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When Cryptic unleashed the most recent expansion to Star Trek Online, the development team also added a brand new tier of starships (Tier 6, or T6) and raised the level cap to 60. With this, a number of new ships were released for every faction and a lockbox was also dropped (“Delta Expedition Ships | Star Trek Online“). In these lockboxes an interesting, alien looking cruiser could be unboxed called the Benthan Assault Cruiser.
The Benthan Assault Cruiser takes the words “assault” and “cruiser” very seriously by providing a capable weapons platform and a great deal of durability mostly in the way of resistances and hull. The aesthetics of this ship appears fragile but belies its implacable sturdiness as a cruiser and its strong Tactical focus.
The ship also features a much sought after hybrid Intel/Science Lieutenant bridge officer station—but this tends …
The introduction of the Undine to Star Trek Online also meant the addition of a few of their ships. Amid them, the Nicor Bio-Warship is a new lock box ship (STO: Season 9 Dev Blog #18) and the Dromias Bio-Cruiser is a lobi store vessel. This review will focus on the smaller, heavily-armed-but-durable Nicor.
Any STO captain looking for a fairly solid low-rent escort with cruiser durability with an exotic aesthetic should take a peek at the Nicor. As a ship, it packs a significant amount of firepower, has a hairpin-tight turning radius, and a fair amount of resilience in a firefight. The addition of a Death Star murderbeam doesn’t hurt either.
As rare drop from the Undine lock box, the Nicor is either acquired through luck or by buying it from someone who had one drop. Right now the vessel runs around 150 million Energy …
Oh gods why did we do that?
So, we heard that the NBC comedy The Mysteries of Laura, a weird sort of comedy-slash-cop-show about a detective who is also a mother, would be running an episode that featured a killer who plays online games. The episode in question is S1E4 “The Mystery of the Sex Scandal.”
The folks who write prime time TV drama shows rarely do a good job of portraying actual gamer culture or gaming in general so we did not go into this expecting much. Of course, it’s a comedy so perhaps it could resonate with some actual subcultural research?
Of course not.
The online gaming portion of the show only actually opens up slightly over half-way through the entire episode and it’s barely there.
It starts out with a lame, tired stereotype of a bunch of male geek gamers all drooling
There’s an upcoming highly-3D MMO coming out from Alpha Entertainment Group – with an upcoming Kickstarter – called AlterVerse. GameOgre wrote up a small preview of what this game will entail, showed off a nice video, and talked a bit about the features. (Teleporting iPhone among them.) Hard to say much about something like The AlterVerse Project right now, but it might be worth taking a look. Go read up on it at GameOgre.
Feminist YouTuber and media critic Anita Sarkeesian is no stranger to online harassment. The eruption of vitriol that hit her from social media after her Feminist Frequency Kickstarter project designed to fund her video project “Tropes vs. Women” is legendary in the video game community.
Recently, she gave a talk at the XOXO Festival (video) about the sort of harassment she has sustained online. In the video, she outlines the nature, degree, and details of the belligerence directed towards her. Some of which is detailed and dangerous enough to have triggered police investigations.
As if to validate the weight of the fusillade of harassment, the video of her talk \ has over 3,000 downvotes and only 2,000 upvotes. There is nothing actively disagreeable in this entire talk except perhaps a call out the bad behavior of …
A report is circulating right now that YouTubers looking to review the new game, Shadow of Mordor, were required by Warner Bros’ PR firm to stipulate to positive reviews in return for receiving a review copy.
Maximise awareness for the game during the ‘week of vengeance’
Persuade viewers to purchase game
Not show bugs or glitches that may exist
Discuss the story
Include discussion of the Nemesis system – “this really should take up the bulk of the focus, such as how different the orcs are, how vivid their personalities are” etc.
Reviewers were also told not to discuss the Lord of the Rings movies or The Hobbit; and would stipulate to “promote positive sentiment about the game.”
This one in from the MMO Anthropology show—this round they below up a Mt. Dew can, a Strippler memorial (that looks oddly like Krusty the Clown’s hair from the Simpsons), and finally a Walmart.
The Delta Quadrant of Star Trek: Voyager fame is coming to Star Trek Online with the upcoming expansion Star Trek Online: Delta Rising, which will release October 14, 2014. Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment has been teasing content from this expansion for months now with ever informative dev blogs describing a multitude of things.
For STO players content changes will include the introduction of the Delta Quadrant itself and the addition of the Kobali ground adventure zone. The mechanics of the game will change with Delta Alliance reputation—sporting fun stuff such as bio-neural gel packs and other Voyager references—a gear upgrade system, the introduction of Tier 6 ships, and a whole new hybrid-class called Intel ships.
The whole affair may yet prove to be a very interesting experience. We voces look forward to reviewing the experience.
Among other unnatural numbers, $2.5 billion is the number of the day because that’s the amount that Microsoft will close a deal with Mojang AB for the developer and publisher of Minecraft. According to The Wall Street Journal, the two companies signed an exclusivity agreement in July this year and this deal is confirmed by a blog from Mojang themselves.
The curious thing: all of the founders will be leaving the company. Notch, Carl, and Jakob are headed to other pastures—with a lot of green of their own.
Notch, the face of Minecraft, has gone on the record saying that he’s leaving because he wants to be an indie programmer, not someone who is the face of anything. C’est la vie, we still love you Minecraft.
The newest video from The Voyage speaks to how Cryptic Studio’s has set the test servers to Gold subscription only access. Check it out via YouTube.