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Posted 07 May 2009 - 11:35 PM

StarCraftWire.net has released several new StarCraft II updates. Blizzard Entertainment has asked those interested in beta testing the upcoming return to the sci-fi RTS franchise to download a program to take a snapshot of their computer specs. The company also announced that those who still have an unused Wrath of the Lich King beta key will be able to use the key on the StarCraft II beta. FInally, Blizzard has released some new screenshots of the Zerg queen and a new interview with lead producer Chris Sigaty.

Q. What aspects of the game will be available for testing in this beta?
A. As with previous betas for our real-time strategy games, the StarCraft II beta test will be multiplayer only, and players will have access to all three races -- terrans, protoss, and zerg -- and all of their units. We’ll include a selection of multiplayer maps, but they won’t necessarily include all of the maps that will be in the final version of the game. We’re making some great progress on the single-player campaign, but we don’t plan to do a public beta since we want to keep the story under wraps until the game’s out.

Q. Will we be able to try the new Battle.net during this beta?
A. You’ll be connecting to and playing on the new Battle.net in the StarCraft II beta, and you’ll definitely have a chance to play around with a few of the new features -- but what you’ll see in the beta is really only a taste of what’s to come.

Q. What updates and changes have you made to the game recently?
A. We’re constantly tweaking the gameplay and balance, and we will be all throughout the beta process, but perhaps the most visible changes have been made to the zerg. Our art team has done a polishing and iteration pass on many of the zerg unit models and structures, so players can look forward to seeing a lot more detail there. Compared to the versions you’ve seen before, the zerg units and bases now look a lot slimier and more sinister.
We’re also really looking forward to seeing testers try out the new gameplay mechanics we’ve introduced to each race, like the proton charge for the protoss and the MULE for the terrans that allow them to harvest minerals faster. The zerg also have a spawn larvae ability that gives them a new way to expand their production. We’re hoping these abilities increase the strategic tension for players and force some tough tactical decisions when managing economies and micromanaging battles.
Check out all the new information at the links listed below.
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Posted 08 May 2009 - 12:10 AM

And thusly the threat of the Korean War heating up has been again delayed another 10-20 years.









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Posted 11 May 2009 - 05:21 AM

Eh?

I do not really understand.

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 08:37 AM

View PostThe Liberator, on May 11th 2009, 07:21 AM, said:

Eh?

I do not really understand.

Liberator.

Hint: in what country is Starcraft a big deal?

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 12:44 PM

Pottsylvania?
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 01:41 PM

No.  ::puts dunce cap on tBC::

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 03:53 PM

Yeah, I know that, but does it mean because StarCraft II is coming the Koreans will be occupied for the decade or so, and that is why the Korean War will not happen?

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 04:47 PM

View PostEric5h5, on May 11th 2009, 08:41 PM, said:

No.  ::puts dunce cap on tBC::

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Wow... Bad move...
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 05:13 PM

View Postteflon, on May 11th 2009, 06:47 PM, said:

Wow... Bad move...

::removes dunce cap from tBC and puts it on teflon::

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P.S. Very good, Liberator!

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 06:41 PM

View Postteflon, on May 11th 2009, 03:47 PM, said:

Wow... Bad move...


View PostEric5h5, on May 11th 2009, 04:13 PM, said:

::removes dunce cap from tBC and puts it on teflon::
Wow... Bad move... Not half an hour earlier I just put teflon in charge of handling your forum account and he's liable to go monkey popsnizzle on you.  You need to put it on some sort of helpless peon, someone who can't slap the dunce cap out of your hands and stuff you into it adenoids first.
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 07:04 PM

::puts dunce cap back on tBC::

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 08:00 AM

Wow... Bad move... teflon is my friend.  Looks like he seriously borked your account!
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Posted 12 May 2009 - 10:36 AM

Haha! Eric the Dunce Wad! (Good thing I'm no dunce wad either.)
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Posted 12 May 2009 - 11:04 AM

::welds dunce cap to tBC's head::

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 01:18 PM

View PostEric5h5, on May 12th 2009, 10:04 AM, said:

::welds dunce cap to tBC's head::

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Wow... Bad move... teflon seems to have taken exception to that!  Best not anger him further, he's British you know, and he still has a grudge against you yanks for that whole "revolution" thing.
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Posted 12 May 2009 - 01:29 PM

View Postthe Battle Cat, on May 12th 2009, 03:18 PM, said:

you yanks

:huh: You're a Yank too.  ::welds another dunce cap to the dunce cap already welded to tBC's head::  Also, stop hiding behind teflon's skirts.  I know Liberator is the one who's really behind this.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 01:41 PM

View PostEric teh Dunce, on May 12th 2009, 12:29 PM, said:

:huh: You're a Yank too.  ::welds another dunce cap to the dunce cap already welded to tBC's head::  Also, stop hiding behind teflon's skirts.  I know Liberator is the one who's really behind this.

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I've been expatriated for crimes against humanity... coincidentally just moments before my post.  So yeah, "you Yanks".  I'm an Aussie now, which apparently is a good thing considering who must really be pulling the strings on your account.  Be nice to him Liberator, he's not quite right in the head.

PS: teflon wears skirts?
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Posted 12 May 2009 - 01:44 PM

What? Are we killin' them Yankees in here?

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 01:54 PM

This is all Liberator's fault.  If he'd just understood about Koreans and Starcraft right away, Frost wouldn't be out taking pot-shots at Yankees right now, and tBC wouldn't be pressing random buttons on the admin control panel while cackling maniacally and accusing teflon of cross-dressing.  I'd give him a dunce cap too, but tBC has them all.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 02:37 PM

View PostEric teh Dunce, on May 12th 2009, 02:54 PM, said:

accusing teflon of cross-dressing


So what? Maybe crossdressing is fun! We should all go to Victoria's Secret and try on some bras sometime guys!
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