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Checkpoint: Pre-ordered StarCraft II Edition


I pre-ordered StarCraft II over at BestBuy for both the $5 off and the multiplayer beta key. However, I quickly came to the realization that the multiplayer isn’t what I want out of my StarCraft II.

Most of South Korea may be clamoring for the competitive aspect of Blizzard’s upcoming real-time strategy game, but not me. I look forward to reacquainting myself with Jim Raynor and his wacky adventures. And after watching footage of StarCraft II’s campaign, I’m quite excited to see it continue.

To help with the wait, I’ll be replaying StarCraft and the Brood War expansion very soon for a refresher on the lore.

So why the lack of multiplayer love? I’m not big on competitive RTS multiplayer; more specifically 1-on-1 competitive play. There is team play, but unlike other genres, I found the requirement for competent partners to be way too high with real-time strategy games. Most of my multiplayer RTS games I’ve ever played were big 3 v 3 games and that’s the way I like them. Unfortunately, I was never able to find willing/capable partners to play with over Battle.net

Who knows? Perhaps I can get a regular duo or trio going when StarCraft II finally ships. Or perhaps with Blizzard’s new ranking and matchmaking systems with Battle.net 2.0, I’ll find similarly skilled individuals to team up with.

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