Borg Remastered

Here’s a new term I came across: FMV (Full-Motion Video). It’s a kind of video game comprised entirely of pre-recorded videos.

If it sounds a bit dated, well… that’s where you’re right. But note that we’re talking about Star Trek here. And we’re talking about a chance to play this game, for free, online.

Star Trek: Borg, Remastered is an updated version of the game that was released in 1996 (and the video’s been improved/upgraded). And free to play online.

An interesting note – the game features John de Lancie, reprising his role as Q. Here’s a favorable review of the game, from a few years ago.

And if you’re interested, here’s the trailer:

I was wondering about the legality of all of this. And found a question in the FAQ section, asking the question of whether or not this online version of the game is legal:

That’s a grey area. It isn’t possible to play the original Borg game on any modern PC or Mac, and it isn’t possible to purchase it anywhere any more. Technically, the game is “abandonware”.

That said, the legal rights holders of Star Trek would be well within their rights to issue me with a C&D order – and should that happen I will, of course, comply and take this site offline. My advice would be to enjoy this while you can, because it might go away.

I love that someone took the time (and effort) to make this game available online. I do wonder how long it’ll be online. And how far in the future we’ll have access to this game from the past.

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