DMJC reports that the Wing Commander movie will be showing in high definition on Yahoo! Channel 7 HD in Australia. It's a rare treat for the HD version of the film to show internationally, and it may yet be a while before the movie is released on Blu-ray. Catch it while you can! The broadcast is set for 3:00 pm Sunday (2:30 pm Adelaide).
E3? Never heard of it... the May 5th, 1995 is the last issue before the first-ever E3 show! A lot of space goes to praising Bioforge, a very underappreciated 'interactive movie' title that maybe unfortunately was lost in all the excitement of Wing Commander III.
Based on the best selling video game, WING COMMANDER is a science fiction-war movie spectacle. In the mid-27th century, the Terran confederation is at combat with the Kilrathi Empire. After destroying a Terran base, the Kilrathi have seized a NAVCOM unit that can coordinate hyperspace to Earth. With Terran reinforcements planned to arrive two hours after the Kilrathi strike Earth, it falls upon the star fighter carrier TCS Tiger Claw to keep the Kilrathi distracted.
A very special thanks to Joe Garrity of the Origin Museum for making this resource available and to Electronic Arts for sending them to him in the first place!
- In Ink has even more about WCIII:
Of course, there's still plenty of press clippings coming in these days for Wing Commander III. Tom McDonald gave WCIII a grade of 5 out of 5 in the May issue of CD-ROM Today. "The age of interactive movies has arrived. Wing Commander III displays such a stunning virtuosity that, despite the familiar nature of the design, it will change how multimedia games are viewed."
In PC Magazine, Bernie Yee served up his comments about WCIII, while grading it 4 out of 4. "A unique mix of adventure story, dazzling space combat, and vivid Super VGA graphics make Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger the kind of game that redefines our entertainment expectations."
Meanwhile, writers at Playboy have taken notice of WCIII. "Until NASA arms the space shuttle and invites you on board, this is the closest you're likely to get to real shoot-'em'-ups in outer space. The promise of interactive movies has finally been caught in a box and put on store shelves."
And how 'bout another award for the WCIII crew. This time the honor goes to actor Tom Wilson (Maniac) who Computer Gaming World said gave the Best Male On-Screen Performance in Multimedia for 1994. "His scenes are crisp, comedic and convincing," editors wrote.
Finally, you've got to love the award given by Entertainment Weekly to Ginger Lynn Allen for her performance in WCIII. In the category for Most Convincing Performance by an Aging Screen Doxy, Allen beat out a list of nominees that included Margot Kidder (Under a Killing Moon), Grace Jones (Hell) and Morgan Fairchild (Celebrity Poker). Ty Burr wrote, "The winner is...ex-porn star Ginger Lynn Allen, proving there's more than one way to make a living out of interactivity." Ouch!
- Another month, another celebrity EOM: "This month's honors go to Billy Cain, Associate Producer of Prowler... Since coming to ORIGIN, Billy has worked on the SNES versions of Ultima VII, Savage Empire, and Wing Commander III, and is broadening into the 32-bit world beginning with Prowler."
- Finally, there are some New Hires: "Amongst our new RFT hires, Ana Moreno has joined Dallas Snell's group as an Assistant Producer on Wing IV. Ana previously worked at an aircraft interior design company, and before that worked here at ORIGIN as Translations Manager, Assistant to various producers, and as Exec. Assistant to Dallas Snell. Welcome back, Ana! ... We also have 4 promotions to announce this month: ... Kraig Count - Graphic Designer (Wing III 3DO)"
Point of Origin
Vol. V, No. 5 - May 5, 1995
Behind the Scenes: Technology Services
Off the Clock
Mark Hamill To Receive Hollywood Star
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Banshee Kicks Off Flat Universe's Border Worlds Faction
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New 3D Prints Highlight Gemini Sector Hotness
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Paper Cruiser Returns Stronger & Better Armed
Adm_Maverick's Tallahassee papercraft cruiser is back again in a whole new way. This second major iteration improves on the first in a number of ways, including how the main hull fits together. It also has interior components that form the bow-mounted capship missile launcher. (2018-02-19)
Live Wing Commander Jazz Recording A Huge Success!
Origin composer George Oldziey has completed his live recording of Wing Commander jazz music. The event was conducted last week at George's studio in Austin, and pictures from the day make it look like they had a lot of fun! Initial results also sound fantastic, and we're anxious to hear how everything comes together in the finished album. (2018-02-18)