rts should really be rtt


As indicated by the title, this is the first of (hopefully) many blog postings 
 
Surprisingly, even though i've been a member of the giant bomb community for a few years, i never really gave back to the community. Well, that time has come! 
God, this must sound boring to anyong reading.  What should i talk about? Games, yes games, or something.  Well to start  off, ill talk about strategy games, seeing as thats one of the primary genres for the PC market.  One of my personal pet peeves about terminoligy in the RTS (real time strategy) genre is that the term "strategy" is somewhat of a misnomer.  There are few games that truely deserve the term strategy. For example, One of my favorite "strategy" game, Warcraft 3: The frozen throne is less about strategy, (ie, the management of resources, the production and training of an army, and the movement of said army to a more tactically advantagous location) and is more about tactics.  You see, once an engagement begins, all the strategy that you  used to get  that specific army  in that specific place disappear, and battlefield tactics take over.  Using X spell at Y time, and moving soldier A to point B to cutt off the enemy's escape, and so on an so forth.  It seems  in the majority of rts games tactics is confused for  strategy.  To use Starcraft slang, it is the difference between Micro, and Macro.  The only truely real-time strategy games i can think of off the top of my head are  Sins of a solar empire, Supreme commander, and to some extent, the age of empire games.
 
Anyway, i don't want to bore any potential readers by my rant 
Brian
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Posted by snoreski

As indicated by the title, this is the first of (hopefully) many blog postings 
 
Surprisingly, even though i've been a member of the giant bomb community for a few years, i never really gave back to the community. Well, that time has come! 
God, this must sound boring to anyong reading.  What should i talk about? Games, yes games, or something.  Well to start  off, ill talk about strategy games, seeing as thats one of the primary genres for the PC market.  One of my personal pet peeves about terminoligy in the RTS (real time strategy) genre is that the term "strategy" is somewhat of a misnomer.  There are few games that truely deserve the term strategy. For example, One of my favorite "strategy" game, Warcraft 3: The frozen throne is less about strategy, (ie, the management of resources, the production and training of an army, and the movement of said army to a more tactically advantagous location) and is more about tactics.  You see, once an engagement begins, all the strategy that you  used to get  that specific army  in that specific place disappear, and battlefield tactics take over.  Using X spell at Y time, and moving soldier A to point B to cutt off the enemy's escape, and so on an so forth.  It seems  in the majority of rts games tactics is confused for  strategy.  To use Starcraft slang, it is the difference between Micro, and Macro.  The only truely real-time strategy games i can think of off the top of my head are  Sins of a solar empire, Supreme commander, and to some extent, the age of empire games.
 
Anyway, i don't want to bore any potential readers by my rant 
Brian
Posted by kishan6

a few years= 1 year 
 
anyways 
no it should still be called rts 
tactics are strategies that you employ in the game

Posted by jkz

strategy is a general plan or set of plans intended to achieve something, especially over a long period.  
  
Tactics are the methods that you choose to use in order to achieve what you want in a particular situation.  
 
Seems like both are reasonable, although I see your point in that tactics generally refer to stratagems taking place on a smaller scale, while strategy generally refers to larger scale stratagems (as in the Total War series). However, the two words tend to overlap so much that its a needless distinction.   

Posted by snoreski

Its true that the distinction is rather needless, i just nedded something that i could talk abouit for a good amount of length 
but the reasoning i used when thinking this out was real life military operations.  The captains and tactial commanders in the armies give  ordesrs so that n battle is won, while admirals and generals decide WHERE the battles are fought and allocate the troops and such. Jukezypoo said it just fine. 
The total war games are an amazing blend of tactics and strategy, which is why they are so good.
Posted by Xeiphyer

I think you are confused about the meaning of strategy. 
 
Strategy is all encompassing, its everything you do to reach your goal, generally that is winning. The tactics you employ are part of that strategy.
 
Also, you should probably get some formatting on your blog, its getting into text block territory.

Posted by Skytylz

Is it suddenly cool to bump old threads?

Posted by Meteora
@Skytylz: The entire forums is glitched with bumped threads, so expect it to get a bit worse when people don't read when the last post was.
Posted by RVonE
@Meteora said:
" @Skytylz: The entire forums is glitched with bumped threads, so expect it to get a bit worse when people don't read when the last post was. "

Is it really a glitch?