Star Trek Games Revived

Celebrating today's 55th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek, GOG.com now offers a collection of six classic games based on the science fiction series. The list is a little too modern to include Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, but the beloved point-and-click adventure is also available and on sale. It also does not include Armada or Armada II, but both real-time strategy games are said to be "coming soon."
Digital storefront GOG.COM and Activision are celebrating 55 years of Star Trek by bringing some of its most iconic and critically acclaimed video games back and updated to work on modern operating systems.

It’s a perfect opportunity for both devoted Trekkies and new players to discover and enjoy these amazing titles, as every game on this list offers a different experience and the chance to meet some of the most beloved characters. Six classic Star Trek games now available on the GOG.COM store include:

  • Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force – a first-person shooter set onboard the USS Voyager where you must take on some of the most dangerous special missions.
  • Star Trek: Elite Force II – a stunning sequel set on Enterprise-E where you get your orders from Captain Jean-Luc Picard himself!
  • Star Trek: Hidden Evil – a third-person adventure game with both Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner reprising their roles as Captain Picard and Lt. Cmdr. Data.
  • Star Trek: Away Team – an isometric turn-based tactical game influenced by titles like Commandos and the X-Com series.
  • Star Trek: Starfleet Command III – a simulation game with RPG elements where you can customize your starship and lead it into space battles.
  • Star Trek: Bridge Commander – a space combat simulation game that sits you in an actual captain’s chair with a crew waiting for your orders.
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Cutter wrote on Sep 8, 2021, 11:36:
Star Trek: 25th Anniversary was great. Never played any of the others...that I can recall.
I only liked its space battle parts. I never cared about adventure games. I played it and its sequel, Judgement Rites, on my IBM PS/2 model 30 286 10 Mhz PC.

Also, free give aways?
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A very real and excellent point Dash, unmentioned, thanks !

Let's not forget that the source code of hundreds/thousands of games is lost forever.
For those games only a complete remake with a new engine and assets is possible, and that is a big economic wall to surmount.

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WannaLogAlready wrote on Sep 8, 2021, 23:26:
Real abandonware are games not being sold after many years with no known prospect of being published again.
It's not freeware.
There are dozens of old games not published again for each game rescued from oblivion.
Sometimes not having tried a game as abandonware may make the difference in not buying it if/when it luckily goes on sale again.
If they re-publish a game you got as abandonware and finished it, then buy it, as I do.
I'll not forsake the opportunity of playing a new to me, or lost loved old game.
Let all that talent and work and art be lost in time ?. No, shoot me.


I remember reading a story a few years ago, before System Shock was being remade by Nightdive. Supposedly, after Looking Glass Studios went defunct, the creative ownership for the IP was scattered about a bit, and they had to track everything down. Last bit was apparently in some file folder in a basement. Who knows how many other games have been 'lost' in terms of control, or even access?

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Reactor wrote on Sep 9, 2021, 05:18:
Pretty sure my definition wasn't perfect - it was meant for people with a functioning brain that could understand the point.
Rest assured Reactor, your point is perfectly clear and respectable, kudos.

Mine is that thousands of lovely games never to be seen again protecting nobody gains is a sad senseless cultural loss and invisibility to copyright holders.
Keeping them around has led to revived interest and sometimes to many phoenix like restorations.

And guess who will be part of the majority buying those games ?
Those that know and like systems that were gone lustrums or decades ago.

Even if some play the demo card for pirated games, real pirates are gonna pirate, forever outside of the economic equation.
But enthusiasts are gonna buy.

And all players can thank emulators for the console move towards growing legacy compatibility between systems iterations.
Gamers continue to play favorites in new systems, new players get to enjoy old games, copyrights holders have longer life products.

So, paradoxically, for the copyright holders, abandonware can be a major net advantage.

Probably we'll never agree, but many thanks for the opportunity of discussing a crucial part of our gaming past Gossip

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Burrito of Peace wrote on Sep 9, 2021, 04:28:
Reactor wrote on Sep 9, 2021, 02:26:
Whatever term you want to slap on it, and for whatever justification you want to have, downloading software that wasn't freely available at the time of release is just another form of piracy.

So...The Ur-Quan Masters, which is available today to download, is pirated content because it wasn't "freely available at the time of release"?

How about older games whose publishers and/or developers are long out of business? Whom, exactly, is being stolen from? And applications suffering the same state? Again, whom exactly is being stolen from?

Hmm...by that logic, virtual machines are piracy, too, because they can be used to emulate firmware and BIOS code that is long, long out of production and unsupported. Emulators, too, for now defunct hardware.

Pretty sure my definition wasn't perfect - it was meant for people with a functioning brain that could understand the point.
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Sep 9, 2021, 04:28:
How about older games whose publishers and/or developers are long out of business? Whom, exactly, is being stolen from? And applications suffering the same state? Again, whom exactly is being stolen from?
Copyright law says lifetime of the author + 70 years for something made by a single person while "work for hire" (ie. anything released by a company) last 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation (whichever expires first) unless explicitly relinquished.

I can't think of a software creator who died in 1950 or any software published in 1925.

If a company closes its doors, there'll still be someone who claims ownership of the assets. If it was due to bankruptcy, the creditors will be the first in line to claim any IP. If the company was shut down because funds ran out (without any loans), there's still a distribution of assets afterwards. Unless copyright was actively relinquished there is still an owner, even if they might not be easy to track down.
Hmm...by that logic, virtual machines are piracy, too, because they can be used to emulate firmware and BIOS code that is long, long out of production and unsupported. Emulators, too, for now defunct hardware.
The simple version: Code can be copyrighted, chips and hardware can be patented, instruction sets have no protection. VMs and emulators do not copy the software or hardware, but rather implement a way to interpret the instruction set.
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Reactor wrote on Sep 9, 2021, 02:26:
Whatever term you want to slap on it, and for whatever justification you want to have, downloading software that wasn't freely available at the time of release is just another form of piracy.

So...The Ur-Quan Masters, which is available today to download, is pirated content because it wasn't "freely available at the time of release"?

How about older games whose publishers and/or developers are long out of business? Whom, exactly, is being stolen from? And applications suffering the same state? Again, whom exactly is being stolen from?

Hmm...by that logic, virtual machines are piracy, too, because they can be used to emulate firmware and BIOS code that is long, long out of production and unsupported. Emulators, too, for now defunct hardware.
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Whatever term you want to slap on it, and for whatever justification you want to have, downloading software that wasn't freely available at the time of release is just another form of piracy. People want, so they take. End of story.
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Providing the best context as usual, thanks RedEye9 !
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abandonware
- I refer to it as BC, Before Corona, and AD, After Disaster. -
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Real abandonware are games not being sold after many years with no known prospect of being published again.
It's not freeware.
There are dozens of old games not published again for each game rescued from oblivion.
Sometimes not having tried a game as abandonware may make the difference in not buying it if/when it luckily goes on sale again.
If they re-publish a game you got as abandonware and finished it, then buy it, as I do.
I'll not forsake the opportunity of playing a new to me, or lost loved old game.
Let all that talent and work and art be lost in time ?. No, shoot me.


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Sadly, a lot of these games seem antithetical to the spirit of Star Trek.
With great freedom comes great responsibility.
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WannaLogAlready wrote on Sep 8, 2021, 21:13:
aka_STEVE wrote on Sep 8, 2021, 14:10:
Elite force 1& 2 were great fun - but getting me to pay $10 each for a replay seems a tad steep..
Last year they were at MyAbandonware, maybe other ST games too.



Abandonware is just piracy, but even if it wasn’t, they clearly haven’t been abandoned.
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Still got the EF cds somewhere. I'll have to check my transporter buffer Beam
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Picked up Elite Force 1 and 2 - as long as you drop the brightness down from the default they’re brilliant! Two of my favourite shooters ever.
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aka_STEVE wrote on Sep 8, 2021, 14:10:
Elite force 1& 2 were great fun - but getting me to pay $10 each for a replay seems a tad steep..
Last year they were at MyAbandonware, maybe other ST games too.

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These may be too "vintage", but anyone remember:

- Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Final Unity
- Star Trek: Borg

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Burrito of Peace wrote on Sep 8, 2021, 16:30:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Sep 8, 2021, 14:45:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Sep 8, 2021, 12:10:
SFC 3 but not 1 or 2?
No Starfleet Academy?

When you have questions about an article, it's usually helpful to open the link. (SFC 1 and 2 are both "Coming Soon" and Starfleet Academy has been available for some time.)

Pffft. Who reads the article?

Haha, well in fairness I read the article and still fucked it up: Armada 1 & 2 are forthcoming, SFC 1 is already available, SFC 2 is ???, Starfleet Academy is already available.
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Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Sep 8, 2021, 14:45:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Sep 8, 2021, 12:10:
SFC 3 but not 1 or 2?
No Starfleet Academy?

When you have questions about an article, it's usually helpful to open the link. (SFC 1 and 2 are both "Coming Soon" and Starfleet Academy has been available for some time.)

Pffft. Who reads the article?
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Sep 8, 2021, 12:10:
SFC 3 but not 1 or 2?
No Starfleet Academy?

As for Bridge Commander, the fan modded "Maximum Warp Edition" is absolutely the definitive version.

SFC1 has been on GoG for a couple of years at least now.
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