Welcome aboard, Captain! Star Trek video games didn’t arise from the glory years of the franchise, but during its wilderness years. This audio version of a recent theLogBook.com livestream traces the development of both licensed and unlicensed Star Trek and computer games, and the beginning of the modern age of the franchise as a gaming IP. (1:02:23)

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SCOTTO!This is an edited-down version of my recent YouTube video (itself a recorded version of a livestream that ran into serious technical issues), and I got more than one comment that a podcast version of this would be welcome. I savagely edited down the game play segments for the podcast, since you really don’t get anything by listening to long stretches of game sounds with limited discussion or description – by editing out long stretches of purely visual stuff from the video, as well as knocking out random cat attacks, I was able to knock half an hour off of the video version, which can be seen below: