Showing posts with label StarCraft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label StarCraft. Show all posts

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Blizzard celebrates 20th anniversary of StarCraft

March 31, 2018 will mark for the 20 year anniversary for Blizzard Entertainment's sci-fi real-time strategy game StarCraft. The game originally came out on March 31, 1998 for PC and spawned a successful series of games that ran on Mac as well. Now, this occasion causes for celebration and Blizzard decides to rejoice this anniversary with a bunch of in-game giveaways like skins and rewards for their other fan-favorite titles.

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Blizzard celebrates 20th anniversary of StarCraft

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To celebrate this grand achievement of StarCraft, Blizzard has picked up Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, StarCraft II, Starcraft: Remastered and World of Warcraft for players to earn these exciting rewards in-game.



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Instead of the end of the month, Blizzard decides to spread the joy of their accomplishment for the entire month of March and some of the reward items are for you to claim just by logging into the game. Following are the free rewards waiting for you to take in-game within the respected titles.

  • Diablo III: Dominion’s Revenge is a terrifying Battlecruiser-themed Pet that you can receive by logging into the third installment of the popular action RPG title after March 6.

  • Hearthstone: You have to play a StarCraft-inspired Tavern Brawl game to get three Kobolds & Catacombs pack rewards anytime from March 21 to 25.

  • Heroes of the Storm: From March 27 to April 7, get the 20th Anniversary Portraits for Protoss, Terran and Zerg species in exchange for a single log in.

  • Overwatch: To get the Sarah Kerrigan Ghost Skin for the defense hero Widowmaker, just log in to the team-based shooter game between March 6 and April 3. This skin of Sarah Kerrigan is akin to her Nova skin and themed on the character before the time when she turned into the Queen of Blades.

  • StarCraft II: Onwards from March 6, log on to the original sequel of StarCraft and get a special UI Skin for each playable race. Then within March 6 to April 3 logging into the game once again will get you a Portrait and Decal.

  • Starcraft: Remastered: A memorial 20th Anniversary UI Skin as a tribute is just waiting for you to claim by simply logging into the game.

  • World of Warcraft: This multiplayer online role-playing title grants you the “Salute to StarCraft” Feat of Strength for saluting any one of the StarCraft-themed pets among Baneling, Grunty, Mini Thor, Zeradar or Zergling within March 31 to April 6.

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Sarah Kerrigan Ghost Skin for Widowmaker

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Aside from the in-game cosmetic item giveaways, the developer plans to host anniversary StarCraft stream of Twitch personalities, which will run from March 30 to 31. Also, on March 31, the very date of StarCraft's original release, Blizzard is going to release a video titled StarCraft is Life: A Celebration on YouTube, featuring the biggest fans of the game sharing their experience with the game for the last two decades.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

StarCraft: Scavengers Comics in Development

Other than spawning a series of great sequels and expansion packs, Blizzard Entertainment's real-time strategy game franchise of StarCraft is quite adept when it comes to produce more and more tie-in comic-books for the enthusiastically curious fan-base of theirs. Following that trail, the developers have banded with publisher Dark Horse Comics to announce their upcoming limited series StarCraft: Scavengers.

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StarCraft: Scavengers Comics in Development

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Spanned for only four issues, the series is plotted out by writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Faith) and artist Gabriel Guzmán (Mass Effect: Discovery, Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows) lend his illustration skills to create this story. The book will focus on a band of Terran scavenger group on a risky mission to salvage invaluable tech from an abandoned Protoss ship within a certain time and the experience is something like they never had.

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The official synopsis of the StarCraft: Scavengers comic series is as follows:

"In StarCraft: Scavengers, a group of terrans hopes to pull off the job of their lifetimes: pillaging a derelict protoss ship in a decaying orbit above an uninhabited planet. The scavengers’ dangerous mission is seen from the point of view of a young, inexperienced engineer. The team must scavenge the ship’s priceless tech before it burns up in the planet’s atmosphere, but can they beat the clock and avoid being busted by Dominion police forces?"
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With the release of the previous games and comic-books published by Blizzard, we already have seen a lot before and hopefully there are more depth to the core plot than the summary reveals at this stage. Whatever mysteries are going to unfold at the end of this chapter, that might have some long-lasting effect on the franchise and maybe the story will herald a tease for any potential game sequel as well. StarCraft III will not be a bad idea if that is what Blizzard is secretly cooking but we can be wrong too.

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The first issue of the series will come out on July 25, 2018 and very soon it will be available for pre-order. Blizzard Entertainment has previously released StarCraft: Revelations and StarCraft: Hybrid limited series comic-books. Publishers like DC Comics and Wildstorm were later involved in the series of graphic novels based on StarCraft. There was also a digital comic series focused on StarCraft II’s War Chest program.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Blizzard Offers StarCraft For Free

It all started with a patch that was seen on Blizzard's FTP site but never made it live. Another version; patch 1.18 arrived after a while for the first time in the last eight years. Then, Blizzard Entertainment has finally unleashed the original StarCraft, for FREE. Now, anyone can enjoy the opportunity of playing the military science fiction real-time strategy video game on both Windows and Mac. You can now get your free game on the game’s official site easily. In addition, the game comes with loads of new updates which make the game quite easy to play.

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Later this summer, the free version will be out to play ahead of a Remastered version of the prototype of the original StarCraft. The Starcraft Remastered comes with full, interesting, cleaner graphics that will blow your mind. Another interesting fact is that players that has the original game and those with the upcoming Remastered edition will be lavished with the opportunity of playing each other in online multiplayer, thus, whether you wait for the 4k graphics or the old visuals, you don’t really have anything to lose. You will still enjoy the game regardless.

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StarCraft Is Completely Free Now!

For those who are still scratching the back of their head, we think a brief sketch on the game's background is due here.

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Upon the games official release in 1998, StarCraft was bombarded with many critical acclaims, even calling it one of the best of all time. However, it remains indisputable that the game’s success could not at any time be predicted. The game later almost became a national sport in South Korea. Also, many TV channels, professional team of gamers gotten enveloped around the game. Whereas the game was just a PC bangs (as it was locally called) when the game gained its popularity.

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The new patch 1.18 is available on Windows 7, 10 and 8.1. This update also makes it compatible and playable on Mac Beta 10.11. Not just that anyway, the game has also updated its technicality as to how a modern gamer will expect it to be. You can now toggle full-screen windows mode and get the ultimate feature of an improved anti-cheat.