Happy Birthday Mark Hamill! Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Dennis Mull was the first to point out to us this weekend that today is Mark Hamill's 70th birthday. While the collective Star Wars fandom is all over this for obvious reasons, we'd like to salute Mr. Hamill on behalf of the Wing Commander community. His execution of Christopher Blair is superb, of course. Perhaps having prior experience navigating a fighter on a trench run to deliver a planet-busting super weapon gave him the practice he needed to absolutely nail it on his second try. Happy Birthday! I also didn't realize how close his birthday was to Wing Commander's. Tomorrow marks 31 years since the original Wing Commander first shipped to stores. Happy early birthday to Wing Commander!

Setting the Record Straight on DIVX Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

We get questions from time to time from Wing Commander fans that read about the WC DIVX and the mistaken rumors of its cancellation. DIVX was a late '90s format based around single-use DVDs. Each disc was encoded and serialized to sync with an online (via dialup) account that controlled playback. Owners could pay to watch again or unlock the disc for permanent use. After just a year of production, the format went bust and inventory was quickly cleared out. As Wing Commander was scheduled to be released for home viewing at right about the same time as DIVX died, there's a persistent belief out there that the WC DIVX was canceled. But that is not true! Circuit City most definitely had them for sale in the summer of 1999, and many of us still have the unopened packages to prove it! Any editors out there are more than welcome to fix the Wikipedia entry accordingly...
GALLIFREY STANDS: I was randomly reading the Wikipedia article about the DIVX disc format, and it says that the Wing Commander DIVX disc was canceled. I could've sworn that LOAF owns a copy on that format?

LOAF: I can confirm the article is wrong, Wing Commander was one of if not the last DIVX title released. (Had to buy a Circuit City worth of unwanted discs to get it at the time!). The might be confusing it with the LaserDisc release; Wing Commander was one of the last LDs announced and it never materialized.

Gemini RPG Crew Chases Down Kilrathi Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

The crew of the TCS Majestic continues to fight for control of the Nitir Sector! The action follows the chronicles of the Gemini Sector RPG. Weekly sessions keep the fun going on their Discord server, and Rear Admiral Tarsus continues to put these nifty mission briefings together to amplify the experience beyond your typical text-based role playing game. Sessions are held most Sunday mornings - they look like a really cool way to experience the WC series with your fellow fans. Hit the discuss button, check out their website or ask Tarsus directly for info on how to join in!
Thanks to the enhanced sensors of the Rathburn as well as cunning of the Majestic's command crew, they located the Kilrathi fleet located in the nebula near Nitir, the crew must scout out the fleet while a secondary group engages the escort, thinning it out while hiding the true intent of the party.

Lance Casey: Now Hiring Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Want to work with a star? Your dream could come true if you get hired by Steven Petrarca Events. While the delta variant continues to scourge across the land in my area and many others, California has taken a relatively modest hit and the fancy gathering industry appears to be booming. SPE is hiring, so the opportunity exists to pick up gigs working as "servers, bartenders, models/brand ambassadors, tray passers, scullery, and more!" I looked it up, and scullery has something to do with washing dishes. Mr. Petrarca has been doing this for almost fifteen years now and has garnered even more attention in the hospitality industry than in the acting business - where he famously starred Lance Casey in Wing Commander Prophecy!
SPE is a boutique event planning and hospitality company located in Los Angeles, California, known for thoughtful residential style, and relaxed sophistication. We specialize in planning for intimate atmospheres to large-scale productions and carry a unique combination of expertise in full-scale event production and unparalleled hospitality services.

Founded in 2007, Steven Petrarca Events set out to fulfill an unmet need in the events world: a full- service company with flawless attention to detail and its own integrated service staff of the highest quality - because the people with whom your guests interact are as important as any other aspect of the event.

With over two decades of experience in every aspect of production, design, logistics, hospitality and service, Steven Petrarca and the team have produced everything from a backyard Beyonce concert to a dinner with President Obama. We’ve built an ice rink, a ninety-thousand square foot maze, and a nightclub on an abandoned rooftop. We’ve planned weddings on remote sand beaches and still enjoy creating the perfect dinner for two for a special occasion.

Our events are considered, met with imaginative vision, and are adaptable to reflect our client’s personal taste and style. Through a seamless integration of design, production and service, we curate experiences comprised of texture and taste.

AI Enhancement Test Takes On Most Challenging WC Scene Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Techmaster has a new channel that's playing around with various video games and AI enhancement programs, and Wing Commander is ripe for fusion of the two. One of their first clips is an upscaled sample of Wing Commander 3, which is very challenging to enhance due to its vintage 1994 low-res, low-framerate & high compression footage. Kilrathi fur doesn't make it any easier either. I would say the thumbnail looks a bit better than the video in motion, but it's not a bad first effort. Overall, it's just good to see more people dabbling in this technology!
Crazy AI video upscaling 240p to 4k Wing Commander III PS1 game topaz veai + dain app
As you're probably familiar, ODVS has been spending considerable effort over the last couple years to perfect his own AI-enhanced upscaling efforts. Comparing the two, you can see the improvement that comes from all of this investment!

MK Podquest Redux Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Last month we reported on the MK Podquest team's exploration of the Warrior King Saga. They spent the summer checking out the various chapters of the bizarre and epic four-part crossover that culminated in Michael Dorn portraying a space viking aboard the Tiger's Claw. Not everyone is into the podcast scene though and some people prefer these types of shows on YouTube. Your requests have been answered, and this episode is now online below. You can also find their commentary on the Warrior King's Street Fighter, Savage Dragon and Mortal Kombat episodes here.
We've reached the end of the Warrior King's journey this week with Wing Commander Academy Episode 8: Recreation, easily the best episode of the crossover hands down. Neal is now fully a Wing Commander guy. Also we messed around with a soundboard on this one so expect a ton of airhorns.

Double Autographed WC Movie Poster is Sublime Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

LeHah scored another impressive Wing Commander autograph this weekend. Matthew Lillard was signing at the CT HorrorFest yesterday, so LeHah brought his previously-signed movie poster in order to score a rare Lillard/Prinze duo. It sounds like they had to eventually shut the line off due to demand and capacity limits, so he's lucky to have gotten in! Mr. Lillard always speaks fondly of his Wing Commander experience, so this must have been a fun one to get!
I then had him sign my Wing Commander poster which first confused and then elated him. “Wow, I’ve never signed one of these before. Holy shit, is this an original? Holy shit, Freddie signed this already?!”

Wing Commander Movie Discounted to Just $5 Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

AD noticed that Microsoft is running an exciting sale that marks the Wing Commander Movie down to one of its all time best prices. They're holding a "Gamer Flicks" sale that brings WC and many other game-based films down to half off. In this case, Wing Commander drops from $9.99 to $4.99 in the US and Canada. This is the same price as the Canadian rental and just $1 more than a 48-hour viewing in the US. We don't see very many discounts of the film, so this is a great chance to fill out your collection (especially with the DVD/Blu-ray out of print!). As an extra bonus, MS is a part of Movies Anywhere, so if you buy it here, a copy also appears in your Amazon, iTunes, Google and Vudu libraries. Most of the shots below include the Xbox interface, but no console is necessary. You can buy the movie here, and it will play on your PC, mobile device, Xbox or HoloLens. Act quickly, because the sale only goes through this weekend!

Remastered WC4 Video Reaches New Heights Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

The WC4 Fan Remake team is back with a new article on what's been happening lately. Specifically, ODVS goes in depth with some of the video magic that he and Pedro have recently introduced. They've managed to overcome some of the obstacles to efficient file sizes by very cleverly leveraging technology. The net effect is that the video clips have the smallest file sizes but best visual quality yet. ODVS tells it much better than I can, so head over to WCRespace and read the latest! You can also watch this new video to compare the original WC4, Owen's HD pack 5.0 and a prototype pass for the remastered game. Blow the video up into a 4K stream to see the full improvement.
So what are the benefits to you, the player? You get the highest quality FMV we can deliver, looking as close to native HD as it possibly can, with file sizes that won’t hog your valuable hard drive or SSD space. Let’s run some numbers on how large these combined video files are:
  • WCIV DVD Edition: 6.931GB (360p MPEG-II VOB)
  • WCIV HD Pack V5.0: 6.918GB (1080p h.264 VOB)
  • WCIV – Remastered: 4.457GB (1080p 60fps h.265 MP4)
Our new FMV takes up ~64% of the storage space of both the original game’s DVD video and the latest version of my HD Video Pack. This is despite running at 60fps for smoother motion (Pedro has added a toggle to make this optional), improving the image fidelity and containing all three supported audio languages – English, German and French. I hope you’ll agree, that’s not a bad use of development time.

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