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  1. ChrisReid

    Take a Fresh Look at the Prophecy Demo (March 28, 2023)

    The GouldFish has posted a nifty review of the Wing Commander Prophecy Demo. His version comes from the March 1998 PC Format cover disc, but you can also download it here (plus movie pack). I like his setup with the Prophecy box in the background behind the vintage HP machine. Note that this...
  2. ChrisReid

    Introducing Pixel Art Kilrathi Fighters (March 24, 2023)

    The introduce yourself in four starships meme has been trending this past week, but here's one better. Pixel artist extraordinaire Bildpunkt created five little Kilrathi fighters in pixel iconography. Look at those cute little guys! He even got the Kiranka logo in there. I would love a top...
  3. ChrisReid

    Interview: Joel Manners, Lead Designer on Wing Commander: Privateer

    Interesting that that Origin game is on sale. Over 4500 games out of their 5000 game catalog are on sale right now, but not Wing Commander for some reason. And cool interview!
  4. ChrisReid

    Video Shows Off Ultra Ultrawide Gameplay in WC4 Remastered (March 21, 2023)

    Here's a really cool video of WC4 Remastered running at an impressive ultrawide 32:9 aspect ratio. We've known for a few years that the game would at least support 21:9, but this is a nice confirmation that the even wider 5120x1440 resolution will work. The example clip below might not scale...
  5. ChrisReid

    Lego Arrow Zooms In (March 18, 2023)

    Yeah, they're not just in the cutscenes! The game has three arrows we can fly against: Pirate (red/blue), Confed (green) and Black Lance (purple). With that being said, it can be a major balancing issue to introduce new ships. Part of what makes the ships we fly so memorable is because we are...
  6. ChrisReid

    New 3D Thread

    Looks cool! The current file size limit for attachments is 4 megs, so that would probably error out trying to upload it locally. I've upped it to 6 (we've reached Canopus Pure 3D levels!).
  7. ChrisReid

    Lego Arrow Zooms In (March 18, 2023)

    Yeah, depending on the version, you've got the same number of missiles on the Banshee and the Arrow, but I like the implication that there's also a qualitative difference between the two that we don't see in the game. :) And the canopy is obviously not exactly the right shape, but it's a good...
  8. ChrisReid

    Happy Birthday Chris! (March 17, 2023)

    Happy Birthday! I suppose the obvious joke is that this makes it hard to tell if I've written my own birthday post. :) Happy Birthday!
  9. ChrisReid

    Lego Arrow Zooms In (March 18, 2023)

    John Nelson has another built another classy custom Lego fighter. Like his exquisite Longbow, this one also comes from Wing Commander 3. I like the bubble canopy and especially the lines of the aft fuselage. There's some forced scaling necessary for the gun pod, but that's a nice touch too...
  10. ChrisReid

    Iconic Privateer Intro on the Retro Miyoo Mini (March 9, 2023)

    Looks like it has a USB port so you could straight up plug in a regular keyboard or joystick!
  11. ChrisReid

    Happy Birthday Wing Commander Movie! (March 12, 2023)

    The Wing Commander Movie turns twenty-four today! As crazy as that sounds, it also means we're just a year away from it being a quarter century old. The film may be getting up there in age, but there's still plenty to learn about it. Check out the list below for some of our recent analyses...
  12. ChrisReid

    I was feeling a bit nostalgic.

    That's pretty cool. I've never heard of that game. Is that like a mod you're making or just the natural way you customize as you play?
  13. ChrisReid

    Iconic Privateer Intro on the Retro Miyoo Mini (March 9, 2023)

    Here's a cool little clip of Normal_Andy firing up Wing Commander Privateer on the Miyoo Mini. We know it's powerful enough, because he previously got WC3 running. Controls might be a bit tough to manage on such a small device, but it's still very neat to see it in operation! Wing Commander...
  14. ChrisReid

    Short Shrift Reviews for SWC and Armada (March 8, 2023)

    Today we've got a pair of tiny reviews from vintage mid '90s magazines. They're arguably less exciting than the big spreads that the main story games would usually get, but my take is that these are still important in the context of Wing Commander history. Both are short, but that's why I dug...
  15. ChrisReid

    Privateer's Unused Noses (March 6, 2023)

    I think we all have way too many email/messaging systems with huge numbers of backlogged messages. I emailed LOAF a question about the fusion gun in 1996 that I'm still waiting for a reply on (true story), so get in line. :) If you actually want to reach anyone for a quick reply on something, I...
  16. ChrisReid

    eBay seller selling Origin Museum items?

    Not sure much is selling at a discount. Joe had an old CIC mug from the '90s in his collection and that ended up selling for $47.
  17. ChrisReid

    All of WC4’s Flight Deck Damage Models in One Place (January 19, 2023)

    I don't believe so. There hasn't been much WC3/4 modding. There's much more out there for Prophecy and Secret Ops.
  18. ChrisReid

    PC Gamer Reviews Wing Commander III (March 4, 2023)

    Yeah, we've talked about that a few times recently. With all the grumbling about game prices today creeping up from $60 to $70, some of us recall there were plenty of $70+ games thirty years ago... which would be pushing $150 today! Games have really held their value well against inflation.
  19. ChrisReid

    Amazing Lego Longbow Bomber (March 5, 2023)

    John Nelson has made a number of impressive Lego Wing Commander fighters, and his new Longbow might be the best yet. His latest creation incorporates many of the iconic bomber's famous elements from bubble cockpit to side hatch. Both the rear turret and forward gun emplacements look great...