Archive for February 2015

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Since the earliest days of home computing and arcades, Star Trek has lent itself to video games of all kinds.  From BASIC combat games to text adventures, to more and more sophisticated graphics and gameplay, the spirit of Star Trek has evolved through the gaming world.  This week, Mike and Barry discuss the history of Star Trek video games on Episode 30, "The Game".



Star Trek / Star Wars Epic Trailer

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One of the things most associated with Gene Roddenberry and his "vision" for Star Trek was the ideal that in the future, mankind would achieve a kind of Utopia - a world where there was no more hunger, want, war or conflict.  Does that vision still hold true today?  Is Utopia possible?  How did Star Trek and other popular culture items represent this kind of optimistic future, and how might entertainment of the near future envision it? This week, Mike and Barry take a look at the flip side of last week's futurist argument, in Episode 29: "Slouching Toward Utopia."



Saggy Nacelles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28HDjWkRUF8

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kidwatchingstartrek.jpgIt's probably safe to say that a majority of Star Trek fans came into the franchise when they were kids.  For some, the excitement of sitting in front of the TV, eager to catch the latest adventurers of Captain Kirk or Picard still resonate from our childhoods.  But do we view the stories and situations different today as adults? This week, Mike and Barry discuss the different perspectives we all had watching Star Trek at different ages, and the varying effects it had on our lives.  Episode 28 is now online, "A Matter of Perspective."

Note: Beautiful photo montage by Jeanne Masar at https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeannemasar/

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