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The great Trek Game Review

This Train is bound for glory, this train…

We’re planning an episode of our award winning Podcast (Trek by the Numbers) that deals exclusively with classic Trek games! And in order to do that, yours truly has to play through them.

Oh my.

We’re going to start with Star Trek: Star Fleet Academy. Reviews and maybe some LP’s will be posted here as a companion to the podcast episode which will come later. So watch this space for the hottest takes on 30 year old Star Trek games.

That’s very much what I want.

Alcoholism and and why “Crossroads” should have won Best Picture in 2002.

I had a problem with drinking once. I’ve been sober a long time. That should be the end of the story. But I was in a situation recently where the topic of alcohol abuse came up with a group of… well they’re not friends. But they’re more than acquaintances. Kind of like the 2001 coming of age anthem “Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” by Brittany Spears. It was arguably the most memorable song from the oscar-snubbed film Crossroads. A film which really spoke to our generation and the ennui of coming of age in the confusing aftermath directly after 9/11.

Xanga, Myspace, and Operation Iraqi Freedom

Anyway, we were casually talking about another mutual friend. They thought that this person may have a problem with drinking because of a situation that’s not worth mentioning. Before I could really think about it, I causally said, “You know, I could talk to them, maybe. I used to have a problem too. It’s a really tough thing to approach.”

It got awkward. Fast.

Me relating alcoholism with A Beautiful Mind’s weak plot and bad pacing

Thankfully someone changed the subject and we moved on; but that got me thinking. In 2001, Brittany Spears was 20 years old. She was clearly already a woman with a history of rich experiences. The single from this album just doesn’t make sense!

Also, why should I feel guilty or ashamed about a problem I used to have?

I think that’s about as absurd as hiding the fact that I broke my leg ten years ago. Look, I’m not proud of the person I used to be. Thankfully most of the memories are fuzzy, but when I remember them, it’s like that feeling you get when you remember an awkward thing you did in high school that one time. It happened, and here we are. More importantly, no one remembers it.

I’m proud of the person I am now. That’s not to say that I’m anywhere close to perfect- far from it. But I’m proud of the fact that I’ve overcome something and hit the other side a stronger person because of it. My past history with alcohol is part of what makes me who I am today. It’s the reason why I appreciate life more. It’s the reason why my wife and I have found a group of amazing friends who are a positive influence. It’s the reason why I chose to go to graduate school and work in the public sector helping communities.

It’s also why we took a once in a lifetime trip to find friendship, and ourselves

Cleaning up and drying out is one of the single best decisions I have ever made, and if it ever naturally just comes up, I’m not going to hide it. Am I going to start with that when I meet someone? No… but you can be damn sure we’re going to talk about the absolute travesty of the 2002 Academy Awards.

3 Years Later…

I get an automated email once a year informing me that my domain has auto-renewed and thanking me for my business. I decided to log in for the first time since 2016 and take a look.

Eeesh.

At the time of that post, I was about to quit my dead end and abusive job and go back to finish my bachelor’s degree. Since then, I’ve graduated, moved to an entirely different area, and am halfway through graduate school. Oh, and we also started a podcast. Life has gotten infinitely better since then, and I’ve rediscovered this site. As for the old posts, I’m not going to take them down. I think if you look at those, you can see the makings of our podcast… kinda? It’s hard to quantify. I’m most proud of the Be A Better Person videos. Hopefully we can do more.


I want to do something more with this site. I think I want to talk about life and use my love for gaming as a framing device. Stupid? Maybe. Overdone? Definitely. But I don’t care. This one is for me. On the off chance that people show up and start reading, then okay.

Jesus, I need a new header image.

I want to love you.

Game: Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb

Released: 2003

Publisher: Lucas Arts

Platform: PC / XBOX / PS2

Available Here: GOG.com

I love Indiana Jones games. Love them. I have such fond memories of playing Fate of Atlantis with my old man way past my bed time on Saturday nights. I played The Infernal Machine every time I went to stay with my grandmother. So, imagine how fast I hammered the download button on GOG when I saw that Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb popped up on sale.

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I haven’t been able to fit into a hole that size since I was 4 years old.

 

I DON’T WANNA MISS A THING!

Game: The Dig

Released: November 1995

Publisher: Lucas Arts

I went into The Dig only knowing a small portion of the story.  What I expected was a point and click adventure about 3 astronauts saving the world from an asteroid. Let’s be honest here- I was really looking forward to making a lot of Armageddon jokes and doing my best to explain why Deep Impact is the better movie. Hint: It’s because the Earth gets its ass handed to it.

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You were always on my mind…

It happens like that sometimes you know? Real life getting in the way of your retro game hobby… Ssshhh… It’s okay baby, I’m here now and that’s all that matters.

This weekend I’m going to be playing and talking about “The Dig”. This is a classic Lucas Arts point and click adventure co-produced by Steven Spielberg. An asteroid is heading towards earth, and only you and your team of astronauts can save humanity. Can you beat the clock? What mysteries await you in the unforgiving vacuum of space? Wouldn’t it have been easier to train astronauts to drill instead of training drillers to be astronauts? Which one is Deep Impact again?

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Blam Blam Blam- Cops on the Beat.

The Police Quest series of games from Sierra really brought the tedium of by the books police work into full, living VGA 256 color. Today, I’m going to be talking about Police Quest 5: SWAT.

The rarely seen "Everyone shoot at the same time" tactic.

The rarely seen “Everyone shoot at the same time” tactic.

This FMV title starts with the player as a new recruit on the LAPD SWAT team. The game opens with some of the best hair that 1995 had to offer and, what every 12 year old on the family’s brand new Compaq wants to sit through, a painfully detailed briefing on professionalism and safety. You can skip it, but you’re going to be reprimanded by your superior officer for being impatient. I feel like the game is punishing me for wanting to get out there and bathe the streets with the crimson blood of justice  doing the best for my community and fellow officers.

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More fun than a back alley chainfight.

You can tell you're about to be in for some serious shit.

You can tell you’re about to be in for some serious shit.

I remember two things about Full Throttle from when I was 9 years old.

  1. This was the most bad ass character in any computer game.
  2. I could never get past the first section and just gave up.

This point and click adventure tells the story of Ben, the bad ass leader of a bad ass motorcycle gang called the Polecats who is framed for murder and must fight to clear his name and triumph against the forces that want to kill motorcycles for good. Full Throttle features traditional Lucas Arts point and click action, as well as motorcycle combat sections that require the player to use chains, a mace, boards, and even a chainsaw to take out rival gang members. It’s a little violent for a Lucas Arts title, but there isn’t much blood or gore. It was released in 1995 by the same designers behind Grim Fandango, Psychonauts an Brutal Legend. If your a fan of either, (why wouldn’t you be?) you’ll be right at home with Full Throttle.

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“I’m not putting my mouth on that.”

Lucas Arts used to make really fun computer games…. you know, when they existed. We also used to have a budget surplus and a deficit on Asian land wars.

Everyone knows Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max, and Angela Landsbury’s Erotic Saga- but this weekend I’m going to dive into lesser known gems like Full Throttle, The Dig, and Loom.

 Handcuffs

<USE> handcuffs

I yelled “shit” and then fell over in my chair.

It was 1992. Kurt Cobain and Courtney love had just gotten married, and I uttered my first swear word. I don’t have any evidence, but I can’t help but feel that these two events are somehow related. That, somehow, my utterance of the word “shit” in the computer room had ruined grunge music and the alternative scene as a whole. That’s some heavy shit for a six year old to deal with.

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