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[Wired] Study Predicts Which StarCraft Race Will Conquer Space

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http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2013/03/starcraft-races-study/
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Will it be Zerg? Terran? Protoss? For the last 15 years, the three races of the perennially popular science fiction strategy game StarCraft have waged war across the Koprulu Sector on the outskirts of the Milky Way galaxy. Their armies have been painstakingly balanced against each other by the game’s developer Blizzard to ensure that fans could battle online forever with no race gaining a clear advantage.

However, a pair of researchers at the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh took it upon themselves to find out which race would ultimately triumph if given enough time. Thomas Targett and Duncan Forgan observed competitive StarCraft II matches, then dropped the collected data into statistical models.

Humans.
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They are biased..
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While an interesting read. It doesn't really look at the races from starcraft 2 lore point of view. Right now the multiplayer meta game is mostly based around with Terran being agressive early game while Protoss and Zerg are more passive while they build towards a macro game. In lore I doubt they would battle each other like this all the time.
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Someone put up a study "proving" that one of the three races would win?

I sense a disturbance in the flame-war.

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Wow... it seems like the authors were 2 casual players. They dont take into account map architecture , nor does the simulation evolve. Does Macro Zerg beat Micro Protos when Zerg Defends... go...

They are combining 2 things that have 0 correlation. Do crazy calculations about game mechanics and ballance, cool, fun. But dont try to tie that into how it would fair in the real world, especially when you dont take lore into account.

Reminds me of one of my college roommates. He was playing WoW and wondered how big does a hippogryph need to be to play an average human. Being an aeronautical engineer, he starts cramming the numbers... then suddenly half way trough the complex equation, a mage throws a huge fireball and kills his character. He then realized it was just a game, and completely pointless to figure this stuff out.
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They are biased..

Haha. I see what you did there.
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Wow... it seems like the authors were 2 casual players. They dont take into account map architecture , nor does the simulation evolve. Does Macro Zerg beat Micro Protos when Zerg Defends... go...

They are combining 2 things that have 0 correlation. Do crazy calculations about game mechanics and ballance, cool, fun. But dont try to tie that into how it would fair in the real world, especially when you dont take lore into account.

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Sample set... extrapolate. Details don't matter as much as you may think.

They already stated it was pointless but fun.


Note, humans barely win..... so basically, it is even.
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They are biased..
well played, mate. tongue.gif
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Easy. Protoss are already at their peak, humans are not and zerg are you know zerg.
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