No, the link isn't what you expected. Perhaps you expected to see Yellow crying, or FlaSh v Jaedong, or perhaps even Mvp v Squirtle. No. You see I am one of a select few members of the gaming community that appreciates single player. That link addresses the finality of The Trial of Tassadar, mission 8 of the Protoss campaign from the original Starcraft, and with it, the end of civil war between the Conclave and Tassadar's forces. From there Tassadar, Zeratul, Fenix, Raynor and the rest proceed to finish off the Overmind, but not without heavy losses. I bring attention to this clip due to the conversation held by Aldaris, Judicator of the Conclave, and the Dark Templar Prelate, Zeratul. To me, this was the single greatest conversation in all of gaming. The wisdom and experiences of this ancient forsaken protoss is awe-inspiring, and that is only matched by the livid rage and blindness held upon him by Aldaris. Now, I compare that scene, one of Zeratul's finest moments, to this, to what he has become: a forsaken waste.
Perhaps I am not being fair here. The context is completely different. Before, Zeratul was fine either way, regardless of how Aldaris responded. But he of course would prefer Aldaris saw reason, as it would save time, energy, and protoss lives. It's kind of like that moment in Harry Potter's trial in The Order of the Pheonix, when mid-trial Dumbledore tries to convince, a blind Fudge Voldemort had returned, to which he angrily refused to believe.
Now though, in HotS he knows that Kerrigan must live no matter what, thanks to the Overmind's vision. Plus Zeratul saw the hybrids in the Brood War secret mission, after which and I quote "Left with the unsettling knowledge of the Hybrid, Zeratul returned to his ship and left the dark moon behind. Unable to explain his numbing discovery to his companions, he could only sit and fear for the future of the universe..." Understandably, such a discovery, as Duran and the dark moon would be unsettling, and hard to grasp. Therefore, it is somewhat understandable that Zeratul is not the same badass as before. To top it all off, Jack Ritschel, the voice actor for Zeratul died shortly after Brood War was released.
Okay, so that is the counter-argument. I now ask you to review both clips, and recognize how terribly warped Zeratul has become as a character. His role has completely changed from the wise and powerful old mentor type figure that should not be trifled with to the cliche "The end is coming" guy. Recall how until Blizzcon 2014 we were under the impression that Zeratul would be the main character for Legacy of the Void. Even that was taken from him, as now we are Artanis instead.
My point is simple, Blizzard have destroyed one of their greatest creation, and in doing so, proven their inability to reproduce their original success. I don't know why they did what they did, but the differences between Starcraft 1 campaign and Starcraft 2 campaign are unbelievable.
Starcraft 1 was a story of war. It was a story of deception, betrayal, alliances, and mortal enemies. It was the story of James Raynor, a farm boy who wants to do the right thing in the galaxy. It was the story of Tassadar, this incredible selfless hero, who would stop at nothing to save his people, and his homeworld. It was the story of Kerrigan, this powerful human who became a brutal, murderous monster. It was the story of Zeratul. the glue that held it all together.
Starcraft 2....for those of you who don't know, one of the more recent expansions that came out for World of Warcraft was titled Mists of Pandaria. As you can see, the trailer is extremely childish, cliche and silly. Many called it World of Warcraft meets Kung Fu Panda and I don't blame them. That is what happened to Starcraft with the release of Wings of Liberty. I mean look at this crap.
How can that compare in any way to this.or this. Or this...
The glorification of Brood War knows no bounds, and it is surely tiring to those that did not play it, or those that prefer SC2. But those arguments stem from multiplayer. My argument stems from the campaign. Zeratul and the rest of Starcraft 1 has been sorely insulted by the campaigns of Wings and HotS.
We have seen the trailer from Blizzcon as well at the Campaign panel and it is quite clear that this campaign will be exactly like Wings and HotS and thus I have little faith it will be satisfactory. Nonetheless I know eventually I will probably purchase that game because I know no matter what I do, Blizzard wins. Had it not been for Morhaime I doubt Legacy would be in production. I mean, why waste their time when Hearthstone alone promises far more revenue, let alone World of Warcraft, Overwatch etc
I can only hope that Blizzard will return to its beloved roots, but until it does, I can still look back and glorify the hero of my gaming life.
Shoutouts-to those people that are pretty cool and stuff, some say they even have as much pashun as I do:
and anyone else I forgot (I'm sorry to those that I did)