The long-awaited sequel StarCraft II is easily the biggest PC game release of the 2010, with millions of players around the globe waiting to sign on and engage in massive galactic battles. Being a pop-culture ephemerist, however, I was more interested in what kinds of trinkets and extras came packed into the fancy Collector's Edition of the game, which, handily, just landed on my desk.
Though the basic boxed (or downloadable) version of StarCraft II costs $59--the current standard for mainstream games--the Collector's Edition runs $99, and comes in a large box made of heavy laminated cardboard. Packed inside were all sorts of extras perfect for nonchalantly leaving around the coffee table to show off your Protoss, Terran, or Zerg loyalty.
In the gallery below, check out the unpacked contents of the StarCraft II Collector's Edition box, and then decide if the extras are worth shelling out for in a games marketplace increasingly dominated by non-physical download and cloud-based products.