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I just never want to let my gender down

As a single woman, I received a lot of attention. ... It felt that I was either pissing people off with my bubbly attitude or breaking hearts. All that said, the most difficult part of all was having everyone think I was bad at Magic simply by looking at me—and them being right. This was by far what drove me the most.
There and Back Again: A Wizard's Tale — Feminist gamer/producer Tifa Robles writes candidly about her journey in, out, and around the world of competitive gaming. [more inside]
posted by annekate on Jul 31, 2014 - 11 comments

Frankly, my dear, I do give a damn

Meet Scarlett, North America's Top ranked Starcraft player. A complex, real-time strategy game with exquisitely balanced opposing forces, Starcraft is so popular that men can and do make a career out of playing the game. All but one of the top 20 ranked players in the world live and play in Korea. And all of them are men. So maybe it is not surprising that Scarlett, a 20 year-old transgender woman from Canada , is making huge waves in the gaming community.
posted by misha on Jul 22, 2014 - 37 comments

And they say Blizzard games don't have bugs

Why StarCraft crashed frequently during development, How we could have fixed the most common causes, The Starcraft Path-finding Hack The making of Warcraft - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 . Game development articles thanks to Patrick Wyatt (about) who led the development efforts on Starcraft, programmed extensively on Diablo and Diablo II and later left Blizzard to help run ArenaNet and release Guild Wars.
posted by meta87 on Jul 1, 2013 - 12 comments

First woman StarCraft II champion?

Canada's new StarCraft II champion is a trans woman
posted by floatboth on Jul 20, 2012 - 62 comments

Zerg Rush

Zerg Rush (more)
posted by Artw on Apr 27, 2012 - 46 comments

StarCraft changed my life

StarCraft changed my life.
posted by Avenger50 on Nov 19, 2011 - 87 comments

Theme Park Piracy

An unauthorized Angry Birds theme park has opened in China. There is also a Blizzard-themed park called Joyland.
posted by finite on Sep 16, 2011 - 40 comments

Good luck, have fun.

Every spectator area was full with people. There were just so. many. people. Then someone started the wave. The wave. For me, that's the moment e-sports made it in the west. I was there. The second you do the fucking wave at a StarCraft match in NORTH AMERICA, e-sports has come to fruition.

- Reddit user Kevinflo recalls the StarCraft 2 match ups (1, 2 and 3) between MC and LosirA at this June’s MLG Columbus. [more inside]
posted by Loser on Jul 27, 2011 - 97 comments

The future of television?

Warp Prism is a slickly-designed website that makes it easier for you to watch 'eSports'. With streams for all the popular spectator games, including Major League Gaming (broadcasting live from Columbus today), it makes it easy to switch between streams, and even includes picture-in-picture and embedded chat support.
posted by empath on Jun 4, 2011 - 15 comments

Harmony harmony oh love!

PonyCraft 2 - StarCraft 2's trailer, but with ponies.
posted by inedible on Mar 12, 2011 - 29 comments

You thought a Zerg rush was bad before..

The 2010 AI and Interactive Digital Entertainment conference hosted a Starcraft AI Tournament last October, pitting AI algorithms against each other. The winner was the Berkeley Overmind agent, and one member has written a fascinating article describing how their AI evolved, how it went up against one of the top SC players in Europe, and eventually won the competition. [more inside]
posted by SirOmega on Jan 19, 2011 - 30 comments

banelings banelings banelings, oooohhh...

When Starcraft and Justin Beiber collide. [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu on Nov 24, 2010 - 18 comments

Fruit Dealer vs Hope Torture

The first official StarCraft 2 Tounament has just come to a close with FruitDealer walloping HopeTorture 4 games to 1 to take home the top prize over 100 million Won ($87,000). The monthly series put on by South Korea's GomTV has attracted quite a few foreign players with the massive prize pool ($170,000 monthly). [more inside]
posted by empath on Oct 2, 2010 - 41 comments

Need more minerals.

Starcraft 2 is about to be released, but there is already a thriving worldwide competitive scene. Perhaps the 2 biggest tournaments of the recent public beta were the HDH invitational and the ongoing King of the Beta tournament. Aside from players making a name for themselves, a number of commentators or 'casters' have as well. Links to some of the best played or commentated games of the beta are below the fold. [more inside]
posted by empath on Jul 25, 2010 - 109 comments

I hope they didn't remove the perfect gem.

How Battle.Net 2.0 is killing Starcraft 2. Alternative link, with kittens.
posted by furiousxgeorge on Jun 9, 2010 - 101 comments

And if you zoom in real close, you can see that they're orange, and that the don't believe in god.

Hey there Starcraft fans! Unbeatable Protoss 1v1 Strategy for Starcraft 2. To be honest I don't know much about Activision games or RTSes in general, but this works 100% of the time. You should totally check this out!! xxx
posted by litleozy on May 18, 2010 - 42 comments

Zerg 'em if you got 'em

StarCraft II (previously) has yet to be released, but that hasn't stopped the open beta in Korea from being played so extensively that standout players and strategies are becoming clear well in advance of the limited US beta. Moreover, tournaments are taking place and, while probably inaccessible to those unfamiliar with StarCraft, many matches are available to watch in very high definition on YouTube, complete with surprisingly professional and insightful commentary by SC veterans.

Despite not being a major SC fan, I found myself embarrassingly absorbed by a monster 47-minute Terran vs. Protoss battle, TheLittleOne vs. LiquidNazgul: parts one, two, three, four. It's an excellent crash course in SC2 culture and terminology as well as a fun watch and great match. There are many more.
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Apr 16, 2010 - 94 comments

Say goodbye to your schoolwork, social life, and all your loved ones

After nine years of waiting, Blizzard has just announced Starcraft II. IGN is liveblogging the announcement from the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational in South Korea, where love for the original is so great it brings with it $100,000 tournaments, matches aired on television, and fatalities from over-playing.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on May 18, 2007 - 84 comments

Police raid Verder dorm room, confiscate computer.

Police raid Verder dorm room, confiscate computer. Now this normally doesn't sound like anything out of the ordinary... we always hear about this stuff, right? But check out the web page in question. I think this is being taken just a little too far. I used to be an avid StarCraft player too, and I've seen my fair share of clan pages that have a page like the one that got these guys in trouble. Guess we're still in post-Columbine overcarefulness mode...
posted by PWA_BadBoy on Feb 7, 2001 - 14 comments

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