StarCraft is a real-time strategy computer game by Blizzard
Entertainment. Introduced in 1998, it was the best-selling computer
game in that year and won the Origins Award for Best Strategy Computer
Game of 1998. It is praised for being a benchmark of real-time
strategy (RTS) games, due to its depth, intensity, and game balance.
Blizzard estimated in 2005 that 9 million copies of StarCraft and
StarCraft: Brood War had been sold since its release, and it has
achieved an international cult-like status in the computer gaming
world, especially in its online multiplayer form. Set in a "space
opera" environment, StarCraft is broadly similar to Blizzard's popular
high fantasy RTS Warcraft II, but during the development process,
there were great efforts to steer the game away from being simply
"Warcraft in Space," and eventually the entire game engine was
rewritten to achieve the desired result.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake took place off the Pacific coast
of the American Northwest, as evidenced by Japanese records of
The British First Fleet, led by Captain Arthur Phillip, landed at
Sydney Cove just outside present-day Sydney, establishing the first
permanent European settlement in Australia.
President Rajendra Prasad succeeded Rajaji the last Governor General
as the head of state of India and the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian
Lotus 1-2-3, a hugely popular spreadsheet program, was first released.
Wikiquote of the day:
"I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is
more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its
very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as
a means of settling international disputes... But once war is forced
upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available
means to bring it to a swift end." -- Douglas MacArthur