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Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-17-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 2,672
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: Beta, release, and general timeline updates from Dustin "Cavez" Browder.

Yes, but a good portion of their audience is going to buy the game on day 1. And screwing over a good portion of your audience when they went out of their way to buy your game on day 1 (aka, your...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-17-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 2,276
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: So with all of the info about the Trilogy I...

It's actually rather easy for the "Mt Hyjal" scenario to be averted: don't have the three races fighting against "someone else".

Maybe whatever's left of the Terrans decides to join forces with...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-17-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 2,672
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: Beta, release, and general timeline updates from Dustin "Cavez" Browder.

No, they have not.

It has now been 1.5 years or so since the first real info on SC2. Considering the maturity of that form of the game (ie: good enough to present and be seen in a positive light),...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-17-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 2,276
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: So with all of the info about the Trilogy I...

Well, why would the Protoss and the Terrans fight when there are Zerg around? The Protoss are no particular danger to the Terrans, and vice-versa. For a Terran leader to start a war with the Protoss...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-16-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 2,276
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: So with all of the info about the Trilogy I...

They weren't.

All we actually know about the Zerg campaign is that you'll be playing as Kerrigan. We know that the Zerg do invade the Dominion, but that's within Raynor's campaign, and will likely...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-16-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 2,672
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: Beta, release, and general timeline updates from Dustin "Cavez" Browder.

And I'm tired of arrogant fans acting like they deserve something for, essentially, nothing. It's not like Blizzard's getting money for the development of the game; they only get money when the game...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-15-2009
Replies: 63
Views: 4,653
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: Paris ESL Info from Player who attended

Then start qualifying your statements to specify that you're talking about the look of units and not their gameplay.
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-14-2009
Replies: 63
Views: 4,653
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: Paris ESL Info from Player who attended

Nobody's defending the "lack of innovation and development in the zerg race;" we're flat-out saying that there is no lack of innovation.



Then you have no case.

I get it; you don't like the...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-13-2009
Replies: 63
Views: 4,653
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: Paris ESL Info from Player who attended

I think that the Zerg are differentiated from other races by not using units that have special activated abilities. And in turn, special activated abilities is what makes units feel different from...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-13-2009
Replies: 63
Views: 4,653
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: Paris ESL Info from Player who attended

Do you have any evidence to suggest that Blizzard holds that opinion?



Um, no. The Ultralisk is just fine.



By what reasoning do you equate the SC1 Hydralisk to the SC2 Hydralisk?
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-13-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 1,756
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: SC:Legacy ESL Finals Paris Coverage

Yes, Blizzard should stop pushing forward on SC2 for the week or so it takes to cobble together a build that wouldn't be considered embarrassing for Blizzard to show to people. :rolleyes:

Every...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-12-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 716
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: New video..(20 Min)

This is definitely from a pre-BlizzCon build, since the Queen is unique.
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-11-2009
Replies: 63
Views: 4,653
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: Paris ESL Info from Player who attended

Yes, but it's highly unlikely that they decided to add 2 or more units to the Zerg.
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-11-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 879
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: Activision-Blizzard Q4 results

No, it doesn't. Expect SC2 to have nothing less than a 4 month beta.
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-10-2009
Replies: 46
Views: 4,238
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: Mr Jack has been busy

Those are nice drawings, but they're not terribly useful concept art.

Concept art has a different purpose from drawing something. Concept art needs to fulfill a specific need. It needs to give...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-10-2009
Replies: 51
Views: 3,098
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: Whatever Happened to the Predator?

The very first version of the Viking was a ground unit that could get an upgrade to became a flying unit. Then, when they brought the giant Firebat up to the Factory, they made the Viking a flying...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-10-2009
Replies: 63
Views: 4,653
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: Paris ESL Info from Player who attended

Best to accept reality. They don't have secret units they've been hiding. They haven't been purposely covering up anything about the Zerg. The Zerg are as they are.
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-08-2009
Replies: 40
Views: 2,169
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: Xbox 360 Version?

I believe that there is no reason why you couldn't make an RTS game with many of StarCraft's specific qualities for a console. Speed of play, macro vs. micro, etc; these can all be done given the...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-08-2009
Replies: 30
Views: 2,348
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: New StarCraft II Battlecruiser Video [ESL - Paris]

The Mothership is ass-slow. I don't recall the Mothership being this slow in the BlizzCon build, but I do recall that being a feature of pre-BlizzCon builds.
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-07-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 1,356
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: slight Observer and Medivac info

Did you watch the video from BWWI where they re-introduced the Thor? It took a pair of Thors about 10 seconds to kill a flock of Muta.

The cooldown on its GtA attack is something like 1 second.
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-07-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 1,356
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: slight Observer and Medivac info

That doesn't make any sense. To attack a Medivac, you need a unit that can attack air units. If you're Zerg, that means either Mutalisks (which leaves you exposed to Stimmed-Marines), Corrupters...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-07-2009
Replies: 51
Views: 3,098
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: Whatever Happened to the Predator?

Right. Because a race based on psionics has never been part of the SC universe. :rolleyes:

Would it help if it were called "tractor beam"?
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-07-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 1,356
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: slight Observer and Medivac info

The Medic only healed one unit at a time too.



Those are two really big assumptions. And Medics, being ground units, are much more likely to be attacked than your Medivacs, being flying units....
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-06-2009
Replies: 51
Views: 3,098
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: Whatever Happened to the Predator?

It builds stuff. That's its role: it's a spellcaster.
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-05-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,189
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: sc2 is missing cinematic elements

Do you know why these aren't in the game? Because it is a game!

If you have effects that move a unit when it gets shot, that affects gameplay. Which means you now must balance these effects. They...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-05-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,189
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: sc2 is missing cinematic elements

It's funny; if you had spent your time reading batches about the game instead of watching videos, you would have seen the most recent batch. In that batch...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-05-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 573
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: Zerg Transportation Idea

And costs 200 minerals, as well as requiring an Overlord to make it. It provides less supply than 2 Overlords, but it still puts 12 supply in a unit that has other abilities.

The ultimate downside...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-05-2009
Replies: 51
Views: 3,098
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Re: Whatever Happened to the Predator?

The Protoss and Zerg have that. Corrputers are pretty strong anti-air, but they're a lot better as Mutalisk support. And Phoenixes aren't everything-killers.
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-04-2009
Replies: 33
Views: 1,841
Posted By Nicol Bolas
You're basing your view of reality on fricken'...

You're basing your view of reality on fricken' Alien Resurrection? Are you actually serious?
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-04-2009
Replies: 98
Views: 5,238
Posted By Nicol Bolas
There is nothing I hate more about the videogame...

There is nothing I hate more about the videogame reviewing industry that this stupid score crap. Every site does it differently, and they all mean entirely different things based on that. In short,...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-03-2009
Replies: 51
Views: 3,098
Posted By Nicol Bolas
I seriously doubt that they removed it to put it...

I seriously doubt that they removed it to put it in the expansion. It was removed some time late last year.
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-03-2009
Replies: 40
Views: 2,169
Posted By Nicol Bolas
No.

No.
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-03-2009
Replies: 95
Views: 5,963
Posted By Nicol Bolas
What? This is the sort of thing you want Blizzard...

What? This is the sort of thing you want Blizzard to spend time on?
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-02-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 1,631
Posted By Nicol Bolas
I didn't mean to say that it was that hard. Only...

I didn't mean to say that it was that hard. Only that it's the hardest part of the process, the one most likely to break something. At least, the only time I broke something was when I cracked my CPU...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-02-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 1,441
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Except that it's incredibly easy to walk into an...

Except that it's incredibly easy to walk into an expansion nowadays. With vision, Stalkers can blink past terrain, Reapers can fly over it, and Zerg can Nydus their whole army anywhere.

If you...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-02-2009
Replies: 100
Views: 4,589
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Necessary? The Immortal is not necessary. The...

Necessary? The Immortal is not necessary. The Marauder is not necessary. Having 3 separate races is not necessary.

Nothing in the game is ultimately "necessary". The gas mechanic is no more...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-02-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 1,631
Posted By Nicol Bolas
The first and last computer I purchased whole was...

The first and last computer I purchased whole was a Pentium 75. Every other machine I've used since then (4-5) that isn't a laptop was custom built.

I'd say the hardest thing nowadays is seating a...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-02-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 1,631
Posted By Nicol Bolas
*sigh* The minimum spec was said to be the...

*sigh*

The minimum spec was said to be the GeForce FX 5200, which is a card that is a good 4-5 years old now. Your card was released in the last 8 months.
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-02-2009
Replies: 100
Views: 4,589
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Unfortunately, the term "clickfest" is so poorly...

Unfortunately, the term "clickfest" is so poorly defined (and nobody in this thread has done anything to help this) that any discussion of it is effectively impossible.



Again, you appear to be...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-02-2009
Replies: 100
Views: 4,589
Posted By Nicol Bolas
This is a Real Time Strategy game. Which means...

This is a Real Time Strategy game. Which means that execution is, and must always be important. Otherwise it's just a turn-based game that doesn't give you forever.

Speed Chess is a different game...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-02-2009
Replies: 95
Views: 5,963
Posted By Nicol Bolas
That's because it is. Which means it looks...

That's because it is. Which means it looks exactly like it ought to.
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-02-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 1,441
Posted By Nicol Bolas
No, it isn't. The Nydus Network is Tier 2.

No, it isn't. The Nydus Network is Tier 2.
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-02-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 1,631
Posted By Nicol Bolas
I had a reply to this typed up a few days back,...

I had a reply to this typed up a few days back, but the forums died before I could post it, and then I forgot about it. So consider this a belated lesson on how things actually work.

There is a...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-02-2009
Replies: 100
Views: 4,589
Posted By Nicol Bolas
It's funny: I don't recall saying anything about...

It's funny: I don't recall saying anything about "random clicking". Creating and attacking a strawman may win you points over the internet, but attacking my actual point would make your argument...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-01-2009
Replies: 100
Views: 4,589
Posted By Nicol Bolas
"Clicking" is how you accomplish anything; it is...

"Clicking" is how you accomplish anything; it is how you communicate with the game. If you are communicating a lot with the game, you will necessarily be "clicking" more. And if you are under...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-01-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 1,441
Posted By Nicol Bolas
What? While yes, you need a TechLab for some...

What? While yes, you need a TechLab for some production buildings (the base units out of the main buildings are versatile and generally useful), I would point out that you get much faster teching...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-01-2009
Replies: 100
Views: 4,589
Posted By Nicol Bolas
I see nothing in that argument that counters...

I see nothing in that argument that counters anything I said.
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 02-01-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 1,441
Posted By Nicol Bolas
No more unfair that the Terrans having a flying...

No more unfair that the Terrans having a flying healer that can also carry the units it can heal. Or the Zerg being able to build a building that effectively makes a hole in the map, allowing the...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 01-31-2009
Replies: 43
Views: 2,301
Posted By Nicol Bolas
Yes, and making Immortals changes the balance in...

Yes, and making Immortals changes the balance in TvP, thus necessitating changes in Terran unit damage. It's hard, not impossible. Just like race balance.



That's because no one has really...
Forum: StarCraft Discussion 01-31-2009
Replies: 43
Views: 2,301
Posted By Nicol Bolas
It's far easier to balance symmetrical races than...

It's far easier to balance symmetrical races than asymmetrical ones too. They'd be done with SC2 if there was only one race.

Just because something is hard doesn't mean it's not worthwhile.


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