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  • Blog Post: PSA: You Can Play Two Of StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void's Modes For Free

    Years ago, Blizzard announced that they were releasing a free version of StarCraft II called the "Starter Edition" . While it doesn't get much attention, this free version of StarCraft II has been updated for the recent release of the final expansion called Legacy of the Void . Right now... More
  • Blog Post: StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void To Get Free Three-Mission Prologue Series Whispers of Oblivion

    Blizzard has announced a three mission prologue series that will bridge the gap between two StarCraft II expansions. The missions, called Whispers of Oblivion, will fill in story details between Heart of the Swarm and the upcoming Legacy of the Void expansion pack. The prologue series also marks the... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 3/1/13

    The first of March transitions quickly to the weekend, and there will be plenty of gaming going on. One editor is playing Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, while others are going back to games they haven't enjoyed in a while. Kayla Herrera : After writing my feature on Alice: Madness Returns... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 02/15/13

    The weather in Minnesota is still chilling to the bone, so there will be a lot of gaming going on this weekend. Someone promises to finally continue Far Cry 3, while others will visit the frights of Dead Space 3 – as well as the frighteningly horrible Aliens: Colonial Marines. Ben Hanson : This... More
  • Blog Post: Blizzard Considering Making StarCraft II's Multiplayer Free To Play

    When responding to a question from an attendee at a Valencia eSports panel, Dustin Browder, the lead designer of StarCraft II, said that free to play was on the table for StarCraft II's multiplayer. To quote Browder, he said Blizzard is "looking" at free to play as an option. It certainly... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 7/27/12

    We here at GI are honoring the opening of the 2012 Olympics with our own individual gamer Olympics. Josh Straub : In addition to going to see The Dark Knight Rises I will also be revisiting some of last year's greatest hits: Star Fox 64 3D, Twisted Metal, and Uncharted 3. Oh and I'll also be... More
  • Blog Post: MLG's Pro Circuit Sets eSports Record

    The 3-day broadcast of the Major League Gaming Spring Championship last weekend boasted 437,000 peak concurrent online viewers and more than 4.7 million unique online viewers, breaking the record for the largest North American eSports event. More than 20,000 people also showed up in-person to watch as... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 6/1/12

    We've all begun the quick descent into the madness that is E3 , and most of us will be attempting to deal with it this weekend by either pretending we're relaxing or by cramming in a bunch of our favorite games. Jeff Cork : E3 is around the corner, which means I won’t be playing many games... More
  • Blog Post: Blizzard Co-Founder: We Failed With The StarCraft Marketplace

    Speaking candidly at the Blizzard press conference at Gamescom today, company co-founder Frank Pearce was open about one area in which he thinks the successful developer has unequivocally failed: the planned StarCraft marketplace. Pearce was asked by an audience member to address ways in which the triple... More
  • Blog Post: Blizzard Has World Of StarCraft Videos Pulled From YouTube

    Remember that awesome-looking World of StarCraft mod for StarCraft II that I posted about just yesterday ? In a somewhat surprising move from Blizzard, the videos showing it off have been pulled from YouTube. According to a post on the project's forums, Blizzard issued copyright infringement complaints... More
  • Blog Post: World Of StarCraft Exists! Sort Of!

    With World of Warcraft's humongous and long-lasting success, have you ever wondered why Blizzard hasn't yet attempted to make an MMO out of their other craft-based franchise? Well, apparently a group of talented fans is beating them to the punch in this amazing-looking StarCraft II mod. The video... More
  • Blog Post: Is This The Ending To StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm?

    I'm gonna go ahead and give this story a healthy SPOILER WARNING tag before you even click on it. How potentially SPOILER -filled is this video? So much so that I actually refuse to watch it. So here's the deal: This week, some Internet sleuths discovered a video as part of a publicity reel for... More
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: Is This Blizzard's Release Schedule For The Next Four Years?

    UPDATE: Blizzard has provided the following response to the supposed leak: "As always, we appreciate the interest in Blizzard’s current and upcoming games, but we don’t comment on rumors or speculation and we don’t have any new announcements to make. Right now we’re fully... More
  • Blog Post: StarCraft II Pirated 2.3 Million Times

    With at least three million copies sold as of last count , StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is doing just fine for itself, but that doesn't mean pirates aren't getting the game the old-fashioned, illegal way. According to TorrentFreak , a BitTorrent enthusiast site, StarCraft II has been illicitly... More
  • Blog Post: First Look At StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm Includes Awesome Bunker/Zerg Hybrid

    Hopefully you caught some of my Blizzcon 2010 coverage from this weekend, but here's something I missed: During the StarCraft II art panel, Blizzard revealed the first concept art and first new in-game unit from the upcoming Heart of the Swarm expansion. Check out the video below for all of the art... More
  • Blog Post: NPD: PC Game Sales May Grow This Year Thanks to StarCraft, WOW, Civ V

    A few weeks ago , the NPD Group released a study stating that in the first half of 2010 digital sales of PC games were higher than physical sales. Those numbers were clarified a little bit today during a GDC Online panel. Digital distribution may not be the overwhelming winner that it at first appeared... More
  • Blog Post: Over 5,000 StarCraft II Players Banned

    Last month, Blizzard made a promise to eliminate cheaters from StarCraft II through banning when necessary. Today, we see that policy in action, as the developer has issued bans to over 5,000 StarCraft II players who were using cheats or hacks of some sort. A post on the official StarCraft II website... More
  • Blog Post: StarCraft II Wasn't Originally Planned As A Trilogy

    In my recent interview with StarCraft II lead designer Dustin Browder, one topic that inevitably had to come up was the decision to split StarCraft II's single-player campaign into three separate releases. Though Wings of Liberty, the Terran-focused first campaign, had plenty of content, I asked... More
  • Blog Post: Why Blizzard Didn't Change StarCraft II Multiplayer

    Last week I had a chance to speak with Blizzard lead designer Dustin Browder about the process behind creating StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. During our discussion of the game's multiplayer, I felt like I had to ask him to address one of the few complaints I've heard about the game -- that the... More
  • Blog Post: StarCraft II Locking Out Some Gamers Due To Bug, Not Policy Change

    A minor furor has erupted online in the last few days over some gamers being unable to play StarCraft II in offline mode even after authenticating their game with Blizzard's Battle.net service. Blizzard has always said that players should be able to get a 30-day "grace period" in which... More
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