming nature, which should make for good times, and plenty of nightmares soundtracked by the phlegmy sound of chitin being rendered asunder. If that video's anything to go by, there's…

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13 years ago

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