Some time ago we reported on the existence of Europe-only GameCube flight sticks. Unfortunately, they haven't been available in the US - since the prevailing industry opinion seems to be that Americans are no longer interested in flight games. But all was not lost! My recent trip to France was an excellent excuse to smuggle a GameCube 'stick back to the states (wrapped in dirty laundry, to evade customs crack team of joystick sniffing dogs).
But how does this help us? There's no Wing Commander game for the GameCube - and no one cares about freakish new ways to navigate Animal Crossing. You forget, however, the GameBoy Player! By putting one (GameCube), one (GameBoy Player) and one (GameCube Flightstick) together, I was able to play... PROPHECY ADVANCE WITH A JOYSTICK! Here's some pictures!
How does it play? Surprisingly well - it took me about ten minutes to become acustomed to the sensitivity of the joystick (I'm used to regular Prophecy with a first generation Sidewinder FF) -- but after that, Prophecy was smooth and fun! Now we just need a GameCube throttle and rudder pedals...
Joystick sniffing dogs?
Upper Memory Block Walks Down Memory Lane
The Upper Memory Block podcast has kicked off a fun play-through of Wing Commander 2. Game streaming is a common pastime this days and there are lots of folks out there recording their Wing Commander sessions, so we don't highlight them all. But UMB is a big fan of the Wing Commander series, and they have a lot of similar contemporary interests to Wingnuts. (2018-03-22)
Homeworld Mod Deploys Black Lance
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New WC Toolbox Expands WC2 Campaign Support
The WC Toolbox has gotten smarter with another new update. Version 4.2. (2018-03-20)
Kilrathi Fleet Gets Large Scale LLOD Upgrades
A couple of monster models have made their way into the Last Line of Defense project. Using some newly discovered information, Deathsnake has scaled up his fearsome Rigakh cruiser. Fairly credible stats imply it's even larger than the Confederation class dreadnought! (2018-03-19)
Black Lance Transport Certified For Covert Cargo
After leading the charge with a pair of exotic Black Lance designs earlier this year, DefianceIndustries has circled back around and completed the Evansville class transport that we see in Wing Commander 4. It has a fairly sleek profile for a transport as well as oversized engines, which form a pretty effective combo. There's no better way to sneak clandestine cargo to out-of-the-way places! (2018-03-18)