Alright, in the period surrounding Starcraft 2's release, I have noticed something that has caught my eye. Wow, how wonderfully descriptive!
The sheer amount of stupidity surrounding this game is absolutely off-the-wall retarded. Now, it's pretty bad on both sides of the fence here - rabid Starcraft fanboys facing off against equally, if not moreso, rabid Starcraft 2 haters. For the purposes of this post, however, I'm only going to address the haters, who seem to have taken on a distinct method of attacking Blizzard and their newest game with incredibly moronic reasoning behind their arguments... that is, if you could call it an argument. As it stands, it's more along the lines of gnashing their teeth at a brick wall for whatever pathetic reason they can think of.
I want to make it clear here, that if you genuinely hate Starcraft 2 for actual, real reasons, then that's fine. I personally love the game and find it very enjoyable but I'm willing to acknowledge its faults. But there is a highly vocal group of haters out there who loathe the game for objectively stupid reasons. And when called out on their bullshit, they retaliate with the all-too common cry, "you're a fanboy! DERP!".
Here are some worthwhile arguments you might make against Starcraft 2.
- No LAN functionality.
That being said, a lack of LAN functionality is not a good reason to hate this game. It more than makes up for it.
- Terrans are over-powered.
- The voice acting needs improvement.
- The story didn't feel complete.
- I didn't find it fun to play.
- No Cross-Region Play
Now, as for the ridiculously shitty reasons you people have for gnashing your teeth against this game so bloody loudly... let's just say I'm normally not one of those people who says something and presents it as unbreakable fact. However, that will not be the case this time. Everything I'm about to say is 100% right and you are 100% wrong if you use the following arguments against SC2:
- Starcraft 2 is too expensive!
And another thing: every time I walked into a game store, I'd always notice how console games cost more than PC games. Funny, that. And yet you're complaining that a PC game is too expensive. If I, being on the unemployment benefit, could afford this game, and if teenagers with part-time jobs can afford this game, then so can you. Yes, I know it's probably not just Americans who are complaining. I don't care. Stop bitching, all of you.
- SC2 only has one campaign; you're paying full price for a third of a game!
Yes, I'm well aware that the original SC had a 10-mission campaign for each of its three factions, which added up to 30 missions. And yes, I'm aware that its expansion, Brood War, had another three 10-mission campaigns, one for each faction, again adding up to 30.
Oh, I take it that as a gamer you're aware of the concept of expansion packs, right?
Now, let's do some simple math:
Starcraft: 30 missions, split between three races.
Starcraft 2: 29 missions, one race.
"Aha! See? One race! Blizzard is ripping us off!", you cry. Wrong. If you say that Blizzard split SC2 into three parts because they want to get more money from us, you're making the mistake of assuming that the second and third parts of SC2 won't cost them any money to make. That's not how it works, sunshine. Blizzard decided to split the game into three installments this time in order to provide us with really good single-player campaigns. Yes, you might not give a stuff about single-player but strong single-player has always been a core part of Blizzard's games. In Wings of Liberty, we got a 29-mission mercenary style campaign. This simply would not have worked within the confines of 10 missions. Blizzard tried something different for once. And they did it well. Both upcoming expansions will have campaigns that are each of the same length. Hardly a rip-off. They're releasing it in three parts because each campaign is going to be done in a different style: Terrans = mercenaries, Zerg = RPG, Protoss = diplomacy. None of this would work with relatively short 10 mission campaigns. This is fact.
As for the pricing, read this:
8) Will they be priced as expansions?In other words, it looks like the expansions will be - *gasp!* - priced as expansions!
They'll be priced appropriately to the content. Right now, the plans are to do something along the lines of a full single player campaign and some additional features to the multi-player side. It'll obviously use the same engine; so that, to me, is an expansion price point. If we decided to put in 3 new races and a bunch of new technology and features, maybe that would be a stand-alone product. But right now, we're looking at much more of an expansion-like feature set.
And you want to know the real icing on the cake? Right now, you're all bitching about how Blizzard has released what you perceive to be an "incomplete" version of the game. But if Blizzard had decided to wait until they had finished all three campaigns (a grand total of 90 missions) before they released the game, you people would all be bitching about how they're taking far too long.
- There's no originality - this is basically a rip-off of Warhammer 40k!
Hint: The correct answer is game-play. If you disagree, you are wrong.
- I can't play online with my friends in another region unless I buy another client!
- No chatrooms in Battle.net!
FUCK this game…….All they care about is making money they don’t know not every fuckin body has high speed internet to fuckin update game or the time to wait fuck Blizzard !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Blizzard has proven time and time again that this is not the case. They have yet to even consider selling in-game items in WoW that would give an inexperienced (or plain terrible) yet rich player an advantage over those who have yet to genuinely earn their arsenal. All they're selling are decals and cosmetic effects, a flying mount (that is incapable of flying unless you've actually earned the ability to fly in-game) and things like cross-realm and cross-faction transfers, name changes, etc. They've even allowed South Korean players the benefit of getting joint SC2-WoW game time - you pay for one, you get the other as well. Not to mention the fact that, despite certain assertions, Blizzard is not going to charge you for downloading new maps. The fact is, they are going to let you download 99% of user-made maps for free, and charge a miniscule amount for only the best, most high-quality custom maps while giving some of the money they make to the map-makers. This doesn't smell like greed to me. Nowhere near it.
Bottom line: if you think Blizzard is ripping you off, don't buy the game. And if you already have, don't buy the expansions.
I personally found the game to be well worth the $100 I spent on it. Did I like the fact that I had to fix it to my Battle.net account? No. Did the game more than make up for it? Hell yes.
If you're going to act like a spoiled child (and a lot have), you clearly don't deserve what you're so readily demanding.
Take your false sense of entitlement and piss off.