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Star Trek: Into Darkness director JJ Abrams has attacked Namco Bandai's tie-in Star Trek: The Video Game, claiming that the game "arguably hurt" the success of the movie.

Speaking to GamerHub, Abrams explained that the game "was obviously a big disappointment", and that he walked away from the project early on after realising "that it was not going in a place where we were going to get what we wanted...

"To me, the video game could have been something that actually really benefited the series and was an exciting, fun game with great gameplay," he said, "and instead it was not and it was something that I think, for me emotionally it hurt, because we were working our asses off making the movie and then this game came out and it got, this isn't even my opinion, it got universally panned and I think it was something without question that didn't help the movie and arguably hurt it."

Abrams believes that movie tie-ins shouldn't feel like "a marketing decision made by a room full of people that wanted to capitalise on a title. That's no way to make a game and no way to make a movie," he says.

Abrams is currently working with Valve on Portal and Half-Life movie projects, which are being designed "from the ground up" as products independent of the games.

"The dream is – and we're working with Valve right now on a couple of projects – is to say, okay, despite its existence, despite it pre-existing as a game, despite its existence as a movie, what makes this great, and starting from scratch, from a place of let's make this from the ground up regardless of what's come before."

Star Trek: The Video Game launched in April, two weeks before Star Trek: Into Darkness hit cinemas.

Like Abrams, we weren't fans of the game either, but some people were, leading Matt to track them down.

Source: (GamerHubVideos)

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KamSage@ Bloodstorm

Yeah, a couple Star Trek fan friends of mine said the same to me, that the fanbase was just bitching and making boycotts, all that stuff. It's stupid, the series needed modernising, it's just not relevant anymore and has aged badly. Certain bits of Star Wars have aged, but it's kept mainly relevant.

Not seen the sequel, but loved the original movie, and never watched Star Trek before.
Posted 23:08 on 13 September 2013
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tvr77@ Bloodstorm

I agree those people bug me too. If the original series is so great i don't see how any reboots or remakes etc could possibly take anything away from it. It cant change it or damage it in anyway, it stays exactly as it always was, in its true original form that they enjoyed all those years ago.
They can even ignore the new stuff if they wish.
Posted 14:59 on 13 September 2013
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I don't really see how any outside influences can effect how people enjoy the movie. If you watch something and enjoy it, that should be it. I do think it could help gather further interest. For example, im not into Star Trek but i do play video games so maybe if i played the game and loved it then maybe i'd wanna see the movie and vice versa.
Posted 14:54 on 13 September 2013
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"Hardcore" Trek fans hurt the franchise more by refusing to accept this is a new universe and not "sullying" their precious original series and move on.
Posted 13:04 on 13 September 2013
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'Hurt' is the wrong word for me. Which is probably why he said 'Arguably hurt' in relative terms;

I have never heard anyone say 'the game is rubbish so the movie must be rubbish'.
Rather the game didn't give the movie a boost. But the game would have to be one awesome game to do that. We're talking Goldeneye, KOTOR levels of awesomeness. Or Mortal Kombat/Max payne/Hitman if the movie was based off the game which it isn't.

It only 'hurt' the movie if you come from the angle of 'what could of been' that case the Harry Potter, Thor & Terminator games weren't well received so they 'hurt' the movie. Every video game tie-in which wasn't on the level of Goldeneye 'Hurt' their movie counterparts.

If we use that line of thinking then every review and critique making fun of the 'wrath of khan' rip-off's sorry I mean tributes 'hurt' the movie. The fact that everyone didn't enjoy the previous movie must of also 'hurt' Into Darkness. The outcry of the new leading lady standing in her underwear for no reason but to reassure the audience that Kirk isn't gay 'Hurt' the movie.

Btw I thought it was good watch, doesn't make J.Js statement any less dumb.
Posted 12:56 on 13 September 2013

Game Stats

Release Date: 26/04/2013
Developer: Digital Extremes
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Genre: Action
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: PEGI 12+
Site Rank: 17,206 44
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