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J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” Continues In Upcoming Game

J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” Continues In Upcoming Game (photo)

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Our man on the video game beat, Evan Narcisse sent along this tip because he seems to think I’m a huge nerd who likes “Star Trek” and video games (he is correct, by the way). Earlier today Paramount Digital announced they’ll be formally unveiling a new “Star Trek” game at next week’s annual E3 video game expo. And not just any “Star Trek” game. This title’s notable for two big reasons: it’s the first co-op action game in the “Star Trek” universe, meaning nerds like me will finally get to play as both Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, and it’s also set in the continuity established by J.J. Abrams terrific kinda-sorta-reboot. Even better, the game features a story written in collaboration with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, screenwriters of said Abrams’ “Star Trek” movie, along with his “Mission: Impossible III” and many episodes of the great TV series “Alias” (allegedly, they also wrote the first two “Transformers” movies, but I think that’s just an Internet urban legend).

From Paramount’s press release:

“‘Star Trek’ challenges the boundaries of co-op gameplay with a galactic adventure that gamers and fans have never experienced,” said Tom Lesinski, President of Paramount Digital Entertainment. “Working closely with the ‘Star Trek’ filmmaking team throughout development, the game is sure to deliver AAA production values, a wide variety of gameplay and all the action you would expect from the hit franchise. This will be the definitive ‘Star Trek’ gaming experience.”

Let’s hope so; the bar for good “Star Trek” gaming experiences is not set very high. As a young “Star Trek” dork, I lost way too many hours to the old “Star Trek” Nintendo game, which was, shall we say, a less than satisfying experience. A quick scan of the rest ofthe world of “Star Trek” video games doesn’t reveal a whole lot of memorable experiences. There have been a ton of good “Star Wars” games (“X-Wing,” “TIE Fighter,” “Super Star Wars,” “Rogue Squadron,” “Lego Star Wars” and more), but “Trek” gamers haven’t had much to hang their Tribble fur hats on. I guess my favorite “Trek” game is “Star Trek: Voyager – The Arcade Game”, where you sit inside the cabinet with a phaser and shoot the hell out of wave after wave of Borg baddies. Not exactly the most faithful replication of the “Star Trek” viewing experience, but damn satisfying after a long day of work at a dead-end retail job (he says, with a weary sigh, from experience).

This new “Star Trek” game comes from up-and-coming developer Digital Extremes, who made the “Bioshock 2” multiplayer as well as the upcoming “The Darkness II.” No word yet whether Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto will be voicing their respective characters; maybe we’ll find that out at E3. Regardless, you’ll be able to set your phaser to stun on PS3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC some time next summer.

Psyched for a Kirk-and-Spock “Star Trek” game? Tell us about it in the comments below or on IFC and Facebook!

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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