||01-30-2013 04:44 PM
Yes, we get it. 47 is everywhere. But enough is enough.
For those who don't know what I'm talking about, I recommend reading this: http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/47
At first, I thought the "47" jokes in the vanilla missions were a little amusing. Not laugh-out-loud funny, mind you, but worth a smirk... and maybe a subdued chuckle. At first.
That was before I realized just how often they were used. It's gotten to the point that any
time a number is given in a vanilla mission, you can be sure that "47" will appear somewhere in it. I understand that they're being included as a tribute to the Trek
writers, but considering how blatant the references are, I think they've lost their charm, and stopped being a fitting tribute.
Think about it: in Trek
, the "47" references were very, very subtle. The number was rarely used in actual dialogue (of course there are a few exceptions), but was more frequently seen on bulkhead, doors, storage compartments, etc. Sometimes it was inverted, and "74" was used instead. Furthermore, using "47" was not a hard and fast rule (as it's become in STO). Other numbers were given as well.
Most importantly, by midway through DS9, the writers themselves tired of the joke, and it was used less frequently. I'd like to humbly suggest that the STO writing staff follow their example.
The jokes were a good idea at the game's inception, and I'm glad you included them. But now they've gotten stale; it's time to retire them.