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Fans really are the best bet when it comes to making a new star trek game. Such a game should be made for the fans by the fans. Making a generic game with the star trek title is not really the best way to go. In a month it would be forgotten. A good trek game can last a long time though because of trek fans. I like the idea of players getting to do the starship creator thing for real, building starships and putting your "personal" touch on it, outfitting ships and refitting them. There really is a lot this game can do if it is done right. It is a worthwhile endeavour and since STO appears to be going downward maybe we should use our trek enthusiasm for a bigger purpose.

 

An odd place to put this but anyhoo, I propose that we try to develop a new star trek game, perhaps an RPG like STO is supposed to be. Any of you with programming experience are already one step above the rest. Such a game need not start out as a Halo 3 extravaganza of graphics, movies, music and sound. Even if all we did was establish parameters for such a game I think we'd do very well, even better than the guys doing STO.

 

Why let industry set the standard when we can set the standard for trek games?

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lol.. i like your enthusiasm, didn't you mention something like this a little while ago?.. But how many people can we possibly wrangle together to do this? They would have to have some decent skills to even set the frame work. I imagine it would be possible to something similar to that BSG one thats being done by the fans.. But i think if a game like this was to succeed it would most definitely have to be a MMORPG.

I personally have never looked at game development, what kind of program would you need to use for an endevour such as this?

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I probably did propose that some time ago but I am simply floating the idea that we the fans can do such a game. Taking a lot of effort and time, it would be a huge undertaking NOT to be taken lightly. It wouldn't be WoW but it would be quite a feat.

 

I'm sure the other budding programmers on this site can tell you more about programming than me but if you are new to computer programming, you use a language like C++, javascript, java or even Visual Basic 6.0, all via an IDE or compiler. There are tons of resources (ie. planet source code) on the net covering the large number of popular programming languages.

 

With that I will try to remember not to talk about this so much because it may detract from our enjoyment of this stimulating thread.

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I know that what you just explained, but i thought c++ wouldn't be advanced enough for an undertaking of this stature and visual basic would be off the table wouldn't it?

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Eh?

 

C++ not advanced enough. O_O

 

You can write every possible program you can think off in C++, it may not always be the prettiest or most efficient code for 'the problem' (compared to more specialised languages), but you can write everything. VB, well, given it only works on Wondiz and the recent .NET versions prefer .NET installed on top of that, it's less usefull. There are C++ compilers for just about every system out there too. If you really wanted to and you didn't care for OO code advantages, you could even go for C.

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The only way a game will ever be developed by fans will be if you get a software developer that's chock full of fans.

 

Which I suppose is possible but really, when it comes to MMORPGs - if you're going to make a game of consequence, a lot of the time it's going to be a big, long process that is going to be led by marketing and financial consideration. Which generally means in programming/gameplay terms - the path of least resistance. It's fairly hard to see the game being as good a space sim (well, it's not going to win any favourable comparisons with X-wing vs. TIE fighter...) as EVE (and I'm aware that EVE has evolved considerably - particularly in the type of ships) or as good as vanilla MMORPG as WoW...

 

Of course, as I mentioned when debate of this game previously occurred - we don't know what they're pitching for yet...

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with all do respect to my superior officers, but heres something to bring us back to the topic.

 

i beleive that the project still exists, and i beleive it is still being actively developed, but with everything that happened, and the movie coming out soon, wouldnt it make sense (from the devs pov) to wait, and use the movies [success] as a type of spring board for the game? if the movie makes money, and is popular enough, it could (and would imo) provide the attention needed from the fans and the various industries it would need to recover from all the, whats the word, bullshit, that the game, the companie(s), etc. have gone through, both in finances and reputation. sorry for the curse there, but i just couldnt censor that part. im rambling i know, but, i think you all get the point.

 

any thoughts?

 

-b33z

 

again, all do respect admiral, vice admiral.

 

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Assuming they got the permission from Abrams and co - and as he's involved, I'm betting he's not going to say "sure, have this for free"... so we should assume that in and of itself this isn't a neutral financial proposition - they'd basically be taking a chance on whether or not the film will be a hit... and there's no reason to assume it will be. Not to mention that they've presumably got a considerable amount of content generated thus far that would probably have to be scrapped or modified to fit in with whatever the new Trek has.

 

Of course, that's just assumptions... if they went back to the drawing board when the game changed developers, it might not be such a huge amount of effort to integrate the Star Trek XI logistics. Of course, I'd say you're over thinking it. While there are obvious advantages to using the publicity - although I'd say the fact the game has already changed developer is probably a sign that the the chances of it being out in time to cash in are minute... unless they rush it out and we know what happens when people do that.

 

So... yes, in theory cashing in on the wave of publicity surrounding the film is a good idea but in practice it may be far from a straight forward proposition.

 

Also, no need for deference to post count. Half the jokers here have post counts in the thousands and still gush over Voyager. Just try and be civil and if you show dereference, show it to well reasoned points, common sense and such.

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After all these delays and passings of the buck, I really hope this isn't one huge, epic disappointment.

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Not to mention that they've presumably got a considerable amount of content generated thus far that would probably have to be scrapped or modified to fit in with whatever the new Trek has.

im sure there was a lot of that!

 

Of course, I'd say you're over thinking it. While there are obvious advantages to using the publicity - although I'd say the fact the game has already changed developer is probably a sign that the the chances of it being out in time to cash in are minute... unless they rush it out and we know what happens when people do that.

 

dude, all i am sayin, is that, with all the talk about how the movie is going to help bring ST to a new crowd. "helping to [introduce] the world of ST to new or younger (or whatever), generation/group of fans. and IMO, if that does happen, a new ST game might fair well being released close to (before or after) the release of the movie. (of course that is if the movie does well enough to support something of that size.)

 

So... yes, in theory cashing in on the wave of publicity surrounding the film is a good idea but in practice it may be far from a straight forward proposition.

agreed. but still a possibilty.

 

Also, no need for deference to post count. Half the jokers here have post counts in the thousands and still gush over Voyager. Just try and be civil and if you show dereference, show it to well reasoned points, common sense and such.

honestly, on a personal note, i just like playin the roles is all! hehe...

 

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They announced this one some 4 years ago I think? It was supposed to be out this year I think but they keep pushing it back. Pushing it back post may 2008 might be a risky thing to do. I agree with the above comment that things aren't looking too good for this film. After all, it's only called 'Star Trek', how original is that? Not very.

 

This game might have been better off if they had just got the game complete and out on the market by now. Waiting for some big break to happen is a bad move and can really hurt and tarnish any future trek game productions. Based on what we've seen so far I'd have to say that their approach is uninspired, weak and doomed to failure.

 

It's amazing that with a universe so complete as star trek, that they would have creative problems getting this game completed and us buying and enjoying it. Making good games is not that hard, just look at star wars. They've been making these games for what 20 years and still going strong. The way gaming technology is nowadays they can make amazing star trek games off of a rich, vast universe we've enjoyed for over 40 years.

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