Star Trek Online – A Beginners Guide
RPG Nov 03, 2018
Star Trek has been popular in it’s various different formats for over 6 decades, ever since the original series hit television screens in the 1960s. It is therefore not a surprise that Star Trek made on to video games, or that it is available in different guises online. Star Trek continues to have the ability to attract fans of all ages and from many places across the world. So here is a basis guide to introduce you to Star Trek.
The Star Trek franchise began with the long running television series first broadcast in the 1960s. It was created by Gene Roddenberry and it made stars out of the cast including William Shatner and Leonid Nimoy. At that point in time there were no such things as video games. However there were other spin off products from the series including books, films and toys. It also inspired a host of Star Trek board games and pinball games. It was almost literally Trivial Pursuits, but not as we know it, Jim.
There were a few arcade and console games based on Star Trek that were released during the 1970s and the 1980s. Titles include Apple Trek, Video Trek 88, Super Star Trek and Battle Trek. These were played on Altari, Commodore 64, Apple II and DOS based consoles and PCs. Some of the Star Trek games were ground breaking in terms of advancing gaming features and technology. These games led to improved graphics and gameplay that was extended to other game franchises. Notable among the Star Trek games was Super Star Trek that came up with some great looking graphics considering the limits of consoles and PCs at that time. Multi – Trek was among the first games to be put online as we would now term it during 1986. It was developed by a team at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
By the 1980s, Roddenberry decided it was time to revive the Star Trek franchise by bringing in a new version of the show, Star Trek: The Next Generation. By the time this show aired there were video games and it inspired Star trek games. It was surprising that this series only inspired inspired one computer game in the guise of The Next Generation: The Transinium Challenge.
Star Trek game players built up their own communities with all members being devoted to playing and improving Star Trek video games. Such communities mean that there is a constant market for Star Trek games, these games tend to be strong if not spectacular players. In many respects the peak time for the development and sale of such games was between the mid 1990s and the early 2000s.
The Star Trek theme has been popular with the developers of simulator games, as players have been keen to take control of the Enterprise and boldly go where no one has been before. Besides official games there have been a number of MODS developed by fans over the years.
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