SC2 Week

Tips from a StarCraft II pro - Taylor “Painuser” Parsons

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Myth: StarCraft 2 isn’t a merely a pile of entertainment, but the world’s most reliable system through which alien bullies steal your lunch money. Truth: StarCraft 2 is one of the most nuanced games on the PC today, and enjoying multiplayer can rely on knowledge that doesn’t come intuitively.

At the completion of StarCraft Week here at PC Gamer, we want to leave you with some practical pro tips to improve your game. For that purpose, we summoned Taylor “Painuser” Parsons, one of the top Terran players in North America. Above that, he’s only been playing StarCraft since 2006--and he was a first-person shooter player before he took up the RTS. My favorite insight from our chat: "Learn to revel in losing."


Game-bending StarCraft II mods and custom maps

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StarCraft has become synonymous with the hardcore, competitive gamers that populate a majority of the game’s coverage. And while this aspect of the game steals the limelight, what people often neglect are the droves of fun, free custom maps available.

Thanks to the extremely flexible Galaxy Map Editor, map modders have already put together not only some impressive custom maps, but also some mods that completely change the way that StarCraft II plays. Terran Tetris, anyone?


SC2 Week: Meet the Zergling

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There are 48 units in StarCraft 2. Through next Friday, we’re highlighting seven of our favorite pieces of sci-fi military equipment in Blizzard’s follow-up. Third in our series is the penny of the hive mind, the Zergling.


Five over-the-top Korean StarCraft videos

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Sometimes it's hard to comprehend just how much Koreans love StarCraft until you see it in action. That's why we're going to take a look at some of the best YouTube videos that have come out of the Korean StarCraft craze so far. Get read to laugh, cry, and be just plain confused.


Korea Day: Eat like a champion

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If you want to play like a champion, you need to eat like a champion. That's why we've turned to our ever-loyal, longtime Korean ally and former intern Andy Salisbury to share his generations-old Korean cooking secrets with us. These are family recipes refined by his great-grandmother and passed down from generation to generation since then. If there's a more authentic way to learn the secrets of the food that fuels the most advanced StarCraft-playing civilization, I haven't heard of it. So read on, grab a shovel and get ready to bury some cabbage in your backyard!


Korea Day: The StarCraft professionals

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Remember those TV shows that tell you to not try this at home because the people you see on the screen are professionals? Yeah, that same rule applies to pretty much everything in this post. When a country is as passionate about StarCraft as Korea is, you better believe that their top players are going to have money thrown at them and hot Korean ladies fainting in their wake. These guys are total videogame-playing badasses and they know it.


Annyeong! It's Korea Day!

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Nobody loves StarCraft more than South Korea does. That's a simple fact of life that should be taught in schools alongside arithmetic and how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. While most nations revere movie stars, athletes and deities, South Korea efficiently turns their best StarCraft players into all three and worships them like the button-mashing wizards they are.

Today is about honoring the fine people of South Korea, who love this game with a fiery passion and are probably freaking out right now because the release of StarCraft II is less than 48 hours away. So grab some kimchi, pull out your Korean-English dictionary and get ready to learn a thing or two about the most extreme StarCraft II fans in the world!


How other countries (probably) play StarCraft II

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Blizzard’s seemingly forgotten fan base of RTS gamers hasn't had a fresh title since 2002's Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. And now that their time to shine has come once more, there will undoubtedly be a unique experience in each part of the globe. But just how will players around the world honor their heritage and play StarCraft II at the same time? I've got a few ideas.


StarCraft II around the globe - now with black blood!

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Next week those of us living in the United States and the United Kingdom will finally get our hands on the retail version of StarCraft II. Included in this version will be cigars, blood and the occasional curse word, but folks from other countries won't be getting that same, authentic experience.


Giveaway: Steelseries StarCraft II Action Pack!

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PC Gamer is pleased as punch to announce that as part of our Week of Starcraft, we're going to be giving away awesome StarCraft II Action Packs from SteelSeries all week long! The action pack includes the StarCraft II-themed Zboard and the looks-tough-feels-soft Terran Marine mousepad.


SC2 Week: Meet the Carrier

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There are 48 units in StarCraft 2. Through next Friday, we’re highlighting seven of our favorite pieces of sci-fi military equipment in Blizzard’s follow-up. First up: the Carrier.


SC2 Week: Top 10 games of 2010 feature

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As part of our ongoing celebration of all things StarCraft, we're hosting a Starcraft smörgåsbord, with a different theme for each of the days leading up to and the week following SC2's release. This article is a part of the "Everything We Know About StarCraft Day", the first of the bunch, and marked the third time in a row that SC2 weaseled it's way into our annual "best games of the upcoming year" feature. Third try's the charm though, and we know that Wings of Liberty can't go for four years in a row...right, Blizzard?

SC2 Week: 3-part campaign announced

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As part of our ongoing celebration of all things StarCraft, we're hosting a Starcraft smörgåsbord, with a different theme for each of the days leading up to and the week following SC2's release. This article is a part of the "Everything We Know About StarCraft Day", the first of the bunch, and is an online release of Dan Stapleton's reaction to the announcement that the SC2 campaign would be coming in three parts.

SC2 Week: Superweapon strategy

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As part of our ongoing celebration of all things StarCraft, we're hosting a Starcraft smörgåsbord, with a different theme for each of the days leading up to and the week following SC2's release. This article is a part of the "Everything We Know About StarCraft Day", the first of the bunch, and is an online release of Dan Stapleton's musings on superweapons, including SC2's nuke, from the October 2008 issue's Strategy column.