I always assumed the time you are in depends where you are in the chain of missions. All the missions are in a chain that covers 2 years and ongoing. Near the start of the mission chain is 2409, at the point when DS9 is taken over by 1000ís of ships then you are at 2411.
In game time might only be a few weeks but that way your promotions make a litlte more sence.
What he said; you gotta bear in mind that months and months go by where you and your crew are just doing regular ship type stuff. Patroling a sector where nothing is happening, scanning asteroids that turn out to be balls of dirt, drinking coffee while slouched in your captain's chair and oggling the cute ensign as she sashays by. Fact of the matter is, when you get promoted? That's not because you blew up a bunch of Gorn ships threatening a freighter. It's because you did a good job on your TPS reports. The missions are just the occasional, rare action that you remember in the 2 years of drudgery fom 09-11.
I've always figured 12-18 missions make a year of game time. That estimate is based on the average season of the various series. A season was usually 20-24 episodes and generally appeared to cover about a year of time in universe. Since some of those eps were two-parters, drop the count to 18 (an overcompensation I know) and there you have a year of game time.
And yeah, for every episode we saw, there had to be weeks or months of everyday routine. I once heard a Navy tour described as 6 months of tedium and 6 hours of excitement. I imagine the same general principal would apply to Starfleet.
STO is also not a persistent world, or every mission would go away as soon as someone finished them.
well it don't take some one whit a IQ of 1400 to find that out but its still not the Simpson and to make that a point for why no time has passed in the game is stupid but then again the game is still in beta so I can now see why no time has passed
Wow, ok. He used a widely known TV show as an example for another work of fiction with some static elements that don't follow "real time logic". That's all. He didn't say STO was like the Simpsons in any other regard.