Why is that? Because people just like to complain. They like to be unhappy and like to have strong opinions and show their ability to see the problem. As soon as complaining about somehting becomes common, everybody siezes the opportunity and hops on the train. You don't really have to go far for a real-life example: even though the quality of life in any western country is the best ever by a long shot, the newspapers across the whole Europe are filled with people complaining about how terrible the crisis is, because they cannot afford a separate car for every family member ...
Maybe the hypothetical new reader, having swiftly left the forum, remembered the lesson from the real western life - that the reality is light years better than its common description - and maybe he gave TL another chance. Hopefully, he got caught by my headline and landed on this blog, becasue this is exactly the place when he may find a second hope. The reason is, that my topic today is: why SC2 is awesome. In fact, this is a very difficult topic, because there is a character limit on the blog and the reasons for the above statement are virtually endless, so I will just contain myself and spell out thethree key points.
Note: it gradually turned out that I had a BW comparison in mind for every point. Yes, I now that I am on TL and that it is the greatest possible heresy, but I consider SC2 far better than BW in every concievable aspect. To avoid making this into a SC2 vs. BW writeup, I have put the BW related part in a spoiler for each point. By reading the spoilers, you accept that you are obliged not to hit your computer with a hammer in the following five minutes. Thanks for understanding.
1. SC2 is unbelievably deep, even for an incompetent player
SC2 is just not some RPG when you run around the world, do some quests and then defeat a final boss and it's over. This is a game with an unbelievable abyss of options. Here I am, having played thousands of games of SC2 and no other game in the last three years, and I still do not feel anywhere near the "end" of the game. In the two-odd years of WoL, I didn't even have the time to get through all the options for one race, not to mention to really try the two others and then they changed everything all in a sudden? I guess I have to play more to try to catch more of HoTS before LotV comes out! The crucial thing here is that even though all these things are pretty difficult, I can, in the end, have fun and success with them. I now that I could probably just macro better and win, but yet I feel hitting the right forcefields, storms and blinks rewarding and awesome.
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But SC2 is nothing in depth when compared to BW! Well, it's probably true, but in BW, I just found it that even though there are almost infinite amazing things, I can put none of it to a good use. Because there I really just have to macro better instead of hitting ... anything. That's why I essentially stopped playing BW a year before SC2 came out and hoped for a miracle, which luckily did happen!
2. SC2 is easy to come and play
The "play" button of the ladder is one of the greatest inventions of humanity. When my friend bought SC2, I heard he is somehow playing with complete strangers, without any apparent effort. I was puzzled, how that works and then just schocked by the simplicity of the whole thing. Honestly, why I haven't thought of that? Years of games when I had to convince some of my friends to play with me, then fight all kinds of network obstacles and spend the evening debugging a router instead of playing, conditioned me so hard that I just couldn't imagine multiplayer experience to be so simple! The sheer ease of finding more, more and more new oponents, on the exactly right skill level is addictive.
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But b.net 0.2 is such a disaster! In BW, we had channels and society and ... And today, you have jabber, facebook and forums - that's what I use to talk to people online. And I use b.net when I want to play! I honestly don't care about any other function of the thing that the matchmaker and the "play" button and these work really, really well. In BW, getting to play a game was sheer horror - I could either join my friends to play, but we were too imbalanced in skill to get really good games, or play with some completely random people, not knowing their skill at all (or I could go to a place like iccup, with a website specificaly designed to deter noobs from joining and a tailor-made unfriendly atmosphere of contrived rules...)
3. SC2 is thrilling to watch
I must admit that, lately, I watch SC2 more than I play it. The amount of high-quality, yet free content is unparalleled. WCS gives the whole year an amazing storyline (particularly with a little bit of help of our amazing Die4ever) and the games, casting and production keep a long-time very high level. Yes, it's not really "big" and the viewership can hardly be compared to LoL or DoTA2 - but why should I care? The interest is big enough to keep the things I want to watch running and the little number in the corner has very little effect on how much I enjoy the content.
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But BW was so much bigger, it was a national sport! Yes, in a nation that speaks a language nobody understands and was almost completely shut down from the rest of the world most of the time. I take niche competition with high-res stream and English production over a Korean national TV rebroadcasted in 240p any time. Also, the graphics is so much better and easier to follow than that of BW.
For me, the last three years, were years of SC2. For a long time, it has stayed as my go-to source of indoor fun (as most of my other hobbies are almost exclusively outdoor). When I want to play something, I play SC2, when I want to watch something, I watch SC2 and I am still not even a little bit bored by it all. feel seriously thankful to Blizzard for doing such a wonderfull game and consider the money spend on SC2 the second best investment of my life (after my bike). The only problem I can ever see in the world of SC2 is the amount of annoying complainers. Something should be really about that!