Forums member Aginor has graciously provided us with a transcript for Smudo's Wing Commander talk at the LARA video game awards. Aginor adds that Smudo got a few of the details wrong (the ship is actually the Midway), but that he clearly has fond memories of the series. His final comments may refer to how much gaming and technology has evolved since 1997. A game that shipped on multiple CD's could nowadays be implemented as a browser game through WebGL and streaming video over broadband. You can watch the two minute clip here as you follow along with the transcript.
Behind me you can see a picture of the 34 year old Smudo who already liked playing video games back then.
Maybe I was even younger...
This is a very proud picture, you can tell by the battlefield injury and the A-1 sitting uniform on the TCS Tiger's Claw, ladies and gentleman, as a space cadet in Wing Commander five.
I had the honor to get a small - my first - background extra role.
It was very interesting, I was.... back then I just followed my crazes when they happened... offered a role in it by Electronic Arts.
Now I was such a big Wing Commander fan - who of you knows Wing Commander? (people cheering) Ah, so I don't have to explain it.
And I just couldn't say no. I had even watched the Wing Commander movie back in the days, with .... well, not many other people in the cinema. (people laughing)
And when Admiral Tolwyn said "I know a beautiful french fighter pilot who can help us" the five of us in the cinema all whispered "Angel Deveraux".
And I had the opportunity.. I unfortunately didn't meet her, but on the set I met that buffoon that also played in 'Back to the Future'... (quoting Biff) 'Hello? Anybody home?'
Anyway, I flew to Burbank. I got a ticket and boarded the plane, and I knew I was going to America, but I didn't know what or where Burbank was, there was no Google Earth back then.
So I just flew off, for quite a while, and then I learned that Burbank is some one hundred kilometers from Los Angeles.
And then I arrived there, and straight away got put into my uniform and "bamm!" A photo was taken, and then for about a minute in the movie - the movie was a bout a minute and I was visible in about 30 frames.
I was playing some science fiction card game, and then I flew home. And now I am here. Wing Commander. (applause)
We all remember, eight, or six, I don't know how much CD's it were. It were CDs, not DVDs, it were six or eight CDs!
Back then it was a big hit, nowadays that would be a browser game flop.