Get Your WC4 DVD On With Lazy Game Reviews

It's turning out to be a great week for classic game channels on YouTube! Lazy Game Reviews has posted a very in-depth profile of the Creative Labs Encore DXR2 DVD-ROM kit. He does a great job setting the stage for just how cool this was in 1997 and covers every inch of the box and its contents. It's remarkably satisfying to see him go through the hardware and software installation process. He tries out Claw and then finally the highly coveted DVD version of Wing Commander 4. If you make it all the way to the WC4 intro cinematic, part way through there's a special surprise in store. Enjoy! Thanks to Andy Aldrich and Megan Sumner for the heads up!
Installing a Creative Encore DVD-ROM! Back in 1997 DVD tech was an huge step up from CDs. And the setup was a bit more involved than just plopping in a drive -- you needed an MPEG-2 card like the DXR2!
Of course, now you can enjoy the high quality video of this edition of WC4 for just $5.99 at GOG, but back in the day, this was an expensive and exclusive game. LOAF had this to add:
That sure brings back memories. I remember working all summer that year at the Maryland School for the Blind's summer camp... and saving every dollar that was supposed to be for food and necessities so I could buy that DXr2 kit when I got home. Most expensive computer upgrade I'd ever bought myself at the time!

Metal Jesus Rocks The Whole Wing Commander Series!

Metal Jesus of MetalJesusRocks is back with another Wing Commander video, and this time he's here to do a rather comprehensive overview of the entire series. Anyone can cover WC1-4 and Prophecy on YouTube, but MJR goes further with coverage of expansion packs, Academy & Armada, the Privateers, Super Wing Commander and Kilrathi Saga. He even has both the regular and Premiere Edition of WC3, SNES & Sega CD ports of WC1, and both standard and Gold Prophecies. Last, but not least, Arena and the Movie get nods at the end. He's been at this for nearly a dozen years and has half a million YouTube subscribers, so it's really great to see such a prominent internet celebrity professing his love of Wing Commander in front of such a vast audience. Check out the new video below, and you can find his WC4 review here.
For many gamers, the Wing Commander series was our Star Wars for the 1990s...Its mix of space combat sim, sweeping intergalactic stories and Hollywood imagination was a treat for fans like me. It took a while to build up this game collection, but it's a part of my collection that I'm very proud of. So many great memories playing these games! Here is a look at my complete Wing Commander collection.

We've Got This Sector Bottled Tight, Friend...

We've got a new poll out today that asks which of the the galactic sectors in Wing Commander is your favorite. This obviously isn't an exhaustive list, and there are some omissions like the Landreich or Hari Sectors that have quite a mystique about them, but we went with eight mainline areas that are particularly noteworthy. Sometimes sectors are short-hand named after the stars and quadrants within them, so if you're looking for Antares or Deneb, you can find them within the larger Epsilon cluster. After you select your favorite, hit the comment link and let us know why you picked that one!
The previous poll asked how long you've been coming to the CIC. More than a quarter of you have been around since the our grand opening in 1998 - or earlier - and another quarter have been with us since the turn of the century. There's quite a few old timers still in the mix! However, about one in eight visitors have just discovered wcnews.com in the past year, which is pretty impressive. Welcome aboard to the new faces out there too!

I Like This A Hole Lot

LOAF was poking around in Wing Commander 2's background files and discovered a hilarious easter egg that would ordinarily never be seen by the player. The game frequently uses a red and green communications interface for dialogue sequences between a fighter and larger carrier or base. A small rectangle on the right features a graph intended to depict signal strength or something like that. However in the base art file, the talking head is blank and the graph spot has a button labeled "DONUT TOUCH." Origin definitely had a sense of humor back in the day!

Taste That Synthi Meat

The Wing Commander series has had quite a few large and elaborate print advertisements over the years, but even by the franchise's often lofty standards, this one's a whopper. This ad is spread across six full pages and follows a "five senses" theme with a late '90s vibe. Sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch are all emphasized along with a smattering of FMV screenshots, gameplay scenes and a handful of commodities. Then everything is wrapped up with the box art and tag line. Pretty cool stuff! Thanks to Anatoly Shashkin for finding this one - follow his DOSNostalgic feed for more neat stuff like this.
Why should innocent animals and plants suffer just so humans can eat? Synthi meat, created from 100% pure non-organic minerals, is the universe's most efficient food. And many find its gravel-seasoned-saddle-leather taste surprisingly easy to get used to.

A Localization Interrogation

Most Wingnuts are familiar with all of the cool contents of a basic Wing Commander Prophecy box... but this one's a little different. Can you spot everything that makes this setup unique? Thanks to Andi Green for posting this!
Standard Origin

Upgraded Corvette Ready For Vision Engine

Version 0.32B of the Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack was just released, but work continues at a rapid pace. The Kilrathi are the next focus, and they're led by the fearsome Corvette. I don't mean that to be facetious - that thing is a tough nut to crack with scary effective gun placement - and DefianceIndustries agrees! We're looking forward to see it looking better than ever in the project's next release.
No rest for the weary! The team is starting on the next batch of assets - Alpha 4 is shaping up to include the rest of the Kilrathi assets (Not-Kamrani corvette, Destroyed Fralthi, Kilrathi Debris field assets), The long-overdue TCS Midway, and Confed space stations. We will likely have a few more Nephilim models as well. We are working to lock down what is realistic for the next release.

To start us off however, here is the new Kilrathi Corvette, the most lethal anti-fighter platform in the game for some reason...

Catch Up On Strike Commander's History

The DOS Game Club is a really cool place dedicated to gaming highlights of the '80s and '90s. Their community selects a game each month, and then they jointly play it together and discuss in their regular podcast. A recently selection was Origin's Strike Commander, and our own Bandit (LOAF) was able to participate in their episode on it. They had a super fun time! Download or stream the show here. And how much do you love DGC's website? Everything is done up in ASCII text with DOS GUI menus - fantastic!
In episode 5 of the DOS Game Club Podcast, Martijn (“Tijn”) and Florian (“rnlf”) discussed Origin System’s Strike Commander with the excellent Ben Lesnick.

Ben has been a Wing Commander fan for a long time and somewhat of an “Origin historian”, who has gotten to know many of the people involved with the development of the Wing Commander games, as well as Strike Commander and other games by Chris Roberts and Origin Systems. He helps to run the Wing Commander CIC fan site over at wcnews.com and is currently working with Chris Roberts on Star Citizen.

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