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StarCraft Is Now Free, Nearly 20 Years After Its Release (techcrunch.com) 239

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Nearly two decades after its 1998 release, StarCraft is now free. Legally! Blizzard has just released the original game -- plus the Brood War expansion -- for free for both PC and Mac. You can find it here. Up until a few weeks ago, getting the game with its expansion would've cost $10-15 bucks. The company says they've also used this opportunity to improve the game's anti-cheat system, add "improved compatibility" with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, and fix a few long lasting bugs. So why now? The company is about to release a remastered version of the game in just a few months, its graphics/audio overhauled for modern systems. Once that version hits, the original will probably look a bit ancient by comparison -- so they might as well use it to win over a few new fans, right?
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StarCraft Is Now Free, Nearly 20 Years After Its Release

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  • 20 years? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Snotnose ( 212196 ) on Tuesday April 18, 2017 @06:22PM (#54260239)
    Seems like yesterday the wife was bitching and moaning about how much time I spent playing that game. I'm getting old, fast.
    • by antdude ( 79039 )

      And then she will be doing them again soon. ;)

    • Seems like yesterday the wife was bitching and moaning about how much time I spent playing that game. I'm getting old, fast.

      It seems you're also getting Alzheimer's.

  • I have the original SC for Mac and it's an OS9 PPC program and doesn't run on OS X (anymore, they did away with Classic mode after 10.4).

    I'd love to see them make an emulator or compilation for Intel OS X.

    • If you want an emulator, why not just emulate the windows version? What's the difference?

    • I'd love to see them make an emulator or compilation for Intel OS X.

      $ file /Applications/Games/StarCraft/StarCraft.app/Contents/MacOS/StarCraft
      /Applications/Games/StarCraft/StarCraft.app/Contents/MacOS/StarCraft: Mach-O executable i386

      Seems you got your wish.

      Yaz

    • Yes, it is for both PC and MAC. https://starcraft.com/en-us/ar... [starcraft.com] There is a download link there.
    • I have the original SC for Mac and it's an OS9 PPC program and doesn't run on OS X (anymore, they did away with Classic mode after 10.4).

      10.6 I believe. I keep my first Intel Mac around running that just so I can play, er, run old PowerPC software (Like SMACX).

  • Seriously I have never even played it. It came out after I had already reached peak gaming in my lifetime.

    I'm installing it now and will soon see what all the fuss is about.

    I feel like this guy [xkcd.com] except I'm on a nearly 20 year lag.

    I suppose I'll get around to Half Life 2 by the time I start drawing Social Security

    • Too little strategy, too much fast clicking. Each race has one or two strategies which actually work and you follow them and whoever is fastest with a mouse wins. But some people seem to need more stress in their lives.

      • It's still fun for the first few hours until you discover those problems, though.

        Or at least, it was at the time. Perhaps that's nostalgia and it won't actually hold up against today's gaming standards.

        On the other hand, if I recall correctly it wasn't an ad-filled, pay-to-play, Internet connection required, DLC-laden product whose primary design consideration was how to squeeze every last cent out of your bank account by careful tuning to human addictive tendencies.

    • by Quirkz ( 1206400 )

      Hope you have fun. I never played online or in matches with people, just went through the single-player campaign, and I enjoyed that thoroughly. I'm just realizing it's been more than a decade since I last played, so now might be a good time to give it another shot.

    • I'm that guy.

      I have to work for a living and I game on Linux. By the time a Linux port comes out and I actually have time to play it....

      Yep, I beat Portal for the first time about October of last year.

  • Starcraft gave me my first taste of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Every day 8 hours CAD, 10 hours Starcraft. Hurt like a bitch after a few months. I had to give up the Starcraft for about 3 months and mouse left handed at work.

  • I'll wait for the Linux port. ;)

  • The PC link is broken - it only leads to a Windows .exe file, so it won't run on my PC. Yeah, alright, I'm trying to be unreasonable here, but it would be nice if at least those who are supposedly in the know (one would hope this includes the editors of /.) when it comes to computers and technology, would stop equating PC (=the hardware platform) with Windows (the OS, for lack of a better word), since there are things out there that definitely are PCs which do not run Windows.

  • Will I require more vespene gas?
    Have I enough minerals?
    Must I construct additional pylons?
    And what about supply depots, are additional supply depots required?
  • After Blizzard attacked the bnetd developers, I swore I would never buy, or even play, another Blizzard game. At that point, Blizzard became an evil company.

    That still stands.

    I won't even entertain the notion of putting one byte of Blizzard code on my system.

  • What about local LAN play? Blizzard ruined the entire franchise for me when they took away local play options.

    I realize it's hard for a lot of people to imagine now-a-days, especially Blizzard management, but there are in fact several scenarios where not having to route through the internet is beneficial, if not a requirement.

  • I tried installing it twice after following the recommendations on the forums and all I get is:

    "This application encountered an unexpected error" with a mysterious error code.

    Reading through the mysterious failures to work and the various things that patch 1.18 breaks on the forum is depressing.

  • The new graphics aren't making the original look "ancient by comparison." It looks a little better, but it's really not a huge difference. There's a Blizzard trailer with comparisons.

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