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    Pacific Strike Retrospective Leads to Tantalizing Spinoff Connection (December 20, 2020)

    Only the first of them (the PS1 game) is credited to Origin on the box and it seems to be the only one that uses assets straight from Pacific Strike. So the others would be a bit like System Shock 2, a case of someone else continuing the IP on their own. I should be more clear: it's not a case...
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    Goodbye Peter Lamont (December 18, 2020)

    If you've been part of the Wing Commander community long enough then you've surely heard every possible complaint about the 1999 movie: the casting, the writing, the lore, the acting, the editing, the CG ship design and so on are alternately blamed for its box office failure in take after take...
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    Lost and Found: WC4 Ships (December 15, 2020)

    Yes! Early treatments for Wing Commander IV have survived and the major difference early on is that there was a plan to divide it into three parts instead, with a longer tutorial/introduction series where you're based on Nephele. But that's long gone by the time they got to the script and all of...
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    Lost and Found: WC4 Ships (December 15, 2020)

    LOST SHIPS! While Wing Commander 3 is chock full of completed-but-unused assets, Wing Commander 4 has very few. And here they are! First up, this Black Lance carrier is pretty sleek: Here's a Confederation carrier under construction; it's NOT the TCS Princeton (CV-48) which appears in...
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    While you sleep they'll be waiting?

    The story of the Wing Commander I message is a little overblown... it was indeed something that happened during development but the crash was fixed before the game shipped. (People go crazy for the story, though, so... print the legend!) The quit messages were a fairly common thing at the time...
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    Forgotten Interview Revisits Fond Chris Roberts Memories (November 24, 2020)

    They show up from time to time but are typically missing pieces. I hadn't ever even seen the Secret Missions mailer until about a year ago! And don't get me started on the hat... (they're also frequently accidentally faked... since the only difference on the box was Chris' signature in the...
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    Check This, Mate (November 25, 2020)

    For sure, the interaction exists to show the audience (and Rosie) that there's more to Maniac than just his bluster. (As she says: "so there's a brain behind that mouth?")
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    WC3 capital ship kills

    This is accurate, capital ship kills are taillied separately and not actually displayed on the kill board in WC3.
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    Forgotten Interview Revisits Fond Chris Roberts Memories (November 24, 2020)

    One slight correction to the timeline is that The Secret Missions was actually intended as the era's equivalent of day 0 DLC -- the decision to make it came during Wing Commander's development and the idea was that the missions would be ready to ship with direct sale 'Special Edition' copies of...
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    WC4 Demos

    WC3 demo has a speed check that prevents it if DOSBox is too quick. Try setting your CYCLES to 7000 and it should load fine. WC4 demo hates EMS; disable it in DOSBox and it should run!
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    Epic Find: 35mm Wing Commander (October 9, 2020)

    Films were typically distributed to theaters in sets of ~2,000 foot reels which run 14-20 each minutes on average. So yes six is absolutely average for a movie Wing Commander's length. As for how it works, back in the day it was the job of the projectionist to splice these reels together as...
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    Epic Find: 35mm Wing Commander (October 9, 2020)

    Six reels total, a very heavy package to get in the mail! I will take some additional pictures soon.
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    Challenge coins

    I think this is a great idea, I'd be happy to contribute!
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    Dralthi mk2/Crossbow/Morningstar

    Internally, Maniac has a separate loadout profile for his Morningstar that doesn't include the Mace... which was done because he would accidentally blow the player up constantly during testing.
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    Happy 30th Birthday Wing Commander! (September 26, 2020)

    Prior to 1991, Origin functioned very differently from a modern studio or publisher. They basically acted as a service which provided trained developers and resources (office space, PCs, packaging, marketing, etc.) to independent game developers who would agree to share profits with the company...