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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday April 20, @09:08AM   Printer-friendly
from the team-protoss dept.

Greetings Commanders, Cerebrates, and Executors,

We're proud to announce that StarCraft will be patched for the first time in over 8 years today. The patch will go live at 2:00 PM PDT.

When patching, please use the 'Run as Admin' option; it is required during your first client run to migrate saves and avoid issues from Windows system admin changes.

StarCraft will be free with this patch as well. We'll add a link here when the patch is live.

Installers
Win:
https://battle.net/download/getInstallerForGame?os=WIN&version=LIVE&gameProgram=STARCRAFT
Mac:
https://battle.net/download/getInstallerForGame?os=MAC&version=LIVE&gameProgram=STARCRAFT

Which are you, Human, Protoss, or Zerg?


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  • (Score: 2) by WizardFusion on Thursday April 20, @09:32AM (8 children)

    by WizardFusion (498) Subscriber Badge on Thursday April 20, @09:32AM (#496767) Journal

    A battle.net account is required in order to download it, as the links above point to a download tool for the game.

    If anyone has an offline install for it, please share it.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @09:48AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @09:48AM (#496770)
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @10:09AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @10:09AM (#496773)

      At least EA released Command & Conquer as Original ISOs so you could play the game as it was or patch up as preferred.

    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @10:09AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @10:09AM (#496774)

      But that would be stealing!

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by TheRaven on Thursday April 20, @01:10PM (4 children)

      by TheRaven (270) on Thursday April 20, @01:10PM (#496828) Journal
      Soylent seems to have picked some stupid links. I downloaded it when the same story was on the green site a couple of days ago, with a different link. It seems to download and install fine without creating any kind of account. I started it and got to the start of the single-player mission as a quick test - all seems to work fine. You probably need battle.NET for online play.
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      sudo mod me up
      • (Score: 3, Informative) by butthurt on Thursday April 20, @04:06PM (2 children)

        by butthurt (6141) on Thursday April 20, @04:06PM (#496906) Journal

        The story on Slashdot:

        https://games.slashdot.org/story/17/04/18/2243253/starcraft-is-now-free-nearly-20-years-after-its-release [slashdot.org]

        ...links to this:

        https://starcraft.com/en-us/articles/20674424 [starcraft.com]

        ...which currently has the same links for downloading. Seeing "4 hours ago" written there, I wondered whether the page had been changed since you saw it. However an archived copy from yesterday also says "4 hours ago" and has the same download links.

        https://web.archive.org/web/20170419231535/https://starcraft.com/en-us/articles/20674424 [archive.org]

      • (Score: 2) by butthurt on Friday April 21, @11:50PM

        by butthurt (6141) on Friday April 21, @11:50PM (#497671) Journal
        > Soylent seems to have picked some stupid links.

        You're right. The link text in the summary shows this:

        Win:
        https://battle.net/download/getInstallerForGame?os=WIN&version=LIVE&gameProgram=STARCRAFT
        Mac:
        https://battle.net/download/getInstallerForGame?os=MAC&version=LIVE&gameProgram=STARCRAFT

        but what it actually links to is corrupted because the ampersands have been removed:

        https://battle.net/download/getInstallerForGame?os=WINversion=LIVEgameProgram=STARCRAFT

        https://battle.net/download/getInstallerForGame?os=MACversion=LIVEgameProgram=STARCRAFT

        By following the links displayed as the link text, rather than the corrupted ones that are missing their ampersands, the Starcraft-Setup.exe and Starcraft-Setup.zip files may be downloaded.

        When I tried posting this with the URLs enclosed in "<code>...</code>" my post didn't render correctly in the preview. One of the URLs became a clickable hyperlink, and there was some gibberish about "url2html".
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @10:13AM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @10:13AM (#496776)

    Nice if your still playing star craft after errr 20 yeas?
    and have the original game that you installed in your dos box still installed in your windows 7 box

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @10:31AM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @10:31AM (#496781)

      Installed space empires 4 last night. Other than the resolution fixed at 1024 768 it runs just fine on win 10. Never played starcraft, but might have to find the TA disks.

      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by TheRaven on Thursday April 20, @01:08PM

        by TheRaven (270) on Thursday April 20, @01:08PM (#496825) Journal
        I bought TA when it was new, but re-bought it on GOG a couple of years back for about £2, including the expansion packs that I never bought back in the day, because it was worth the £2 to not have to faff around with the CDs.
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      • (Score: 2) by SubiculumHammer on Thursday April 20, @04:12PM

        by SubiculumHammer (5191) on Thursday April 20, @04:12PM (#496908)

        im more of a Space Empires III guy, but I bet we'd both play Space Empires V, if they'd make it.

    • (Score: 2) by butthurt on Thursday April 20, @11:45AM

      by butthurt (6141) on Thursday April 20, @11:45AM (#496803) Journal

      You'll need the patch if you want to play against someone who has the new version:

      [...] the new patch will include two important updates: the ability to connect to and play against owners of the upcoming remastered version, and the change to a wholly free product.

      -- https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/03/starcraft-remaster-unveiled-and-original-sd-version-becomes-free-as-in-beer/ [arstechnica.com]

      There was an earlier story about this.

      /article.pl?sid=17/03/26/2149202 [soylentnews.org]

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @01:19PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @01:19PM (#496834)

      it runs fine (1.16) on my Win7 x64 w/o DOSBOX...

  • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Thursday April 20, @10:28AM (3 children)

    Gimme something to shoot.

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    Socialist: Someone who wants everything that you have. Except your job.
  • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Thursday April 20, @10:44AM

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Thursday April 20, @10:44AM (#496789) Homepage Journal

    "Which are you, Human, Protoss, or Zerg?"

    Ich bin ein nerd!!!

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  • (Score: 2) by kaszz on Thursday April 20, @10:54AM (4 children)

    by kaszz (4211) on Thursday April 20, @10:54AM (#496792) Journal

    How many weeks before this is ported to Unix? ;)

    Using OpenGL of course.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @11:04AM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @11:04AM (#496794)

      Hell, just release the source code... we can port it ourselves AND keep it running on every os we want, as long as we want. We could even add it to our repos for easy install.

      • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Thursday April 20, @05:44PM (2 children)

        by bob_super (1357) on Thursday April 20, @05:44PM (#496959)

        Do we need the free-as-in-beer discussion again?

        They want lots of buzz and players so they can sell the HD one (and sequels). They didn't suddenly turn over very valuable IP...

        • (Score: 2) by Scruffy Beard 2 on Thursday April 20, @06:53PM (1 child)

          by Scruffy Beard 2 (6030) on Thursday April 20, @06:53PM (#497002)

          ID software released source-code for the engine while retaining copyright on the in-game assets for several games.

          • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @07:54PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @07:54PM (#497025)

            Same with FreeSpace 2, you can get it over at hard-light.net

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @12:00PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20, @12:00PM (#496807)

    Ahh, the good, old Starchcraft!

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Taibhsear on Thursday April 20, @03:12PM

    by Taibhsear (1464) on Thursday April 20, @03:12PM (#496881)

    For anyone else that was confused by the wording, the SD version is getting a patch and it allows you to play the SD version for free and play against people with the remastered HD version on battlenet. The remastered HD version you have to pay for. I was wondering why Blizzard would even bother redoing the game or making it free but it makes sense now. It's sort of like retroactive DLC/microtransaction to get shinier graphics for something you probably already own.

  • (Score: 2) by aristarchus on Friday April 21, @05:53AM

    by aristarchus (2645) on Friday April 21, @05:53AM (#497257) Journal

    Which are you, Human, Protoss, or Zerg?

    I am, um, what are you talking about? Some of us have real lives, so we do not get all your snarky references to
    World of Warcraft. Maybe I am that faction you never, ever, anticipated, the one that will be your doom, and the Doom of Blizzard (wow, that sounds like a great name for a, wait for it!!! Calling Dave Barry, yes, Dave, OK, we'll go with it: rock band!!!) , the non-on-line-gamer. I let you go, now. Your existence means nothing, except for those who need to be distracted from the meaninglessness of their lives. You are Wraith. Even free, is not free enough. I give you, "Windows 10"!!! Arrrrrghhhhhuuuuh! Oh, the pain!!!!!! There has been a major disruption in the money train continuum! As if many stockholders cried out, and were silenced, because they were stockholders and not real people who were actually doing anything productive, and they were making money of of OCD people doing nothing productive, so the whole thing comes full circle, and we are left, with nothing. This whole house of cards will collapse, advertising or no. Trust me, or bet against me. Gamer.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 21, @01:32PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 21, @01:32PM (#497382)

    Not free as in freedom...

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