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October 26, 2012

Boldly going where no Star Trek fan has gone before

Artemis Game Logo

Let me introduce you to Artemis, the starship bridge simulator where you get the chance to captain your own starship along with your very own crew. There are 6 possible roles: captain, helmsman, weapons officer, engineer, science officer and communications officer – everyone but the captain (who is issuing the orders) gets their own screen and you all need to work together in your respective roles to complete the mission. Artemis is not an official Star Trek game, but it’s every Trek fans dream, just choose your role and get started.

How it works?

Whoever hosts the game is the captain, everyone else then connects to the captains computer via the IP address, and although the game creator designed the game with all members of the crew being in the same room (like a real starship bridge), version 1.1 added a server option that lets you adjust the network update speed, so Artemis plays across the internet as well and you can link up with your crew over voice chat. The game can be downloaded from the Artemis website here: https://sites.fastspring.com/artemis/instant/artemisspaceshipbridgesimulator and costs £26 – but one copy of the game is enough for a 6-person crew, this copy is onto each of the crew PCs.

There is a demo version of the game, but this only gives you the helmsman and weapons officer stations. Also, to play the full version you can just have a helmsman, weapons officer and captain, so a 3-man crew is possible.

What do you need to play?

A Windows PC (although you can get it to work on a Mac using various methods of course) running DirectX 9 and a crew.

Check out the You Tube video below for a great example of the gameplay:

For more information about Artemis visit the website: http://www.artemis.eochu.com/

October 21, 2012

Star Trek 2013 at Destination Star Trek London

TK and Sy at DSTL 2012Today saw the close of Destination Star Trek London (DSTL), there was something for every fan with all five captains in attendance: William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Scott Bakula. The new Star Trek game which is due for release in early 2013, showcased at both E3 and Gamescom, was also at DSTL where they again showed the 3D trailer – complete with some pretty cool Nvidia battery powered 3D glasses. Although it was the same trailer as seen at Gamescom, this time Namco Bandai Games who were presenting it had added a developer commentary which was a bonus for the fans and helped to explain some of the gameplay and dynamics which included the modified phaser used by Kirk which is a custom weapon for that character.

We’ll have more information about this game on the blog as it becomes available as being a big fan it’s a game that’s going to be close to my heart. In the meantime check out these game trailers here, second one thrown in to show the main game antagonists, the Gorn.

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