Sgt_thompson has come across a YouTube from last year's Dragon*Con Parade. At the vanguard are... us! To prove that we really do exist, you can see the CIC crew walk by a camera... followed by some Knights, Klingons on Bikes and Tasha Yar (or: Sela). Dragon*Con 2007 starts at the end of next month, and all the usual suspects will be there - our enthusiasm bolstered a thousand-fold by the release of Wing Commander Arena. Come on down and chat timelines and space fighter maneuvering drives with us! The parade video is available here.
Kotaku has posted a review of the Ageia PhysX physics card. Why is this Wing Commander news? Because the writer likens it to purchasing a sound card to hear Wing Commander Privateer talk:
I still remember the day I ponied up for a sound card. It was for Wing Commander Privateer. Before that game released a speech pack I saw absolutely no reason to spend my money on sound. How absurd, I thought, why would I want to do that. But then the voice pack hit and I was at the store buying both a sound card and the pack.
The idea of a separate 'physics card' in a computer is kind of interesting - and certainly suggests a movement back towards the days of PC Gaming being a hobbyists game rather than a mass market enterprise. We can only hope someday we'll be realistically dodging asteroids generated by similar devices in a future Wing Commander game...