Posts Tagged ‘StarCraft II’

Huh: StarCraft II’s Getting A Leveling System

If you're Zerg, 'XP' actually stands for Xarblac points.

Sometimes, I view my mundane day-to-day tasks as a series of experience-endowing quests. Go the grocery store. 300 XP! Obtain vegetables (x10). 400 XP! Defeat the checkout line – which is, in fact, a hideously undulating centipede monster – and escape the store as it collapses into an all-consuming void of infinite nothingness. 7 XP! Is it any wonder that I see things that way, though? I mean, everything has a leveling system these days. Even when they don’t really make a whole lot of sense. Case in point: StarCraft II.

Read the rest of this entry »

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 will disband. On that day, beloved StarCraft 2 team SlayerS disbanded in a fury of controversy and vitriol, and with concerns about Heart Of The Swarm, the future of e-sports as a whole. Here’s what happened.
Read the rest of this entry »

Starcraft II’s 1.5.2 Makes “The Arcade” Into A Thing

It's ready!
Back in June Blizzard showed off the beta stages of their Starcraft II community forum, The Arcade, and the latest patch makes it official. In case you missed the fuss over this, it’s a pretty major event for the SC2 community because it provides a new platform for sharing content created in the game’s hefty editor. Custom games will now be easier to track, even before they are released (assuming the author updates and so forth) and it should make it easier for folks to promote their creations to the overall community. As closed a system as Blizzard games are right now, this seems like a large and positive step in the direct of acknowledging that the PC is just as much about making stuff as it is about playing stuff.

And in case you were thinking “that inevitably means DOTA in Starcraft II, right?” Blizzard are already working on it, as announced last year. “Soonish“, indeed.

Change Your Passwords (Again): Battle.net Breached

I, like many of the highly evolved, vaguely human terminal cyborgs that we otherwise refer to as “Internet users,” perhaps somewhat unwisely use the same few passwords for, well, a lot of things. But damn it, I crafted those passwords. I didn’t use wars or stars, but they’re mine – forged through years of slight tweaks and realizations that my birthday and number sequences I’d learned in pre-school, in fact, presented sort of crackable codes. So I really wish videogame companies would stop losing track of them. But alas, it keeps happening. The most recent victim? Blizzard. Fortunately, it sounds like our most important info (credit card, address, real name, etc) is still safe and sound, but you’ll probably want to toss your password masterworks and start anew all the same. Same with mobile Authenticators – which Blizzard notes “could potentially” be compromised. Ruh-roh.

Read the rest of this entry »

Watch The Starcraft UK Championships For No-Pennies

Let's take bets on how many seconds I'd last. And in the game.

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 I now earn enough to have three square meals a week the f-word brings me running every time.
Read the rest of this entry »

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 games available to play, because the industrious StarCraft II custom gaming community has already been hard at work crafting, refining, and posting their creations.” The patch also contains some editor refinements, to make that mod crafting a little easier.

Also in this patch is a streaming launcher, which will allow people to install and patch the game a little faster. Because speed is everything, eh mortals?

Blizzard Crafts One SCII Championship To Rule Them All

Proving once and for all that the height of evolution is the DOOMSDAY LASER.
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 terrible, because that makes it nearly impossible to answer the most important question of all: Who’s best at StarCraft? Happily, Blizzard’s proposed a solution.

Read the rest of this entry »

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 e-sport events these days feature Blizzard’s popular RTS.

Read the rest of this entry »

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 if there was this turnover in physical sports: no more football this year, because everyone is playing polo now. That would be weird.

OMG! LTP SCII MP With Blizzard’s StarCraft Master

Let me see your Zerg rush face
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 it, but the more you hate it the more you will learn micro-mangement skills and build queues. Do you Larvae understand?
Read the rest of this entry »

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 of the past week, though, was the StarCraft 2 tournament at HomeStory Cup IV. Coverage and results right here.
Read the rest of this entry »

E-Sporting Chance: Hacking Dreams


Last week we took a look back at Major League Gaming Providence, the final event for North America’s largest e-sports circuit. This time, we’ll look at last week’s big event: Dreamhack Winter 2011. See ESFI World’s on-site coverage of the event here.
Read the rest of this entry »

Competitive Clicking: Starcraft II Tournament

click click click click build build build build build click click build build lose

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 the winner scoops $50,000, which is probably half of America’s forecast GDP for 2012. I don’t follow the competitive Starcraft community, but I believe the two fellows playing have what the kids call ‘beef’ with one another. Enjoy

Read the rest of this entry »

Red Versus Blue: Blizzard DOTA

Good God!

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 reality and you will indeed be able to play a DOTA-styled game, pitching Blizzard characters against each other, with no regard for lore or legacy. It is to be an officially released Starcraft 2 mod, although you won’t even need to buy Starcraft 2 to play it.

Read the rest of this entry »

Oh! And Also A Heart of the Swarm Trailer

I am going to hotkey so fast!
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 Kerrigan’s lust for revenge, as well as teasing a bunch of the stuff that’s going to happen (and the units that are going to appear) in the new campaign.
Read the rest of this entry »

Starcraft Universe PvP Test Playable Now

If only we could talk to the Protoss.
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 is now undergoing a beta test. You can find some more details here, and I’ve posted the developer diary video for it below.
Read the rest of this entry »

Of Games and Public Houses: Barcraft

This is not photoshopped
If you’d asked me three days ago, “how many bars in America do you think screen live games of Starcraft II?”, I would have said “none of them”. Then the Wall Street Journal ran a story about Starcraft II matches being shown in sports bars “across the country”. That makes it sound bigger than it is, like some sort of craze sweeping the nation. In reality, as the article later makes clear, there are “more than a dozen” bars screening live games. More than a dozen probably means thirteen but it’s still a lot more than “none of them”. I don’t think this sort of thing happens on these British Isles yet but it did make me think about the different ways we enjoy this grand old hobby.
Read the rest of this entry »

Blizzard DOTA In 2012 After Scrap & Reboot

I found this image on Dota Utilities, you know.

In the Great Battle Of The DOTAs, Eurogamer reports that Blizzard’s own version, made as a mod for Starcraft 2, won’t be with us until 2012 now. Because they scrapped the version now assumed to release near Heart of the Swarm, and started over. The version shown at last year’s BlizzCon is no more. The reboot will apparently aim to make the game more accessible to newcomers, which it’s hard to believe isn’t a reaction to Valve’s DOTA 2. There are lots more details in the EG story. So, two DOTAs due to arrive next year, from two of the most powerful developers in the world. Now, if only I liked DOTA games.

Starcraft II Demo Now “Starter Edition”


Blizzard have removed the Starcraft II demo from Battle.net, to replace it with a “Starter Edition” – a move which echoes World Of Warcraft’s free 20-level trial. The Starcraft II starter edition allows you try out a bunch of the single player game, and also the Terrans in custom games and single-player vs AI games. More details below.
Read the rest of this entry »

MLG’s StarCraft 2 Anaheim Tourney, Live

Major League Gaming’s latest pro-gaming tournament kicked off in Anaheim earlier today, and will be running all weekend. If you’re in Southern California, you should get yourself down to the Anaheim Convention Centre to see some of the world’s finest StarCraft II players go head to head. If you’re not local, you can watch the face-offs as they happen with the livestream below.
Read the rest of this entry »