Recently, Star Trek Online released its Awakening update, bringing with it an all new episode, patrols, a new Task Force Operation and more. Within the new episode, players get to interact with Commander Paul Stamets from the USS Discovery, complete with Anthony Rapp reprising his role within the game. We had the chance to talk to Al Rivera, the lead designer of STO as well as the Bill Yeatts, STO’s art director about the update, as well as what it was like to work with Anthony Rapp on the project.You can check out the full interview below. Enjoy!With the success of Star Trek Discovery season 2, was it an easy transition to bring the story aspects of Discovery into Star Trek Online for Awakening, beyond the original Discovery updates that have been implemented into STO?Al Rivera: I don’t think the second season of Discovery necessarily had any impact on the ease of bringing Discovery stories to Star Trek Online. We were in talks with CBS, the writers and the show’s … [Read more...] about Star Trek Online: An Interview With Al Rivera And Bill Yeatts
Legal studies bachelor degree online
Everybody should have an escape, a go to place where they can run or an activity they do to take their mind off things and run away from the world’s madness. Some people like to play music, for instance, to calm themselves, others play sports to keep their minds occupied, and then there are those who gamble. Believe it or not, betting might just be one of the best options you have out there to relax, especially if it’s online. Playing in an online casino, you can enjoy all the fun and excitement of gambling, without having to leave your home or go anywhere. You could gamble in your pajamas or underwear if you want, and that is why online casinos are a pretty effective stress reliever. Cost effective People gamble for different reasons. Yes, the excitement and rush of it all provide enough reason for you to gamble, but at the end of the day, you want to make some real money. The great thing about playing in online casinos is that they help you enjoy the whole experience … [Read more...] about Is Playing Online Casino an Effective Stress Reliever?
With the recent revelation that Bethesda’s Fallout 76 is going to be an online multiplayer survival game, players who have been hoping for a Fallout MMO finally have something to anticipate. Sure, it’s not a proper MMORPG, but it’s all we could ask for in this day and age, right? Actually, Fallout 76 isn’t the first time that the Fallout series was heading for online shenanigans, nor is it the closest concept to a pure MMO. Years ago, an attempt was made by the original creators of the Fallout series to bring an online game to the community, but this effort was stymied by Bethesda and a mess of legal issues. For those who look back at the Interplay era of Fallout with deep fondness, the thought of the canceled Fallout Online project is a sore wound that continues to cause pain whenever prodded. Which is, I guess, what I’ll be doing today as we look at what Fallout Online was going to be — and why it never came to be. From Van Buren to Fallout Online … [Read more...] about The Game Archaeologist: The tangled legal history of Interplay’s canceled Fallout Online
Welcome back to our ongoing exploration of Rachel Kowert and Thorsten Quandt’s book The Video Game Debate. As you can guess, the book itself focuses on games in general, not just MMOs and online games, so I was able to apply today’s chapter on moral panic to recent trending indie RPG Undertale. I’ve argued to educators that not only is there evidence that games can positively affect morals, but that part of Undertale’s charm is that we know we can do bad things yet are emotionally rewarded for acting in a peaceful manner. In fact, the game actively discourages you from committing violence by constantly trying to include you with its cast of characters. Then someone on Reddit stepped into a conversation and asked, “What about all the griefing in sandbox games”? It’s a great question, and one addressed in this chapter. Game history of violence… and stories Before we get into morality, we need to talk … [Read more...] about Exploring ‘The Video Game Debate’: Moral panic and online griefing
Everyone loves the David versus Goliath story where the underdog prevails against the powerful bully. Unfortunately, real life isn’t like that. In reality, the small guy usually loses against the big guy. In the world of video games, something similar happened recently. A couple of weeks ago a private emulated World of Warcraft Burning Crusade server called Felmyst was shut down after the developer Gummy received a letter from Blizzard lawyers threatening legal action. The server took four year to develop and was a labor of love for Gummy who is unemployed due to his battle with muscular dystrophy which is an extremely debilitating uncurable disease. Kyle Orland over at Arstechnica has a comprehensive write up about what happened. Given the legal issues with creating a legacy server, the creation of Felmyst was always a risky proposition. But Gummy felt he could operate under the radar because normally small private WoW servers do not reach the attention of Blizzard. But the … [Read more...] about Felmyst Server Shuts Down After Blizzard Sends Legal Letter to Disabled WoW Fan