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  1. ChrisReid

    Happy Birthday Star Citizen! (October 10, 2019)

    Roberts Space Industries is celebrating the seventh anniversary of Star Citizen's launch today as Cloud Imperium continues to grind away on a number of difference fronts. A playable alpha is up to version 3.6 with a handful of playable first person, space combat and racing arenas. The SC...
  2. ChrisReid

    Visual Novel Project Highlights Story of Classic WC (October 8, 2019)

    SonataFantatica has started posting a series of "visual novels" that include just the story portions of the original Wing Commander games. So far he's completed Wing Commander 1, both Secret Missions 1&2 and Special Operations 1. This is an interesting concept and a surprising gap in...
  3. ChrisReid

    Armada Highlighted in German Promo Vid (October 4, 2019)

    Deathsnake was recently trolling the archives of the German magazine PC Player and came across a neat video on Wing Commander Armada. The clip is brief and in German, but it represents what would have been super cutting edge at the time. There's a small handful of contemporary videos with WC3...
  4. ChrisReid

    All Fighters Up! (October 1, 2019)

    Artist Alan Gutierrez has posted another one of his fabulous Wing Commander scenes commissioned for the Wing Commander Customizable Card Game. It was mirrored and used as the art for the Magnum Launch card. It's hard to tell if this was just due to image processing, but there are possibly some...
  5. ChrisReid

    Through the Moongate Part 2 Expands Stretch Goal Lineup (September 28, 2019)

    After a stellar launch, the Kickstarter campaign for the Through the Moongate sequel has been fully funded and is well on its way towards a set of new stretch goals. First things first, we're (at the €50 and up level) getting a Wing Commander bookmark by Denis Loubet! The new secondary goals...
  6. ChrisReid

    Everybody Loves Excalibur 3D Prints (September 23, 2019)

    Buddy Goodboy, Esq recently got a 3D printer and naturally set out to create a Wing Commander fighter as his first creation. After an experimental test print, this fine Excalibur was the result. It's a pretty nice example of what's possible today with fine panel lines etched right into the...
  7. ChrisReid

    Graphics Tablet Unleashes New Wing Commander Artist (September 20, 2019)

    Rear_Admiral_Platypus recently got a fancy digital sketch pad, and the first thing he set out to try his hand at were a variety of Wing Commander scenes. Up first is a stylized transport similar to a Diligent about to be met by a boxy WC3/4-era shuttle. It's followed by a flight deck scene...
  8. ChrisReid

    GamePro Article Highlights PC Standouts (September 18, 2019)

    Weird and Retro posted this neat throwback to the June 1995 edition of GamePro Magazine. The feature is titled "Revenge of the PC Games" and highlights all of the the hot titles of the mid '90s and how they compare to the latest crop of gaming consoles such as the Saturn, PlayStation, 3DO and...
  9. ChrisReid

    New New Constantinople the Same as Old New Constaninople (September 17, 2019)

    Here's a cool connection that we recently made on Discord and shared on the most recent All Wings Considered. It's a neat observation, so we wanted to share it with you here as well. This cool pre release shot of New Constantinople is actually a farther out crop of the final base that we see...
  10. ChrisReid

    Through the Moongate Part 2 Campaign Takes Off (September 16, 2019)

    Andrea Contato and team have launched the Kickstarter for the Through the Moongate sequel. Part 2 is titled "From Wing Commander and Ultima VII to Portalarium" and promises to capture the historic significance of Origin's Wing Commander development in the '90s and beyond. Some 40+ former...
  11. ChrisReid

    GOG Weekend Sale Knocks $35.94 Off WC Series (September 14, 2019)

    It's an EA Weekend over at GOG.com. Dozens of games from Electronic Arts are discounted 75% through Monday morning. You might have the Wing Commander games, but there's also discounts on the Crusader series, Strike Commander, Ultima and more. GOG.com makes it very easy to launch your WC...
  12. ChrisReid

    Moment of Praise for the Amiga Wing Commander Install Icon (September 13, 2019)

    The Amiga Love Twitter account recently shared this shot of the Amiga Wing Commander Installer icon. While some might look at this as incredibly trivial, we see it as an important piece of history imbued with memories of excitement and promise. Installers are something of a lost art and...
  13. ChrisReid

    Shotglass' Proposed Last Name Revealed (September 10, 2019)

    LOAF found a great mention from a game design document for the original Wing Commander a while back. It includes a previously unspecified last name for Shotglass. He is listed as Major Sam Walker (retired). Previous speculation had guessed his last name could be Siegler after mention of his...
  14. ChrisReid

    Dig Into the History of EA & Origin's Merger (September 6, 2019)

    The Digital Antiquarian has posted a lengthy and exhaustive look at Origin history circa 1992-1994. The focus is on the company's acquisition by Electronic Arts, which is a great subject to dive into. Over the years, there's been something of a mythology built up around the topic with some...
  15. ChrisReid

    Can't Get Japanese WC Off My Mind (September 5, 2019)

    Last month we posted the cool blue cover of the Japanese WC1 Manual, and Christian Klein is back with another neat glimpse into Japanese Wing Commander. Here's a couple shots of WC2 with some pretty cool Japanese subtitles. Andi Green translates Shadow's text as "Requesting permission to...
  16. ChrisReid

    Go Hiking With Maniac (September 1, 2019)

    Wing Commander fans have a special affinity for the actors and actresses who starred in the FMV WC games of the 1990s. Some of them have retired from the limelight while others continue to have vibrant acting careers, but most are not nearly as accessible as some of the current crop of...
  17. ChrisReid

    Historic WC3 Review Resurfaces (September 2, 2019)

    Heart of the Tiger found some old scans, including this neat PC Gamer review of Wing Commander 3. We've got WC4, Prophecy and many others in the archive, but my quick survey of things didn't turn up a WC3. Nevertheless, this is a famous article that's been periodically making the rounds for...
  18. ChrisReid

    Check These Blue Book Values (August 23, 2019)

    Christian Klein posted this fun shot of the cover of the Japanese DOS/V user manual. It's an interesting line art digitization of the WC1 box. The typed-in dashboard values mostly match up, although I think the KPS looks more like 2400 than 2480 and the bottom shield stat seems more like an 82...
  19. ChrisReid

    Indies Plus Cola Equals Wing Commander Review (August 28, 2019)

    Indie Retro News and Cola Powered Gamer have posted a review for Wing Commander. This one is a solid bread and butter review that covers all the bases: amazing production values, winning/losing paths, empathetic wingmen and more. It's a good length with secondary references to all the various...
  20. ChrisReid

    Party Chat Logs Now Online (August 24, 2019)

    It's hard to believe, but it's already been a week since the CIC's 21st Birthday! We're still getting back to normal here, but if you missed the party (or were there and just want to relive it), Kris has prepped the logs. You can find the chat transcript here. You can also find other prior...
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