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    Dralthi mk2/Crossbow/Morningstar

    The Morningstar was fun, but the Mace exposes a place where the script and gameplay don't like up. Maniac says he likes it. But his AI doesn't know how to use the Mace, so he never does. (I think - has anyone witnessed it?) Of course, if they had implemented it, we'd get annoyed with him...
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    A No Bull Look at the Wing Commander Box (September 27, 2020)

    Yes, I remember being baffled by many box and magazine screenshots that couldn't be reproduced in the actual game. Even when desktop publishing tools that could accept image files appeared, how could you capture the screen? In the days before multi-tasking operating systems, this wasn't easy...
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    The King of TrainSim (May 27, 2020)

    Wow. I'd seen this done with the "finger of death" cheat. However, I thought that even if you could survive against the four Gratha, it was just about mathematically impossible to inflict enough damage on them with nothing but lasers before running out of time. That's some straight shooting to...
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    How does the computer control wingmen?

    I didn't intend to be critical... mostly. The WC1 AI is far more sophisticated than most games of the early 1990s. WC3, WC4 and Prophecy have radically different (and better) AI, and they should, given improvements in processing power. They're not comparable to WC1 and WC2. In WC1, I consider...
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    How does the computer control wingmen?

    I'm talking about the wingmen who show up on your targeting interface with their callsign, that you can issue orders to, and that you talk to between missions. Here's Angel in Gimle 1. So what are the other sort? Other allied fighters just have their type, like this Raptor in Gimle 1...
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    How does the computer control wingmen?

    There's some material on the AI in the book Wing Commander I and II: The Ultimate Strategy Guide. Pix, of Pix's Origin Adventures, put a scan of it on his Downloads page, although you'll have to hunt around a bit to find it. It doesn't discuss the wingman AI, although they would use the same...
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    Wing Commander Special Ops 1

    First, as Panther1.0 says, what speed are you running at? If in DOSBox, this is the "Cycles Count". It shows up if you're running in a window. If you're running fullscreen, press Alt+Enter to switch to windowed (and Alt+Enter again to switch back). I think the GOG releases are set to 4,000...
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    Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Trailer

    I know you're talking to EA, not Hollywood, but I'm picturing a Wing Commander movie filtered through the mindset that appears to have given us Sonic. It reboots the series back to WC1. It's a "darker, gritter" reboot. Since the WC Movie Rapier was already made out of Cold War plane parts, they...
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    Art Assets Reveal Never Before Seen Cockpit (August 14, 2016)

    This is a very peculiar image, because of its palette. In the bottom right corner of the video, you see the first 32 colors in the 256-color MCGA palette. Color 0 is in the upper left, and they increase first down and then to the right. That's a unique set of colors to have in the first 16...
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    star wars rogue one teaser trailer

    We have a sample of 8 Star Wars movies to date. 6 have had male leads. To bring gender parity to the force, they would still need to lead another 4 with women. Even if they did choose the leads at random, they would have a 25% chance of choosing two women in successive films. It's not an...
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    Do any confederation fighters/bombers have copilots?

    From the Wing Commander: The Price of Freedom novelisation by William R. Forstchen and Ben Ohlander, excerpt provided with the boxed version of WC4: These three lines are loaded with detail about the perceived value of pilots, gunners and academy training. Incidentally, this is the pilot you...
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    The origin of the Talon?

    It's easy to assume that a low-performance craft is obsolete, but in our own 21st century this is rare. Police forces buy up-to-date production cars. They do not drive Formula 1 racing cars or Main Battle Tanks, because neither type of vehicle would help police do their job 99.9% of the time...
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    New Game

    I'm fine with space shooters that ignore Newton, but rolling just makes no sense. Please make A and D YAW (or give me the choice if some of the airplane pilots out there expect ROLL). I'd quite like to see this, but only if implemented with great care to maintain pacing. I like FTL, but it...
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    New Game

    I'm in favor of detailed communications, as long is they're actually useful. This means that: You need few wingmen (my own preference is to only ever have one.) Adding more wingmen will usually reduce the tactical benefit of stopping to issue orders to any one of them. The AI needs to be...
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    New Game

    I agree with most of the existing comments here, especially Kaunisto on mission length and Mancubus on scripting and mission size. I used to admire games that integrated storyline into the gameplay (and WC2 was an innovator here), but these days I just want to see flight simulators where the...
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