Star Trek Online Unveils Tributes To Nimoy And Colleagues

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Star Trek Online [official site] has added tributes to Leonard Nimoy as well as other actors from the Star Trek series at part of a Thursday update to the game.

Writing on the official blog, Arc Games’ executive producer, Stephen Ricossa, explained the additions:

“I’m certain everyone who knew of Nimoy’s work will remember him in their own special way, and I want to make sure Star Trek Online also has an in-game way for people to remember him as well. As of this morning, there are several locations throughout the game that will allow people to take a moment to remember Spock, Leonard Nimoy, and other departed friends from Star Trek history.”

Responding to the community’s choice of gathering spot for their impromptu tribute to Nimoy, the central structure of the fountain found on Vulcan will be replaced with a statue of Spock bearing the inscription “Live Long and Prosper”. Another statue will be placed on New Romulus with the inscription “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” as an acknowledgement of the character’s work towards Romulan and Vulcan reunification. There will also be a temporary tribute of black flags hung in the hubs of Earth Spacedock, Qo’nos and New Romulus.

Something I saw a few times in the thread on the Elite: Dangerous forum in the discussion of that game’s own memorial was the suggestion that other late actors and people connected with the series should be given a similar treatment, or at least acknowledged in some way.

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It looks like the creators of Star Trek Online felt similarly as the final addition is a memorial plaque in the same locations as the Spock statue which features the names and dates of Majel Barrett (Nurse Christine Chapel, Lwaxana Troi), James Doohan (Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott), DeForest Kelley (Dr Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy) and creator Gene Roddenberry alongside Nimoy’s.

16 Comments

  1. Sin Vega says:

    Illogical.

  2. mtomto says:

    While a memorial plaque is a nice thing in real life, then this seems a bit tacky to be honest. It just feels wrong in a capitalized game setting and so soon after his passing.

    • unangbangkay says:

      I don’t get this logic. Virtual spaces can be places too, and it’s not like STO is charging admission. If anything, as a free-to-play title, it’s a fairly ‘public’ space. You can put a memorial plaque inside a museum that charges admission: a “capitalized” physical setting.

      In STO’s lore Spock himself is also presumed dead, so it’s not like they killed the character to coincide with the actor’s passing. Nor are memorials to real-life people unprecedented in games either. In STO there’s already an “eternal flame” memorial for a player – not even a Star Trek actor.

    • Sinomatic says:

      I agree, they should clearly be putting these memorials on the real Vulcan….

      • Vin_Howard says:

        Thank you! This exactly!

      • mtomto says:

        You seem to be thinking Spock for some reason. I am thinking about Leanord Nimoy as a person – not as a fictional character from Vulcan. Is it really that far fetched to see this “memorial” as some sort of marketing stunt?

        • Horg says:

          Yes, honestly. Literally no one is going to start playing STO because it now has a Spock memorial.

        • Kempston Wiggler says:

          Don’t be ludicrous. How can they possibly market the fact they put a memorial to a dead celebrity into the game!

          This is a perfectly fine way for a community of people to remember one of their founding fathers, and kudos to the STO devs for implementing it.

        • airmikee says:

          Community requested marketing stunts. Hilarious concept that the customers of something requesting a feature makes it a profit driven motive by the developers. In reality it makes as much sense as FEMA camps and alien visitors that abduct people, but that only heightens the comedy value of your opinion.

        • Tukuturi says:

          Leonard Nimoy is Spock. Refer to his 1995 autobiography, I Am Spock.

    • airmikee says:

      Since Nimoy had a lot of voice acting in STO, why shouldn’t STO include a memorial to him?

  3. Horg says:

    Majel Barrett was originally cast in Nimoys role as 2nd in command, but after the pilot she didn’t make the cut as a woman in a command role was seen as unpopular. Sign of the times in 1960s America. She later went on to marry Gene Roddenberry, act as nurse / doctor Chapel, as well as the voice of most of the computers, and is the only cast member to have a role in all 6 televised series thanks to the voice work in Enterprise. The character of Spock almost didn’t make the cut either, being unpopular with the networks, but Roddenberry was able to use him to fill the gap left by Barrett. Spock went on to become a fan favorite and sci-fi icon. Strange to think his career almost never happened thanks to small minded network executives, but was then enabled by the same executives pressuring to have someone else dropped. The original Star Trek without Spock seems unthinkable now.

    • Jalan says:

      Also to note that Barrett would later go on to be responsible for helping get Earth: Final Conflict made into a series. Anyone who doubted what she could accomplish in the 60s and was still alive around the time that show was made should’ve been kissing the ground she walked on in apology.

  4. Veles says:

    That’s nice that they also included other passed away actors.

    Majel Barrett was also the voice of all of the computers in Star Trek. She has probably featured in more episodes than any other actor.

  5. ruaidhri.k says:

    Its worth mentioning that Harve Bennett and Maurice Hurley passed away this week as well. Harve is the reason that Wrath of Khan is the movie it is and his overall contributions to the movies cannot be underestimated. Maurice was mainly around for seasons one and two of TNG and whilst the seasons themselves may not be seen as brilliant he was the main man behind Lore, the Borg and much of the Romulan stuff. I’m pretty sure he also forced out Gates McFadden as well.