Super sleuth boringnickname has tracked down a long lost patch for the German & French versions of Wing Commander 4! The small update fixes an incompatibility between WC4 and some graphics cards when running in 16 bit SVGA mode. The CIC has had the English version of the patch in the Files section for years, but this one was missing. You can once again download it here (17 kb zip). Installation instructions are included. While the specific contents of this zip isn't the most exciting thing, I always get a warm and fuzzy feeling when we find a new piece of official Origin material. The readme file even includes details on how to connect to the Origin BBS for more help. I'll sleep easier tonight knowing one more piece of the Wing Commander universe is in its place.
WC4P-GF was written to address 16-bit SVGA palette problem found with video cards using the S3 Vision 968 chipset and the IBM RGB524 RAMDAC. Cards we know Wing Commander IV has a problem with include the Hercules Graphite Terminator Pro 64 PCI and the STB Velocity PCI.
Richard Garriott is sitting pretty this week with a cool $28 million coming his way. Unless anything goes awry in appeals, the Origin founder has won the case against his former employer, NCSoft. Garriott claimed he had lost tens of millions of dollars in potential profit by being forced to sell stock options as he was fired from the company. Part of the story also involves details on how the aspiring astronaut was notified about his termination while in post-space flight quarantine. What a way to go!
WC4P-GF verifies that the original executable (found on disc 1 of the release version) is used. If it does not work, try copying the WC4.EXE file from disc 1 into the Wing Commander IV directory.
"I am extremely pleased with the jury's decision," Garriott said in a statement. "The facts were clear that my departure from NCsoft was not voluntary. I am very pleased with the final award."
Garriott had testified that he was in Russia, in quarantine after his space flight, when an NCsoft executive called to tell him his days with the company were over. He had worked for NCsoft for several years after it bought an Austin company he co-founded, Destination Games.