Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty Discussion
What I am disappointed with the game is the horrible design that battle.net 2.0 is. They cut down on so many things that made the original starcraft stood out. Here are the main annoyance factors:
-No chat rooms like the old games. Seriously...most of my nights in my previous years were spent in a battle.net chat room having a good time then going on to play games with friends I've met over the internet.
-There's no LAN play. Most people won't care for this at all, but being and to go to a LAN party and throw a quick setup without internet is pretty fun to do. This was taken out over e-sports politics in South Korea which is stupid because the rest have to suffer now.
-No interaction between people across different regions. This means if you have a friend in a different nation, there's a good chance you won't be able to play online together. Want to play together? You have to buy the whole game again on that regional site. Pretty low blow there by Blizzard (more like Activision) to squeeze more money out.
-Forcing users to opt-out by email. I put this in red font because it's a HUGE privacy breach. In the new EULA, there is a clause stating that they will share your information you use on their battle.net website with 3rd parties. To get out? You have to send an email to them. Yes by email...there isn't a simply checkmark in the EULA agreement which is HORRIBLE PRACTICE. I expected better from Blizzard-Activision (especially using deception of fine print to get away with it).
Everything else that was added in was cute, but just meh. I don't know about buying it overall.
I did not know about the last part.
Will have to email them. This is all becasue of Facebook. if u opt out on face book then your prob opt out but ill look into it more
hm, dunno.. so far, the game is quite well done, graphics are stunning (even on my gforce 9300m g it runs at 1920&1080)
i really hope that the single-player-mode will be as good as starcraft I, but they have to work on the AI..
but nearly 60€ for only the terran-campaign is quite a lot money..
We can go back to worshiping them now.
While I think Blizzard will be able to give a lot more support in that area, I still don't like the underhanded techniques they're using. Makes me uneasy to trust them.
I'm not too fond of the facebook integration as well. Although I can see it work for some people, I don't really mix in my friends on facebook well with the friends I have on battle.net. On facebook, I usually let myself be known where as on battle.net, I usually interact with friends on a more team-based setting. While I usually talk about life in some UMS maps that take a long time with very little effort put into to win, when I actually play the ladder games, I tend to want my friends to put up a challenge for me. They become more like practice partners for that small time frame even though I still consider them friends. Same thing with DotA, those friends become more like teammates with a common goal and I like that. We communicate so well and when we win, it's a victory I share with them.
[Edited by Neo7, 6/30/2010 10:52:31 PM]
Undoubtedly Blizzard was probably taken back by how much eSports adores them (SC:BW and WC3 being hugely popular still with appearances in WCG along with CS) and Activision trying to muscle into the market, which is hardly a bad business model. On the other hand, it's hardly convincing that Activision feared allowing LAN would destroy any influence on eSports. We've already seen plenty of showmatches and tournaments hosted on the (poor-performing) beta Bnet2. Withdrawing LAN would be a bigger blow to the players than to eSports.
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