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Developer Brings StarCraft II Controller to iPhone

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 35 comments

Playing StarCraft II? There's an app for that.

There are thousands of developers making applications for the App Store, and a lot of the stuff they produce is complete rubbish. Only a small fraction of the apps available are news worthy, and an even smaller portion is news worthy before they're even available. However, one unusual app has made headlines before it's even finished.

Developer Daniel Hellerman is currently developing an application that will allow iPhone and iPad owners to control StarCraft II with their smartphone or tablet. Dubbed the StarCraft II Gameboard, the application lets you remotely control your game and includes mini-map control, detailed unit statistics, and access to the game's important hotkeys and macros.

The application only works when synced to a program on your game's PC, and TUAW reports that this program is Windows only so Mac users won't be able to make use of it unless they're running Windows via Boot Camp. Hellerman says the app is due out in September, but there's a chance Blizzard will put a stop to it before then.

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    Ch33ky , September 1, 2010 12:15 AM
    Well the app itself
    is pretty
    neat. I just don't
    necessarily see any usefulness for
    ever wanting to use the app when you'll
    really need a mouse anyway, and your keyboard is right there too
    ?
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    Cons29 , September 1, 2010 12:35 AM
    i dont think this will be useful. with the size of that screen? and since your pc is powered up already why use a phone?

    how ironic, an app for iphone but will only work on windows :) 
    besides i dont think you'll be able to see any action.
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    Ch33ky , September 1, 2010 12:15 AM
    Well the app itself
    is pretty
    neat. I just don't
    necessarily see any usefulness for
    ever wanting to use the app when you'll
    really need a mouse anyway, and your keyboard is right there too
    ?
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    drutort , September 1, 2010 12:29 AM
    FAIL
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    Anonymous , September 1, 2010 12:29 AM
    if they can get latency similar if just slightly slower then a keyboard it'll be awesome, kind of like an interactive auxiliary display, micro-management on a whole new level....
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    Cons29 , September 1, 2010 12:35 AM
    i dont think this will be useful. with the size of that screen? and since your pc is powered up already why use a phone?

    how ironic, an app for iphone but will only work on windows :) 
    besides i dont think you'll be able to see any action.
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    proxy711 , September 1, 2010 12:40 AM
    I think it will be more useful then you guys make it out to be. The fact however is blizzard will likely block it and also you need an iphone or ipad to use it.
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    volt-aire , September 1, 2010 12:42 AM
    Like most iphone apps, it will be a thing you think is pretty cool that you try once, enjoy, show all your friends, enjoy their gleeful cries, and then forget about. You spend $2 on it so you got your money's worth, the dev makes a ton of money, and everyone is happy.

    I don't think anyone would seriously consider this over a mouse/keyboard, as it would be replacing the keyboard and you cannot cram nearly as much functionality, with nearly as much rapid accessibility, onto that little screen as good ol' qwerty here. It is really neat, though.
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    Cons29 , September 1, 2010 12:44 AM
    ill give it a thumbs up when somebody uses it to play online and win a decent game.

    hmn, what if your base is being painted(nuke)?
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    Ciuy , September 1, 2010 1:08 AM
    One day, we will have PCs home and play all the games on a tablet like the iphone, havng a coke on a cold summer on the frikin beach, Call of Duty 10 ...
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    cbrownx88 , September 1, 2010 1:56 AM
    Fools. Play with that, a mouse, and a keyboard. Focus on strategy on the screen, use that screen to build!
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    IzzyCraft , September 1, 2010 2:54 AM
    I guess still not as idiotic as playing scrabble on 4 iphones and 1 ipad
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    Anonymous , September 1, 2010 3:30 AM
    Ahh the iPhone. Bringing productivity to the workplace once again!
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    cranium , September 1, 2010 4:31 AM
    Learn what "proof of concept" is, people.
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    NotYetRated , September 1, 2010 4:37 AM
    Too bad its for the god awful Iphone. Make it for Android.
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    NotYetRated , September 1, 2010 4:40 AM
    The app may be useful, but its for Iphone. Making it irrelevant.
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    theoutbound , September 1, 2010 4:43 AM
    The only use I see for this is just screwing with your roommate, friends and anyone else's PC you could install the client on. Hilarity and pure evil would ensue immediately.
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    IncinX , September 1, 2010 5:48 AM
    One day, we will have PCs in our head and we will just close our eyes and play with the latency of our brain, having a coke on a cold summer on the frikin beach, Starcraft 3 ...
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    janachen , September 1, 2010 6:24 AM
    Apps for the iPad is acceptable but for the iPhone i don't think this will be usefull..lols...true gamers need bigger screen to feel what they're playing..
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    Benihana , September 1, 2010 7:37 AM
    Ironic how the iPad/iPhone are Apple products, but this app won't work with a Mac.
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    dEAne , September 1, 2010 7:39 AM
    Keyboard and mouse is still the best, but it is a good idea.
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    L0tus , September 1, 2010 7:44 AM
    Cons29and since your pc is powered up already why use a phone?


    It's OK Cons29, they're Apple users. They're 'special'. ;) 
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