Surprisingly, however, the PC-based space simulation has more or less shied away from this character model. Perhaps it didn't help that the best-selling space sim series of all time, Wing Commander, focused not on the rugged individual, but on characters who were members of a larger military organization. Since the appearance of the first title in that franchise, only Privateer has really offered players the chance to take the part of a lone intergalactic entrepreneur. That being the case, the field is wide open for a game that portrays the ins and outs of the mercenary profession in space. It's not that much of a shock that an answer to that obvious call is set to appear soon. What might be slightly interesting is the fact that the source from which it will spring is none other than Novalogic. Not that Novalogic isn't capable of producing quality titles; quite the contrary, they've got a track record that includes well-regarded offerings like Delta Force and the Comanche series. But Tachyon: TheFringe is also their first entry into the space sim category. It would have been easy for Novalogic to play it safe by copying successful brethren like the Wing Commander titles. Instead, they've adapted the fighter-based combat formula to an overall model that is different from the pattern adhered to by so many other clones.You can read the full article here.
Starsky Blackstone mixes with the stars. Work started today on the reconstruction of Cephalalgia stadium on Hermes, which partially collapsed while playing host to Rock hyperstar Zak Skintight and his band, The Buttock Men. Trouble started when the band ripped into their smash hit 'Jump [and I'll show you my Y-fronts]!'. The crowd promptly started bouncing around like loons, desparate for the sight of Zak's studded leather underwear, when A, B and E stands suddenly collapsed, crushing around 250 fans to death. Contractors have offered excellent prices for industrial materials necessary for repairs. We asked Zak for his comment, to which he replied 'It's a bit of a larf, innit'.