Kotaku posted what I believe is the first footage of the upcoming Star Trek videogame, based on Nu-Trek, and made by Digital Extremes, who did The Darkness 2. Now, as a person whose favorite Trek is the original series, I have no problem with a Star Trek game being about beaming down to planets and shooting lots of things instead of space battles, although I don’t begrudge any Trek fan who is upset with this. However, that one shot of Kirk fringing himself from ledge to ledge exactly like Ezio from Assassin’s Creed, the Prince from Prince of Persia, Kratos from God of War, and 458 other videogames drives me absolutely insane. A fucking Star Trek climbing-exploration game? You have got to be fucking kidding me. I don’t care if Captain Kirk climbs mountains in his spare time, that’s a stupid idea. Seriously, you have an entire galaxy to explore, and you’re going to have Kirk crawl around pillars? Bleeerrrg.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.