I bought Starcraft on Friday, it's been awhile since I had any rts fun. The game's great, but I think I'm done with Blizzard
, they pulled some serious Sony crap with this one. It all stems from the innocuous system requirement listed on the box, "Broadband Internet connection". Here's about how it went down:
- I popped in the disc, hoping to get a co-op match in that night.
- I gawked when it said I needed to be connected to the internet to install the game, and that the ports it needed were being blocked.
- I turned off my firewall.
- I tried installing again and received the same message.
- I read their faqs, something I've never had to do to accomplish an installation.
- I logged in to my router and turned on forwarding for the ports listed variously across Blizzard help pages.
- Still no install.
- I bounced between the help pages and the Windows network settings, wondering if the game would be worth it.
- I submitted the issue to Blizzard support.
- I came upon a post at Tom's Hardware suggesting the removal of a registry key that specifies a proxy that I do not use.
- Success, it installed overnight.
- I started the game only to find I needed to create a Battlenet account that requires a name, phone number, mailing address, etc.
- Several menus and an email link later, I could finally play the game.
I did get this email
from tech support. I had tried to save them time by listing the faqs I went through, nonetheless the email regurgitated the same information
and advised contacting my hardware/os support for any further issues. No request to close the ticket, no reply email. Just a copy/paste job and a slammed door.
And I am unhappy with the fact that I need to log in to something every time I play this game offline
The game feels a lot like a 90s rts
. It has shinier graphics, some rpg elements, and can handle a larger scope, but the gameplay is the same as the original. It entertains and challenges and generates nostalgia. I haven't quite bought in to the story, but the cinemas are frequent and substantive. The jokes and easter eggs are a nice touch.
This is all because I can't move my quads. Because I paintballed on Saturday.
I photoed one round and parts of two others. The d700 escaped unscathed
. I wrapped most of it in a red tshirt that took just one hit. I did not fare so well. People are very twitchy in paintball.
It's a tough thing to shoot well, most of the action happens at a great distance and the better composition puts you right where the paint flies