It's a cheat code from StarCraft to reveal entire map, but different from other cheat code, it's really hard to understand.

I can understand most cheat codes:

  • show me the money - get a lot of mine and gas
  • whats mine is mine - get some mine(a pun)
  • breath deep - get some gas


So, what does "black sheep wall" really mean? Is there a story behind it?

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    This has nothing to do with learning English, this has to do with video game meta. Vote to close. May 16, 2016 at 2:22
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    This question is about English. It's asking what the phrase "black sheep wall" means, on the analogy that most the cheat codes of Starcraft are based on actual English phrases. It is a reasonable expectation of the OP and hundreds of thousands of non-native speakers that the phrase means something idiomatic. It happens that it doesn't, probably; but that is not the OP's fault and I don't see this as a reason to close. We've kept open other questions asking about such things as errors, misprints,which few learners will stumble across, but this cheat code phrase is well-known. May 16, 2016 at 2:48
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    @AlanCarmack If it was idiomatic at least there should be some results from a web search. Literally it is what it says. In the context of the meaning in a video game or other media, which is what the OP asks, it is off-topic.
    – user3169
    May 16, 2016 at 3:01
  • @Sayakiss I have edited my answer, and one correction is that the song "Black Sheep Wall" did come before the game.... so it's possible the code alludes to the song. May 16, 2016 at 3:05
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    I am voting to reopen the question because it could be helpful to current and future users of this community.
    – user24743
    May 16, 2016 at 4:00

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Black sheep wall itself is not an idiom or saying in English like many of the other cheat codes.

However, a black sheep is a family member who does not live up to the parents' or family's expectations. Or one kid who "goes bad" while all the other kids do great. It could be that the wall lets you see all the black sheep (i. e., the aliens).

There is a song "Black Sheep Wall" by The Innocence Mission. The album that the song is on was released in mid-1989, years before Starcraft was first released, March 1998. Some Starcraft fans say the cheat code refers to the song title. The song is, here on YouTube and you can Google the lyrics yourself.

There is now a band called Black Sheep Wall that is allegedly named after the cheat code.

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    From the lyrics, the black sheep wall is the wall to keep "me"(a normal person) from the black sheep. And black sheep is something dangerous and we don't want to see it. So I think the Fog of War in StarCraft is the black sheep wall...
    – Sayakiss
    May 16, 2016 at 3:35
  • @Sayakiss Maybe. But when you use black sheep wall (expose entire map) you can still enable fog of war, if I understand the codes correctly. But it is definitely interesting to think about what black sheep wall means and that can depend on how the phrase is grammatically interpreted: is it a wall to protect from black sheep, is it a wall made of black sheep, etc. This last part is definitely a matter of English learning and I will edit my answer later to reflect that. May 16, 2016 at 14:03

How I interpret it is that "black sheep wall" is saying the black wall of fog is made of black sheep, which from the camera's perspective would look like a black mass. But black sheep don't block vision.

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