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L.I. Underhill is a media critic and historian specializing in pop culture, with a focus on science fiction (especially Star Trek) and video games. Their projects include a critical history of Star Trek told through the narrative of a war in time, a “heretical” history of The Legend of Zelda series and a literary postmodern reading of Jim Davis' Garfield.


  1. Ross
    January 14, 2015 @ 2:51 am

    I have a certain affection for the Star Trek V DOS game myself. I think I may have even beaten it once, though the whole "you get one set of photon torpedoes and one life-bar for the whole game including the levels which are in-story a 'simulation' with no refills or power-ups' thing makes that seem unlikely.


  2. Jacob Nanfito
    January 14, 2015 @ 2:30 pm

    Thanks for the fun write-up on this — I wasn't even aware it existed. I do have a lot of love for NES games. If this were available as an actual cartridge I have to admit I would pick it up. I do have a ST: OS game for the NES (the 25th Anniversary one, IIRC) and a TNG game. Hopefully you'll tackle those, too.

    On a very very tangential side note — Bandai also recently produced 3 different Star Trek deck building card games (2 different TNG versions, and 1 TOS) and they're all a lot of fun. FYI for all the gaming geeks out there.


  3. Josh Marsfelder
    January 14, 2015 @ 9:24 pm

    Well, you can get a cartridge of it if you really want one (for whatever reason): It's available as a reproduction from various merchants who deal in such things. I too have quite a thing for the NES and its library-It's in fact that familiarity that brought this game to my attention in the first place 😉

    And look at me talking. It's not like I haven't tracked down a complete copy of the Dirty Pair game (plus its manga strategy guide).

    The Star Trek: The Next Generation game for the NES (and Game Boy, actually) is a definite. So's Star Trek 25th Anniversary, but I played the original PC and Macintosh version of that game instead of the console one. Both are incredibly important to me as they were the first proper Star Trek games I owned.


  4. Daru
    January 14, 2015 @ 11:16 pm

    I'm not really a gamer but this was fun to hear about. Though it seems and odd choice based on the story, but I guess that shows any story of a similar ilk that has at least enough verve could be turned into a pretty good game.

    It is funny isn't that a lot of the first scene does look like Tatooine with Jawas coming at you – I had a look at a YouTube video of someone doing gameplay, and the warp effect was quite lovely.


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