StarCraft

PC / Strategy / Release: Apr 1, 1998 / ESRB: T

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StarCraft classic soundtrack coming to SC2

StarCraft classic soundtrack coming to SC2

For anyone who played a lot of StarCraft (or watched it played professionally), the RTS's soundtrack is a permanent fixture in their head, seared into ear canals like spiral soundwaves on a record and played by your fingernail every time you root around in there. Delightfully, Blizzard has remastered the hot tracks, and will add them into StarCraft II with patch 2.1.

Read more: Hear only SC, or SC2, or a mix of the two »

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Celebrate StarCraft's 15th birthday with retro portraits for SC2

Celebrate StarCraft's 15th birthday with retro portraits for SC2

StarCraft turns 15 today and, to celebrate the big day, Blizzard will hand out special retro portraits to StarCraft II players. The faces from the original game's box art, once so fearsome and stunningly realistic but now a bit goofy and so plainly CG, can grace your SC profile if you play at least one online game in the next few weeks.

Read more: Available up until April 17 »

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Blizzard servers hacked, some personal info compromised

Blizzard servers hacked, some personal info compromised

Perhaps it's been too long since you've reset your password in a mad attempt to secure your privacy? Blizzard has announced that they have discovered "unauthorized and illegal access into our internal network."

In a statement, the company says that there's "no evidence" that any financial information, including credit cards, billing address, and real names, has been compromised. Blizzard notes that their investigation is ongoing, "but so far nothing suggests that these pieces of information have been accessed."

Read more: Time to change your passwords, folks »

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Google tips hat to StarCraft with 'Zerg Rush'

Google tips hat to StarCraft with 'Zerg Rush'

Because everyone needs a little levity on a Friday, Google has produced a bit of zany fun for PC gamers. The search giant has paid tribute to one piece of StarCraft strategy that even non-players probably know by now: the infamous zerg rush.

Read more: The brood attacks »

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WoW Monopoly, StarCraft RISK announced at Toy Fair

WoW Monopoly, StarCraft RISK announced at Toy Fair

If you've been in the board game section of a department store in the last few years, you've probably noticed that Hasbro has made a wide variety of Monopoly and RISK variants with franchise tie-ins. Now World of Warcraft and StarCraft are joining the line-up, with their own themed board games.

Read more: Prices and launch windows »

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Blizzard documentary celebrates 20-year history

Blizzard documentary celebrates 20-year history

As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, much-loved developer Blizzard Entertainment has released a lengthy retrospective documentary delving into, and retelling, its history.

The 48-minute video spans from Blizzard's beginnings as Silicon & Synapse, formed in 1991 by a handful of UCLA graduates, through to the present day, when it's known and loved for series including StarCraft, Diablo and Warcraft. Heaps of Blizzard luminaries appear, offering opinions and anecdotes about the company whose games we so adore. Read more »

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Shack PSA: Bargain Blizzard Battle Chests

There's now even less of an excuse for not owning Diablo 2, StarCraft or Warcraft III as Amazon is today offering 50% off the Battle Chest editions of Blizzard's classics.

$10 nets you the StarCraft Battle Chest, containing Blizzard's absolutely essential real-time strategy and its expansion pack Brood War, plus strategy guides for both. Read more »

"I never owned Warcraft 3 and considering how much I play WoW I figure I owe it to myself to buy ..."
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StarCraft Class Opens at UC Berkeley

Related Topics – StarCraft, Sky Odyssey, PC

A college class based entirely around Blizzard's real-time strategy game StarCraft has opened at UC Berkeley, according to a course listing found by StarCraft Wire.

The class will begin with a lecture on topics "from the viewpoint of pure theory to the more computational aspects of how exactly battles are conducted." Following the lecture, replays of students' battles will be "analyzed," and "homework" will be assigned. Required materials include a copy of StarCraft: Brood War and an "open mind." Read more »

"All of you laughing at this forget that it is the underlying strategy aspects of RTS games that ..."
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StarCraft Patch 1.161 Released

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A new patch for Blizzard's nearly 11-year-old RTS StarCraft is now available on FileShack in both regular StarCraft and Brood War expansion form.

The 1.161 update resolves a bug that was introduced with the last patch, speeds up palette cycling and adds the option to enable CPU throttling at your own discretion. Read more »

"hmmm... Did Blizzard run out of starcraft 2 and diablo 3 screenshots to showcase this week?"
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StarCraft Patch 1.16 Released

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Ten years later, Blizzard is still releasing patches for StarCraft.

Today's update, now available at FileShack, comes in two flavors: one for those with plain old StarCraft and one for those with the Brood War expansion.

Patch 1.16 brings some CPU optimizations--the game "now only uses as much CPU as it needs to run smoothly." In-game chat but not whispers is now saved in the replays. There's also a few bug fixes and the removal of numerous exploits. Sorry Terrans, no more drop-anywhere nukes. Don't worry, the Zerg lost some exploits too. Read more »

"Does anyone have issues with trying to play sc with more than 3 people in a regular game. Me and ..."
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Blizzard Bans 350,000 Cheaters from Battle.net

Related Topics – StarCraft, Sky Odyssey, Diablo 2, Blizzard, PC

Blizzard may be one of the luckiest game companies in the industry, considering its ten-year-old game StarCraft is still in the sales charts. But with that success comes

responsibility, and Blizzard has exhibited just that by removing 350,000 hackers from its online service Battle.net--or, in Internet lingo, they've dropped the banhammer. Read more »

"I noticed! I just logged onto D2 this morning, to get my necro fix, and I was like, where the ..."
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StarCraft Patch 1.15.3 Issued

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Blizzard has released new StarCraft patches, updating the original game and Brood War expansion pack to version 1.15.3.The new update takes care of a communication bug affecting third party leagues, and pressing Alt-F6 will no longer cause the game to stall under Windows.

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"how about some new features like arranged teams, one on one matchmaking IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ..."
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