This is very exciting news! Chat Zone poster gulikoza has developed a patch that enables the beautiful Wing Commander 4 DVD version to be run in Windows without the Creative Labs DXR decoder hardware. All that is required is unzipping the tiny 32 kb patch into the WC4DVD directory and setting the game's executable to Windows 98 compatibility mode. The folks at Crius.net have been working out the bugs for the last week, and almost everyone with Windows 98 or Windows XP should be able to use this to run WC4DVD properly. gulikoza has created a website with additional information here and you can post additional questions at Crius. We also have a couple samples of the video quality up for download.
Don't forget that our ftp server limits the amount of simultaneous connections, so you may have to download the patch and the DVD video clip separately. If that still doesn't work, it's possible that your download manager or browser settings are causing some sort of conflict. Try a different browser or download manager (without file segmenting turned on). gulikoza also has the patch mirrored at his website.
Games that Rock: Wing Commander 3
Nerds that Geek has posted a quick flashback on the majesty of Wing Commander 3. The article's not long, but it captures the essence of what made The Heart of the Tiger great. The author credits the game for kickstarting FMV and next-level storytelling in games without compromising on the gameplay. (2018-05-25)
Wing Commander Meme of the Day: Who Would Win?
Wing Commander Movie Model Rundown
Atherin has been busy recreating nearly every ship in the Wing Commander film using SketchUp. There's really not much missing - we don't see the Kilrathi Concom, Diligent or some of the small background items, but just about all of the other major stuff is there. It's a pretty nice lineup! (2018-05-24)
Wing Commander Meme of the Day: It's Not Going To Happen
That's what we've been saying all along! (2018-05-24)
Hobbes Betrayal Crosses Over Language Barriers
Most people are familiar with the infamous video cuts that were made to fit all of the video on the Wing Commander 3 discs. Helpful sequences such as the TCN news bursts and Hobbes explanation were omitted due to space constraints. Fortunately, these are now available here at the CIC, but for a long time, the main way players could watch the Hobbes scene was to track down a copy of WC3 on the Playstation or 3DO. (2018-05-23)