1 down, 24 to go. This is the list of At the Buzzer’s top 25 games of all-time. For more information on how this whole thing works or for the other games on the list, check out the Related Links at the bottom of this post.
24) StarCraft (PC)
Chris: Has there been a bigger PC game than StarCraft? Some other franchises have also been pretty huge (The Sims, Diablo, WarCraft, etc.), but at the very least, StarCraft has to be way up on the list. SC became the blueprint for the real-time strategy game because of its tactical depth and emphasis on resource management. Its multiplayer through Battle.net became wildly popular, thanks in part to being able to get eight players on board with just one CD and product key. At my high school, SC was the game of choice at the computer lab most of the time, beating out other LAN classics like Age of Empires. StarCraft also set the stage for competitive play in the genre, a blueprint that recent games like Defense of the Ancients and League of Legends have followed to create a booming eSports scene — where hundreds of thousands of people watch live streams and tens of thousands of dollars can be won as prize money. Between its gameplay and its voice acting, StarCraft was way ahead of its time, and it’s part of the reason why Blizzard Entertainment has become one of the biggest developers in all of gaming. It’s hard to believe that it took more than a decade to get a sequel — or that it’s been 14 years since the first game came out.