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April 19th, 2017, 20:59
StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War are now free to download:

StarCraft: Brood War Patch 1.18 Patch Notes

Note: When patching StarCraft, please use the ‘Run as Admin’ option; it is required during your first client run to migrate saves and avoid issues from Windows system admin changes.

StarCraft: Brood War Patch 1.18 Patch Notes

StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War are now free. Follow the links here to begin installing:

General
  • Added windowed fullscreen or windowed mode; use Alt+Enter to switch between.
  • Added UTF-8 support.
  • Added cursor clamping in-game while windowed; unclamped in menus.
  • Added Popular Maps to streamline finding games or game types.
  • Added options to display actions per minute.
  • Added Observer mode.
  • Added opponent information when joining a game lobby.
  • Added autosaving for replays.
  • Added an option to display the game timer.
  • Added UPnP support.
  • Updated to a new OpenGL backend.
  • Improved gameplay responsiveness during multiplayer by increasing turn rate to match LAN speeds over Battle.net.
  • Improved UI layout in Battle.net sections.
  • Improved behavior of available lobbies within the ‘Join Game’ section.
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10.
  • Improved anticheat capabilities.
  • Improved installation and patching performance.
  • Mac Beta support now available for 10.11 and up.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed palette issues to correct rainbow water, 80s Kerrigan face in the loading screen, and other graphic glitches.
  • Fixed problems with LAN game discovery.
  • Fixed IME support and other text artifacts in Battle.net menus.
  • LAN and Legacy Battle.net fixes.
Known Issues
  • The profile section is currently unavailable.

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April 19th, 2017, 20:59
Thanks for the news.

StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War download link:

https://battle.net/download/getInsta…gram=STARCRAFT
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April 19th, 2017, 23:11
One of the greatest games of all time.
Have my doubts about getting value for your money on the upcoming enhanced edition but we'll see I suppose.
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April 20th, 2017, 00:43
At least Blizzard see the value of having both old and new versions available to the public separately. A classy move.
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April 20th, 2017, 02:00
Well they can always kill the classic later on via battlenet; I think this is more of free advertising for the new version.
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April 20th, 2017, 02:11
StarCraft is one of the few RTS games to have a great single-player campaign to go along with great multiplayer gameplay. I found the campaign in SC2 very disappointing by comparison.
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April 20th, 2017, 02:21
Well, I've got my free copy now, wewt Time to test my friend's theory of "it's in your blood to love SC".
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April 20th, 2017, 04:20
This is really free? Like, no online junk or account information required? If so I'd be amazed.
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April 20th, 2017, 15:58
Best RTS I've ever played
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April 20th, 2017, 15:59
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At least Blizzard see the value of having both old and new versions available to the public separately. A classy move.
Which other version? SCR is not free.
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April 20th, 2017, 16:05
Nothing like StarCraft/RedAlert LAN parties back in early 2000s
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Which other version? SCR is not free.
SC:BW is now free and it will be left free = version one (or old version)
SCR is not going to be free = version two (or new version)

Unlike how Beamdog does it, SCR will not replace SC:BW.
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April 20th, 2017, 23:02
The most amazing thing is that its backward compatible.

We can play the same game, I can play with BW , you can play with SCR

Or you can play SCR, I can cast/observe using BW and vice-versa
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