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StarCraft is now completely free on PC and Mac!

by Joey Davidson | April 19, 2017April 19, 2017 8:00 pm PDT

As promised a week or so ago, Blizzard has delivered the original StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War for free. The titles are available for both the PC and Mac platform, and they can be yours for absolutely nothing.

This all comes as a drum-up for this summer’s StarCraft Remastered. Pick them up for free, dig in, Zerg Rush everything, beat them and then play the game again this summer. It’s like the 90s all over again for me.

The game is free with the update to version 1.8. Here are the installation links and the patch notes from Blizzard. They’ve gone and made it a little more modern.

[PC] [Mac]

General

  • Added windowed fullscreen or windowed mode; use Alt+Enter to switch between.
  • Added UTF-8 support.
  • Added cursor clamping in-game while windowed; unclamped in menus.
  • Added Popular Maps to streamline finding games or game types.
  • Added options to display actions per minute.
  • Added Observer mode.
  • Added opponent information when joining a game lobby.
  • Added autosaving for replays.
  • Added an option to display the game timer.
  • Added UPnP support.
  • Updated to a new OpenGL backend.
  • Improved gameplay responsiveness during multiplayer by increasing turn rate to match LAN speeds over Battle.net.
  • Improved UI layout in Battle.net sections.
  • Improved behavior of available lobbies within the ‘Join Game’ section.
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10.
  • Improved anticheat capabilities.
  • Improved installation and patching performance.
  • Mac Beta support now available for 10.11 and up.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed palette issues to correct rainbow water, 80s Kerrigan face in the loading screen, and other graphic glitches.
  • Fixed problems with LAN game discovery.
  • Fixed IME support and other text artifacts in Battle.net menus.
  • LAN and Legacy Battle.net fixes.

Known Issues

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Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...

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