I would like to start out by saying I am definately biased against this project to begin with. I think that porting a fully commercial game that is still on retail and is extremely popular is not something the homebrew community should be doing. The community should be making legal new, fun, original games. A port of Starcraft is something we should be asking Blizzard for. Having said that, this discussion is on whether this program is a Proof of Concept (POC).
If you open up the folder containing the scripts, you will see several: "credits.lua" containing the dev names, "Loser.lua" which is a you died, game over part of the script, "script.lua" which is the main menu coding, "multi.lua" which is the coding for multiplayer, and "single.lua" which contains the singer player coding (what happens after you select Single Player in the menu). "single.lua" is the main programming of the actual "game" part of this program.
Unless my Lua is mistaken, all this script does is move the "character" around and make sure he doesn't go off the map. There is no AI, combat, or anything distinctive of Starcraft. The only connection to Starcraft is in the visuals. But these visuals are all static pictures (including the map) found in the subfolder called "game". I could just as easily replace the pictures and make an entirely different game. For example, if I put a picture of Pacman as "player.PNG" and put a picture of a level being played out as "bgame.jpg", this could be a Pacman POC. If I changed the "menubar.PNG" to a picture from Warcraft's game menu and put a picture of the Warcraft curson as "cursor.PNG" this could be a Warcraft "POC". I could essentialy modify this POC into a Diablo POC, Linkcraft POC, or Donkey Kongcraft POC. Is such a generic file a proof of concept?
So do we and QJ.Net consider a game that is basically a movement script, with some additional credits and a button identifier as a multi script become a "Starcraft POC" for the PSP just because the graphics are static images stolen from Starcraft for Mac/PC? If so, I'm disappointed.
The floor is open to discussion. Please do not flame. If you love this project and would jump off a cliff like Lemming if it meant you would get to spend eternity playing Starcraft, please just say "I think these guys are for real" or "I really love this game." and not "Shut up you retard! This is ze gretest thang since cottge cheese.".
A side note: I will make a formal apology if someone can prove that somewhere in these scripts is something that is distinctly "Starcraft" in the coding. I will also donate all the points I have to that person.
So the question: Can PSPStarcraft be considered a Proof of Concept?