Wow... you must have been bored :). Actually the scenes without music/sound were either duplicates and/or the sound from a different file was played when that movie was played, (if my memory serves me correctly). As for the letterbox... you actually see more in the letterbox format than you would in "full-screen" as the movie scenes in WC4 were actually shot in 35mm film and the aspect ratio of film is different than that of a computer monitor and/or TV. To make the film full-screen we would have had to perform what is refered to as a "pan & scan" which would actually crop the image thus losing some of what was shot. The same thing happens when feature films are formatted for television, which is why many DVD's come in the original letterbox" format so the viewer can experience the orignal theatre presentation. As for the Borderworlds poetry...!!??? Sounds like an easteregg from one of the artists or TDA's on the project.
We're still alive and kicking *twitch*
The call for new team members is *temporarily* closed - it might open agian, but I need to hear back from one person first. Sorry if I didn't notify your site about it. We had more than enough applications and "reconfirmed/reassigned" team members almost immediately after the openings were posted. We have two texturers, one modeller/cowebmaster, and me, the webmaster/pr guy/oddball. I'll have to take care of the HW conversions. The person I am still waiting to hear back from is both a modeller and a texturer.
Kruer is setting a java/dhtml menu up for me, which is why I haven't put the redesign up yet. I reconsidered the design since the menu will look soooo MUCH better than the amateur custom gfx menu I had before. We hope to conferance, distribute work to team members, and be back to making stuff by the end of this week.
Incidentally, I have gotten Kruer his own Gamespy ftp account, so keep an eye on his WC model archive at our site - he told me he has some new models that he may be finishing in the next couple of weeks.
Crusader 2Joe Garrity (of the Origin Museum) also added to our original list...
Lords of Ultima
Star Wars Online
Privateer 3 (two or three times)
Wing Commander Online
Wing Commander: Strike Force
Jane's F-18 (1995)
Jane's F-15 (1996)
A Wing Commander First Person Shooter
A Wing Commander C&C Clone
Golf Commander (I shit you not)
Cyclone Alley (a Paul Steed game)
1. There was an advertisement in the 1989-1990 Origin catalog for a game called "BEYOND 2400 A.D.", with a 'comming soon' statement under it. The order form even shows that it could be ordered in two formats (IBM and AppleII I think)...I could find no records of it's actual existence anywhere...
2. There was an insert in the box to Knights of Legend ( see www.originmuseum.com for a picture of it) that stated that Origin would be coming out with add-on disks for the game to be sold only thru direct channels. I am assured by TomMage (a BIG Ultima/Origin fan) that no add-ons were ever released.