In a little corner of geekdom, Starcraft 2 is now in open beta, and two Starcraft fans have been taking it to the next level. Where there are games being played on Battle.Net, these two will be commentating on the games, each with their distinct personalities and machine gun quips on what’s happening on the screen. I played the first Starcraft and have always been interested in the lore behind the games, but these guys make watching people play computer games pretty darn good fun.
Why I’m writing this shout out, is because I’ve been following both HD Starcraft and Husky for more about 4 months, and I’ve seen how their average video views have jumped from under 10,000 to anywhere between 70,000 – 100,000 views each! And while Starcraft 2 is a great game, and you could say they’re riding on the game’s content, their improvement to their own craft has improved so much, I hope they’re on the way to becoming professionals.
Over the months, I’ve seen them improving the quality of the videos and commentary, revealed their faces, incorporated green screen to their DIY videos.. and have perhaps perhaps become the unofficial faces of Starcraft 2, and brought a community of fans together.
Perhaps the greatest compliment is that they’ve organised an invite only tournament dubbed the the HDH Invitational, that features 16 players from around the world and have actually managed to get US$2,450 in prize money from their sponsor, iRip, and the games only in beta!
This is very impressive because, these guys aren’t professionals, I think HD Starcraft just finished university and Husky’s going to enroll soon, they basically built this operation from the ground up out of their homes! Talk about dedication!
Well, I just thought I’d do this shout out, because I enjoy their videos, and if you’re a Starcraft fan of any level, I’m sure you’ll enjoy their videos too!
Here’s the first match between InControl Vs. Nazgul. The audio quality is usually better than this, and cheesy as the intro video is, hey.. remember, this is a ground up operation where they got community members to help out. When was the last time anyone did anything for you like that? And I actually do happen to like B-grade action movies, so this is still fun for me!