I'll always remember the first time I played the original Wing Commander as my own little gaming Renaissance. After cutting my teeth on early adventure games by Infocom and Sierra, I had gone through a period in which I kind of lost interest in PC games. When I booted up Wing Commander, however, I was hooked once again.
And another thing.. what's with all the upcoming space sims looking exactly like Privateer 2 from 1996? Below is the Freespace 2 ship at the top of the Avault preview and the Kindred Blade from Privateer 2.