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Star Trek ……On Line……..

An employee of Cryptic Studios plays a beta version of the game at the company's headquarters in Los Gatos, Ca.

I’ve watched Star Trek for several decades (Whew!) and the show is just very good for me…….with the last movie bringing the name and ‘brand’ back even stronger….. it’s no wonder that the craze has become a big deal on the net’…….

Here’s a sample of a piece on the online game from Cryptic and Atari that is due to be released very soon….

At the offices of video game developer Cryptic Studios in Northern California, certain rooms look like a Trekkie’s nirvana: Posters from the television series “Deep Space 9” and movies “Generations” and “Nemesis” line the walls, along with original sketches of the Borg Queen and new designs for Federation ships.

Those who became Trekkies in the past year, however, might not be so dazzled. There are no posters, no sketches, and almost no trace of last year’s J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Trek” movie that relaunched the dormant franchise.


FOR THE RECORD: In an earlier version of this article, it was stated that the game is set in 2049. It is set in 2409.


In Star Trek Online, which Cryptic and publisher Atari will release Tuesday after more than two years of production, there’s no evidence of the Abrams film that went back in time to tell the story of youthful Kirk and Spock at Starfleet Academy. Instead, the game is set in 2409, about 20 years after 2002’s “Star Trek: Nemesis,” the final movie starring the “Next Generation” cast.

Like the ultra-successful World of Warcraft, Cryptic’s new title is a massive multi-player online (MMO) game, in which players pay $15 a month to interact in a virtual world. For Star Trek Online, that includes flying through space at warp 9 and beaming down to alien planets.

Many video games based on movies and TV shows find their fates decided by the vagaries of Hollywood. Last year’s hit Batman: Arkham Asylum benefited from the massive success of “The Dark Knight” in 2008, even though it features a new story. French publisher Ubisoft’s plan to produce a “Heroes” video game, however, was scrapped after ratings for the NBC series tanked.

So the pool of fans for Star Trek Online is exponentially larger than a year ago thanks to the success of the new movie. But because the new “Star Trek” is so different from the old version on which the game is based, the game may have a tough time appealing to a new generation of Trekkies.

February 4, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Computers, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Space, Travel, Updates | , | Leave a comment

AVATAR, District 9 and Star Trek……..and a 'Oscar'?

Sci -Fi is big this year…..We all need to get away from our troubles of today……

But could it be big enough for an “OSCAR”?

Slasher films, pot comedies, anything starring The Rock — there are some movies that no one expects to win Academy Awards. And traditionally, Oscar’s no-fly list has included science fiction. Academy Award-winning films are supposed to be serious, weighty, historical — if your movie takes place in a galaxy far, far away, well, you can leave your tuxedo in the closet until it’s time to accept a somewhat less prestigious prize shaped like a rocket ship.

This year, however, is looking like a breakthrough year for sci-fi, as the alien vehicles “Avatar,” “District 9” and “Star Trek” have earned critical praise and accolades from the industry groups that tend to foreshadow Oscar nominations. Thanks to a convergence of factors, including the expansion of the best picture category from five movies to 10, the ascendance of the post-“Star Wars” generation in Hollywood and the imposing box office success of James Cameron’s “Avatar,” this Rodney Dangerfield of movie genres looks like it may finally win some respect come Oscar time.

“The academy has always thought of sci-fi as a secondary type of exploitation film,” says Roger Corman, who was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in November, in large part for his role in producing the low-budget sci-fi films that gave directors like Cameron their start. “They’re only beginning to realize that there is seriousness and depth within the genre.”

A sci-fi film has never won best picture, and to a certain generation of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members the genre is still the ignoble territory of the drive-in, the rubber suit, the B actor. In 1968, influential film critic Pauline Kael called Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” “a monumentally unimaginative movie. . . . If big film directors are to get credit for doing badly what others have been doing brilliantly for years with no money, just because they’ve put it on the big screen, then businessmen are greater than poets and theft is art.” It seems many in the academy agreed with Kael’s dismissal of “2001,” because Kubrick’s now iconic film earned only one Oscar, for its special effects, and was not nominated for best picture.

For the rest of the piece…….Link…....

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Family, Fiction, Media, Men, Movies, Travel, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

AVATAR, District 9 and Star Trek……..and a ‘Oscar’?

Sci -Fi is big this year…..We all need to get away from our troubles of today……

But could it be big enough for an “OSCAR”?

Slasher films, pot comedies, anything starring The Rock — there are some movies that no one expects to win Academy Awards. And traditionally, Oscar’s no-fly list has included science fiction. Academy Award-winning films are supposed to be serious, weighty, historical — if your movie takes place in a galaxy far, far away, well, you can leave your tuxedo in the closet until it’s time to accept a somewhat less prestigious prize shaped like a rocket ship.

This year, however, is looking like a breakthrough year for sci-fi, as the alien vehicles “Avatar,” “District 9” and “Star Trek” have earned critical praise and accolades from the industry groups that tend to foreshadow Oscar nominations. Thanks to a convergence of factors, including the expansion of the best picture category from five movies to 10, the ascendance of the post-“Star Wars” generation in Hollywood and the imposing box office success of James Cameron’s “Avatar,” this Rodney Dangerfield of movie genres looks like it may finally win some respect come Oscar time.

“The academy has always thought of sci-fi as a secondary type of exploitation film,” says Roger Corman, who was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in November, in large part for his role in producing the low-budget sci-fi films that gave directors like Cameron their start. “They’re only beginning to realize that there is seriousness and depth within the genre.”

A sci-fi film has never won best picture, and to a certain generation of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members the genre is still the ignoble territory of the drive-in, the rubber suit, the B actor. In 1968, influential film critic Pauline Kael called Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” “a monumentally unimaginative movie. . . . If big film directors are to get credit for doing badly what others have been doing brilliantly for years with no money, just because they’ve put it on the big screen, then businessmen are greater than poets and theft is art.” It seems many in the academy agreed with Kael’s dismissal of “2001,” because Kubrick’s now iconic film earned only one Oscar, for its special effects, and was not nominated for best picture.

For the rest of the piece…….Link…....

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Family, Fiction, Media, Men, Movies, Travel, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

Star Trek comes out on DVD disc today…..

I went to see the latest Star Trek movie in the theatre, having seen every one of the Star Trek movies, and just about all the middle generation Star Trek TV show’s….(The last one ended as a cop-out…just a dream?)

This movie was awesome!..so I’ll be going out to get my disc this weekend…..And Spock gets the girl! ……Oh !

Note: You can get the movie in three versions, regular 1 disc DVD (just the movie), a two disc DVD set with a few extra’s, and a three disc Blue Ray version, with how they did it)

November 17, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment | , , , , , | Leave a comment

What can we do with Iran?

The popular thinking around here is the administration is doing its best in talking to Iran…I did a post on that…..then I check a few sites a few days later, and my question given in the post is sitting there,  screaming from everyone  else…..Is the President getting rolled?……the final thing in this story is the piece in the New York Times declaring that the UN thinks that Iran has the knowhow to make a bomb……duh?

Listen folks…..I wouldn’t want Obama’s job…..nope…I’ll take the plane, and not having to wait on line, anywhere…but not the decision on this one……

Iran is what they would call in Star Trek…a Kobayashi Maru , or  a’No-Win’ situation…….

As I posted before, Iran’s political administration wants a nuclear bomb, and so does its people……while they have made concession’s in the past week in Geneva…the fact remains that they are busily working to achieve their goal……I mentioned the carrot and the stick……well I believe in that, but lets face it……in the end, sanctions are not going to stop them….we know it, and so does the President, he’s not dumb…I mentioned the Israeli’s, as the stick…..while a defensive strike by them would set things back…..the entire Middle East peace movement dies with that action…and there is no guarantee that the Israeli Defense Force will eviscerate the whole program…( I cannot see this president sending American aircraft to do the job, it’s not him)……..

So in the end, I for one, don’t have a hard answer…..I’ll bet no one else out there …..has one either………

October 4, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , | 2 Comments