In the Vulcan philosophy, there is a term, IDIC. Infinite Diversity through Infinite Combinations. It's been joked that this should be Cryptic Studios' slogan and motto. No where is this more evident than in Star Trek Online. Star Trek Online, or STO, had a rocky begining, and as someone who played in the beta, I can tell you that at the time of launch, it was in a very poor and sorry state. Having only recently returned to it, though, I am more than pleased to say that Cryptic has latched onto something for this game that truly makes it unique amongst MM Os. Creativity. STO already has extensive customization in the form of the "Gestalt Avatar" which is made up of your Captain, your B Offs, and your ship, all of which is fully customizable. If you can't find a race you like amongst the iconic races, you can always just make one up. This level of customization dwarfs even the very robust Champions Online, in wich you only have one "Avatar" at a given time. Further adding to this are the Ship Interiors, which allow you to invite friends over to your ship. This has been used in everything from the obvious Role Play, to even just having parties. Now, Star Trek Online is comming out with the Foundry, wich allows players to custom make interriors, as well as upload their own mission content, and, eventually, starbases, planets, and ship interiors. Cryptic is setting this game up to be a creators dream, where the only thing limiting it is the limits of the fans and players imaginations. There are several bugs, however, and many of them have been there since launch. Cryptic is working on these, though, and they actually do their best to keep the community informed about what they're doing and when they're doing it, wich is very refreshing and reassuring. The game isn't for everyone, it's still a long way from being 'Complete', but it's increadibly fun, and This Troper at the very least recomends that it be given a try. ADDITIONAL NOTE: If you like to RP and are also a Sci Fi fan, not nessisarily just a Trekky, then you MUST give this game a try. If you're just into RP, I also recomend it. No other game I have ever played has lent itself to RP more, between a rich history, extensive customization, and the Foundry, it's almost built for RP. The RP community is a little hard to find, but large, active, and friendly.
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