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With purchase of a Macho drink

Our initial coverage of the Star Trek Online MMO yesterday quickly became a top story. One of the concerns voiced by readers was pricing, with a particular reluctance to shell out money for a game without trying out a demo version first.

Atari, the publisher of STO, has partnered up with Del Taco to provide a free trial of the game. Customers who purchase a Macho-sized drink at Del Taco will receive a free limited edition Star Trek collector’s cup and a free trial of Star Trek Online while supplies last. Each collector’s cup will have an individual peel code that can be redeemed for a 48-hour free trial of Star Trek Online at" rel="nofollow, with up to four codes redeemable. As an added bonus, customers that redeem the maximum four codes will receive an extra 48-hours of access to the game for a total of 10 full days.

Additionally, if consumers choose to purchase the game after their free trial, they will receive a free Type-8 Shuttlecraft "pet" add-on for their Starship, available exclusively from Del Taco.

“Early response to Star Trek Online has been tremendous,” said Jim Wilson, CEO and President of  Atari. “Our partnership with Del Taco brings this unique sci-fi massively open online game to an even broader mainstream audience as well as avid Star Trek fans.”

“We’re excited to be partnering with Atari and the Star Trek franchise,” said John Cappasola, Vice President of Marketing at Del Taco. “We think our customers are going to enjoy the collectible cups as well as the opportunity to get a free trial of the Star Trek Online game.

Free trial time will be applied beginning when  the code is redeemed, with all free trial time expiring March 15, 2010. The caveat is that customers will have to download a copy of the game, as well as sign up for an account in order to participate.

All digital and retail copies of Star Trek Online come with 30 days of gameplay, but a subscription is required beyond that initial period. Star Trek Online launches officially on February 2.

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RE: Del Taco?
By mindless1 on 1/28/2010 2:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
"Today's gamer is a very well read, educated and informed person."

I call BS. Anyone who spends hours upon hours playing WOW reads less, gets less education in general, and is less informed. Time is not infinite, if you're sitting on your bum playing a computer game it is your choice, but what it definitely is not is a sign of some greater intelligence.

Further, once the general masses started owning computers any dumb slob could be on the other end of the internet playing a game or arguing with you online, on Facebook, writing a blog, etc.

Sorry to say, intelligence is not about vanity, it's about targeted knowledge used to a fruitful outcome - not about spending away your time excessively playing video games which IS what the stereotypical WOW fan does. Granted for every stereotype there are real people who don't fit that type, smart/informed/etc people who do play games, but they do not waste away a lot of their free time doing it, rather in moderation.

RE: Del Taco?
By Iaiken on 1/28/10, Rating: 0
RE: Del Taco?
By Iaiken on 1/28/2010 3:28:15 PM , Rating: 2
eh, disproof... stupid fingers...

RE: Del Taco?
By tmouse on 1/29/2010 8:54:01 AM , Rating: 2
Actually your statement doesn't disprove anything.

He clearly said:

"Anyone who spends hours upon hours playing WOW reads less, gets less education in general, and is less informed."

he clearly points out he is speaking in generalities. He goes on to say:

"Granted for every stereotype there are real people who don't fit that type, smart/informed/etc people who do play games, but they do not waste away a lot of their free time doing it, rather in moderation"

You state:

"As you state, the final reason that reasonable WoW players are hard to find is that I only play for 3 hours 3 times a week when I raid. Otherwise I am off the computer doing other things, like participating in the planning of my wedding, tending my aquarium, reading or just otherwise enjoying life."

When you go on to say that "The WoW community as a whole is certainly outwardly immature (I find this an interesting qualification as I have never met a person who is outwardly immature but is inwardly mature)" and "Unfortunately, it would seem that finding a good group of people to play with is harder than the actual gaming content itself"

you provide proof of his generality not disproof.

RE: Del Taco?
By mindless1 on 1/29/2010 11:52:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, there's always one self-centered person who thinks they are the only one doing anything useful, failing to see that others KEEP doing useful things while they are off gaming.

Even so, I offer congratulations on your accomplishments and agree you are not the stereotypical, nor the real, typical gamer.

... and for every one of your type there are 1 million of the rest.

Yes they are quite entitled to spend their time any way they want to, but the simple fact is that there is a finite amount of time every day. One does not become more (virtuous) by spending more of their time gaming. Gaming is fun, but not something that if done a lot, would be suitable for a typical job resume.

Think about why.

RE: Del Taco?
By Reclaimer77 on 1/28/2010 3:38:42 PM , Rating: 3
I thought it was clear that I meant well read, educated, and informed ABOUT GAMES. Sorry to have wasted your surpremist bigoted rant though. Do you feel better about yourself now ?

RE: Del Taco?
By mindless1 on 1/29/2010 11:54:42 PM , Rating: 2
Did you know you have steam coming out of your ears? ;)

Is it some kind of great accomplishment for a gamer to become "informed about games"? If you say so.

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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