ZFGokuSSJ1 recently caught an early peek at June's PC Gamer and was upset at what he saw. There's a pretty odd article in the back where the editor takes a stab at classic series like X-Com and Wing Commander.
A couple of years ago I booted up the original Wing Commander using a mod that prevented it from running at a squillion frames per second, and discovered that it was - by every standard instilled within me by contemporary gaming - crap.
That's the extent of his explanation. Combined with his comments about other series, it mainly seems that he can't get past the graphics, because even the original Wing Commander's gameplay, storytelling, characters and atmosphere beat out most modern games. I'd also say the graphics hold up better than most of the games made fifteen years ago.
I've got the new Splinter Cell, Unreal Championship, Metal Gear and other contemporary titles, but last night I spent my free time taking out the hijacked Gwenhyvar. Eight Gratha, four Jalthi and four Krant, and that's not even counting the captured Rapiers guarding the destroyer! We have a DOSBox Tutorial online if you'd like to join the fun too.
We're still searching for aliens with the help of the wcnews SETI@home group. Our local statistics page has been updated to reflect changes over the past five months. In those five months we've gained 27,000 results and 11 years of CPU time. At the bottom of the page we've also added the statistics from the new BOINC version of the SETI client. It seems that over the next month or so the old client will cease functioning and everyone will require the new BOINC client, so if you haven't upgraded already now is a good time. If you're a new user, don't forget to join team wcnews.
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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
It's a big week for the Homeworld Remastered Mod! Their long-awaited Black Lance upgrade has now been released. Fans can grab it at either the Steam Workshop or ModDB, but users with a current copy will get the update automatically. (2018-03-21)
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)