So I found another disc cover to Starcraft, while hunting through a box of old stuff – so I made another Battle.net account and added the CD key to it so we could play some multiplayer. I installed the second copy on the downstairs computer and my brother in law and I played it for a bit last night.
Holy… shit… either I’ve gotten much worse or the AI has seriously been improved in the ~6 years it’s been since I played it last. Maybe it’s the result of those bot competitions or something, but it’s not a case of stomping down some stupid scanner software enemy anymore, for me anyway. I can beat one AI in a versus match if it’s on “slow” speed or lower… normal is a war of attrition that usually involves me eventually losing, and fast/faster almost always ends up with me being caught with my pants down.
Needless to say I can absolutely spank my brother in law at it though.