It has sold more than 12 million copies since its release in 1998 by Blizzard Entertainment, a Guinness Book record, and has hooked both amateur and pro gamers across the world. Its incredibly detailed plot and emphasis on real-time strategy is so impressive that it has won thirty seven gaming awards, including a star on the illustrious Walk of Game in San Francisco, California. Yes, we're talking about StarCraft, the game that revolutionised gaming standards across the world.
What is StarCraft?
StarCraft is a real-time, sci-fi strategy video game with a military theme. It can be played by 1-8 players and is aimed at players above 13 years of age. Set in the 26th century, the game revolves around three races: Terrans (the future humans), Zerg (parasitical insect-like aliens) and Protoss (advanced humanoids). All three species engage in a spectacular battle to dominate Koprulu Sector, a far-flung part of the Milky Way. Players can play the game as members of any of the three species and each experience is uniquely crafted.
Why is StarCraft so popular?
The popularity of StarCraft derives from its compelling plot and beautiful design. Each level is cleverly designed to be more difficult than the last. Dazzling graphic design, numerous multiplayer options and overall aesthetic appeal are also a huge part of why StarCraft remains one of the most popular video games even 14 years after its original release.
In South Korea and Japan, professional StarCraft competitions are held (and even televised) where gamers get paid serious money by sponsors.
Interesting facts about StarCraft
StarCraft is a cult in South Korea where it is considered a legitimate career option. Global StarCraft champions Lim Yo-Hwan, Lee Yun-Yeol, and Lee Young-Ho are all from South Korea. Pro StarCraft players are known to train upwards of eight hours a day. At advanced levels, a gamer needs to perform about 300 actions every minute during which his heartbeat can reach 160 beats per minute.
Cool StarCraft gadgets
Dozens of gadgets have been designed specifically to enhance one's experience of playing StarCraft. Try gaming mice like the Razer SPECTRE Mouse, Razer Deathadder Infrared Gaming Mouse and Razer Imperator Ergonomic Laser Gaming Mouse. Among the many headphones exclusively designed for StarCraft, our pick would have to be the Razer Banshee StarCraft Gaming Headset with sound isolation, APM-Lighting System, and circum-aural construction.
With its imaginative storytelling and challenging gameplay, StarCraft is truly among the most successful video games of all time. So, when are you getting your game on?
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