Following up the previous report that the Prophecy Advance cartridges were being manufactured, IGN has proposed a new launch date of May 18. What an extremely timely day. Mount St. Helens, after which the TCS St. Helens was named, erupted on this day in 1980, Kris was born the next year, and in 1995 the first real alt.games.wing-commander post was made. Will Prophecy make its GBA debut the same day? I sure hope so. You can check out IGN's release list for the month of May here. They also have a general info space here.
I'm not sure what exactly prompted IGN to go on a big "Top 100 Games of All Time" binge, but they've gone and done it again. A few years back everyone was doing it because of the 2000 changeover. Anyhow, these are always times for Wing Commander to shine. On Day Two of the feature, Wing Commander 2 barely beat out Warcraft 2 in the battle of the WC2's in #87th and #88th places respectively. There's only two days and twenty titles left to go in the countdown.. and I'd be very suprised if Wing Commander doesn't make a reappearance. My personal guess is that both Privateer and Wing Commander 3 will make the list.
Following up yesterday's Lord British interview, GameSpy has also had a talk with Warren Spector. He's another big name in the gaming industry with good old ties to Wing Commander. More commonly known as the person that brought you Deus Ex and System Shock, he was also been producer of other games including Wing Commander 1/2 & Privateer Righteous Fire. There are actually two relevant articles involved. The first is his interview here and a Q&A here. Although neither article comes right out and credits Spector for any WC work, it's neat to see him throw out WC references in both articles as if everyone should automatically be familiar with them. If you're reading this you should understand his comments perfectly.
Spyder is mesmerized by the random person in the cap. I wish he'd get his hand out of his pocket though..
That's all for Spyder! He probably had more polaroids than he had scenes where he got to speak in the game.