Dundradal's replay moves on to Wing Commander Secret Ops next week, so this is a good time to remind people that SO is once again available to legally download and play. After the free distribution ended in 1998, the first episode served as a demo for nearly ten years. That ended last August when permission to download the game was officially restored! Prophecy Gold is a great collectible, but it's no longer the only way to legitimately obtain Secret Ops. If you missed this one back in the day, get to downloading! Most of our older vets originally waited all night for the 112 meg starter pack to finish on 1990s dialup connections, but you're (probably) just a few minutes away from Wing Commander fun! Don't forget the serial key generator used during installation and the fiction files that go along with each episode. The fiction link also includes the awesome Secret Ops teaser and trailers.
Wingnuts would also do well to check out Shades' extensive Secret Ops Guide. It includes detailed mission walkthroughs, complete stats, game history and more!
Over the years, fans have composed a large number of music videos. These are all available from our Holovids section, but because we have plenty of traffic to spare this bandwidth cycle, we thought we'd revisit some of these clips. We're always looking for new fan creations to post, so hopefully this will inspire you to try your hand at some video editing and audio mixing. We have a lot of high quality source material in Holovids and Music (not to mention the Prophecy DVD vobs) that aspiring directors can put to use.
AD created two fantastic videos since last summer. Both are emotional scenes that take a look at the romance between our characters during war. Get Away is a relatively upbeat piece about the relationship between Maniac and Rosie in the Wing Commander Movie. The second clip, In The Round, is a more somber story about Sosa's loss in Wing Commander 4. Both scenes are very high quality and edited together well.
TomGaines also put together a serious video, although this one is about the difficulties facing Admiral Tolwyn in Wing Commander 4. In contrast to the pop songs in AD's scenes, Tom uses the "Babylon 5 Season Three Theme."
Wing Commander 4's amazing FMV has made it a common source for music video material. Kilrah Moreira has also borrowed elements from it to create a tribute to the explosive nature of Wing Commander. He used a techno Rammstein background track and combined it with nonstop action to make this one.
Plywood Fiend is last, but not least, with three unique compositions. In The End of the World, both outcomes of Wing Commander 3 are mixed and matched to explore an armageddon theme, and End of All Hope is an action oriented clip with scenes from the Academy TV show, Wing Commander 3 and Super Wing Commander all in one! His final cut isn't exactly a music video, but Lord of the Wings carefully synchronizes the Return of the King trailer with highlights from WC3. It's pretty neat!