StarCraft and Brood Wars Are Now Free to Download
In news that’s sure to gladden the hearts of old-school gamers everywhere, Blizzard has announced that their now 20-year-old game StarCraft as well as its expansion Brood Wars are now available for download (follow this link), free of charge. So, if you somehow misplaced the CD-ROM sometime after 1998 or it got scratched over the last two decades, you can now once again enjoy zerg rushing the enemy or blasting Goliaths to bits in all its SVGA glory.
Of course, anyone new to the franchise will also be able to enjoy one of the best selling games of all time, an RTS that set the standards for the genre and made Blizzard the behemoth it is today. Though many people may only know it from the insane hype that surrounds the game in South Korea, where professional StarCraft players cannot only ply their trade but also become millionaires doing so, over its lifetime it sold around 11 million copies, putting it firmly in the hall of fame.
Besides bringing out the game for free, Blizzard has also released a patch for both StarCraft as well as its expansion, the first in eight years. The patch notes reveal that it mostly fixes issues due to the game being so very old: many fixes were needed to make it run on even remotely new computers with rendering machines and drivers 1998 programmers could only have dreamed of. Hopefully all these issues have been dealt with, allowing even people running Nvidia GTX 1080 GPUs to play the game without breaking its tiny brain.
So, if you know and love StarCraft, here’s your chance to play it again; if you never have, but want to know what all the fuss was about, here’s your chance to find out. Good free games are hard to come by, so tarry no longer and check it out.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.