StarCraft II has been one of the most anticipated games in the last half dozen years and now that it’s here and upon us something was bound to happen. Has StarCraft II melted your machine yet? Blizzard has officially admitted that it’s a known issue and that there is a fix to it all.
StarCraft II’s menu screens aren’t framerate-limited, which means that when there’s nothing else happening, your graphics hardware renders the shit out of those screens, causing some bad overheating problems. Not to worry though the fix-up is easy, requiring players to add only a few of the following lines to your “Documents\StarCraft II Beta\variables.txt” “Documents\StarCraft II\variables.txt” file (nice catch, commenter LegolElf):
From Blizzard Customer Service:
The installer allows multiple copies of the game to be installed
Unlike previous Blizzard installers, this one will always let you install another copy of the game. It does not check for previous installations so be careful of how many folders you end up making.
Compatibility Modes will not work properly
Attempting to run StarCraft 2 on a compatibility mode (Windows XP SP3 from Windows 7, for example) will make it crash. Please run the game normally.
Certain screens make your hardware work pretty hard
Screens that are light on detail may make your system overheat if cooling is overall insufficient. This is because the game has nothing to do so it is primarily just working on drawing the screen very quickly. A temporary workaround is to go to your Documents\StarCraft II Beta\variables.txt file and add these lines:
You may replace these numbers if you want to.
User report – Security program flagging the beta downloader as a trojan
We had some reports where a security program might flag the beta downloader as a trojan. It is a false positive.
There have been multiple reports of black screen issues being related to the use of a Quick Cam webcam.
In some cases exiting out of the software has resolved the issue but others have reported a need to uninstall the software for the camera in order to resolve the problem.
There are also reports where some security programs like Comodo firewall can cause the game to start and stay on a black screen.
For those poor people that installed the game before reading this, we feel your pain as it has happened to one of our staff, so a heads up from Blizzard would have been nice before the problem got out of hand.
If you’re one of the few people that didn’t purchase Blizzard’s StarCraft II, you can view the specs for the game here.