All in all, it's pretty neat. Whoever mentioned it reads like bad fan-fiction is right, but I'm sure this is a rough draft (I hope so anyway.) My favorite was the pirates looking for "goodies" in the base.
I was most interested in how they summed up the rest of the Nephilium War/Conflict-- though they don't go into great detail. Quite a find either way.
So, my question now is, are we to assume this is canon? I've always wanted to write in the Wing Commander Universe, especially late in the timeline. Though with a background like this it might be hard to suspend disbelief. Buf if sources are confirmed, then I guess we are to assume this is the new canon? I'd be inclined to say it's not, but to acknowledge it as canon might have been.
yeah, it sort of makes me think of Freelancer, but certainly not Wing Commander
That next one is realy really tasty too !
Another thing that when I first read it was "to generate music called UMuse." Somehow I connected that with Ipod for some unknown reason.
PopsiclePete said:Really, wouldn't that be the perfect fit for Privateer 2, being a novel/game within the Wing Commander universe ? Really, I love the idea
Yes that sounds more like it...maybe I connected it because I hear and see Ipods here and there every day at the moment but you are right the iMuse is closer to it....I know it sound somehow familiar ^_^The joke is probably about iMuse, LucasArts' famously proprietary interactive music system. Remember that the iPod had not yet taken over the world in 2000.
It's funny to see that even after 700 years they still don't get it right2699
The highly surreal bio holo-vid of Commodore Blair’s early career entitled “Wing Commander” is met with mixed reviews.
Noted auteur Rhond Klopommel who has been known for his symbolic take on history is criticized for his interpretations of the war hero’s early life.
“I always saw those early pioneers as Pilgrims, using their inherent astrogation abilities to transcend normal time and space to create shortcuts to destiny,” was the explanation given for his liberal alternative version of Confederation technologies.
Critics were a tad harsher, one ISDN reviewer stating, “Simply because Rhond lacked a fundamental understanding of jump space, fighter designs, and basic Newtonian physics we are forced to endure the fanciful flights of the artist as opposed to the hard history we were expecting to receive. This makes me long for the comfortable naïve romp of the “Luna Jones: Jumpscout” series. Blair deserved better, and maybe, one day, he’ll receive just treatment.”
BattleFate said:That way you get continuity with minimal problems.
BattleFate said:Anyways. I think the whole thing was really good. I don't like that Casey died, but then who likes it when a known hero they like does... It's somewhat suitable though that the only person to really best Casey in battle is... Casey.
And though the whole clone thing seems a bit stretched, remember they were making a background for an online game. One where if you died, you shouldn't be eliminated... The whole thing was obviously setup so that the player could reset as his clone if he were to get killed... That way you get continuity with minimal problems.
All we need now is to "disable" aging.Delance said:That's why I favor ejection pods.
I didn't care much for the Casey clone thing either. The Ghoul idea is neat but Casey killing Casey didn't work for me. The Darkening thing didn't either. I laughed out loud when I read it but I thought they could of done something a lot more useful with it.
As a side note, I'd like to point out that I don't subscribe to the position that a clone that has a copy of my conscience and memory is the same as me. I could make a clone and look at him, talk to him. It would not be me. A clone is that, just a clone. That a very lame form or "immortality".
Bandit LOAF said:The 2703 entry covers this issue: "A cloning researcher under Dr. Ebsei develops what are coined “flash maps”. These neural snapshots are incorporated into the cloning seed process and cover not only conscious and subconscious aspects of the brain, but the “muscle memory” at all neural spike locations across the body. For the first time mental and muscle memory integrity are maintained with the subject template."
Remember that a man is defined by his environment as well as his actions. Clone Casey would have all his memories but only to the point of the brain-scan-thing. Being a celebrated war hero wouldn't Casey be a proud man, and to the clone his pride has been insulted by being the copy without decorations or even official existence, and the fact that the clones seem to be imperfect/mutated, that could make him a very angry man.Delance said:I read that as well. It's a very perfect clone, a clone which probably is pretty much sure is the original one, but it's still a clone. You can make a few dozen versions of the original guy, and they can talk to each other.
Hehe, sure, it's an in-joke, but I think it's safe to say that it is also a legitimate attempt to explain away Privateer 2. It's one thing to reference other game series - but when you make a reference that fictionalises a game from the same series, that's a pretty clear statement.Bandit LOAF said:The Darkening thing is an in-joke, like the WEC in Secret Ops or 'Hail SHODAN' in Victory Streak -- not a legitimate attempt to explain away Privateer 2.
Hehe, sure, it's an in-joke, but I think it's safe to say that it is also a legitimate attempt to explain away Privateer 2. It's one thing to reference other game series - but when you make a reference that fictionalises a game from the same series, that's a pretty clear statement.
I have to say, all in all I really don't like these outlines. They really do seem rather fannish. It's as if they wanted to reference just about every unimportant character they could think of. I don't see the point of mentioning, and especially killing off the Love Animals or Saranya Carr - both of these things were originally introduced as throw-away items to build up the WC universe background. When they keep referring to them again and again, though, they turn them into foreground material. So, while originally this stuff made the WC universe seem like a richer, more real place, referring to them again here makes the WC universe poorer. Is there really only one famous actress in the 27th century? And only one music band? Any new made-up name would have worked a thousand times better.
Also, why make Admiral Rayak run for office? Again, any other random name would have done just as well (though, truth be told, no name at all would have been better still - some of this stuff is just uselessly gratuitous. If the game is set in 2710, why do we need to know who the governor of Sol sector was in 2690? Some stuff is better left to the imagination) - but they apparently decided that since SO had introduced a new admiral, they absolutely had to use her again... and then forgot her first name, and gave her a sex change! Argh. And yeah, I know - we would have undoubtedly ended up explaining this away as merely a second admiral with the same last name... but I'd be very, very surprised if that had been what they actually intended.