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[SC] Beware the disconnect.

Posted: August 8, 2010 in SC2

I just lost an hour of my life…. argh.

I shut my laptop mid-mission and dropped my internet connection apparently.  SC2 didn’t bark at me, so I figured it had re-authenticated to Battle.net and I was good to go.  Finished my mission and zippo for the achievements, even though I clearly met all the requirements.

Don’t do this, peeps!  It was that last Zeratule mission where you gotta wipe 1500 enemies… QQ!

Oh well….next time…

[Edit]  Actually, no.  I can’t freakin’ do that mission again.  I click the crystal and it just gives me the text.  What the hell.  Do I get a chance to do these again?  We’ll find out.

[SC2] Twelve Years For an Expansion?

Posted: August 5, 2010 in SC2

Let’s not start things off on a negative note.  I’ve been playing SC2 since release as much as possible.  Balancing with my other endeavors, including WAR, Torchlight, and Plants vs Zombies (I’m an achievement whore, what can I say), has been… tricky.  As such, I’ve only managed to hit a dozen or so missions from the campaign.  That said, this really feels more like an expansion pack, than a new game.

The engine is new, and it looks great.  The missions are innovative and compelling (for the most part).  The actual core of the game…. hasn’t changed a bit.  While some relish the fact that they can slip right into the game and pick up where they left off in SC1, I was looking for a bit more…variation?  Sure, some of the math has changed, unit prices, all that has been balanced.

But really, is this 12 years worth of work? TWELVE years?  Do you even know what’s happened in the past 12 years of gaming?  Here’s a brief recap for you.

  • Quake 3 Arena, Quake 4
  • Doom 3
  • Diablo 2
  • Dark Age of Camelot (Plus eight expansions)
  • Grand Theft Auto 3 and 4
  • Final Fantasy 10, 11, 12 and 13
  • Battlefield 1942 (+2 xpacks), 2142, Vietnam, Bad Company, Bad Company 2
  • Neverwinter Nights (+2 xpack) and Neverwinter Nights 2 (+1 xpack)
  • The Legend of Zelda (Wind Waker
  • EVE Online
  • Halo 2 and 3
  • Half Life 2 (Episode One and Two, and Lost Coast)  and Portal
  • WORLD OF WARCRAFT (+2 xpacks)
  • Guitar Hero 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Van Halen, Smash Hits, On Tour (Decades and Modern Hits), Metallica, Aerosmith, Rock the 80s
  • Rock Band 1, 2 and Beatles
  • Gears of War 1 and 2
  • Bioshock 1 and 2
  • THE NINTENDO WII
  • Star Wars KOTR and FTU
  • Left 4 Dead 1 and 2
  • Gran Turismo 2, 3 and 4
  • Call of Duty 1, 2, 3, World At War, Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, and United Offensive
  • Mass Effect 1 and 2

So yeah, you missed a lot of games, Blizzard.  Oh, how about consoles? Let’s hit the way-back machine.

  • Dreamcast
  • Xbox
  • Xbox 360
  • Playstation 2
  • Playstation 3
  • PSP
  • DS
  • DSi
  • Nintendo Gamecube
  • Wii

That’s quite a few.  We were still on Nintendo 64s and Playstations 1s.  Microsoft was still pimping Windows 98 like a cheap whore and Tony Romo probably wasn’t even born yet. Damn kid.  Speaking of kids, the average MMO player was -3 when Starcraft came out.

Why do I bring all this up? Am I bitter?  Am I cranky?  Maybe a little.  I just figured after you know… 12 years, that the location of the Supply Depot icon would have moved a bit.