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A Year of Starcraft II

Slogging Through

All of those who have told me to just build marines and whatever unit is introduced in the campaign missions were completely right.  For four missions now, I’ve done this.  Maybe throw in a few siege tanks (because they’re fun) and a few medics, but that’s the build.  If I do this, keep the macro up, and generally just keep building until 200/200, the missions are a lot easier.  Yesterday, I did the train mission and the one with the mercenary chick you have to get minerals for.  Today, I finished the Odin mission and the attack on the TV station mission.

Doing all this, though, feels like a grind.  I keep thinking about the online play.  It’s calling to me.  Now that I’m close to finishing the campaign, I can see the online games on the horizon, and it’s hard to keep playing the campaign.  I am going to keep going, but the enthusiasm for the campaign is starting to wane.  This is also why I don’t necessarily feel like writing a blow-by-blow of all four missions.

Computer wise, the new card is on the way.  I went with a different manufacturer (EVGA instead of ASUS) but still a GTX 460.  It was the card mentioned in the Team Liquid build I was referred to when building, so it’s a 1gb instead of 768mb (I’ve no idea what that means for video cards really).  Looking for the card, I couldn’t help but wonder how there can be so many GTX 460s?  It’s all confusing as hell.

On a completely unrelated to anything note, how fast does an idea/joke move nowadays?  I mean, the falcon thing started online like two months ago, and now it’s already being used in at least two separate commercials that I’m aware of.  Is 4chan where the advertising guys hang out now for ideas?  Or is falconry simply a trending topic in the psyche of the US at the moment? (I hate myself for writing that sentence, but I’m going to leave it.)  The insurance company commercial where the guy gets a falcon was just on, and it struck me as strange.  /end weird aside

I’m going to finish one more mission tonight and keep pushing to finish, hopefully by Tuesday.

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8 responses to “Slogging Through

  1. slacker June 16, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Yea, i’ve never had the patience to play single player on any game that had a comprehensive multiplayer aspect. Half Life 2? Naw, it came in the orange box so I could play CSS. SC2? I played 2 missions last week and got bored.

  2. Henk de Slager June 17, 2011 at 2:45 am

    You’ll be in for quite a shock when moving from your old computer to your new one. SC2 is quite a pretty game if you have a capable machine.

  3. Peter June 17, 2011 at 8:33 am

    GTX 460 is the graphics chip which is built by Nvidia. They build only the chips, not the actual graphic cards.
    Manufacturers buy the chips and build their own graphics card with it, that’s why there are so many “GTX 460” models.

  4. Timo T June 17, 2011 at 8:45 am

    The 1GB/768MB are the video memory. It’s basically RAM that is solely used for graphic purposes, like storing textures, overlays, vector data etc. Basically having more of it allows you to use better textures. There are many variants, because the “graphic companies”(ATI, NVIDIA) basically only supply the Graphics processing unit(GPU) used for the graphic card, and the manufacturer(like Asus, EVGA) build the whole peripherals, like video memory, fan, connectors etc. The peripherals are where the graphic cards differ.
    That’s why the cards are called [manufacturer name] [GPU], so EVGA GeForce GTX 460 🙂

    On the topic on why the missions feel easier, part is because the missions are designed so the newly introduced units perform well in them, and the other part is probably because you have a clear goal on what you want to do beforehand(building the mission-specific units with some marines/medics) and can spend all of your thinking time on “how do I get that”.

    If you start the multiplayer soon, I’d definitely suggest watching “Day[9] Daily #312 – How to improve and learn effectively”(http://blip.tv/day9tv/day-9-daily-312-newbie-tuesday-how-to-learn-and-improve-5256999) before or some time soon if you haven’t already, because it definitely creates good habits 😀

  5. asgeea June 17, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Stop doing the campaign. You’re gonna have bad days on ladder, it’s great to have some campaign missions left at days like those. Believe me. Starcraft is one hell of a hard game online. There are few that actually manages to play lots of games straight after one and another. It’s nervewrecking 😉

  6. Chris June 17, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I wouldn’t bother forcing yourself to play the campaign now that you seem to be at ease with beating it. Keep it for when you don’t feel like doing multiplayer and want something to fill the gap. Do what you’re interested in. The point of people saying “play the campaign first” is that it’s an easy introduction to the general concepts of the game. You’ve got all the general concepts that single player can teach you; there’s no big revelation coming up. There’s no need to get sick and tired of what’s actually a pretty fun distraction on occasion. Go play practice games with the legions of people who have volunteered to help you, or just jump straight into the ladder. Either way, prepare to get your ass handed to you until you learn the REAL ropes =). Enjoy!

  7. scudst0rm June 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    “If I do this, keep the macro up, and generally just keep building until 200/200, the missions are a lot easier.” I think you’ve gotten what you really needed out of the campaign. People will always tell you “Just macro and you can get to diamond” but having that revelation yourself is that much more valuable.

    Sure the campaign will introduce you to the Terran units one by one. but it also introduces you to a lot of units that are not in the multiplayer. I think watching pro games is a much easier way to understand the role of each unit in each matchup.

    In short, I agree with everyone else. Just go ahead and do some multiplayer. Save the rest of the missions for when you need some downtime from laddering (it can get stressful, especially when your starting out).

    glhf!

  8. Admired June 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Dude don’t make the campaign a grind. If it is getting old start playing online! You can always come back to it. Don’t burn yourself out! Play some custom games for some micro practice and fun.

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