Why We Play StarCraft

In May 1997, Computer Gaming World magazine featured a cover that would prove to be deeply controversial among real-time strategy fans. It featured StarCraft's trademark Hydralisk alongside the caption "Best Strategy Game Yet!", a proclamation that raised the ire of everyone from Command & Conquer diehards to Civilization enthusiasts. Even internally, the magazine's staff shared a heated debate over the headline as well. It was a dangerous bold statement, especially given that StarCraft was still more than a year away from release.

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