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I was thinking of writing a program that would essentially call out important timings during a match. This may well be against the spirit of the game, as the awareness it takes to keep those things in your head is part of what it means to play, but I feel like it could really help some players learn the match ups better.
I have two pc's at the same desk, so I would run this program on my other pc and hit run right before the match loads (I suppose you could also tab out and run it, given a certain delay.) The idea is that you run it for your current match up and it would play a sound bite saying things like "check for natural expansion / Check for third base / stim research complete / hive tech started " etc. These should be the earliest times possible for most cases. Ofcourse scouting may show the opponent has not yet done these things, but knowing when it's possible can do a world of a good. I'd like to start with all the general important timings to know from your opponent for PvX, and maybe add in options that assume certain builds or alternate timings.
This wouldn't really be of much assistance for experienced players, these timings go off in their head naturally. However it could help lower league players, as well as players wanting to improve in a certain match up, learn the pace of the game and important things to prepare for.
I'd like your honest feed back on this idea. Let me know of anything you would add or if it's even something I should do. If you think it's dumb, just tell me.
What you are looking to build is something like this I'd imagine:
Cool idea, but it relies on both players playing standard. Any bit of chaos or unexpected opening or just something that delays everything from both players will throw the entire thing off.
there's an iPhone app called the "Build Order Commander" that can be used to display messages. It also calls out build orders that you can set up custom, or download from its community build list. the timer can be set for normal, fast, and faster. pretty good app.
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