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  • Blog Post: StarCraft II Now Free To Play (With Friends)

    Cheap gamers rejoice: With spawning now enabled, StarCraft II is free to play so long as one member of a party has purchased either Heart of the Swarm or Wings of Liberty. To play, download the StarCraft II Starter Edition. Once players have joined a team with a player who owns Wings of Liberty, they... 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: StarCraft II Gets Unlimited Trial In Place Of Demo

    When StarCraft II came out last year, it arrived with a small timed demo that gave potential players a small taste of the game. Now Blizzard has taken inspiration from what they already did with World of Warcraft , launching the StarCraft II Starter Edition. The StarCraft II Starter Edition gives any... More
  • Blog Post: Official StarCraft II Mods Released

    Thought you were done achievement hunting in StarCraft II? Think again – Blizzard has stamped the "released" label on three of its long-in-development mods for the game, and the nerd points contained therein are calling your name. Aiur Chef (pictured) is a competitive eight-player game... More
  • Blog Post: Blizzard Celebrates 20 Years By Playing StarCraft II At NASDAQ

    Blizzard is going all out for its 20th anniversary. First it posted a lengthy documentary about its history, and now the founders took over NASDAQ to play their own games. The picture above features Blizzard cofounders Frank Pearce and Mike Morhaime playing a game of StarCraft II at the NASDAQ Marketsite... More
  • Blog Post: Next StarCraft II "Very Unlikely" To Release In 2011

    Have you been hoping that Blizzard's follow up to StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty would release this year? Your little glimmering shard of hope is about to dim a bit, because Blizzard says that Heart of the Swarm is "very unlikely" to hit this year, but that they're working hard on it... 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: Fan-Made Kerrigan Statue Is Impressive, Terrifying

    You think StarCraft II's Queen of Blades is a terrifying force in-game? Check out this incredible fan-made statue to see just how imposing she can be in reality as well. Toyark user Sabretoothe created this stunning statue that is 18 inches tall and 12 inches across. Sabretoothe's two months... 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: You May Now Change Your StarCraft II Name

    Players who picked up StarCraft II at launch not realizing that they needed to come up with a character name may be regretting their initial, hasty name decision. I'm looking at you, FluffyPants69. Thankfully, Blizzard is now giving you a chance to fix this horrendous mistake. PC Gamer reports that... More
  • Blog Post: Blizzard Offers Four Custom Game Modes In StarCraft II

    At this week's BlizzCon, Blizzard announced four custom-created modes in StarCraft II using the game's editor. Here they are below: Left 2 Die: A twist on Valve's Left 4 Dead, this mode brings you zombies! Co-op is imperative for your survival during day and night cycles. Destroying the undead... More
  • Blog Post: Blizzard Suing StarCraft II Hackers

    With all the drama this past week over cheating in StarCraft II, it's no surprise that Blizzard is taking more steps toward fixing the problem than just some Battle.net bans. Blizzard has filed a lawsuit against three programmers who created and sold hacks for their popular real-time strategy game... More
  • Blog Post: Blizzard Responds To Single-Player StarCraft II Ban Allegations

    Earlier this week , I reported on allegations from a cheat-focused website that Blizzard was banning players who used hacks for StarCraft II in single-player modes. Blizzard has issued an official response to this story. The full statement follows below: "Blizzard Entertainment is not banning StarCraft... 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 Sales Break 3 Million Mark

    We already know StarCraft II is a popular game – having sold 1.5 million units in the 48 hours after its release. Activision provided another update today, adding that worldwide sales have passed the 3-million mark in the first month at retail. According to analysts , Activision Blizzard could... More
  • Blog Post: Analysts: StarCraft II Is Totally Going To Sell A Lot Of Copies

    What would we do without financial analysts to give us their estimates on just how insanely well hot new games are going to sell? In the latest round of shocking analyst predictions, a number of sales gurus are predicting that the just-released StarCraft II is going to be very, very successful. Coming... More
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