Here's the first issue of Point of Origin since the EA takeover... and anyone interested in that aspect of ORIGIN history will find a treasure trove of information here. What did the purchase mean for the two companies' competing management styles? What did it mean for the employees caught in the middle?
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!
- Road Shows has the news from Origin's salesman who are busy showing off new products to national distributors: "Privateer was the big winner with larger accounts such as Egghead and SoftKat... Insight might decide to bundle Wing 2 Deluxe with its CD-ROM, and that could mean 5,000 per month! ... Right now, Price Club's moving 250+ of the promotional Wing Commander release every week." Another show, for Sotware, Etc. managers, brought positive response for the screensaver: "Karl said they were all drooling, especially over ORIGIN FX."
- Press Here has the regular selection of positive buzz from print sources. From Computer Gaming World: "In the readers' poll, Underworld's holding the #2 spot, following Civilization and nudging Wing 2 to #3. Wing 2 has its own place in the spotlight as a finalist for Action Game of the Year... In a sci-fi survey in the same issue, Evan Brooks says 'Wing Commander set new standards in graphics and gameplay. It's a 'must-have'.'... We've been informed that Underworld and Wing 2 make this years Games 100 List which will be published in the magazine's December issue." Gen 4's readers poll says that "Wing 2 holds firm at #3." Even regular computing magazines praised Wing Commander in those days: "Recognizing that multimedia doesn't necessarily mean CD-ROM, Paul Benson writes about Wing 2 in November's PC Home Journal: 'An absolutely beautiful musical score and dazzling graphic effects are the openers, then it proceeds to get evey better.'" The column also reports on an upcoming European journalism expo, where "They'll be checking out STrike, Privateer, Serpent Isle and ORIGIN FX." and finally that "Privateer will hit the cover of Strategy Plus in February. That issue will also feature designer notes from our own wordsmith, Anthony Nichols." That's one to look for!
Point of Origin
Vol. II, No. 26 - October 23, 1992
EA: What's Going On Here, Anyway?
Mark Your Calenders
New in the Library
Dear Point Man
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)
Happy St. Patrick's Day From The Green Salthi
Confederation hull plating is well known for its green texture, and terran soldiers even occasionally sport a green tinted outfit, but it's a far less common color on the Kilrathi (aside from the kats that actually have green skin). We know the common brown color of Kilrathi ships comes from the hue of their local durasteel, but there's one major exception to this: the green Salthi - or Jalthi, rather. The Secret Missions for the Super Nintendo had to squeeze to fit everything on the cartridge, and one noteworthy cut was the elimination of the six-shooter Jalthi model. (2018-03-17)
Explore Wing Commander History as Prelude to Star Citizen
Magnets & Miracles Gaming has put together a historical overview video series going through some of Chris Roberts' older games and how they formed the genesis of what we see being planned for Star Citizen. It's similar to what the Cloud Imperium crew put together in their series of RSI Museum videos. Part 1 focuses on basic back story, Wing Commander and Wing Commander II. (2018-03-16)
Un Juego de Chris Roberts
Christian Klein, the Pixel Engineer, has dug up another awesome European localization. It's a second Spanish DROsoft box that includes a combination of both Secret Missions in the same package! The reverse side of each has been translated and combined into one, but the included paper inserts appear to still be in English. (2018-03-15)
Goodbye, Stephen Hawking
The extraordinary theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has passed away and tributes are pouring in from across the internet. As a genius thinker and pioneer in space, he made his mark on the whole genre of science-fiction, including Wing Commander. On the universe map, star systems are often named after developers, authors and even fans. (2018-03-14)