The Gamist Theory: Do we want the culture of Cryptic to change?
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Join Date: Dec 2007
03-20-2012, 02:06 PM
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Not to mention that it would seem to me to be kind of difficult to stop even enemy ships moving at warp speed through such a large volume of space.
I mean, realistically... how in the heck would you stop a fleet of Klingon ships all moving independently at warp speed from reaching Sol? Even if you could see them coming, how would you stop something moving at relativistic speeds let alone hundreds of ships moving that fast?
We kind of ignore those sorts of details for the sake of dramatic effect and assume that there is some logical reason why it doesn't happen. We never look at the man behind the curtain unless the curtain's on fire.
In some ways, we seriously underestimate what kind of amazing technical feats Startrek tech is doing on a regular basis. Just look at their long range sensors - we have difficulties detecting planets at that distance! They can detect ships - shuttles even - across light years of distance. Of course, you may say "they can only do that because the warp engines cause so strong signals" - but think of that - a star at that distance is a tiny dot we might miss in the night sky. Either the warp engines really give off ridicilious amounts of radiation, or they have ridicilious powerful sensors.
And that's not even talking about the details of warp, beaming, holodecks or replicators. Just something "simple" as long-range sensors.
(And the opposite is also true for their cloaking devices. You can't cloak anything as totally as they do in Startrek. Containing the heat emissions alone would force serious problems, and if you don't contain it, you could certainly easily detect a strong heat source within a few hundreds of thousands kilometers, especially with the kind of sensors Startrek employs - but the cloaking devices fool these sensors completely!)