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Star Trek Armada I and II

aylowe88

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Report this Dec. 26 2012, 3:43 pm

Hey does anybody know if it's possible to buy Star Trek Armada I and II online but as a download rather than CD? I just got a new 11.5" laptop and it doesn't have a cd drive but i'd like to get these games to play on it! Also it runs on Windows 8 so if i could get them would they even run on it?

zergis

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Report this Dec. 27 2012, 10:29 am

Quote: aylowe88 @ Dec. 26 2012, 3:43 pm

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>Hey does anybody know if it's possible to buy Star Trek Armada I and II online but as a download rather than CD? I just got a new 11.5" laptop and it doesn't have a cd drive but i'd like to get these games to play on it! Also it runs on Windows 8 so if i could get them would they even run on it?

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No, sadly not legally. Due to the way the Star Trek video game license (and most licensed games) work, the games can't be reprinted or rereleased. At the time the Armada games were released, Activision had the Star Trek license, but since then it has moved on to Atari, Bethesda and the upcoming games will be published by Namco along with Paramount Digital Entertainment. Activision owns the games they've made using the Star Trek brand, but they don't own the rights to use the Star Trek brand anymore, so they can't rerelease their games, and the same is true for the other publishers. It would of course be possible for Paramount Digital Entertainment or Namco to purchase the rights for the older games, but they probably don't think that would be profitable enough, and in some cases there's probably a lot of legal stuff causing problems, as some developers have severed their ties with the original publisher and may hold some of the rights to the games still.


I know there are many thousands of people interested in buying the games if they would be made available digitally on stores like GOG or Steam, and you could always hope someone will make an effort to secure the rights (I know the GOG team have put in some fantastic effort into some other games, so you could always vote for the Star Trek games in their Wanted list and hope for some miracle), but I think it's pretty unlikely. The only licensed games that are consistently available are the Star Wars games, as they were self published by LucasArts.

Capt William Brewster

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Report this Jan. 10 2013, 8:31 am

Yep, I had Star Fleet Armada but it was only for Windows 98 I think, these new computers running Windows 7 does not allow you to play such games with the Win 98 Format unless you have an emmulator or something like that in your computer.   Star Fleet Armada was a pretty good game; I have stepped around that problem by making a Star Trek Boardgame with cerealbox cutouts of all the Starships from all generations.   You put the Galactic Map on an Battleboard and play it like a chess game; you can play it alone or with 6-12 people.   You use 2 decks of playing cards to determine whom wins and looses.   The game itself I created took me about 2yrs to do.


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