At the CIC we still get lots of questions about Wing Commander Arena, and one of the more common ones is how to get the tricky Ring Game achievement - Hot Dog. The Ring Game is activated by the blue tabs around the perimeter of the Firekkan bearpit station. There are different games on each side that are mirror images of each other. Navigating the rings seems nearly impossible at first, but it can be easy once you get a hang of the aerobatic fighter maneuvers. Learning some of the special moves can be a big bonus in combat as well. Kris typed up some pointers here to get people started.
You need to use a light or medium fighter for this. A bomber can't complete the tracks because you need to execute a loop for the high and low rings. And time is limited, so you need to hurry. I recommend a medium fighter because you'll need to make some very precise maneuvers and you risk overshooting in the Arrow or Darket. I completed the game in a Dralthi Rhino.
Don't forget to take a cloak if you'll be doing this in a public game. If all else fails, drop by #Wingnut for some help setting up a quiet bearpit room to practice in.
The right stick is instrumental here. Roll left and right to quickly make your way down the track. Keep the right stick pushed back to catch a low ring. Keep it pushed forward to catch a high ring. Keep one eye on the counter at the bottom of the screen. You'll see a number flash when you succesfully move through a ring (this is not always obvious for the low and high rings depending on your camera angle). For some parts you may need to back up a little and realign your ship or you won't be able to do the looping. Be careful that you don't back up through the previous ring or you'll have to start over! Save time by using afterburners for straight sections.
You need to complete the ring game three times in the same bearpit game (it's okay to die between turns). Each time you will be presented with a harder track. You should set up a private game with three other players. Two players can play the ring game (the two ring powerups are located at opposite sides of the arena) while the other two hang out in the pit.
Retro Gamers Connect with Wing Commander 3
Retro Game Connect has a new episode, and it's all about Wing Commander 3. RGC is a show that we can really identify with - just a couple of nerdy guys talking about the good old days of classic gaming. This is their 184th episode, and they're actually new to The Heart of the Tiger. (2019-02-23)
Differences a True Collector Would Love
Red-Jackal recently posted a neat 1993 Privateer advertisement from Computer magazine. We've shown it off before, or so I thought, so I almost passed it by. It is a little bit sharper than the one we have in the archive though, so I decided to take a second look. (2019-02-22)
All Wings Considered - Episode 1 - LIVE!
The first episode of ALL WINGS CONSIDERED is live now! All Wings Considered is the CIC's first ever streaming variety show which will feature news, conversation and gameplay relating to our favorite series. This week we're taking on ground missions in Wing Commander IV and talking about the first four chapters of the novel End Run with members of the community. (2019-02-21)
Streaming Live Thursday!
Our kickoff episode of ALL WINGS CONSIDERED is nearly here! Be sure to tune in on Thursday, February 21st, at 7 PM Eastern (4 PM Pacific) to watch our live streaming Wing Commander show. This works out to Midnight GMT, which we know is late on a school night, so the archived recording will be available later. (2019-02-20)
Wing Commander Enters the Retro Zone
Pix recently came across a pretty neat article in the UK magazine PC Zone. I really like it's graphical layout with the Dralthis overflying the slick text. The author is a big fan of the WC series and uses it as an example for awesome '90s games that were outside the realm of his usual fare. (2019-02-19)