A long time ago… in a galaxy far far away…. oh wait wrong series. However, we are about to embark on a journey where no man has boldly gone before to take a look at a widely popular series and its video game incarnations that is just as big as “Star Wars”. I’m of course talking about “Star Trek”. Not only have these two power house franchises seen dozens and dozens of merchandise like light sabers and phaser guns, they have also seen numerous video game adaptations through gaming history. Join me with your pointy ears, climb aboard the Enterprise and get ready to geek out all you Trekkies as
we get this party started like it’s 1966, the year “Star Trek” was born. Beam me up, Scotty!
Born August 19, 1921 in El Paso, Texas, Eugene Wesley “Gene” Roddenberry A.K.A. the “Great Bird of the Galaxy”, conceived the idea for “Star Trek” in 1964 when he wanted to create a show that combined elements from both “Flash Gordon” and “Buck Rodgers”. A few short years later, Roddenberry’s concept became a reality when his new TV show (a “Wagon Train to the Stars” as
he put it to Desilu Studios) premiered on September 8th, 1966 on NBC. The first three years of the original series initially tanked and studios where getting worried, so they canceled the show and aired the last episode on June 3, 1969. Luckily though through re-runs followed by word of mouth, “Star Trek” picked up momentum and it began to develop a cult following which has sky rocketed to this
day. As a result of this following, “Star Trek” conventions cropped across the country and the hardcore fans started to become known as “Trekkies” or “Trekkers”. Thanks to this ever-growing popularity of the “Star Trek” franchise, both gamers and Trekkies alike received a slew of awesome “Star Trek” video games since practically the beginning of video games themselves.
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