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Old April 30 2015, 05:07 PM   #1
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Trek titles on Steam/GoG?

I'd have thought games like Armada, Elite Force etc would be good sellers..


{{{{NOTE, THE ORIGINAL POSTER CREATED THIS THREAD BEFORE STEAM DID ACTUALLY PUT SOME OF THE OLDER TREK GAMES ON IT. THEREFORE THIS THREAD STARTED TO BECOME A DISCUSSION THREAD BASED ON THOSE GAMES....}}}}

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Old April 30 2015, 10:58 PM   #2
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Re: Why no Trek titles on Steam/GoG?

I have no doubt that the games would require to resolve the massive amount of copyright issues between all parties involved, Interplay, Activision, Paramount, CBS, and all the other red tape that sits on said games, and i that were not enough somebody would have to pay to get them to work on todays systems.
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Old May 1 2015, 07:26 PM   #3
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Re: Why no Trek titles on Steam/GoG?

I bought the NuTrek movie game from Steam.... Its probably due to the games beign designed for old versions of Windows and them not wanting to be liable for software bugs on modern machines.
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Old May 2 2015, 12:49 AM   #4
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Re: Why no Trek titles on Steam/GoG?

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I bought the NuTrek movie game from Steam.... Its probably due to the games beign designed for old versions of Windows and them not wanting to be liable for software bugs on modern machines.
GOG handles all that for the developers, though.

I'm pretty sure that Haggis and tatties has the right of it: the publishers no longer have the licenses, and it would require a lot of red tape to be sorted out to republish those games.
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Old May 3 2015, 10:25 PM   #5
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Re: Why no Trek titles on Steam/GoG?

I have Armada II, Bridge Commander, Starfleet Academy, Klingon Academy (somewhere), and Starship Creator II, and I would love to see them updated for modern systems, as the ones I have require patches, mods, and such.
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Old May 4 2015, 01:54 AM   #6
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Re: Why no Trek titles on Steam/GoG?

What about the good ones, like the 25th Anniversary and Judgement Rights? Those are worth their weight in gold.

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Old May 4 2015, 01:56 PM   #7
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I bought the NuTrek movie game from Steam.... Its probably due to the games beign designed for old versions of Windows and them not wanting to be liable for software bugs on modern machines.
GOG handles all that for the developers, though.

I'm pretty sure that Haggis and tatties has the right of it: the publishers no longer have the licenses, and it would require a lot of red tape to be sorted out to republish those games.
What is more annoying is that i just got the GOG versions of Xwing and Tie fighter, star wars games, and they run flawlessly on my PC(W8 and all that), so i imagine GOG could do wonders on getting the Star Trek games to run on todays systems.

And too add to my annoyance, look at all the power we have now in PCs and consoles, can you imagine Star Trek games now like Armada 3, Bridge commander 2, Star fleet command, all running on 1080p, Dx11, and what do we have, nothing, star trek gaming dead......oh i why oh why.
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Old May 4 2015, 02:08 PM   #8
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Re: Why no Trek titles on Steam/GoG?

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I have no doubt that the games would require to resolve the massive amount of copyright issues between all parties involved, Interplay, Activision, Paramount, CBS, and all the other red tape that sits on said games
That's exactly it.

Resolving licensing issues is perfectly doable, but it is a non-trivial task that takes a lot of time and money. The audience for your average Star Trek game is by far not sizable enough to justify the effort.
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Old May 4 2015, 06:07 PM   #9
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Re: Why no Trek titles on Steam/GoG?

Yes, the old Trek games are basically licensing hell. That and getting many of them to work on modern PCs can be difficult. Also they don't reflect the current vision of the franchise.
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Old May 7 2015, 03:55 PM   #10
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I'm pretty sure that Haggis and tatties has the right of it: the publishers no longer have the licenses, and it would require a lot of red tape to be sorted out to republish those games.
Well. I'm wrong.
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Old May 8 2015, 01:33 AM   #11
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Re: Why no Trek titles on Steam/GoG?

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What about the good ones, like the 25th Anniversary and Judgement Rights? Those are worth their weight in gold.

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Old May 8 2015, 04:07 AM   #12
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Re: Why no Trek titles on Steam/GoG?

I never thought I'd see it. GOG.com really have a knack for getting hard-to-get licenses.

All Interplay titles so far. I hope they can work things out with Activision/Atari/Simon & Schuster etc. in the future.
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Old May 8 2015, 05:59 AM   #13
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Re: Why no Trek titles on Steam/GoG?

There was a splash screen when I loaded 25th that had only CBS copyrights at the bottom for 2015. Maybe CBS bought the rights from whatever's left of Interplay?
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Old May 8 2015, 06:22 AM   #14
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Re: Why no Trek titles on Steam/GoG?

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I'm pretty sure that Haggis and tatties has the right of it: the publishers no longer have the licenses, and it would require a lot of red tape to be sorted out to republish those games.
Well. I'm wrong.
What you said was still generally true, which is why there's only three games on that list
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Old May 8 2015, 09:07 AM   #15
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I'm pretty sure that Haggis and tatties has the right of it: the publishers no longer have the licenses, and it would require a lot of red tape to be sorted out to republish those games.
Well. I'm wrong.
We were all wrong, but in this case it's nice to be wrong, could we see Klingon academy soon.

But it will be interesting to see if they have anything from Activision coming.
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