Star Trek, Stargate Worlds, Star Wars Online, Mr. T in WoW

In my last post I complained about the occasionally hard life of a PC Gamer, and complained about my malfunctioning brand new GTX260, thankfully I was able to find out what the problem was (leftover bits of driver, I rectified the issue with driver sweeper and reinstalled). Of course once my PC was back on its feet my new PS3 (just over a week old) decided to flash the Yellow Light of Death right when I was nearing the end of Uncharted 2… nuts. They say bad news comes in threes, if that’s true then I’ve got one more lovely surprise coming my way, perhaps I’ll log into to Age of Conan and find all my AoC gold has mysteriously vanished?

Building bridges is all well and good, but actually playing in them, and firing a wide spread of high yield photon torpedoes? Now that’s just gravy. 1up got in touch with Cryptic Studios’, Craig Zinkievich and confirmed that ship bridges will actually feature in Star Trek Online at launch… something I’d assumed for the longest time. Says Craig;

We didn’t want to have interiors at launch. We thought it was just a little bit too much. We really wanted to make sure we delivered a really deep experience , but your bridge not being in the game, it really felt like a whole in the game, and it was just something that we had to put in.

I should say so, I really find it hard to fathom how they thought it would be a good idea to release a Star Trek game with no ship bridges. Here’s hoping they have to good sense to include other ship interiors down the line. Zinkievich goes on to mention that there will be roughly twenty bridges with designs culled from everything from The Original Series to Enterprise, and that the bridges will serve primarily as social hubs (which is weird) where players can interact with bridge NPC’s and other players.

The STO hype train continues with Cryptic releasing the first images of the game’s box art, I would link you to the STO website, but it’s down right now (probably being revamped and redesigned for the game’s launch?) Anyway, you can see the box art here. It looks neat, kinda like the Voyager: Elite Force covers, the only problem I have with it is the same one I’ve had will most of the trailers thus far, i.e. they seem to sell the game as being all action, obviously boobs and guns sell games, but Trek’s always been more about diplomacy, something Cryptic swear they’ve adhered to, let’s hope they’re as good as their word.

From one long running sci-fi franchise dear to my heart to another, this time the team at Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment have let us know they’re still plugging away at Stargate Worlds (as should have been evident by the game’s cameo appearance in the pilot episode of Stargate Universe a few weeks back).

Like STO, Stargate Worlds is a game that’s seen its first share of development issues. MGM has been trying to get a Stargate game off the ground for years, the closest they came was a pretty decent looking PC first person shooter based on the SG1 team, it was being developed by JoWood, and then… it died, apparently to give way to Stargate Worlds, which itself suffered no end of troubles. Despite the backing of MGM, and numerous rounds of funding, Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment has repeatedly run out of money and almost had to close down production, add to this the fact that the game just doesn’t look too hot, and you’ve got a recipe for development hell.

But enough of the past, on to the present, CME’s sent a message out to Gaters, thanking them for their support through the hard times;

We know you expect nothing less than AAA content in Stargate Worlds. Our development team is working hard to give you along with some additional exciting news we will be revealing very soon! We want to thank everyone for their continued support and passion for Stargate Worlds and we can’t wait to show you more of what we’ve been cooking up over here.

You’ll have to excuse me for being cynical but I bet you 1,000 wow gold CME won’t come up with the goods, I foresee an Star Trek Online style handing over of power somewhere over the next year when it becomes clear that CME simply can’t deliver. You can have a gander at CME’s latest efforts on the Stargate World’s screenshot page.

From one long running sci-fi franchise dear to….er, you know the rest, like STO, Star Wars: The Old Republic is also ramping up for a launch next year, and the steady flow of info out of Bioware continues unabated this week with the reveal of the Imperial Agent. Now I’ll admit I’m not as big a ‘Wars fan as I am a Trekkie, but I don’t recall ever seeing these guys in the movies, they might have popped up in the expanded universe though. Whatever the case, they sound like fun, I could be wrong but they seem sort of like a ranger or scout class.

There’s no beating around the bush, these rumored Fallout MMO screens are yoogly. I know MMO’s generally don’t look their best while in alpha, but… just not good. Now, I love Fallout 3, but I was kinda okay with Interplay making an MMO with the license and not Bethesda, however, if it’s going to look anything like that there, then I kinda hope Bethesda comes out on top regarding their current squabble over the license, if only to make sure Interplay doesn’t  make this MMO.

Alright you lot, that’s it for me, I’m off to go make some bread and butter pudding for later, and probably fire up my newly Steam-downloaded copy of Crysis.


It had to happen. Mr. T returns to World of Warcraft, and this time he’s packin’ heat.

Random thought #1: Hey NCsoft, you know leading up to Christmas would be a great time for an Aion trial, make it happen.