When it comes to video games I have a certain bias toward anything made by BioWare. Even though Capcom really grabbed my attention with the amazing Dragons Dogma, BioWare is still my favorite developer. I find it interesting that they really put themselves on the map with the classic Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic game, but ultimately took hold of the RPG genre with a widely successful sci-fi game called Mass Effect. Ironically, Mass Effect bore striking resemblance to Star Wars perceived fan boy nemesis Star Trek. Playing the Mass Effect series got me to thinking, what needs to happen to turn the corner and just make a great Star Trek game in earnest. Here are a few ideas, ten in fact...
10. A Versatile Engine
I promise that this article will not be a thinly veiled attempt to suggest repackaging Mass Effect as Star Trek, so this will be the only actual direct comparison between the two IPs. What Star Trek needs to do is create a game play engine that makes the transition between game aspects seamless. Mass Effect gets this done and when something works the games engine should allow the player to experience the world, the ship, and the locations from mostly the same position. This allows for the idea that there is danger behind every corner. I ts the same basic reasoning as to why the in game graphics should also be the cut scene graphics. Also, the engine has to allow for dialogue with as many NPCs (Non- Player Characters) as possible. The engine would need to be able to process a good amount of complex characters that arent static, something Ill go into detail on later.
Dante R Maddox got started in writing about pop culture in 2007. He developed his conversational style majoring in English and minoring in speech communication, his desire to write as if he were speaking to the reader face to face was the bane of many professors. An odd blend of geek cred and regular fella chic', you're just as likely to end up talking about baseball or politics as you are about comic books and movies (just don't mention Tucker Carlson, you are addressing the man who will go to jail for assault in the future after all). He wrote a book called The Lineage of Durge that's available on Amazon for a small amount of money, he's writing a second while acting as Editor-in-Stuff over at Saga Online Press, there is a graphic novel expansion of his book series also in the works as well as continued development of his cheesecannon, one day Canada...one day (Seriously, a piece of ham, you slice it up and now it's bacon?!?!? I say thee nay!!!)