What If StarCraft Had Come Out In 1984?

What If StarCraft Had Come Out In 1984?

If Blizzard's classic StarCraft had been released during the early 80s, it might have looked like this.

Artist/illustrator Owen Dennis was a big fan of StarCraft, but what he didn't know was that his uncle had secretly worked on the game at Blizzard - more than a decade before the final product actually came out! "I found this in his closet next to an old Colecovision," said Davis of his rare discovery: An early build of StarCraft developed for a platform similar to the NES or Apple II.

It's a far cry from the StarCraft we know today. It may have the same races of Terran, Zerg, and Protoss, and many of the same units, sure. But we no longer have the top-down perspective; the game is instead played from a side-scrolling point-of-view. Also, Protoss are mad overpowered.

In case you haven't figured it out already, this is a fan-imagined de-make; it's an excellent reimagining of what the legendary StarCraft might have looked like if it had been released in 1984. Frankly, I prefer the game we got - though, knowing how glacial Blizzard's development cycle tends to be, it could very well have been working on StarCraft back in the 80s. Yes, that's right. Blizzard was working on the first SC before it was even a company.

Now that's dedication. (Oh, and so is Owen Dennis' video.)

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Wow o.o now that is certainly impressive!

Some hard work in that!

I saw this yesterday, and my mind was blown.
This is arguably the greatest Youtube video I've ever seen.

Unique perspective and I agree with Radeon, I literally dropped my jaw upon my desk. Th'fuck!?

This blew me right to Mars. Fantastic work.

I think my favorite part of all of this is that the tank noise is the same noise that plays when you enter a cave or dungeon in the original NES Legend of Zelda.

Holy piss up my arse. That is the single greatest video YouTube has ever produced.

That is crazy... I'd play that game if someone actually made it for real!

Also, those protoss are bullshit!

I want to play this game so badly!

Release this as a flash game. It'd be a hit.

If it had been released in 1984, Big Brother would have played it.

awww I was hoping for some George Orwell joke or reference. Oh well...

Hahah, this was pretty great

Every time it selected to make a MRN(Marine) I kept thinking moron. No surprise there. :D

But this is quite awesome. I know I would have enjoyed that. The only thing that was missing was the ghost giving his snarky comments.

I would very much like to play this game. It just goes to show that starcraft would have kicked ass regardless of when it had been made. *Imagines starcraft if it had been like risk*

As impressive as this is, what really astounds me is the unlimited creativity that consistently shows up on the internet. Sure there's a lot of garbage to sift through, but every once in a while a gem emerges. Kudos, good sir.

This is painful to watch....

That was.....wow...No comment on the awesomeness.

Reaper69lol:
This is painful to watch....

Haha, I agree. Good concept but still... That was the age of gaming best left behind. Later retro was where it's at.

I like that one guy felt the need to repost it on youtube, presumably to steal views from the original. Last I saw he had 57 views compared to over 200,000.

What is astounding about this is that he didn't just draw a few sprites and throw something together. He took the time to simulate an entire game with all three races and a range of units and buildings. Complete with special abilities!

And I will forever associate Starcraft in my mind with the Judas Priest albums "Ram it Down" and "Painkiller" ('Hard as Iron' may as well be the Terran Marine anthem). But hey, they still had some darn good albums by 1984 that can also sort of fit the theme.

that kinda retro is just hurtful... i know it brings nostalgia to certain peeps, but its just annoying sounds (no music), and so crappy animations its a wonder why they even bothered and not just stuck with red dot and blue dot.

That was awesome. I don't care if the graphics were a little painful, or some of the sound effects might have been a little annoying, it was still cool.

It also makes me think about dozens of other games that could be de-made, and what it would've been like if that was their original state. I played WarCraft: Orcs vs. Humans when I was five... and that was top of the line graphics back then.

Imagination is fun. :D

Funny video, but this

Artist/illustrator Owen Davis was a big fan of StarCraft, but what he didn't know was that his uncle had secretly worked on the game at Blizzard - more than a decade before the final product actually came out! "I found this in his closet next to an old Colecovision," said Davis of his rare discovery: An early build of StarCraft developed for a platform similar to the NES or Apple II.

makes absolutely no sense.

Why would you name your game StarCraft (which sounds kind of stupid to be honest) if not to make a reference to your previous game, WarCraft? :D

Am I the only one who noticed that the guys name is Owen Dennis?
http://www.owendennis.com/

Yes, that's right. Blizzard was working on the first SC before it was even a company.

False.
From episode 2 of Blizzcast, it becomes pretty obvious that work on StarCraft didnt start until after WarCraft 2.

http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/community/blizzcast/archive/episode2.html

"After we had published Warcraft II. Nick and I spun off and were working on a science-fiction concept for a game that was actually more of an action shooter."

"We had done Warcraft II and now we're interested in trying to do the next RTS outing in science-fiction. And early ideas like 'well, let's blend them together man, we can do this kind of space-vampire-clan-thing and real-time-strategy."

Wiezzen:
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Methinks someone is taking a joke a tad to seriously.

Awesome. Just sheer awesome.

This is a true piece of gaming history.

I hate when that happens...

lol my mind has been blown. That was too beautiful for this world.

Hmm... that actually looks pretty good to be honest. At least for an 8-bit game.

I just love how he got zerg rushed at the start.

Awh, its so cute! and how knows, if it had have come out back in '84 we could be now gettin Starcraft III

-M

 

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