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Drop those pirated copies of the original Starcraft and its Brood Wars expansion now. You can get them free from Blizzard’s own Battle.net platform.

The original StarCraft and its expansion Brood War have been made free by developer Blizzard Entertainment, and has produced a massively revamped version for modern systems.

There’s no catch. The classic version is just free on both PC and Mac.

Along with making the classic Starcraft games free, Blizzard updated these perennial classics with a new 1.18 patch adding a few key features like the ability to toggle between fullscreen and windowed modes (Alt+Enter), an Observer mode, autosaves, improved UI layouts in Battle.net, improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, and more.

On the other hand, Blizzard remastered the original game which, this time, won’t be free– but features graphically refreshed assets, updated supported resolution, audio, and updated story cinematics Blizzard is well known for.

The original StarCraft launched back in March 1998, while Brood War followed in November of the same year.

Get your copy here: PC or MAC

Buy the remastered version here, which, btw, requires the original Starcraft.

You’ll need to register for a battle.net account and install the battle.net app for your system, if you haven’t done so yet.

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