Justin Bielawa sends this report on his efforts to write a Wing Commander sequel. Well, I am working on a WC2 script, heavily based after William Forstchen's "Fleet Action" novel, but the going is slow (college is the devil's tool) and my contacts inside Hollywood are slow to respond.
I doubt my script will ever see the light of day, let alone celluloid, and I'm quite sure there's someone besides me writing their own WC2 script...Just as long as it ain't Droney. Hmmm...maybe we can put a bounty on him? Nah...
Back to the script, it's not much and I'm still rewriting much of it (I'm very picky about such things) but I do plan to forward it through a lawyer/friend of the family to Fox and see how it goes. If not, then DA gets it...if not...then I re-write the damned thing till I get it right.
Those people not familiar with "Fleet Action" (Shame on you!), it's the time period between the WC2 and WC3 games and depicts a vicious battle of the Confed and Kilrathi Fleets over Earth. It's well worth reading. I'm re-writing it to blend my original story (which was about 80% true to the book) with Peter Telep's "Pilgrim Stars", so now I'm going back and re-writing dialogue and (note to Mr Droney) CHARACTER SCENES.
I'd like to direct it myself but my directoral skills are limited to only a Film-making school's 8 minute short, in which, I had NO control over what-so-ever and let's just say my Hollywood contacts aren't in high places (I'm talking about editors and a few actors ala Bruce Campbell from Army of Darkness. Though I did talk to Ridley Scott once...*reaches for phone*)...
Well, if the Chris Roberts is reading this, drop me a buzz. Again. Everyone else is free to contact me as well...flames, questions, comments, rantings, raves (woo...raves...gotta get back to that) or whatever...please feel more than welcome to contact me!
Wildshot found a Gamespot article talking about a five year online gaming deal between Electronic Arts and American OnLine. Will this affect Privateer Online?
Fredrik Häll reviewed the Wing Commander Movie from Sweden. He sent in a copy of the review he posted at Dan's. I just saw the movie on video, and I can't stop watching it. I know all about the "errors" of this movie but you have to remember that this was never intended to win Oscars, it was made so that WC fans, like us, could at last se the glory and grandness of the Wing Commander universe on screen. The 3 latest WC games had a total of 13 CD´s packed Ship specs, mission specs and above all movies. Its easy to criticize the movie when you have over 9 years worth of WC experience on the computer. If I am correct, almost all WC fans would like this movie to be a HUGE box office hit, with Oscars left and right and Chris Roberts raised to God-like status among us the WC fans. Believe me, so would I. However, I am not blind to the obvious "errors" of this movie and I do believe that the script could have been better, with better Infantry scenes. And Blair could have been more in the center of the movie like he should be. But I would rather see this movie than the brain-dead "Street Fighter" or "Mortal Combat" movies, or any other game based movie. In short, despite the set-backs, no one but Roberts could have made this movie with the limited budget and props available. I give it four stars and it deserves nothing less.
Fernando reports that you can read all about the Spanish version of the Wing Commander Movie novel here.
Zany Happenings columnist Japel Hoohar reports. Well, disaster-lovers, I've got a dooy for you this month, this time from the planet of Janus IV. It seems that a fire broke out at the Delors Grain, Salt and Butter Depository - some kid playing with Incendi-tubes apparently. Anyways, the fire raged out of control pretty quickly, the Butter store having gone up first, when, all of a sudden, these really loud explosions start taking place. Everybody ducks for cover, only to be showered in little white balls: the fire had reached the Gran section, which had already been coated in molten Butter, and the whole reserve had turned into popcorn in one go. Good news for Vidflix lovers, bad news for the now-starving population.
Sean "Knytemare" Wilde has just completed a preliminary test run of his new game, Terror Nova. He's now looking for people to actually begin playing normally. Terror Nova is a strategy/role-playing play by email game requiring daily participation. You can find out more about it here. Eder Silva, working with Dreddnott and Nob Akimoto, are working on a Wing Commander total conversion of X-Wing Alliance. They anticipate it featuring over ten flyable craft, dozens more of unflyable craft, lots of missions, story taking place during the late 2660s, and nice sightseeing fromrange from Perry Naval Base to Earth. Their website should be up within two weeks. And Steve has let us know that the Wing Commander Lost Universe project is back on track. It should also have a website with information soon.
Thanks to Catscratch for letting us know that the movie has been available for VHS rental in Finland since November 15. Apparently that was a big time for the movie going rental in the area.
Tony Knox reports. Widespread rioting was reported on the planet of Hermes last night after controversial election results. There have been many incidents of shooting, and police sources indicate a massive growth in the black market Firearms trade. A cordon of Olurapatrol ships has been established around the planet to try and prevent smugglers getting through with new supplies.
David Bohlin informs us that the Wing Commander Movie has been available for rental on VHS in Sweden since the 16th of this month.
Videoland, one of the biggest chains in Belgium reports that the Wing Commander Movie will be available for rental on VHS in March 2000. Less than 4 months to go. You can see their preview listing for next year here.
Industry watchdog Lynn Caring reports. Children's toy manufacturer Bratjoy Ltd. is warning customers of a potential death-trap they may have bought for their children. The whole Choochi-Poppet range of stuffed toys are being recalled, after tests revealed that the substance the dolls are made of, hexaplatylonate, becomes highly explosive if introduced to the presence of banana-flavoured yoghurt drink. One accident has already happened, when a habi-cube on the planet Anhur mysteriously exploded. CIS investigators probing the wreckage found tattered pieces of Choochi-Poppet packaging, the discovery which sparked the product tests. The CIS are considering legal proceedings.
With relatively little fanfare, the CIC received its 750,000th hit yesterday. You can find our tracking stats here. Here's looking towards one million.
Asterix sent this Wing Commander review from Clarin, an Argentinian journal). WITHOUT ONE SURPRISE
Feeding from a mixture of old plots and videogames, Wing Commander is only routine.
There is nothing that wasn´t already inn "Flying Tigers", "The Heroic Bomber", "Shark of steel" and any other WWII movie. Take these stories to the XXVII century, lasers and all, you will have Wing Commander, inspired by a videogame that torments parents with explosions and repetition.
Two young actors from "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer", Freddie Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard, are pilots Blair and Marshall, who have just graduated from the Academy and sent to join a human group that are fighting against the Kilrathi, aliens that want the Universe for themselves.
They are ugly, bad and worst of all different - so nothing good will wait for them, even if the script writers attempt to make those aliens threating for the younger audience to try some kind of suspense. Without one surprise, a lot of special effects (and not bad ones) Wing Commander was a videogame and still is on the big screen. What a shame that there is no "interactivity" to make it better. Or an escape to push and exit...
LeHa sends the description of Wing Commander from the Video Movie Guide 2000. Wing Commander (Turkey) In the year 2564, two brash rookie pilots and their female militray girlfriends blast aliens into space debris. Based on the popular computer game. Dir: Chris Roberts. Cast: Freddie Prinze Jr, Matthew Lillard, Jurgen Prochnow, Saffron Burroghs, Ginny Holder, David Suchet, David Warner. 1999
Zero0 is interested in getting people together to do a Wing Commander conversion for Homeworld. Contact him here if interested.
Kris got word from SciPubTech on the status of the Tiger's Claw cut-away poster... very exciting. We are working on the Tiger Claw and are in the final stages of production right now. We have not determined the final run or whether we will have a limited version of the poster yet.
When it is ready to ship we will add it to the web site.
Thanks for your interest.
A savage indictment by Sarah Blurp. CIS officials on Karatikus were distraught last night as they prepared for the beginning of the annual VidVert conference, an event which attracts thousands of Vid-stars, AdvertXecs and other scum to the unfortunate host planet. Chief among the worries is the huge increase in the Brain Implant trade that notoriously accompanies the event. Extra patrols are being posted all around the planet's atmosphere, in an attempt to restrict the huge influx of smugglers that will undoubtedly be arriving. Lets just hope that some of those arrogant Vid-types get their comeuppance as well, eh?
Danny Rough reports that Blank Gaming is holding a WC Movie poll on their frontpage. A little late perhaps, but everyone should go vote nonetheless.
Dundradal sent in below paragraph from CGW's Tiberian Sun review. The article can be found on page 120 of the December issue. The in-game movies, as in the previous games, combine high-class computer graphics with video schlock. TIBERIAN SUN may not represent the low point of Michael Biehn's 15-year post-Terminator career slump, but his jaw-flexing performance as the Commander McNeil isn't going to move him to Hollywood's A-list anytime soon. The best that can be said about Jones' performance is that you rarely catch him checking his watch. The villains fare somewhat better, with Joe Kucan a vigorously hammy Kane and B-movie vet Frank Zagrino appropriately zealous as second-banana Slavik. The plot sure ain't Shakespeare - heck, its not even WING COMMANDER - but it certainly has enough cheesy zest to keep you awake. It's bad, all right - but in a good way.
TAFKAW reports that the correct URL for the WCMC site is http://members.xoom.com/PaulKNed/wcmc/home.htm, not what was listed in a previous update. Sorry!
For no apparent reason, here's LOAF's List of Wing Commander Drinks. Be sure to add anything else you know of!
Intelligamer (home of the much-loved ATFW) is running an article on the 5 Games I Wish They'd Make. Wing Commander Armada II makes the list! Looks like Armada wasn't completely misunderstood... Wing Commander Armada was the first space combat game that allowed players to fight one another, rather than just the computer AI. To this date it is still the only game set in the Wing Commander universe to support multiplayer at all. The original mated a rather pathetic strategy game with in the cockpit flying that you could participate in.
But the real fun was tangling over a modem or a serial connection with a friend. I spent literally hundreds of dollars in long distance phone charges flying against people all over the United States. The flight model was pure Wing Commander but the variety of ships, the pacing of the game, and the sheer adrenaline rush of the kill stay with me to this day. Indeed, even with high tech marvels like Freespace 2 and X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, the ancient Wing Commander Armada remains the most fun I have ever had in a multiplayer game.
It's incredible to me that in the six years since the release of Wing Commander Armada there has yet to be another game from Origin that allowed gamers to face off against one another. Rumors of a massively multiplayer Wing Commander game persist, but what I really want to see is an upgrade of this classic, with 1999 graphics, an enhanced strategic game and the same seat of the pants, fast and furious, missiles flying, boom and zoom multiplayer game play.
Origin, my $50 is waiting...
Dave Cool is on the scene. Respect to Hard? Cor!, techno wizards extraordinaire, for organising this king-size love fest on the planet of Janus IV. The scene is kickin' up here, with all the beautiful people in attendance, going for it like never before. Frontman Wok-eyes is banging it out on the mic, raising a real special feeling here. We're vibed, man, and it's only getting better; this one's special, so if you're in the area, get on down and get them dancing trousers working. There's Warp Steroids for sale all over the shop, but the way this one's shaping up, we're gonna need more and how! Peace and love, Universe crew.
Sorry for some temporary downtime today. That just happens once in a while. This time it happened for more than a couple hours. Everything should be back to normal by the time you read this. Thanks for everyone's patience and a super big thanks to Kevin.
Agricultural editor Varma Jyles reports. Dairy farmers on the planet of Anhur have been heavily stricken. Unseasonably wet weather has provided the perfect breeding conditions for the Frillic Exploding Mite. Large swarms of these unpleasant creatures have over-run the grazing pastures of the Tyrellian Zebu, the planet's chief form of Livestock. The female vermin, already fertilised, burrow into the bodies of the Zebu, waiting for their gestation period to end. When it does, the bugs explode with great force, freezing their offspring. The force of the explosion is usually sufficient to kill the host being outright; fortunately, the Mites do not infest humans, but Zebu stocks have been decimated.
Gamespot is running another "Best Games You've Never Played" feature and they mention Wing Commander in their Terra Nova section. As usual, they have a feedback section where you can vote for a game you thought should have been mentioned. My bid was for Armada. You can find the feature here and the feedback page here.
Test pilot Shane Cleft offers his opinion. It's here! What all speed fiends everywhere have been waiting for! The Afterburner Mark III! I had one fitted to my Patriot, and boy, does it move! Far better performance all round, and the acceleration is absolutely unbelievable! I'm telling you, it's really, really good.
Just when you thought it was all over... Steele has produced yet another fine X-Wing Alliance conversion! This time the Vampire of WCP and SO fame. Grab the download for this ship and the previous conversions from his site.
Veltek spokesman Phlamin Omer reveals all. We at Veltek are proud to unveil the Maelstrom class Proxmity Missile. Research has shown that an astonishing 47.9% of combat missile launches fail to destroy their target, due to the missile being out-maneuvererd, the deployment of decoys, or simply an insufficiently powerful warhead. The Malestrom remedies all these problems: it contains a proximity fuse that will detonate the missile when it attains a certain distance from the target, rather than merely on impact, making it very difficult to avoid or decoy. It also has a much more powerful warhead, and a far larger blast radius, than conventional missiles. Buy one today, or it could be bye-bye tomorrow.
Edward Pang noticed that the Adrenaline Vault's Freespace 2 review keeps referring to Wing Commander, calling Origin one of the most innovative companies. You can find that review here. He also sent in the article's final paragraph, where the reviewer calls Freespace just another Wing Commander clone: The negatives in Freespace 2 don't add up to a whole lot. You will have to own a fairly powerful machine to play the game at an acceptable framerate, and even on a powerhouse box, things tend to get a little choppy during the mammoth scale battles. As I mentioned earlier, the artificial intelligence has been improved over the original game, but in-flight dynamics boil down to the same basic concept we've seen since Wing Commander 2. For me, the only prevailing thing I don't like about Freespace 2 is that it never breaks the Wing Commander mold completely. While there is certainly nothing wrong with that, having seen glimpses of Digital Anvil's Freelancer, I expected a little more than I got.
If you want to play Trivia this week, be sure to send your answers to ChrisReid before Sunday. You can find the Trivia rules and this week's questions on our Trivia page.