Welcome to the Stargate casino: Playing in the ruins of a sci-fi video game franchise
It’s hard to say what compelled me to revisit the website of Dark Comet Games, last custodians of a digital gaming license tied to the now-defunct Stargate Syfy TV franchise.
What I do know is that DarkCometGames.com still is making use of assets from the online combat game Stargate Resistance, the disappointing only fruit of that relationship, which shut down just over a year ago. Those assets include artwork from that third-person shooter containing unique icons of the Stargate TV universe such as Jaffa uniforms, staff weapons and Goa’uld temples, as well as outdated copy describing (poorly) the Resistance game and its developers’ financial and legal troubles.
And it’s using them to hawk online gambling sites. If only MGM had thought of that before its recent bout with money troubles … we could still be watching a Stargate TV series or movie or two today.
The website, once a more custom job, is now a pretty standard, if sloppy, WordPress setup full of sketchy advertisements, eye-straining link colors and page after page of grammatically dizzying dreck extolling the virtues (or, in some cases, basic definitions) of blackjack, roulette, slots and video poker. (Really, if that’s the look they were going for, they’d have saved time out of the box with Blogger…)
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As you can see, there are even pages in German — and they surely make more sense than these stilted English entries (links disabled for your computer’s safety), which only begin to hint at the convoluted mess that came of everybody and their uncle trying to make a quick buck off a TV phenomenon:
Dark Comet Games has released a synopsis on the official forum of the game called Stargate: Resistance. In this synopsis the new company who has explained their role in the further production of online third-person shooter games.
The newly formed company takes daily support and marketing of games and the time of the owner of the Firesky Fresh Start Studios. Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, the parent company of FireSky, and Cheyenne Mountain Games (the original developer of «Stargate Resistance») is currently in court for a bankruptcy and the various dispute management, and, what’s more, for ceased operations.
According to synopsis, as of March 2010, Dark Comet games company has signed an agreement with Firesky about the operation, functioning and development of the project called Stargate game Resistance. Dark Comet Games is the newly formed company consisting of the original developers of the game that are able to continue the development of the project without delays and issue new items with two styles of the game, new character models, weapons, and other developments and features in the coming weeks.
Dark Comet Games plans to sell «Stargate Resistance» with a new television advertising campaign the Network of which started in April 30.
“Stargate: Resistance” is a licensed product of the film studio MGM, in accordance with the license Firesky. Firesky publisher keeps the dedicated product and is happy to cooperate with Dark Comet Games, to develop and expand the game.
About Darkcomet Games company was originally found in 2010 and is currently working on a game called «Stargate Resistance» under contract with Firesky. Dark Comet Games also had an impact on “Stargate: Resistance” released in April and made a new trailer for the game.
The newly formed company takes daily support and marketing of games and the time the owner Firesky Fresh Start Studios (story). Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, the parent company of FireSky, and Cheyenne Mountain Games (the original developer «Stargate Resistance»), is currently in court in a bankruptcy and the various dispute management, and, in fact, ceased operations. The only online game you can find via their engine is online rummy.
Today “Stargate: Resistance” is a licensed product of the MGM film studio in accordance with the Firesky license. Firesky Publisher had successfully given its approval of the product and also added he was happy to keep developing the Dark Comet Games product promoting it.
Dark Comet Games stated their product will be available to everybody – you should only have an access to the Internet and get the product online slots.
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It’s like the Dark Comet website was hacked into a parody of its former self by a disgruntled former developer, but really it’s far more likely it was cobbled together by a clueless flunky paid peanuts to salvage what they could from a former iteration.
And of course, this isn’t the first time the Stargate gaming license was linked to dubious ventures: In addition to incessant leadership struggles and complaints of unpaid employees, Dark Comet’s predecessor Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment in Mesa dragged the Stargate name through celebrity motorsports sponsorships and multi-level investment schemes. And in a move that reeked of a bait-and-switch, Stargate Resistance was a poor substitute built on the framework of Stargate Worlds, a long-awaited online roleplaying game that drew in many investors and never saw the light of day.