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Blizzard Releases StarCraft II Demo (Yes, demo)

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 40 comments

Wanna check out what this StarCraft thing is all about? Now is your chance.

Not sure if this "StarCraft" thing is for you? Or were you a big fan of the original StarCraft but you're not so sure about this new game that uses such fancy things such as "polygons"? Well, you may be in luck.

Blizzard has released a playable demo for StarCraft II that contains the first three missions from the full game. Yes, it's been nearly half a year since the release of the retail game, but we're pretty sure that making a demo wasn't high on Blizzard's priority list when it already had millions of pre-orders.

Nevertheless, for those who were waiting for a chance to try it (but didn't have a friend who had a sharing code to give) can finally try StarCraft II for free.

Grab it here.

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    firebee1991 , December 22, 2010 7:24 AM
    Bringing demos back would be one of the most ethical and effective way to combat software piracy. Nobody could claim that they just pirate games to decide if they want to buy them, and software corporations could ethically pursue criminal charges against all pirates. Win-win.
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    firebee1991 , December 22, 2010 7:24 AM
    Bringing demos back would be one of the most ethical and effective way to combat software piracy. Nobody could claim that they just pirate games to decide if they want to buy them, and software corporations could ethically pursue criminal charges against all pirates. Win-win.
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    kartu , December 22, 2010 7:39 AM
    I wonder, how good or bad are the S2 sales, given how user/LAN party unfriendly it has become, compared to the S1 (where you not only were able to play off-line, but also could _officially_ play on LAN with up to 3 of your friends with only 1 copy of the game bought).


    2firebee1991
    Xbox360 about 40 million consoles, 100 million games sold annually, HACKED FOR YEARS
    PS3 about 40 million consoles, 100 million games sold annually, hacked only a couple of month ago

    What "piracy" is someone fighting please?
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    bebangs , December 22, 2010 8:38 AM
    too late.
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    Anonymous , December 22, 2010 8:58 AM
    I must admit something. I downloaded this game from a torrent site. However I was so happy with it that a few weeks later I went into a shop and bought it so that I can fully enjoy it and because I felt it was worth it.

    I dont think I would have bought it if I werent able to download it for free first.
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    rantoc , December 22, 2010 8:59 AM
    Its a great game, just on spot what i expect from Blizzard. No disapointment with it!
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    eddieroolz , December 22, 2010 9:12 AM
    Maybe I'll download this to shut my friends up. They've been nagging me all along to try this even though I'm utterly not interested.
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    alidan , December 22, 2010 9:24 AM
    i was thinking of pirateing this, just to see what would happen to my computer at the highest settings, because this is a demanding game (yea graphically no, but real world, yea, and not demanding because of crap unoptimized code like crysis either).

    now i dont have to. thanks blizzard.
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    Ciuy , December 22, 2010 9:28 AM
    All Blizzard moves are well calculated and precise.
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    aaron88_7 , December 22, 2010 9:51 AM
    kartu.2firebee1991Xbox360 about 40 million consoles, 100 million games sold annually, HACKED FOR YEARSPS3 about 40 million consoles, 100 million games sold annually, hacked only a couple of month agoWhat "piracy" is someone fighting please?

    And which console is Starcraft 2 available for? Oh, yea, neither has the power to run it...
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    distanted , December 22, 2010 11:17 AM
    firebee1991Bringing demos back would be one of the most ethical and effective way to combat software piracy. Nobody could claim that they just pirate games to decide if they want to buy them...

    Yes, because there's nothing that motivates a thief to do the right thing like the loss of credibility. Most will simply switch to a new argument, like saving the rain forest by avoiding software packaging. But, I am glad to see a demo of this game.
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    mrface , December 22, 2010 11:38 AM
    Please avoid discussing piracy or advocating piracy on these forums and news articles. It is against the ToU and RoC.
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    scook9 , December 22, 2010 12:24 PM
    mrfacePlease avoid discussing piracy or advocating piracy on these forums and news articles. It is against the ToU and RoC.

    I hope you understand what a lost cause that argument is......
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    zak_mckraken , December 22, 2010 12:24 PM
    Laugh at me all you want, but I might actually give this a try! ;) 

    My piracy day are over (well, at least for video games) and I wasn't sure to like SC2 enough to buy it. Maybe the demo will convince me!
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    reggieray , December 22, 2010 12:45 PM
    I loved SC1 and I'll try the demo for SC2 but will not give in and end up paying $200 for a game. $60.00 plus tax X 3. Not going to happen, one year I will pick up the SC2 Battle chest or something.
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    rantoc , December 22, 2010 12:54 PM
    aaron88_7And which console is Starcraft 2 available for? Oh, yea, neither has the power to run it...


    True, best part is that its a "true" PC game that can take advantage of whatever you have in your rig and not a so called "pc game" with "Game & Watch" like gfx with poor controls made port!

    The possibility in SC2 to scale performance/gfx from super-low-budget PC (almost as bad as a console(sorry console guys - the truth hurts)) to a super-high end game machine is simply put - staggering! WTB real DX11 support in it thoo =)
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    wcnighthawk , December 22, 2010 1:22 PM
    "I wonder, how good or bad are the S2 sales, given how user/LAN party unfriendly it has become, compared to the S1 (where you not only were able to play off-line, but also could _officially_ play on LAN with up to 3 of your friends with only 1 copy of the game bought)."

    Uh, that's pretty much the point of having no lan setup, isn't it? So you can't share your game with 3 other people who then have no reason to buy the game for any reason since they have a full working copy.

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    flyinfinni , December 22, 2010 1:26 PM
    ReggieRayI loved SC1 and I'll try the demo for SC2 but will not give in and end up paying $200 for a game. $60.00 plus tax X 3. Not going to happen, one year I will pick up the SC2 Battle chest or something.

    I really don't think its gonna be anywhere close to $200 for the full set. The other 2 parts are EXPANSIONS, and it has been said already that as such, they will be PRICED as expansions, so they shouldn't be $60 each, but much more reasonable. Just play it and enjoy- its a great game, and well worth the $60.
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    zak_mckraken , December 22, 2010 1:48 PM
    That whole "I won't pay 60$ for a third of a game" is becoming silly. The game is NOT split in 3 parts. The STORY is split in 3 parts. Wings of Liberty is a whole game and has the content one would expect of a 60$ game. The other games will most likely have the same amount of content, but since they won't offer much new stuff (units, abilities, etc.), the game will be possibly priced lower. I'm guessing ~40$.
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    bildo123 , December 22, 2010 1:52 PM
    flyinfinniI really don't think its gonna be anywhere close to $200 for the full set. The other 2 parts are EXPANSIONS, and it has been said already that as such, they will be PRICED as expansions, so they shouldn't be $60 each, but much more reasonable. Just play it and enjoy- its a great game, and well worth the $60.


    No, it definitely isn't going to be $300. People like the person you replied to are simply obnoxious and ignorant. Basically their piss poor logic is that you basically shouldn't buy games since they might have expansions that cost money. Their tinfoil hat theory is that a business is trying to offer additional product to make money? Gosh, what a conspiracy. Now, there is a fine line, such as DLC which is viable to argue over.
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    jgiron , December 22, 2010 3:25 PM
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    the game will be possibly priced lower. I'm guessing ~40$.

    You're guessing $40 for an expansion?? That's insane, but with demand high Blizzard can put a high price tag on it and the people will pay.
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