Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wormhole Opening?

I am a big fan of Stargate and Stargate SG-1. Stargate Atlantis, on the other hand, I think was awful. It has terrible characters, with the exception of McKay of course, and a bad plot. Anyhow, this post isn't about the awfulness of Atlantis.

Stargate Worlds is a MMO based in the Stargate universe. When I first heard about this I was skeptical about how viable it would be. I still am, but I keep an eye on it. In the latest newsletter they announced that closed beta would be starting up in a week or two. So it looks like Stargate Worlds is coming in the near future.

The basic idea behind the game is you can me Human, Asguard, Jaffa or Goa'uld. There are combat classes, and non-combat focused classes. That makes Stargate Worlds a but different from most MMO's out there. Combat in the game is focused on tactics (i.e. cover) rather than the normal huge health bars and mitigation.

Puzzle type minigames will also be involved, to represent how Daniel Jackson sometimes gets them out of jams. I am not sure how it will work out, but kudos to trying something new to freshen the genre.

They released a video about their new flamethrower here. it is a bit humorous, so check it out. For more info check out the wiki. I did apply to closed beta (not using my blogs info), although I never win drawings so I doubt I will get in.


Atlantis was rubbish, as were the final two seasons of SG-1. I think, as an MMO, this may have missed the popularity boat. I keep waiting for a real series revival but who knows with Sci-Fi at the realm. Hell knows what horrors Stargate Universe will bring next season ;).

I'll keep watching the MMO's progress but I don't have a great deal of expectation for a rocking success (that and I'm now firmly WAR addicted ;)). They need to get the Stargate IP back in shape and under any helm other than Sci-Fi's chronic glut of bad writers and poor production values. Maybe if Sci-Fi made fewer ultra-bad TV movies they could sink some real money into hiring talented writers.

Glad to see I am not alone in my thoughts about Atlantis :)

Oh to have some non-crappy sci-fi (and non buffy derivitave sci-fi).

Having seen only the first three seasons of the original series, I still hold the IP in quite a high regard. I enlisted for closed beta the first instance I saw this coming, and I was more intrigued about the latest newsletter's Archeologist class description... win combats by diplomacy and talking?!

I'm game if possible.

haha, I liked Atlantis. Of course, I watched it before I saw any of the original Stargate series (and I've only seen a couple episodes), so that might explain why. Mainly, I love the humor, McKay especially but others as well.

My gut tells me Stargate is likely, though not certain, to fail as a game. Humor and the interplay of characters was vital to the Stargate shows I've seen, and that's hard to provide in an MMO.

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