This is to vent out some of my frustration that pop out each time a thread turns into bw vs sc2. I have my opinion on the subject, but that's not really in question.
First, it's pretty funny how semantics are used in those debates. While most people say BW, there are quite a few people who would rather talk about sc1. Of course that's not innocent, and they are usually bw opponents. Ah, what's in a name ? In this case, there is a lot : by mentionning the number, it is a lot easier to talk of BW as of something of the past.
Ahh, the power of semantics^^
Which leads me to the next thing. People that follow bw are not nostalgic. Of course they can be nostlagic about some stuffs, like one base TvZ play, Boxer bunker rushing Yellow (those people are bad human beings^^), foreigners beating koreans in WCG (Androis, PJ etc), but we are not nostlagic of the game.
A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.
Well, yeah, BW is not the past. It can still be played, buyed (it must be the oldest game with BG1 still sold to the store where I buy video games), and moreover watched. I'd even say that the average quality of games has never been as high, and watching as enjoyable (if you don't hate Flash I guess).
And so, nostlagia is not the reason we like bw graphics. Guess what, I picked up Planescape Torment a month ago, and I did not find the game ugly. I picked up FF6 6 years ago, and I found the graphics pretty (and I still do). There are many people who enjoy pre 1420 paintings, and even more than some more "realist" paintings from the 19th. Would you call that nostalgia ?
Therefore, I implore everyone to stop saying stuff like "bw was", or "in bw there was". Present.
The most annoying anti-bw posts in my opinion are of course the "sc2 is less about mechanics and more about strategy" type (the formulation chosen here is pretty optimistic). Well, if someone thinks that, he just does not know anything about BW.
By the way I regularly watch a few SC2 games, if only to make fun of my IRL friends who follow that scene (btw blizzard, please make zerg stronger, I need Zergbong to be good^^). And because, we may never know, I might enjoy some one day.
Oh I also often watch Quake games, and I find that extremely entertaining, so maybe we're not as close minded and elitist as some might think.
Finally, another sort of annoying post is the random BW fan who bash sc2 without reason ("sc2 still sucks lol"). I like to believe we're an awesome community, please don't make me ashamed.
PS: I love you manifesto7, and you all bw streamers, and everyone else who still cares about BW =)
PPS : I'm a bit tired ATM, I hope I won't offend anyone.