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I’m Making the Leap: Starcraft 2

Quick, someone tell me what vespane is!

Fun Fact: disabling P2P in the SC2 downloader can increase your download speeds more than 4x!

And with that, I come to terms with the fact that I just spent $65 on an RTS. That’s a big leap from the previous $0 I’d ever spent on the genre beforehand. But, the internet has spoken, and I have listened: Starcraft 2 is the game to be playing at the moment and I would be remiss not to join the fun.

I’m not a total newb at Starcraft, just mostly. I played a bit during the beta and my brother-in-law was nice enough to send me one of his 7-hour guest passes. During my tinkerings, I’ve stuck exclusively to the multiplayer. That’s where the longevity is and what it seems most people spend their time doing. It’s the same approach I take to multiplayer shooters: trial by fire. The problem comes with the fact that Starcraft isn’t a shooter. Also, I’ve about as new to RTS’s as they come having played less than an hour of the whole genre. Until beta, anyways. Now I’m up to maybe five.

So, I lost a lot. And badly. But, like I said, trial by fire.

Except, I’ve come to the conclusion that plowing in with my head lowered might just be a stupid idea. Couple that with Ferrel’s enthusiasm for the single-player campaign in this week’s Multiverse (incoming early next week), and you have the seedling of an idea that refused to stop itching at my brain since late last night: I should be playing the campaign.

I have a bad habit when it comes to idea-seeds. While the responsible part of me says “that’s an awful lot of money on a game you may not even like,” the other part of me brays something about watching as many YouTube videos as I can to prove how truly awesome and cash-worthy the game actually is. Seeing game journalists squee over how cool the campaign plays out is an added bonus. I do this often and it makes saying no trickier than before that seedling got planted.

So, fast forward to today. I bought the game. It’s downloading, albeit abysmally slow at first. Seriously, on a 10Mb/s connection, it was saying 15 hours. On a whim, I shut off the P2P and the timers dropped to two hours. Anyhow, this time I don’t plan on touching multiplayer until I get a good grasp of everything the Terran forces and dish out.

Not only that, I’m pretty excited to finally see how Blizzard does single-player. I played a tiny amount of Diablo, but it’s safe to say I’m pretty much a Blizzard virgin for this kind of thing. I’m very interested to see how Blizzard puts their expert polish on a whole different kind of game than what I’m used to.

Anyways, I should be in and playing tonight. I’d love to hear your thoughts on tips, tricks, etc. for getting into the game. I’ll admit, after seeing videos talking about Actions Per Minutes and showing jacked up Korean kids control the Zerg like it was their own personal zit army, I’m feeling exceptionally wet behind the ears.

Any info for the Starcraft bumpkin or thoughts on the campaign experience? Please share because I’m eager to hear.


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  1. Maxivik

    liquipedia.net and the team liquid forums for all your multiplayer needs. Also the single player is fantastic, as well as the challenge mission.

    1. Chris

      Awesome wiki, Jono. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Kromus

    Gotta admit- it’s a fun game but at the moment I’m saving money and Starcraft II was the game I had to not buy. Still a great game just, you know how it is 😛

    1. Chris

      Absolutely. I used to actually be pretty bad with spending money on games, but I’ve gotten better lately. This was the first game I bought outright in a couple months! The opening cinematic is phenomenal. From someone who knew nothing about the IP, it left me saying “hell yes.” Good stuff, for sure.

      Did I mention that this was the first game in years I’ve considered getting a strategy guide for? With Maxivik’s link above, though, I might not have to 🙂

  3. KalibreOnline -Games, Life and Ent

    Hey Chris I am playing too. Want to be RealID buddies?

  4. Salsero

    I’ve played other RTS games, but SC2 is the first one I’m getting into multiplayer on. It’s really easy to give up after getting rushed and losing umpteen times, but that is really a phase that it is possible to get past.

    Play the challenge missions, they help you learn the strengths and weaknesses of units more than playing single player does.

    Learn your hotkeys and work on a build that you like. The one I currently like for Terran is: scv, scv, scv, depot, scv, scv, barracks, scv, scv, refinery, scv, orbital command, marine, marine, depot, bunker…and on from there. You should learn to do your build with no dead time, no time where your command center is not producing anything. The RT in RTS simply makes this a requirement for holding your own; but it’s not that hard to get the hang of it.

    Watch Day9’s commentaries at http://www.day9tv.blip.tv/. He’s entertaining and not just for ‘pros’.

    gl and hf!
    SC2 name: Guppie

  5. Salsero

    …and by all means play the campaign. It’s a ton of fun!

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