A lot of people ask where they can find digital copies of the famous Wing Commander 1 fighter blueprints. They've been scanned a number of times by different people with varying results, but nobody can ever find a decent version when they need one. Fatcat decided to finally fix this problem and perform a definitive scan. We've polished them up and now have them readily available for everyone to use. The links below point to 1600x1100 prints in sharp detail. Each one comes in around 800 kilobytes. We also have an ultra high resolution blueprint pack that comes in at a whopping 42 megs. Each schematic in the pack is in full 5000x3300 resolution suitable for printing or intense scrutiny. You can find more Wing Commander documentation in our Manuals section.
St3lt3k reports that, in an interview with Gamespot, Origin veteran Warren Spector clarifies his position on Grand Theft Auto and videogame violence in general. Some of the things Spector said last week about GTA: San Andreas were picked up by an anti-videogame activist, who promptly quoted them in some court documents.
"Look, as an individual and as a player, I'm tired of so-called 'violent video games'--not because I think they cause real-world violence (I don't believe that for one second), but because the 'edgy,' 'violent' routine is getting so dull...
Warren Spector was a renowned producer at Origin from 1989 to the mid 1990s. His more recent credits include Deus Ex and Thief titles.
"I'm tired of urban crime, alien invasion, war stories and orc-killing. I'm tired of most every game having to be the equivalent of a summer blockbuster movie. I'm tired of always having to solve game problems with a gun or a spear or a fireball (and not having to deal with the consequences of such a solution). I don't mind that we make games like that--I mind that the mainstream of console and PC games (apologies to Will Wright and the entire Nintendo DS lineup!) consists of almost nothing but that.
"Where's our Lost? Our CSI? Our Law & Order? Our West Wing? Our Seinfeld? Our musical Buffy episode? Okay, maybe those last two are a bit beyond our capabilities. But the others are within our grasp if we would only try, and if we could find someone to fund and truly support the not-insubstantial effort involved.