Now that I've played BW, I just keep coming back to it despite its rapidly decreasing user base with a good majority of players brushed away planting their seeds anew in such games like DotA 2, League of Legends, StarCraft 2, and just life in general. It's strange though, because even if I get bored of the game play itself and try to play some other video game to capture my attention, I just keep going back to StarCraft. Once you go to StarCraft, you never go back.
The last time I tried StarCraft 2, all of the graphics settings were the lowest possible and still my computer managed to lag an unfathomable amount.
Lag is probably one of my biggest peeves when playing BW. For some reason it feels like there's lag in 50 percent more of the games I join nowadays. It might be just me, but who knows. I feel as though some people can handle lag far better than others, and use it to their advantage. Often times when I play a game and a lag spike that lasts 10 minutes comes up, no one mentions it and they tolerate it to the best of their ability.
When you're playing, you make super fast clicks just to plan ahead of time so you're not on the move command when so and so lings are about to encounter your zealots. For those that adapt to such extreme lag, which makes it seem like you're watching a video that's going at 2 frames per second, you feel debilitated. Slowly your senses go awry as you try to bear with the frustration of having your main Nexus destroyed by 10 zerglings whilst having 8 zealots pain stakingly hut hutting their way to eliminate the evil bugs. Finally once all hope is lost as your main base is wasted away by countless elephants and cracklings, you have no choice to admit defeat, all the while you have this voice in the back of your head convincing you it was the lag that made you lose. Is it a case of who can adapt better?
Nowadays, I go to BW, play a few games with online friends, maybe play some Micro related UMS maps, and call it a day. I might turn on some music to zone out the unsettling squirmy zerg music and sound effects of the hatchery, and after I've finished playing, I call it a day. I already feel like after maybe 1.5 years of playing on and off I've improved compared to the time I first installed the game on day 1, and now that I've reached this far, my ceiling cannot go higher, and to invest time into improving to the next level in a game with a relatively small community just doesn't seem worth it. I'm hoping that there maybe a game of such pure creative strategy that will once again churn the flame of passion within me and literally cause my heart to beat 100 beats per minute just like when I first picked it up and learned of the RTS genre.