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  • StarCraft is Now Free

    Blizzard just released the patch notes for the 1.18 patch for StarCraft: Brood War. Included just before the notes themselves is word that both StarCraft and StarCraft:
    Brood War
    are now free.

    You can download the game and expansion for free for either your personal computer or your Mac.

    StarCraft: Brood War Patch 1.18 Patch Notes

    StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War are now free.

    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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    This article was originally published in forum thread: StarCraft is Now Free started by Shawn Zipay View original post
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