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Blizzard Unveils 3 Custom Games for StarCraft 2

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Blizzard is currently beta testing three games built to play within StarCraft 2.

Tuesday Blizzard announced that StarCraft 2 owners can now beta test three Bizzard-made custom games created to play within its popular sci-fi RTS. These include a collection/cooking title called Aiur Chef, the puzzle/strategy game StarJeweled, and a cool survival and siege title called Left 2 Die.

As the three games are still in beta, Blizzard is offering StarCraft 2 owners a chance to test them out on Battle.net. In return the company is looking for feedback and bug reports before the games go official in the near future.

"To play the beta versions of Aiur Chef, StarJeweled, or Left 2 Die, simply go to the Multiplayer tab in StarCraft 2 and look for the custom games window," the company said. "A few of these games have more than one difficulty setting, so select the level of challenge that's best for you. We hope you enjoy them, and we're looking forward to hearing what you think."

Aiur Chief provides a Free For All multiplayer mode for up to eight participants. Each round features a theme ingredient and three recipes that play upon its unique flavor.

In StarJeweled, players must match groups of jewels according to color and strategically selecting StarCraft 2 units to overcome an opponent's forces and destroy their base. The game supports up to four players and offers Solo vs. A.I., Co-Op vs. A.I., and Player vs. Player modes.

As for Left 2 Die, the game is a cooperative take on the StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty campaign mission Outbreak that shifts between two phases: a night phase and a day phase. Left 2 Die supports up to two players and offers both Co-Op and Night 2 Die modes.

To find out more about each title, read Blizzard's blog here.

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    Rahbot , January 26, 2011 9:50 PM
    Wow user input finally goes for Starcraft2 where is LAN play. My family and I cant all play Starcraft2 on the net. It runs to slow to play one of us is always lagging out. Can't someone make a mod that allows LAN play. Wouldnt be great if you and 7 of your close friends could network and play vs each other. Oh and if you want to know what internet speed we got it run less than 512kbs try playing with 4 people at the same time on one game or play MWF2 or any other game over the net and you lag out, our ping rides about 250 or higher in servers unless one of is just playing by our selfs then we get about 100ping all the time. still not the fastest on the planet. and to think that im moving back to a small town in idaho an hour from 40mbs qwest internet. so were stuck on 1.5mbs up and down which is better but only my girl friend my son and myself will be using it not my mother, step dad, sister, other sister, my youngest brother, my girl friend, my son, and my self, Oh if you wanted to know how old I am im 26 with a 4year old son that playes better than my 2nd youngest sister she is 19. Im glad my girlfriend is got a job in idaho and plans to move me and the kids to idaho in our own place. I know this has pretty much no use in starcraft 2 but as you can see were a gaming family. 3 xbox360's 7 computers and my PS3 and 3 big screen tv's I just wish they would bring faster internet to my mother house so that we can play online once my small family moves.
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    computerlame , January 26, 2011 9:54 PM
    These were available to play on the floor at the last Blizzcon. Good to see they are now available for those who didn't go.

    StarJeweled is most certainly a sign of just how ADD our society is becoming since it basically requires you to keep constant track of 2 games at once.
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    Vestin , January 26, 2011 10:51 PM
    computerlameStarJeweled is most certainly a sign of just how ADD our society is becoming since it basically requires you to keep constant track of 2 games at once.

    I'm not sure you understand ADD - people with it have trouble focusing on ONE thing, let alone two... If someone is able to focus on multiple things at once, they don't have a DEFICIT of attention, they have a SURPLUS.
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    457474hdfhd , January 26, 2011 11:31 PM
    So starcraft 2 is boring enough to need mini games to play at the same time? One more reason not to buy it.
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    kyofu , January 26, 2011 11:47 PM
    457474hdfhdSo starcraft 2 is boring enough to need mini games to play at the same time? One more reason not to buy it.


    Firstly they're just custom games just like all the other ones made by the community... and secondly I'm surprised that getting more for your money is now a bad thing.
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    the_krasno , January 26, 2011 11:55 PM
    Why does "left 2 die" immediately sounds like a ripoff of "Left 4 dead"?
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    HelpingHands , January 27, 2011 12:59 AM
    the_krasnoWhy does "left 2 die" immediately sounds like a ripoff of "Left 4 dead"?


    I guess you didn't pick up the parody pattern..
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    grillz9909 , January 27, 2011 1:19 AM
    the_krasnoWhy does "left 2 die" immediately sounds like a ripoff of "Left 4 dead"?

    HAHAHA. They all sound like "ripoffs". Except I'm sure they asked permission first, and I'm sure the games they are "ripping off" are thrilled to be exposed to the sc2 community. Not really a ripoff IMO
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    crus_russ , January 27, 2011 2:08 AM
    RahBoTWow user input finally goes for Starcraft2 where is LAN play. My family and I cant all play Starcraft2 on the net. It runs to slow to play one of us is always lagging out. Can't someone make a mod that allows LAN play. Wouldnt be great if you and 7 of your close friends could network and play vs each other. Oh and if you want to know what internet speed we got it run less than 512kbs try playing with 4 people at the same time on one game or play MWF2 or any other game over the net and you lag out, our ping rides about 250 or higher in servers unless one of is just playing by our selfs then we get about 100ping all the time. still not the fastest on the planet. and to think that im moving back to a small town in idaho an hour from 40mbs qwest internet. so were stuck on 1.5mbs up and down which is better but only my girl friend my son and myself will be using it not my mother, step dad, sister, other sister, my youngest brother, my girl friend, my son, and my self, Oh if you wanted to know how old I am im 26 with a 4year old son that playes better than my 2nd youngest sister she is 19. Im glad my girlfriend is got a job in idaho and plans to move me and the kids to idaho in our own place. I know this has pretty much no use in starcraft 2 but as you can see were a gaming family. 3 xbox360's 7 computers and my PS3 and 3 big screen tv's I just wish they would bring faster internet to my mother house so that we can play online once my small family moves.



    Stop whinging about LAN play and buy a copy. LAN play is for pirates.

    You can still sit around in the same room and "LAN" with your friends on battle net.

    And dude - get a job.
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    Anonymous , January 27, 2011 3:11 AM
    457474hdfhdSo starcraft 2 is boring enough to need mini games to play at the same time? One more reason not to buy it.


    need mini games? correction: have mini games. btw if you are too noobish to play rts well that is your own problem not the game problem.
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    dioxholster , January 27, 2011 3:39 AM
    RahBoTWow user input finally goes for Starcraft2 where is LAN play. My family and I cant all play Starcraft2 on the net. It runs to slow to play one of us is always lagging out. Can't someone make a mod that allows LAN play. Wouldnt be great if you and 7 of your close friends could network and play vs each other. Oh and if you want to know what internet speed we got it run less than 512kbs try playing with 4 people at the same time on one game or play MWF2 or any other game over the net and you lag out, our ping rides about 250 or higher in servers unless one of is just playing by our selfs then we get about 100ping all the time. still not the fastest on the planet. and to think that im moving back to a small town in idaho an hour from 40mbs qwest internet. so were stuck on 1.5mbs up and down which is better but only my girl friend my son and myself will be using it not my mother, step dad, sister, other sister, my youngest brother, my girl friend, my son, and my self, Oh if you wanted to know how old I am im 26 with a 4year old son that playes better than my 2nd youngest sister she is 19. Im glad my girlfriend is got a job in idaho and plans to move me and the kids to idaho in our own place. I know this has pretty much no use in starcraft 2 but as you can see were a gaming family. 3 xbox360's 7 computers and my PS3 and 3 big screen tv's I just wish they would bring faster internet to my mother house so that we can play online once my small family moves.



    hahaha we dont care
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    giovanni86 , January 27, 2011 4:45 AM
    The guy blasting off about the internet.. Dude where do u live... I can have like 20 of my friends playing online with 0 LAG. Upgrade your PC.
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    eodeo , January 27, 2011 11:27 AM
    sc2 is so great. i play it every day. great to find info on my favorite hardware site too.

    now if only bilzz could nerf terans so the 3 races are actually in balance, not just the 2.
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    HolyCrusader , January 27, 2011 1:48 PM
    Even if I don't extensively play these mini-games, it's good to see new content added to the game post-release. Reminds me back when DLC used to be called, "Patches" and we were able to download them for free.

    Perhaps they can add, "Lost Viking" to the menu as well, so you don't need to load an old campaign game to play it?
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    Petey1013 , January 27, 2011 2:40 PM
    Yea, so once out of beta, how much are these gonna cost. You gotta know Kotick will be salivating to start charging for these.
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    mrstasis , January 27, 2011 4:08 PM
    the_krasnoWhy does "left 2 die" immediately sounds like a ripoff of "Left 4 dead"?

    Because it's supposed to. They've got special enemies that are named after L4D enemies too: Kaboomer (Boomer), Choker (Smoker), Hunterling (Hunter), Spotter (Spitter), Stank (Tank), and there might be some I'm forgetting.

    computerlameStarJeweled is most certainly a sign of just how ADD our society is becoming since it basically requires you to keep constant track of 2 games at once.

    Of course it's already been pointed out that that's not what ADD is, and while I'm not sure if you were intentionally being negative or it just came across that way due the limitations of text on the internet, but I would say it's a good thing if you have the presence of mind and quick wit to be able to keep track of two games at once.

    457474hdfhdSo starcraft 2 is boring enough to need mini games to play at the same time? One more reason not to buy it.

    You should be more careful, your ignorance is showing.
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    mrstasis , January 27, 2011 4:09 PM
    Petey1013Yea, so once out of beta, how much are these gonna cost. You gotta know Kotick will be salivating to start charging for these.

    There is no payment system as of yet on custom content, though it is supposed to be coming in the future. I'm pretty confident that at least this set of custom maps will be free.
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    newfiedave84 , January 27, 2011 5:10 PM
    eodeonow if only bilzz could nerf terans so the 3 races are actually in balance, not just the 2.


    Just because you choose to A-click your whole army into a line of Siege Tanks does not make Terrans overpowered.
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    borisof007 , January 27, 2011 6:23 PM
    I got to try these games at last year's Blizzcon and I have to say, Blizzard did a pretty good job at making these fun, accessible, and easy to pick up and understand.

    My favorite was Blizzard DotA, because it was running off of the SC2 engine and had heroes from all 3 Blizzard franchises.
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    Benihana , January 29, 2011 6:07 AM
    En Taro Cuisine!

    Funny stuff, lol.
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