Mark Smids has come up with an easy movie viewer for the DVD quality Prophecy FMV files. Extract all three packs and point Mark's application to this directory. Double-click an entry to play. This helper application makes viewing the clips easier by adding scene descriptions to each file. We've edited the text down into a regular article which can be found here. Owners of Wing Commander 4 on DVD can find a similar movie index here.
I've recently downloaded the great-quality FMV of WCP from wcnews.com. To have a nice overview of the movies I made a short description for each moviefile and created a navigation menu application (see screenshot in the mail attachment) for quick access to the movies. My navigation menu uses
Media Player Classic as the engine (since it can play .VOB files directly). I would like to share this piece of software that I made to the Wing Commander community. I hope a lot of you will enjoy using this navigation menu. The installer (included Media Player Classic) can be downloaded here.
You can download part one here (1.6 GB), part two here (1 GB) and part three here (550 MB). Stay tuned for a way to replace the game's CD-ROM videos with these higher quality files.
Goku wanted to share this brief editorial about the difficulties in keeping up with PC games. The author compares trying to run modern graphical marvels with demanding Origin titles in the past.
I remember the early 1990s all too well, when... the first Pentium processors rolled out. Developers like Origin Systems were falling over themselves to make games that could only be properly run if you had these bleeding-edge chips, while the majority of gamers still laboring with standard 486 processors had to endure Strike Commander experiences akin to a 3D slideshow.
A 486 was still pretty darn fast in 1993 when Strike Commander and the first Pentium came out. Quite a few of our readers can talk about waiting 10 minutes or more for missions to load in Wing Commander 3 the following year. The wait was always worth it though, and all that cutting edge tech has helped the series age extremely well.