StarCraft Remastered launched today giving players the ability to play this classic LAN staple in 4K HD! One nice feature of the new StarCraft update is the amazing new graphics and also that you can play it alongside the original remastered and totally free to play version. Blizzard also added StarCraft to the client and also made logging in to multiplayer in StarCraft us the new sign-in interface. StarCraft still uses Classic after that but you sign on with the new and then it stores your old credentials in the new client making you only have to sign in once. If that doesn't make sense then head in to StarCraft and try it out yourself, it's actually a really nice process.

In other less amazing news it seems that Blizzard is being sued by gaming cafes in Korea for Anti-trust.

"The Internet PC Culture Association, which represents local internet PC cafes where people play online games, also known as “PC bangs” here, said Monday that it had petitioned the Korea Fair Trade Commission to investigate Blizzard for unfairly charging them for the new game.

“Starcraft: Remastered” is an upgraded version of the former “Starcraft” game fitted with upgraded graphics and an improved soundtrack. The game was prelaunched at selected PC bangs in Korea on July 30, weeks ahead of its official worldwide release slated for Tuesday.

The Korean PC bang association has taken issue with Blizzard’s new policy to charge PC cafes between 203 and 233 won (20 cents) per hour for offering the new Starcraft game to visiting players.

I get why they'd be upset about this because StarCraft Remastered really is an amazing amount of HD paint and a ton of work on the old game but it's not a new game service or anything. Since I am far from a Korean legal expert i'm curious how this will all turn out.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 08/15/2017 at 05:06am

The HD video looks great! It doesn't look like the intro was remastered, though, which you can find in the main menu.

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 08/16/2017 at 02:29am

I've had it crash my windows box a few times now

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/16/2017 at 04:45pm

Oh that's too bad. Apparently they have some bugs to fix then.

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 08/16/2017 at 07:14pm

It seems to work better in Windowed (Fullscreen) mode than Fullscreen mode. I am not sure what the difference is. The Windowed (Fullscreen) mode isn't in a window.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/16/2017 at 07:58pm

Windowed Fullscreen (sometimes called Borderless Windowed, or just Borderless Fullscreen) is *technically* a window, it just doesn't have the window borders, title bar, etc. It doesn't give the game exclusive access to the display like true fullscreen, but it can make things better in some games (and makes it easier to alt+tab out if you need to do that). Most notably if a game has screen tearing issues and doesn't have good vsync to prevent that, it can kinda sorta force the game into the desktop's refresh rate. It usually causes minor (and almost always, VERY minor) framerate drops but sometimes it can improve framerate if there are specific issues with the game's compositing.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 08/16/2017 at 11:16pm

It was 19 years ago when Starcraft came out. I was just finishing up high school. I remember playing Quake II around the same time, too. I'm not in too deep, but I don't think I've experienced any issues with Remastered. Starcraft got a good graphical upgrade, which is noticeable in some of the full motion movies. It certainly feels like a game that has aged well. Sadly, I can't say that about all games. I wish the Command & Conquer and Warcraft series would get the same facelift. Those were my wonderful RTS days. I enjoyed Starcraft II, but The Legacy of the Void proved to be quite difficult for me. I ended up cheating so I could get it over with. I think I used some cheats while playing Starcraft as well. I'll see how far I get before I feel the need.

@Travis thanks for the tech info!

I looked in Geforce Experience to optimize it, but it didn't come up in my game scan. I thought I enabled vsynch, but it appears I didn't. I haven't seen any screen tearing. Everything else is on except for Pillarbox and Enable FPS Cap. I would have used the latter, but it's scale is 100-300. If I were to limit my FPS, I'd do it with vsych or just set it for 60, which isn't on that scale. I believe it's running in "fullscreen" and I'm easily Alt-Tabbing back and forth.

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 08/17/2017 at 04:21am

Thanks for the info Travis!

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 08/20/2017 at 04:48am
jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/20/2017 at 11:11am

That's a great article, thanks for sharing Greg. A Diablo 2 and Warcraft 3 remastered would be great!

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