The promised 1994 'Valentines Day' issue of Point of Origin doesn't have much romance... but it does profile one past and one future Wing Commander developer. All in all, though, 1994 seems pretty quiet - with all the talk about Bioforge and Super Wing Commander, there's little to suggest the sheer size of currently-simmering Wing Commander III.
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!
- Fiscal Fitness details the rush to ship games before the end of the Fiscal Year: "Righteous Fire, originally scheduled to ship this week, will have to hold until next Wednesday (2/23) due to a translation snag in the UK... Super Wing for 3DO will clock in as ORIGIN's biggest game ever. In fact, it's spilling over about 100 MB from the CD. The team plans to make some speech modifications in order to cram the entire product into the allotted 550 MB. Tick, tick, tick."
- Off-the-clock: Adam Foshko talks about the man who would someday run the franchise: "He's putting together the live actor-action for Wing Commander III and he's got a lot of great ideas on how to make ORIGIN the new interactive Mecca that it ought to be."
- EOM: Bruce Lemons profiles a Wing Commander veteran: "Bruce's expertise in 3DStudio can be found in m any ORIGIN products: Wing Commander II, Ultima VII and Strike Commander. And a lot of the graphics you'll be seeing in Super Wing 3DO and BioForge are the result of Bruce's hard work."
- Press Here has the usual assortment of good news from the media:
The editors of PC Entertainment got together and selected their top games of 1993 and Ultima Underworld II was among four
ORIGIN games that made the honor role.
...William R. Trotter put Wing commander Academy among the best of 1993. 'One intense battle after another,' he said. 'Every
afternoon I take a 'Wing Commander break' instead of a coffee break--it's cleansing, cathartic, and better for your heart...'
Do you think he liked it?
... And of course, what's a 'best of' list without Privateer? Once again Bernie Yee has the lowdown. 'General MIDI and Wave-
Blaster support make for a state-of-the-art soudntrack, and the graphics are up to Origin's high standards.'
Speaking of Privateer, Compute magazine gave the award winning game a big thumbs up in its February issue. David Gerding
proclaimed, 'On a fast 486 system, the animation can look downright gorgeous. A real accomplishment. ORIGIN has turned out a
... In Japan, they like what they see of Wing Commander Academy. In Popcom, a Japanese gaming magazine, Toren Smith writes,
'Wing Commander Academy is like a dream come true for hardcore WC addicts.'
Point of Origin
Vol. IV, No. 53 - February 15, 1994
Off-the-clock: Adam Foshko
EOM: Bruce Lemons
3DO to sharply cut Multiplayer prices in 94
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