It saddens me to say it, but like many before me, SC1 is hard to play after watching and playing so much SC2, I don't have the beta, but I'hve played it at friends, and what plagues me is two things.
The game itself is inacessible, since I cant play it when I want to, it gets hard to really get into SC2. Also, it lacks the soul of SC1, BUT this is probably because we're not used to it, what I like about SC1 is the whole metagame aspect with different strategies, builds etc, and SC2 isn't stabilized in that sense yet.
However, I can't go back to SC1, I keep getting conflicting hotkeys, I now routinely press 'E' for Probes, 'A' for Marines etc, and I'm having a hard time getting my eyes readjusted to the low resolutions and choppy unit movements.
So recently I started looking at other RTS games to tie me over, I used to play ALOT of Company of Heroes, ending up in the top 30 ranking of players using the British faction. Now I can't go back to playing CoH because I get so frustrated that I lack my former ability in it, and I have lost so much meta-game evolution.
Dawn of War 2 is to Company of Heroes what Wc3 is to SC, its the same game, with pretty effects and heroes that make the gameplay more about a blob of units rather than a map-wide strategy.
I have heard about Red Alert 3 being played alot online, and the same might be about to happend with C&C4, these games have a somewhat similar feel to them to Starcraft, in that its about building units, getting strategic control, getting more resources and then finally defeating your opponent.
I have virtually no experience regarding the Total Annihilation (Or was it Supreme Commander) series, so if anyone could tell me more about them that would be nice.
Does anyone have any other games that are still being played with good communities (obviously nothing close to Starcraft, but still fairly good)? What is so special about that game?
Tl;DR: SC2 made me tired of SC1, Recommend new RTS games to play.