You know, the guy in the back- I think he was messing around with a ***** pack that was actually slung under his belly. I kept replaying it to see if he was really moving his junk about, and it looked like he was unsnapping and digging around in a pocket.
I have to agree, I don't really think he's contradicting himself. Starting off with an engine ready to go has huge advantages. Yes he stated that you could plug ST in and there ya go, but "tweaking" is a pretty light word when it comes down to it. They will have lots of work to do to modify the engine so it fits the games' mechanics.
About the guy in the background, one of the members here got it right that he's wearing a kilt (sorry, I forgot the members name). What he's digging in is a 'sporran'. Since kilts don't have pockets, that's how you carry your "junk". And yes, it's like a man purse. This guy is wearnig a Utilikilt, a non-formal kilt with no clan affiliation. (sorry, just had to clear that up)
I loved the video and I love how Jack makes himself available for these interviews. He's pretty clear cut on what he expects and doesn't expect from the game and keeps it very realistic. Get the basic core stuff done and out then they can add add-ons later. I hope they take their time with game content and additional features. Thats the icing of the cake. The end of the interview was key though, how in the end he doesn't want it to be a mmo with a star trek skin. That shows a lot to their thinking.
Well he did sound a bit contratictory in that he said he didnt wana just be a skin but i think they are not dumb enuf to do that. I will agree with some of you that there have been less good startrek gams out there then bad but i think this one will be cool. i am some what afriad however of having to scroll through countess menue screens or being bossed around by guildies with giant ships. that would realy suck.