The Original StarCraft is Available for Free Following First Patch in Over 8 Years

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Blizzard’s real-time strategy game StarCraft was the hit many of our childhood, teenage, and let’s face it, adulthood years as well. The game’s interesting alien atmosphere mixed with its immensely addictive gameplay have made it a solid experience that holds up even among today’s offerings. For this reason, it makes sense that Blizzard is putting out a remastered version of the beloved sci-fi game set for release later this year, just before the game’s 20th anniversary. Those of us who haven’t had the chance to experience game’s majestic campaign won’t be left out of the hype train either because Blizzard has recently re-released the original StarCraft and its Brood War expansion free for all gamers to enjoy. Downloads are available on Blizzard’s official Battle.net website for both PC (download) and Mac (download).

Released alongside the free edition of the original StarCraft was also a new patch that updates the original 1998 game’s presentation for modern computers. The most significant changes the new patch adds is the addition of an Observer mode for spectating battles, enhanced compatibility with the more recent versions of Windows (7, 8.1, and 10), and support for both windowed and full screen viewing. Online play has also been patched as well, increasing internet responsiveness and featuring improved UI accessibility. The full patch notes can be read here.

Are you going to download the original StarCraft for free, or are you saving your hype for the graphically-updated StarCraft: Remastered? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for gaming and entertainment news 24-hours a day! For more on the subject of recent freebies, check out these next few articles:

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Phone-browsing Wikipedia in one hand and clutching his trusty controller in the other, the legendary Eric Hall spreads his wealth of knowledge as a writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. Be sure to catch his weekly "Throwback Thursday" segment for a nostalgic look at trivia from the past.

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  • Man Finds StarCraft Source Code and Returns it to Blizzard, Gets Showered with Gifts and BlizzCon Trip Reply

    May 4, 2017 at 8:50 PM

    […] An old saying goes – “no good deed goes unpunished.” This may be the one exception to the rule. Last month, Reddit user Khemist49 made the discovery of a lifetime when he stumbled upon a gold disc containing the original StarCraft source code, which came out almost twenty years ago. Let that sink in. Khemist49 discovered the rare find in a “box of Blizzard stuff” he purchased on eBay. He was understandably shocked when he came across the CD-R that read “StarCraft Gold Master Source Code.” Unsure of what to do with it, he reached out to Reddit where some people asked him to rip the disc’s contents and share it with them, while others assumed that he had stolen the disc from Blizzard. […]

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