Starcraft 2 Beta

petertew

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How much does the digital copy cost? I preordered at gamestop with $5 down, but I'd be tempted to just pick up an online copy if it's cheaper than the boxed copy.
 

GriMReapeRAK

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Well I had the 3-day free shipping for my CE, but I decided to get overnight shipping so I'll get it on release day. Oddly enough, they didn't charge me anything for the overnight shipping...yet. :eek: :D

I hope it stays that way.
 

hl3395

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How much does the digital copy cost? I preordered at gamestop with $5 down, but I'd be tempted to just pick up an online copy if it's cheaper than the boxed copy.

I doubt it. They'll charge the full $60. This is the Activision-Blizzard that wants to take the fun out of games we're talking about here. Good old Blizzard is no more.
 

petertew

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I doubt it. They'll charge the full $60. This is the Activision-Blizzard that wants to take the fun out of games we're talking about here. Good old Blizzard is no more.

Ummm, Starcraft II is incredibly fun. If it's the full $60 it'll still be tons of fun and worth picking up. I was just hoping they'd knock $10 off for the digital copy since they don't have to box and ship it, but from their POV it's an extra $9.95 in their pockets ($0.05 for the bandwidth, which is probably overestimating :))
 

Intel_Hydralisk

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Alright here's a mini-rant / clear up of confusion on my part concerning custom games. If ANY of this is incorrect, please by all means correct me. I just wanted some clarification on everything. Here's how I understand the custom game system as of right now:

1) Each account can upload up to 3 custom maps simultaneously unless you pay for more slots
2) Each of these maps has a size limit unless you pay
3) Premium maps can only be downloaded if you pay (i.e. apple app store style)

Now here's something I'm really confused about concerning the actual in game custom game browser:
4) Once you go to create game you can *only* filter by: "blizzard", "recently played", "my published", or "popular" - currently the only way to browse maps published by other players is through "popular". If you find a map you're interested in you press the yellow arrow to download. You can then press play game to create that game. If I want to go back at a later time and play that map again, HOW IN THE WORLD do I sort by "maps I have downloaded" or something similar? The way I do it now is to go to "recently played" - but if I've downloaded and not played that map it won't show up there obviously. This just seems absurd to have to go through the giant master list and search every time you want to play a specific map. There is a search field but god that seems so cumbersome.

5) This just happened to me today - I went to play a map I downloaded yesterday and it's "not found". Either the author updated it or retracted it from the list. Have to go back to the "popular" list and re-find it if I want to update it, there's no way to do that from my recently played list. Either way, this pretty much implies that playing custom game maps is directly tied to bnet? As in, how in the world would playing custom game maps in SP work?? This whole thing just seems absurd.

The way I see it, being able to upload your map to a master server / list is neat. It's not completely innovative considering there were plenty of map websites for WC3 / SC1 that sort of did the same thing. Blizzard's way is just more refined I guess. However, sorting only by popularity is somewhat short sited and hopefully not how it's designed in release. But what really irks me is the complete lack of freedom after you've downloaded a certain map. If it ain't broke, we can break it so we can make money off of it?

Also, what is wrong with simply distributing the galaxy editor file and letting people download that and compiling it on their own computer to play it in SP? Would this be the optimal way to control what you can play in SP?
 

CrimsonKnight13

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Newly released minimum & recommended system requirements
Minimum System Requirements*:

PC: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7 (Latest Service Packs) with DirectX 9.0c
2.6 GHz Pentium IV or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
128 MB PCIe NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT or ATI Radeon 9800 PRO video card or better

Mac: Mac OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.2 or newer
Intel Processor
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT or ATI Radeon X1600 or better

PC/Mac: 12 GB available HD space
1 GB RAM (1.5 GB required for Windows Vista/Windows 7 users, 2 GB for Mac users)
DVD-ROM drive
Broadband Internet connection
1024X720 minimum display resolution

*Note: Due to potential programming changes, the Minimum System Requirements for this game may change over time.

Recommended Specifications:

PC: Windows Vista/Windows 7
Dual Core 2.4Ghz Processor
2 GB RAM
512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX or ATI Radeon HD 3870 or better

Mac: Intel Core 2 Duo processor
4 GB system RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT or ATI Radeon HD 4670 or better
Source: Big Download
 

CrimsonKnight13

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Can someone help me decide where my Integrated Radeon HD 3200 fits into the picture.. im cool with low settings, i wont be able to upgrade for a month

How much dedicated and/or shared RAM does it have?

Could you get GPU-Z & post the screenshot here?
 

BDV

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SC2 runs flawlessly on GF210 if that tells you anything... thats about the same speed as 8400GS.

Low settings ofcourse.
 

bexamous

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I just gotta say, 4v4 is awesome. I haven't even played a 1v1 since beta came back. I'm not that good, but 4v4 is pretty forgiving as long as you can keep up on macro, I think. I mean you don't need to counter everything on your own, so you have less to think about-- like I just go mass stalker and can do pretty well. Someone else always wants to do mass voidray/muta and I let them handle antiair, or just assume someone else will be teching and will be able to get detection so I don't need to bother getting a robo just for that. Anyways whatever, 4v4 is lots o fun :).
 

BDV

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I use 4v4 to test different builds and work on my rush/micro.

Good fun.
 

hl3395

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Ummm, Starcraft II is incredibly fun. If it's the full $60 it'll still be tons of fun and worth picking up. I was just hoping they'd knock $10 off for the digital copy since they don't have to box and ship it, but from their POV it's an extra $9.95 in their pockets ($0.05 for the bandwidth, which is probably overestimating :))

Don't get me wrong, I love SC2. I've been playing the beta everyday and I've preordered 2 times. Stupid bestbuy canceled my order for no reason, but they sent me a $10 coupon so I just preordered again lol...

That quote I'm talking about is from here:
http://kotaku.com/5359567/bobby-kotick-wanted-to-take-all-the-fun-out-of-making-video-games

If you're looking for a cheaper SC2, Bestbuy probably has SC2 for the cheapest around. They give 500 rewardzone points (which is $10) and they also had 5% BCB.
 

Seros

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How much dedicated and/or shared RAM does it have?

Could you get GPU-Z & post the screenshot here?

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Thanks for the help :)
 

BDV

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hehee was playing zerg and my APM was 78 at the end with 0 spamming :D I'm getting a hang of this.

Topped at 220 during a battle :eek:
 

stiltner

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I'm wondering if they opened the flood gates on it since its so close to release (1 week)
cause I got one also, and I was never interested in SC2, I never played SC1. I'll check it out just cause, but I doubt its a game I'll buy or get into.
 

Serpico

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Dang, its a shame that they finally opened the floodgates so close to the release. I'm sure there are lots of fans out there who wanted in and didn't get a chance (although they should have just preordered for their key if they really wanted it bad).
 

bexamous

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Yeah seriously, $5 to preorder and get a beta key... well worth it. You can think of it like $5 to rent a game for a couple months.

So I just played this 4v4, within 20 seconds one of the people on our team drops, so we get control of his units (just 6 drones). Someone also starts playing the dropped players spawn too, and somehow 3v4 we end up winning a 25min game.
 

MartinX

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Dang, its a shame that they finally opened the floodgates so close to the release. I'm sure there are lots of fans out there who wanted in and didn't get a chance (although they should have just preordered for their key if they really wanted it bad).

Or they could wait a few days and buy it and then play as much as they want :p
 

BDV

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Arranged vs Random team is becoming a real pain in top tier >.>

Just lost 3 times in a row to the same freaking team with all random allies. Really annoying.
 

Serpico

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Or they could wait a few days and buy it and then play as much as they want :p

At this point, yeah. :) People could have been playing since April or whenever the preorder beta keys went out, so yeah, bit late for that.
 

PornoSatan

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oh god, I Lolled hard at the last two HDstarcraft casts :D Idra spank

IdrA and HD/Husky don't like each other if you didn't know. IdrA doesn't like them because they just popped up on the SC2 scene and are making money from their video views off other people's games via YouTube Partnership. They also split their videos into multiple 10 minute videos for more views, even though their Partnership program allows videos to be extended much longer. Also, HDStarcraft was pimping his channel hardcore early on and you could get banned for mentioning it on certain forums. So I can kinda understand why IdrA wouldn't like them and HD probably did this video just to kind of tip his hat.
 

Thor

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woot, in for a beta here as well, just got the invite, check you spam filters, hotmail decided to flag mine as spam
 

dorky82

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Arranged vs Random team is becoming a real pain in top tier >.>

Just lost 3 times in a row to the same freaking team with all random allies. Really annoying.

so true. I keep getting same guys for my partner. Wish we could have banlist so we dont have to play withpeople we dont want to. Takes about 10 min to find game(diamond)
 
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