So it has come to my attention that some of you young whipper snappers in the Let's Play forum have never played, or even heard of, one of the greatest games ever made: Star Control 2. It is time to rectify that problem. But before I start, I thought I'd answer a few quick questions about this thing. That screenshot up there looks old, what with the pixels and all. This isn't gonna be one of those games from like, a decade ago or something, is it? No! Actually this game is from two decades ago! That's right, 2012 is the twenty-year anniversary of this little gem, which was released in 1992. Do we have any teenagers on the forum? This game was released before you were born. I'm bored already. Is this going to be one of those posts where some old guy tells us that everything was better when he was young? As true as that is ... no! I love modern games of all sorts, from RPGs to adventure games to action and strategy and others. Star Control 2 holds up. Trust me. But video games back then were only made for Star Trek nerds! Not like today. I'm into girlish Japanese dating games. Surely this won't appeal to me. I said trust me. There's enough in Star Control 2 to appeal to more than just the nerds and the CHUDs. What's a "CHUD"? C.H.U.D. Cannibalistic Humanoid ... you know what, never mind. Fine. What is this thing then? Here's a list of some of the stuff you can expect in Star Control 2: Intergalactic Adventure! Kinky Sex! Creepy Mystery! Alien-on-alien Tonguing! Arcade-style Action! Innovative... Wait! What was that fourth one? The tonguing? Yeah. Tell me more about that one. You'll just have to wait until we get there. Okay I'm in. So this is a sequel right? What happened to Star Control 1? Star Control 1 was released in 1990, but it was a much smaller game. It featured arcade-style spaceship combat and an old-school turn-based strategy game. There wasn't much story. Star Control 2 kept the arcade-style space combat, ditched the strategy game, and added a sweeping, operatic narrative that takes place in the same game world. You don't really need to be familiar with SC1 to enjoy SC2. You keep saying it's an arcade game. Can more than one person play? Did you and your friends both have to download a copy to play against each other? Well yeah, the arcade part could be played against another person if you wanted to. We didn't download it though. See back when this game came out, none of us had internet access. So we shared it by copying it into a couple of 3.5" floppy disks... Oh good lord, here we go ...and taking it to school to trade. And games with network support were pretty rare back then anyway. So what you'd do is, you'd go over to your friend's house and both of you would play on the same keyboard. Also, no one's computer had a mouse. How did you use your computer without a mouse? Windows wasn't invented yet. Seriously? Or none of us owned it anyway. But it's the single-player narrative that I will be LPing, so don't worry too much about the multi-player arcade part. That's just a small piece of the delicious pie. Can I acquire this game myself and play along? You can! And I think it would be awesome if you did. There are a couple of options. You can buy both Star Control 1 and 2 for cheap on GOG here. That's the original game, and it runs in DOS Box. I own it, and that version is where I pulled the screenshot above from. But the better option, and the version that I'll be using for this LP, is the open-source version here. Back in 2002, the creators of Star Control 2 released the game code as open source. Fans took it and got it working in Windows. Technically, this game is titled "The Ur-Quan Masters", because the name "Star Control 2" is under copyright, but I can personally vouch that it is the same game. And not only is this version free, but there are some subtle UI improvements, and it's just generally more stable due to not running through an emulator. Sounds good! Say, is there a Star Control 3 we can play after this is done? We don't talk about that. Okay, I'm ready. Excellent. Let's begin. And you'll let me know when we get to the tonguing part? You won't be able to miss it.