Here's a throwback to a twenty-one year old issue of Computer Gaming World. Back in November 1996, when we all were just getting into the Wingnut scene online, CGW posted a comprehensive "best 150" games feature. Wing Commander came in as the 7th best title of all time, just behind other famous contemporaries like Sid Meier's Civilization, Ultima IV, Doom & Sim City. Crusader: No Remorse also came in at 3 and Wing Commander III 54.
Mid 1996... what a time to be alive as a WC fan. Chatting with fellow Wingnuts on the nascent internet of the day, WC4 had just made a big splash, secondary items like the CCG, Academy television show and novels were being released, and we were just months away from Privateer 2. Articles like this one were dropping left and right, so it was no surprise to see WC up there in the rankings. Thousands of games have come and gone in the intervening years, but WC is still on top as long as we're all still here to share awesome memories like this one! Thanks to Now is Not Good for the tip. You can check out the entire CGW issue here.