Starcraft II ‘melting’ some video cards

We always knew that Starcraft II would give your PC a pretty intensive graphical workout, but we didn’t expect that it would cause it to actually burn out. Some gamers have said that playing the sci-fi RTS caused their graphics cards to overheat, and tis has now been confirmed by Blizzard.

Some players of StarCraft have reported overheating problems when playing the game. In some cases, the machines have been physically damaged.

To their credit, Blizzard have stepped up and (pretty much) admitted that there is a problem. In  post to the Starcraft II forums it said that “Certain screens make your hardware work pretty hard.” Well, yes. Understatement.

“Screens that are light on detail may make your system overheat if cooling is overall insufficient,” the post continued, “This is because the game has nothing to do so it is primarily just working on drawing the screen very quickly.”

So this is actually the menu screen, rather than the actual game. Fairly ironic, when you think of it.

Luckily, the same forum post contains a workaround – just search for the Documents\StarCraft II Beta\variables.txt file and ann teh lines


Save the file, then run the game and all should be well.

Out July 27th | £30 | Blizzard

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