Star Craft is arguably one of the most popular real-time strategy (RTS) games ever made. It was originally released by Blizzard Entertainment on March 31st, 1998. The military Sci-Fi game takes place in a fictional 25th century society where 3 different races engage in war. These three races include, the human Terran, the insect Zerg, and the humanoid Protoss. The game was considered a revolutionary development in RTS gaming because it popularized the use of different races each with their own respective units, buildings and game-play styles.
- Protoss, are considered the most technologically advanced race in the game. Their units are strong, have a unique recharging energy shield but also take time to develop. Here, quality is emphasized over quantity
- Zerg are considered organic and quick in nature. Their units are unique in that they aren’t built, but hatched from other units. They are also weaker but take less time to develop. Strategies involving the Zerg emphasize rushing and overwhelming the other player with quantity.
- Terran are unique in that they are the only faction with in fighting. They are thought to have originally been banished from Earth many generations ago and are the most balanced race with many units using ranged attacks.
RTS differs from turn based strategy because there are no turns and all players play at the same time. Game-play in Starcraft is thus very fast paced and requires constant micromanagement of action on the battlefield. Strategy lies within scouting the opponents build and building an appropriate response to your opponent through correct unit choice, tech tree upgrades, and resource/ base management.
Often players are measured via Actions Per Minute(APM) which is a metric that measures the amount of productive actions a player can do in one minute because players who are faster than others at doing certain actions have an advantage.
Below is a quick video demonstrating the importance of APM to professional RTS gamers.
Below I have also included some Starcraft 2 tournament highlights.