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Today we’re talking about Starcraft Remastered, which you can find and purchase here. But first, let me talk about my dad.

The main reason I got into games in the first place is my dad. I have very fond memories of sitting with him and watching him play World of Warcraft, along with other games. Now that I think back, he was pretty cool: even though I was in the first or second grade, he was still an avid gamer. Usually, dads seem to always be doing “dad”-like activities, such as mowing the grass or exercising. I’m proud to have a gamer dad.

Another game that I saw him play was–that’s right–Starcraft. For those of you who aren’t really familiar with it, it’s a military sci-fi media game and franchise that focuses on a galactic war between 4 different species. There are the adaptable, mobile Terrans, the insect-like Zerg, the power Protoss, and the creator race, Xel’Naga. They live in a part of the Milky Way (that’s our galaxy!) in a space known as the Koprulu Sector. The game was released by Blizzard Entertainment on March 31, 1998. Over time other games were developed, and novels were written about the games. They also designed a board game after the original StarCraft!

A lot of competitive gamers have heard about Starcraft II, which was the next installation. It’s especially popular in South Korea, where people will compete against each other and earn sponsorships while being broadcast on television. Sounds crazy, right? It’s like our League of Legends. StarCraft II has three different installments. Wings of Liberty was released in 2010, Heart of the Swarm in 2013, and Legacy of the Void released in November 2015. StarCraft remains one of the most legendary games of all time and is arguably at the top of the class of real-time strategy games. It even holds 4 Guinness World Records! That’s four more than me.

Back in those days, games were still so pixelized with some pretty poor graphics. A lot of us younger folks might be turned off from trying it because honestly, it looks pretty terrible. That’s why (cue some fanfare here) it was remastered in 4K!

Here’s the official information from the website:

StarCraft®: Remastered upgrades the essential sci-fi strategy experience from beginning to end. Welcome back to the original game and its award-winning expansion, StarCraft: Brood War.

We’ve remastered our units, buildings, and environments, improved game audio, and broadened our supported resolutions. Illustrated interludes bring the struggles and victories of heroes like Artanis, Fenix, Tassadar, Raynor and Kerrigan to life like never before. Most importantly, the strategy gameplay that StarCraft perfected years ago remains unchanged.”

Here’s a comparison video:

There are so many pixels and the picture is just so clear. I don’t know how hard that gets on servers since there’s obviously such a huge amount of detail (maybe we should zoom in and out repeatedly). You can play different campaigns or choose to play in multiplayer mode. Here’s an interesting fact: the game audio was remastered as well. It’s amazing how much effort Blizzard made in reviving this game and bringing it into 2017.

The remaster was officially released on August 14, 2017, so just a few days ago. Some famous South Korean StarCraft players helped with its development and gave Blizzard some feedback. With the release of this remastered version, the original games became free to download and are now playable on modern computers. The remaster is available on both macOS and Windows, though I honestly don’t know how well a Mac would run StarCraft… It seems like it would overheat pretty badly. I guess if you’re an older gamer and want to revisit your childhood, you could download the original version, but when you look at the new graphics it’s kind of hard not to prefer that one instead!

A lot of commenters on different gaming sites and videos have complained that Blizzard made the remastered version too clean and pretty. There is a certain appeal in the old version in that the art was fascinating. It forced you to really imagine what was going on. In the remaster, everything is crystal clear, and sometimes the conventional designs don’t match the ideas we kept in our heads.

I think ultimately there are benefits to each version. I might stick to the old one because it helps me relive my childhood with my dad, but if you’re a newer gamer, you might just buy the remaster. After all, it’s basically StarCraft for our (and for future) generation.


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14 thoughts on “Rin’s Room #16: Starcraft Remastered

  1. valine13 says:

    Wow now it’s on its full detail! cool!

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  2. darkkvader says:

    I would love to try the new one! while some probably will stick to the old one after all, it’s still enjoyable to play.

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  3. unvrso says:

    I´m a fan of science fiction, so this is one in my list of gaming objectives. This genre moves my imagination

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  4. joseph richards says:

    Startcraft was cool. always liked building and expanding. pixels look way better and i like the characters avatars aloooot with the gif

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  5. wokerful says:

    Starcraft and all that has to deal with space is wonderful to play with. I can spend hours on nthe games about space

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  6. wolfbro92 says:

    Starcraft was a legendary game. Many of my friends play the game. Though I have not tried it, I might just try this remastered one just to get the taste of it.

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  7. This is such a classic. I’ve missed playing Starcraft! Will definitely get back to it with the remastered version!

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  8. I have heard of Starcraft when I was in highschool but I never played. For pixels to be improved now makes the game more visually pleasant and it is great to hear that there are other improvements.

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  9. I like the idea that the strategy gameplay that StarCraft has perfected many years back remains unchanged. In that way, StarCraft now is still the StarCraft that many has grown up with playing.

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  10. I’m impressed after reading this because some quality work and informative thoughts.

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  11. Maury Cheskes says:

    I’m all for downloading the new version. No disrespect to the original version, but the remastered one is clearer and easier on the eyes by a mile. It sounds like an interesting plot narrative. I can see how it could spawn a movie or book installment. Thanks for the article!

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  12. marchaching says:

    I haven’t heard of Starcraft until now, since my childhood was about dolls and barbies. The remastered version really caught my eye, I only got to play Warcraft and I think it’s pretty close to this one probably ’cause I haven’t played League of Legends yet. But definitely a must-try!

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  13. coyleon says:

    I grew up playing Starcraft and I got blown away when Blizzard announced that they’re releasing a Remastered version of the original! I’d defo get SC Remastered and brush up on my cheese builds! Yep, no shame in those zergling rushes..

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  14. teddclark58 says:

    The game behind the longest running e-sport on the planet is finally getting a much-needed reboot! Man, I can’t wait ’til I get my hands on this gem! Sure brings back a lot of memories!!

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