Starcraft is a hugely popular game that is one of the games which has, throughout history, most effected the video game industry. Despite this, there are a good number of things that people don’t know about the game!
Number One: Starcraft Saved Blizzard
Blizzard’s publishing and releasing of Starcraft is the only reason why World of Warcraft is able to be in existence. The reason behind this is that the company was in financial duress at the time, and Starcraft helped them out of that situation.
Number Two: It’s Revolutionary
The game, which came out in 1998, was revolutionary for the time. Before this game existed, there weren’t really any real-time strategy games that worked in quite the advanced way that Starcraft had. Ever since, games used similar models that would not have existed if it weren’t for the game.
Number Three: It’s a National Sport
Well, it in least one country. Starcraft is one of the only games in the world that has become a self-proclaimed national sport of sorts. South Korea holds tournaments yearly, and it’s a big deal.
Number Four: Players Can Do a Lot of Actions
Starcraft professionals – and yes, they exist – do an average of more than 300 actions every single minute. In simple terms, this means that the best players can do quite a lot in the game in just 60 seconds of play, which is pretty insane.
Number Five: Cloaked Unit Visibility Changes
Starcraft II, in comparison to Starcraft I, isn’t that different, but there are some changes that are things not every player would notice. One thing that is different is the fact that overlords could see cloaked units in the first game, but not the second one, which is interesting. It definitely makes it harder in this sense.
Number Six: The Zerg Are More Human Than One Might Think
The Zerg, which are integral to the game, were modeled after humans. More specifically, they were made to look like human dental x-rays.
Number Seven: Abandoned Ship Ideas Are In-Game
Starcraft II made a lot of visible changes from the first game, one of them being different ship prototypes. The models which didn’t make the cut can be seen throughout the game in the form of ships which physically look abandoned, which is pretty amusing.
Number Eight: Clicking Can Cause a Nuclear Explosion
Something funny which the game makers integrated in the game is the ability to make nuclear explosions happen… by clicking the mouse? Well, its true. If a player clicks an animal one too many times, it literally causes a nuclear explosion to happen in the game.
Number Nine: Starcraft in the Guinness World Records
Starcraft is such a successful game, its in the Guinness World Records. The game itself wins the record for being the highest selling strategy game for PC, and hasn’t been beaten since.
Number Ten: Gore Level Changes
Starcraft II released different versions of the game around the world. In some countries, the gore level of the game is quite different than in other areas, but it is quite subtle, but there is reported to be more gore in the American version, which isn’t too surprising Still, it’s interesting how game makers will adjust a game to better suit its demographic.
Number Eleven: The Terran Confederate States of America
If one looks closely enough, they will be able to see that the Terrans use the same flag as the confederates, which was a thing (in the time of the American Civil War). In fact, the war was partially what inspired Blizzard to make the game.
Number Twelve: A Man Died from It
Once, a man died from playing Starcraft for too long. He didn’t really sleep or eat, and 50 hours into playing, the man died. Sadly, he may not have died if it weren’t for the fact he had been fired from his job… by playing too many computer games at his desk. This sounds pretty horrible, to say the least.
Number Thirteen: Zerg Units Were Herbivorous
Interestingly enough, many Zerg unites came from once herbivorous individuals. They turned Zerg when they were corrupted by the swarm.
Number Fourteen: The Book Series Came After It
Many games and universes are formed from books, but this is not the case for Starcraft. Instead, the game inspired the writing of many books.
This game is rather unique and interesting. It’s quite amazing how one game can affect the lives of so many people, really.