All In Protoss Sugar Rush

Just saw this incredible Protoss Cake while surfing around the internet. It looks real good and carefully labored upon. You can see how the minerals are slightly shiny and made to look slightly boxy. The probes and the nexus are also intricately detailed, all the more so when you consider that they are to end up in someone’s stomach!

I wonder if the maker will make a how to guide. For portal players out there, now you know, the cake is not a lie!

Source:
http://www.hotbloodedgaming.com/2010/12/30/this-starcraft-cake-is-worth-fighting-over/

Starcraft 2 Heart of the Swarm Ending leaked!

Spoiler Alert!

From http://kotaku.com/5709838/ending-leaked-for-starcraft-iis-next-chapter

A video has apparently leaked showing a studio’s preparatory work on the ending sequence for the Sequel to Starcraft 2 Wings of Liberty. According to Kotaku, the video has the stamp of The Third Floor, who has Blizzard as one of their clients. Chances are this is the demo reel for the ending of the next expansion. It remains to be seen if Blizzard will shake up the ending considering that this has been leaked.

It has been pulled from Vimeo and Youtube, so Kotaku’s own video component might be the only way to view it at the moment. Don’t watch if you don’t want spoilers though! The following is a short synopsis in case Blizzard takes down the video too, don’t read it if you don’t want spoilers!

Spoilers:
It shows a Kerrigan in zerg form (spoilers for wings of liberty) storming into Mengsk’s room and impaling Mengsk (Arcturus), who appears to have clone kerrigans to synthesize a psychic shockwave to lock down Kerrigan. Jim Raynor in his black space marine suit storms in and saves Kerrigan who proceeds to impale and presumably behead Arcturus Mengsk. Following this, Kerrigan gives free will to the swarm and leaves with them (the zerg) as per a promise with Jim Raynor and the screen fades out to plenty of mutalisks flying away on their own paths now.

Starcraft 2 Gift Guide

Some people have found problems trying to find the ideal starcraft gift. Sometimes this is due to the variety out there, sometimes it is because their boyfriend or girlfriend is a starcraft 2 player but they themselves are not and as a result they do not know enough about starcraft to decide what to buy. This guide is meant for everyone.

This gift guide has the starcraft presents loosely arranged by price.

$100 and above:

Razer Marauder

This is probably the most expensive starcraft gift out there, right there with a copy of the last few existing collector’s edition. Its key feature for its $119 price is that it has lights that change color with your APM. While it in no way looks like a Starcraft 2 marauder unit with concussive shells, it does look like something a starcraft pilot would use. It fits inside the Starcraft 2 Universe. Pricey but a good gift if you can afford it.

Purchase Razer Marauder on amazon!

Razer Banshee

Same price as the marauder, except that this is a gaming headset. Last I saw it was sold out on Amazon. Knowing Razer, I would expect at least excellent quality with a spin on gaming.

Collector’s Edition

This would cost about a $100 if not more as it is no longer being produced. It has quite a bit of goodies, from making of dvds to in game pets in World of Warcraft as well as a modified unit in game. Take care not to buy a second hand collector’s edition though, as its value would have dropped sharply. Each game has a cd key that can only be used once to make an account required for play.

$70 – $90

Razer Keyboards (Gaming, Non Marauder)

Razer also stocks non Starcraft 2 branded keyboards like the lycosa or tarantula. In my personal opinion the keyboards are basically the same. The extra premium perhaps buys you LCD, lights and programmable keybinds to justify the extra $30-50 that you have to end up paying. With that out of the way, they do look good and work well. Professional gamers are seen using them, but that is probably because they are sponsored. The Lycosa is also a pretty popular choice and you can probably take a look and see if you want it by taking a look on amazon if you go here

$30 – $60

Gaming Mouse

There are lots of gaming mouse out there now. A popular one is the Abyssus since it goes at $30 or so from amazon which is about $15 cheaper than retail. Deathadder is also a good pick. If you are a gamer and you’re giving a gift to a fellow gamer who doesn’t have a gaming mouse then this is probably one of the best gifts or present you can get them.

A gaming mouse actually makes a significant difference when your screen is 1680 x 1050 or 1920 x 1080. I use a razer mamba myself. You can check out the range of gaming mouse available on amazon

Steel Series Keyboard

This is generally a hit or miss keyboard. Basically it is a customizable keyboard specially for the game. If you already have a ZBoard you can just buy the $25 key set and insert it over. If not it stands at about $55 if you get it from amazon which is about $15 cheaper than elsewhere. Honestly though, unless you already have a Zboard you are better off with a cheap Logitech or a Razer.

$15 – $20

T-Shirts

This is another safe present as one can never have too many t-shirts, and the t-shirts coming out for starcraft are really good quality both in the make and the design. They come from well known brands like jinx or hot topic and the starcraft apparel can also be bought at amazon if you prefer amazon’s trustworthiness. Some good shirts include the black shirt with marine suited Jim Raynor as well as the Zeratul v Kerrigan fight fest. There are also faction Ts, but you’ll need to know whether the person likes protoss, terran or zerg for their apparel.

$10 – $15

Mousepads

The main benefits of a mouse pad is that everyone could always use one, and usually their existing one doesn’t look cool. Steel Series gaming mousepad has designers working hard on a cool looking Starcraft themed mousepad that is likely to fit well everywhere it ends up. While a gaming mouse pad isn’t really going to improve the game, it costs from $10 to $15. If you’re unsure which race the person plays, getting the Kerrigan fighting Zeratul mousepad is safe. (It’s the one where a dark lady fights an alien with a glowing green blade) If you know they play terran (and goes MMM ball all the time), get the Marauder mousepad. Another recommendation; don’t get the Tychus Finlay mousepad although it’ll probably be really limited edition soon enough. To get it from amazon, go here

Novels

There is by now quite a few novels out there for starcraft. The tricky part is in whether 1) the person you intend to gift to reads and 2) if the person does read, has the person read the book?

If you do intend to buy a book, I would go with the Dark Templar Saga (it’s a trilogy) or the latest Heaven’s Devils novel which also comes in a hardcover edition. You can take a look at it here

Barebones Keyboard

This can be a really risky present, and you would have to know Starcraft well. Basically, professional gamers (they get paid to play starcraft, the top earns about $200,000 USD a month) take cheap $10 keyboards and rip off certain keys so that only those keys good for playing starcraft are left. If you are an old hand at starcraft, buying a cheap keyboard and taking the time to rip off the right keys may make the ultimate gift or present; if the person you give to is aware (or can be made aware) of its significance.

Starcraft Pikachu

Update! Starcraft’s Pikachu joins Team Razer

Ever seen what happens when two of the best selling games of all times merge together?

All kidding aside, the picture was probably made as a reference to the new up and rising female champion of Starcraft 2 babe Linda Liao. Her in game user name is ‘pikachu’, which actually suits her face too! She’s Taiwan born but schooled in Canada and is currently working in Asia. She’s also a mac user and Team Liquid recently had an interview with her which you can read here:

http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=167793

Some note worthy extracts below:

Q: Why did you decide to pick the ID “Pikachu”?

A: I gamed as Pikachu for SC1, so I just went along with this name for SC2, can’t recall why I chose it in the first place.

Q: Many male players after seeing you play so well think, “Wow, if only my girlfriend could play StarCraft II with me…”. Do you have any advice for recommending StarCraft II to girls?

A: 9BE, 12BG…with extra strength whitening effect! ; )
(Note: In Taiwan and most countries in Asia a lighter or “whiter” skin tone is considered to be desirable as opposed to being “tanned”, therefore if you stay in playing StarCraft you will be paler.)

Q: After the tournament ended on Monday morning you posted the good news on your Facebook page and created quite a stir, even pro players like Canadian Huk and fellow Taiwanese Sen personally congratulated you, how did it feel to receive some much support and blessings?

A: I was very touched to see everyone’s congratutions! I am nowhere near Huk and Sen level! I’m gonna just continue to work hard on this game!

Linda Liao ESL Champion Starcraft 2

Update! Linda Liao has joined Team Razer!

Linda Liao whose chinese name is Liao Pei Ling, and has made it to FHM’s poll of women as well as a VJ for MTV Taiwan, won the ESL Female league SCII cup. She is also apparently the #1 ranked Diamond SC2 player in Asia going under the moniker ‘pikachu’ which suits her personality and face. Her victory was quickly interviewed by the Taiwan Press and was placed on youtube where it reached 200,000 hits.

She can now be called the gaming queen of taiwan and she is probably glad to have that title.

She was coined the pride of taiwan, coming from the entertainment industry to win a professional gaming tournament that started at 2am in her country’s time and lasted for 4 straight hours. I guess she would be the pride of taiwanese e-sports and I think there are a few taiwanese starcraft 2 players presently in the korean leagues who would be delighted to hear that.

According to the youtube video she hails from a wealthy family, to some film mogul in taiwan. She still works as an actress and singer, and after rushing home from work she went straight into the starcraft 2 league, and her eyes became fixated on the macbook pro running Starcraft 2. Blizzard is probably the only software maker that makes game for mac simultaneously with their PC games.

She can apparently do quite the hard core feat of staying awake for 48 hours just to play games, its a wonder she doesn’t get carpal tunnel! But she did have such an incredible time playing that she had numb hands. Apparently her record is twice that number of hours. It seems that even her facebook was flooded with congratulations for winning the ESL Female Championship with but 3 months of experience.

Besides her gaming exploits she has done charity work, going to Nepal’s village called “future” to teach english, magic tricks and also clean toilets. She was touched by their birthday song, as she celebrated her birthday there. She also visited the families there, giving notebooks, food and other gifts as well as painting the walls. That event allowed her to see the world in a new light in a tiny village 100km north of Kathmandu.

She has also been selected by Razer to endorse their products such as Starcraft 2 keyboards.

Source for Pictures:

http://reallycuteasians.com/2010/11/cute-starcraft-2-player-linda-liao-pei-ling/

Lego Battle Cruiser Part Two

From

http://starfeeder.gameriot.com/blogs/The-Starfeed/The-Ultimate-Starcraft-2-Lego-Battlecruiser-photos-by-Vana

I found another just as cool lego Battle cruiser that probably took weeks to make!

The maker’s flickr account is:

Starcraft 2 Lego Battlecruiser

Lego BattleCruiser

Found another shot of the battle cruiser, maybe even the original maker?

Found it in a flickr’s user Jerac’s photo album

Battlecruiser head