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Yesterday we showed you a pair of Wing Commander II Demo paintings, now preserved for all time thanks to the archival efforts of the Origin Museum... well, that's not all! Joe and Paula Garrity received another Wing Commander rarity from former Origin artist Dan Bourbonnais.

This second piece of artwork is a very early Wing Commander logo. Wing Commander was famously originally developed as 'Squadron'. When rights issues prevented the use of Squadron as the name, Origin retitled the game Wingleader - and presented the game as such during its first public demonstration, at CES in June, 1990. The Wing Commander I&II Ultimate Strategy Guide goes on:

"A surprise awaited everyone at the end of the show. While the initial trademark search had cleared Wingleader, there were enough similar names of early software titles, MicroProse's Wingman among them, that the company yelded to its second choice, which had come through unscathed. Wingleader became Wing Commander..."
Joe explains: "That one is *NOT* a 'cel', but a heavy print on black construction paper--probably a 'proof' logo, or it was intended to be scanned in for the game (note the black magic marker, used for 'clean-up'."

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Electronic Arts has announced the fiscal quarter results for July through September. Revenue for the period topped out at $675 million with profit just over $50 million. Both figures were down about almost $50 million from the previous year because of repositioning and ramping up for next generation XBox 360 and Playstation 3. Madden 06, NCAA Football 06, FIFA 06, NBA Live 06, Burnout Revenge and the Sims 2 expansion all sold at least a million copies, with several other games passing the half million mark. Madden 06 is the best selling console game of the year so far, and EA now owns 75% of the sports game market. During the quarter, NBA Live also passed the $1 billion mark in lifetime revenue for the franchise. EA plans to make $1.5 billion in the next three months, for year-end sales of around $3.33 billion. They're still actively looking for properties to acquire too. This morning they obtained an exclusive license for games featuring The Simpsons.
'Simpsons' Executive Producer James L. Brooks, speaking on behalf of Gracie Films, stated, "I think this is a great opportunity for us, primarily because it brings with it the possibility of free EA games."

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