Trekies rejoice with new online game

Leonard Nimoy -- Mr. Spock, of course, from the original "Star Trek" series -- probably hasn't been tapping his keyboard in anticipation, however. "My people on Vulcan have been playing this game for ages," he told a crowd at this year's Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas.

Nimoy was on hand to introduce footage from the massively multiplayer "Star Trek Online," which Trekkers have been craving ever since it was first announced in 2004. After the original developer, Perpetual Entertainment, went out of business earlier this year, Cryptic Studios -- creator of the popular "City of Heroes" online game -- has taken command of the project. Cryptic chief executive officer Jack Emmert said the game will begin in 2409, 30 years after the events of "Star Trek: Nemesis," the most recent film in the series. You will begin in command of a small ship, then work your way to the helm of a Federation or Klingon vessel.

Emmert showed off footage of some of the game's alien worlds as well as a battle between a Federation ship and a Borg cube. The original TV series "helped inspire my imagination of what mysteries the universe might in fact hold," he said. "I'd like to think that very same imagination is what fuels my desire and drive as a game designer."

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