Blizzard Entertainment has announced the release of Mac OS X-native versions of the game StarCraft and its add-on expansion pack, StarCraft: Brood War. Mac gamers who use Mac OS X 10.1 or later can now play the game using a Carbonized application.
StarCraft is Blizzard's enormously popular real-time strategy game that puts players in control of one of three different spacefaring species: the heavily armored Terrans, the Zerg hive-mind, or the technologically advanced and psionically powerful Protoss. Brood War continues the saga by incorporating new story elements, new units and new environments on which to fight.
StarCraft and its add-on pack both feature extensive single-player missions and campaigns, but the secret to the series' enduring popularity has been its online play elements, which are enjoyed the world over by users of Blizzard's own Battle.net online service.
If you already own StarCraft, StarCraft: Brood War, or the StarCraft Battle Chest and you'd like to download StarCraft or StarCraft: Brood War for Mac OS X, simply visit the Blizzard Entertainment Web site and download the new patches.
StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War are the first two Blizzard games to be updated to play natively on Mac OS X 10.1 or higher. Blizzard has not announced specific plans to update any other games, but the company referred to its "continuing support of Macintosh gamers" with the release of these two updates -- hopefully that support will continue with Mac OS X updates of more recent releases like Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction.
If you're a Diablo II player, you may want to be aware of the release of a new Macintosh patch for Diablo II. The new 1.09d patch purportedly fixes a problem that would cause Mac users to be kicked out of chat on Battle.net at random intervals. Please bear in mind that unlike the StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War patches mentioned above, this update does not add Mac OS X native support for Diablo II.
This story, "OS X versions of Starcraft, Brood War now available" was originally published by PCWorld.