Wing Commander

  • 07

    Dec

    The ever-creative Tarsus has created another fun Wing Commander distraction to bring you some holiday cheer. With resources from the new Head Museum, he's created an automatic advent calendar with your favorite original WC characters as the daily reveal. It's a simple concept, but I can't wait to see who's queued up for tomorrow! Check it out for yourself here.

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    I've taken the liberty of making an advent calendar out of your heads.
  • 06

    Dec

    The latest episode of ALL WINGS CONSIDERED is live now! All Wings Considered is the CIC's first ever streaming variety show which features news, conversation and gameplay relating to our favorite series. This week's Nav Points include:

    • Wing Commander III - Caliban & Delius on the 3DO
    • A Visit to the Head Museum
    • Righteous Fire - Visiting Tayla
    • 25 Years of Wing Commander on the PlayStation

    Missed the stream? The replay will be available below once it has been processed by YouTube. You can subscribe to the AWC channel for future notifications here.

  • 06

    Dec

  • 05

    Dec

    Rear Admiral Tarsus' propaganda seems to be working, since his latest round of Gemini Sector RPG posters seem oddly captivating. Perhaps that has something to do with the stars of his new drawings, the CIC Staff. The first image features LOAF surfing on the back of a Ferret as it roars through space. Dundradal is in his element

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    lecturing the tech about torpedoes. Then #Wingnut regular Scout is shown getting tractored into the back of a Longbow after ejecting. Last but not least, it looks like I've been designated as a member of TCN News' press corps. Apparently flattery will get you somewhere! Read all about the Gemini game here and visit the team on their friendly Discord server.

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    • Here is a poster with the mighty bandit surfing on a ferret while holding a shield with the crest of the confederation. Important note, his beard is generating oxygen, he's OK, I promise!
    • Here is a poster
  • 03

    Dec

    As fans have continued to fly through the Freelancer universe in Wing Commander ships, they've uncovered a small handful of issues a glitches along the way. L.I.F. has worked diligently to swat them as they pop up. These should make the player experience more solid wither fewer crashes. The latest beta is available here (approx 300 megs), or you can also just grab the small hotfix (about 1 megabyte) and overwrite with the included files. The whole storyline campaign is now playable, and the beta edition of the mod includes enhanced economy options to keep all of the factions' ships relevant throughout the entire game.

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    In any case, grab the hotfix if you haven't already, it removed a number of CTD. If you're doing a new install and just downloaded the latest release, the hotfix isn't needed, it's already part of the release. It's there to save you the hassle of downloading 1 GB of models and
  • 01

    Dec

    academy_dvd_blackfridayt.jpgIt's Black Friday today, and if the deals out there didn't help you check off your list, maybe your friends and family need Wing Commander gifts! Here's a roundup of actively sold WC products. Most are digital, but that makes things easier in certain situations. As we reported last year, the WC Movie is harder to find these days, but we are lucky to still have the Academy television show readily available for a whopping $8 still. The Baen ebooks series is also complete, and GOG is in the midst of a holiday sale that's slashed its already low prices by 75%.

    Movies & TV
  • 01

    Dec

    The fantastic new CIC Head Museum is now even better! LOAF has just added the distinct look of the Super Nintendo characters to the database. These are, of course, very different than the portrayals from Super Wing Commander on the 3DO/Mac, which are also on display. Plus, you can find many other characters from Christopher Blair to Bruiser McDoozer, which are all neatly categorized according to the Wing Commander game they starred in. Check them out here.

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    I've added the Super Nintendo heads to the museum! A few interesting notes:
    • The heads look very 'thin' because the SNES renders an 8:7 image which your TV would then stretch somewhat to 4:3.
    • Hunter's cigar is removed, almost certainly a victim of Nintendo's then-very-strict content policy.
    • Angel's earrings are removed, likely because of the more limited number of colors available (presumably not a strange content cut as Spirit still has her more
  • 29

    Nov

    It's Thanksgiving in the US today, so we here at the CIC hope you all have a great day and find some great deals online. Although there's really very little relation to the historical pilgrims and Pilgrims from Wing Commander, this is also a wonderful opportunity for us to remind you about an awesome relic in the archives. The CIC is proud to host the otherwise unreleased Wing Commander Pilgrim Truth, Peter Telep's third novel written to tie into the WC Movie. Come for the exciting Wing Commander story - stay for the rad chapter header art by NinjaLA! It's available in several formats: web browser, mobi (Kindle) or epub (iBooks or other). Give it a read and let us know your thoughts!

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  • 28

    Nov

    DefianceIndustries has another progress report to share on the next iteration of the Prophecy and Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack. Major WCSO capships like the Hades, Vesuvius and Cruise Liner models will be getting some love between now and the next release. Some of the underlying programming is also being enhanced with gr1mre4per's Prophecy Unlimited technology so that destroyed objects will come with a more satisfying end. We can't wait to see how it all goes down!

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    We've been working on a few unlimited updates as well as new Cerberus, Vesuvius, and some fixes to Midway. The new cerb and Vesuvius are making use of the dead capship code. It should punch up the cutscene where the St. Helens gets it. Also going to finish the cruise ship and Dula 7.

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  • 28

    Nov

    LeHah tipped us off about the news that legendary visual futurist Syd Mead will be receiving a highly prestigious William Cameron Menzies Art Director's Guild at the organization's upcoming annual event. Mr. Mead is mostly known for his work on the original Star Trek movie, Blade Runner, Tron and Aliens, but he's actually had his hand in a wide range of products. These include Wing Commander Prophecy where he was responsible for a couple of the new ship designs as well as the Nephilim themselves!

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  • 27

    Nov

    LowBiasGaming is currently playing a new Super Nintendo game every day for a year, which sounds like an absolute blast. Wing Commander got Day 326, so it's the subject of the review video below. It's a short tight clip that mostly highlights the accolades the game received back in the day. Fans like you and me aren't usually watching these to learn about the game, so it's just a quick and easy way to revel in the praise of your favorite series.

    6/5
  • 26

    Nov

    I put together a little Wing Commander treat for folks today: the new Wing Commander CIC Head Museum! It collects all the portraits and VDU images from the early games. They’re all extracted from the games files and should be pixel perfect! And in some cases you’re seeing more than the games actually display! Compare the Pleasure Planet bartender’s portrait to a screenshot:

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  • 25

    Nov

    It's hard to capture a nice still, but Zathras' ship looks a LOT like Grandpa Mack's Tarsus. Someone on Compuserv pointed that out in 1996 and J. Michael Straczynski replied that he hadn’t played Privateer!

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  • 24

    Nov

    flatuniverse118t.jpgThe year is racing by and it's already late November, so Wingnuts once again have a chance to pick their top fan projects and/or websites of the year. Before the voting gets going in the near future, everyone has a chance to nominate some of the undertakings that they think should be recognized. Send your recommendations to news@wcnews.com and let us know! Here's a rundown of the past winners to give you an idea of how much awesome stuff our fan community creates!

  • 23

    Nov

    The latest episode of ALL WINGS CONSIDERED is live now! All Wings Considered is the CIC's first ever streaming variety show which features news, conversation and gameplay relating to our favorite series. This week's Nav Points include:

    • Wing Commander III - Caliban & Delius
    • Book Club - Heart of the Tiger Chapters 20 & 21
    • The long, lost Wing Commander III 3DO demo!
    • Privateer portrait madness

    Missed the stream? The replay will be available below once it has been processed by YouTube. You can subscribe to the AWC channel for future notifications here.

  • 21

    Nov

    Back with SyFy was just Sci-Fi, the channel played around with a variety of content formats. Sci-Fi Buzz was a mid '90s show that featured games long before video game material was commonplace and readily available. Fortunately, the Wing Commander series had enough clout to break out on to the occasional television spot like this. AD was able to track each piece down on Denny Ayala's YouTube channel. As first seen on All Wings Considered, here are the clips for WC3, WC4 and Privateer 2. Heart of the Tiger got an especially big segment due to the novelty and uniqueness of its bid budget FMV. As far as we can tell, WC4 was only mentioned indirectly due to Malcolm McDowell's association with Dr. Bashir. P2 also just gets a quick look.

    Jump to 3:00 for the WC4 bit if it doesn't autostart in the right place.

    Jump to 15:15 as necessary to see the P2 coverage.

  • 21

    Nov

    About ten years ago, it was briefly popular for Wingnuts to splice up clips from various Wing Commanders and pair them with popular music. You don't see this much these days, since the overall novelty of casual video editing has worn off and it takes significantly more effort to create a slick production that stands out in the crowd. Nevertheless, Abbat Faria recently paired up cuts from the Wing Commander movie with Linkin Park's "By Myself." I'm still slightly baffled as to why it exists, but it's not the craziest Wing Commander creation I've stumbled across lately. I can only imagine that this version is superior to the original video though. Perhaps it resonates a bit more with people who are fans of the music...

  • 20

    Nov

    randomthefox tipped us off about an absolutely stellar sketch of a Kilrathi and her Dralthi drawn by Heresy. The pilot's armor is exquisite with a wonderful mix of futuristic claws, ornamental plates and even a tail. The helmet is also reminiscent of Bhurak Starkiller's famous visage. A blur effect on the Dralthi and rest of the background complete the package nicely. You can find more of Heresey's work on DeviantArt or Patreon.

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    A female Kilrathi pilot from the Wing Commander computer game series.
  • 19

    Nov

    In the run up to Wing Commander 3's 25th birthday, All Wings Considered has been playing through both the PC and 3DO versions of the game. The classic DOS edition is the gold standard we all know and love while the 3DO is an exotic animal with slightly different features, graphics, weapons and even missions. It's been fascinating to compare the two side by side, but there is another major console port for the Sony Playstation. It's not part of the playthrough because it's decidedly the least advanced of the three, but that doesn't mean it's not without its own unique charms. Here's a new review by TTBurger88 to give you a rundown of what it's like. As you can see, he's a huge fan of this version and has plenty of praise to share. As an extra bonus, he also covered WC4 for the Playstation as well.

    Today we continue our review of more FMV Games, by looking at one of the most popular FMV game