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I need my projector to project the WHOLE Starcraft map at once...

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I recently got a projector off Amazon, and I've had this idea kicking around in the back of my head driving me crazy. It's so simple it's elegant.

In a typical game of starcraft, for example, you'll of course be familiar with how the battlefield is typically viewed on a computer monitor, which invariably ends up being a smaller portion of a much larger battlefield terrain.

What I'd like to do is simple, but I don't know how to get it done, technically speaking.

I want to have my projector project the whole battlefield at once, rather than a limited portion of it. Presto! Tabletop starcraft! Now if I could just get it to project the whole map...

Any suggestions?

 

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9 minutes ago, StarcraftRoboticsGuy said:

I recently got a projector off Amazon, and I've had this idea kicking around in the back of my head driving me crazy. It's so simple it's elegant.

In a typical game of starcraft, for example, you'll of course be familiar with how the battlefield is typically viewed on a computer monitor, which invariably ends up being a smaller portion of a much larger battlefield terrain.

What I'd like to do is simple, but I don't know how to get it done, technically speaking.

I want to have my projector project the whole battlefield at once, rather than a limited portion of it. Presto! Tabletop starcraft! Now if I could just get it to project the whole map...

Any suggestions?

 

Not possible unless you can mod the game by changing up the camera.

9 minutes ago, Pepsidog said:

Is starcraft open source?

No, Starcraft is not open source. You can purchase the remastered version through Blizzard, but they do offer the non-remastered version for free through their BATTLE.NET client.

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3 hours ago, GoliathForge said:

reveals the entire map.

I think that means "removes fog of war" and not "zooms out the map".

@StarcraftRoboticsGuy Are you trying to project the running game, or do you just need a map? If the latter, you can probably find images of whole Starcraft maps online.

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10 hours ago, StarcraftRoboticsGuy said:

I want to have my projector project the whole battlefield at once

Apart from the problem, that the software (Starcraft) does not offer you this option, don't forget, that your projector has a limited resolution. So in general, if you have a monitor and a projector with the same resolution, the only difference (besides the image quality) is, that you can choose with a projector how large each pixel is. So you can't show the whole map without a huge loss of detail.

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Yes but let's just suppose that I was projecting a video replay of a game... Now I could project that whole map as a replay, right? So, now I'm thinking, what I'd need to do is find a way to get a live game screen captured, and have that screen capture whisked off to be rendered for the projector display, sort of like a replay in rendered in real time.

Do you follow? Think that could work?

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4 minutes ago, StarcraftRoboticsGuy said:

Yes but let's just suppose that I was projecting a video replay of a game... Now I could project that whole map as a replay, right? So, now I'm thinking, what I'd need to do is find a way to get a live game screen captured, and have that screen capture whisked off to be rendered for the projector display, sort of like a replay in rendered in real time.

Do you follow? Think that could work?

...... what?

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It might be possible to ask (or hack) Starcraft to render the game at a massive resolution, large enough to show the whole map onscreen. If your projector has a HDMI input then you can just treat that as your monitor. But then if the projector only accepts an HD resolution image then you'd need to modify Starcraft to downscale the image, which is probably a non-starter. And it might even be too slow to render the whole at a normal frame rate anyway. (It's only 2D, but wasn't necessarily optimised to take advantage of modern hardware.)

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