Wing Commander

  • 20

    Aug

    We had some great live trivia on Saturday night, and some knowledgable Wingnuts won some cool prizes. To claim your items,

    send an email

    to news@wcnews.com with your Discord name, real name and address.

    • WC Novel Ebook - Whistler
    • GOG WC Games Collection - DefianceIndustries
    • Academy on DVD - Music_Guru
    • WC CCG Starter Deck Box - LeHah
    • iTunes Wing Commander Soundtrack - DefianceIndustries
    • WC4 OEM DVD - Pedro
    • AWC Tote Bag - TheyCallMeGrim, PopsiclePete
    • WC1 copy from LOAF - Music_Guru
  • 20

    Aug

    We had an absolutely fantastic weekend - one of our best birthdays yet! Thank you all for joining in and sharing it with us. If you couldn't make it to the party, we've posted the entire six hour stream below. The first three hours are a special bonus episode of All Wings Considered, and the back half is our official birthday celebration. Jump to 4:02:45 for the cake and countdown! We also took some time together on Sunday morning to play a bit of Wing Commander Armada together. There were some technical difficulties getting the game working initially, so Dundradal and I ended up doing a hot seat quick combat strategic game. It ended up being surprisingly close!


    Birthday Stream:

    Morning After Armada:

  • 19

    Aug

    Closing Thanks

    And that's it for the front page! But the party continues! Come on back to #Wingnut on Discord to rejoin the fun! The livestream broadcast will also continue well into the night. There's lots of people we'd like to thank for helping make today possible. This has been a HUGE year for fan projects with a ton of absolutely marvelous efforts in full swing. Howard Day, DefianceIndustries, Popsicle Pete, Pedro, L.I.F./Rufus, UnnamedCharacter, Goliath, Dark Sentinel and Denis Loubet are just some of the people who are killing it this year. This makes our job tremendously fun since there's so much to report on. Once again, KrisV has outdone himself in literally keeping the website online from a technical perspective and doing all of the behind-the-scenes maintenance and upgrades that nobody else will touch.


    And completely sincerely, I'd like to thank all of YOU for coming. It's the shared

  • 19

    Aug

    We've been around for quite a few years, and new fans have been joining the community for the entire time. It's always interesting to see the spread from old timers that found us in the '90s compared to newbies that weren't even alive back then (we also appreciate people who are old timers but just now found the site!). Vote below to let everyone see when you joined in.


    The old poll asked which faction logo was your favorite. Perhaps not too surprisingly, the Confed Star won out, but in a major upset, the UBW beat back the Kilrathi for second place! The Black Lance also had a surprisingly low fourth place turnout.

  • 19

    Aug

    Housekeeping Continues

    The CIC website is made up of thousands of pages and dozens of sections,

    some

    dating back to our earliest days. Inevitably, some links will break over time as things get moved around or reworked. For last year's anniversary, we put in a huge

    effort

    to fix broken links and iron out various visual issues around the website. This year, we continued along this line, but with a heavy focus on our 1998-2012 news archive. Our

    current layout

    was rolled out in 2012 and was based on (then) modern HTML and CSS features, while our substantial back catalog of news articles was composed with an older stack in mind. In addition, some updates contained minor HTML glitches that the browsers of

    yesteryear

    probably just glossed over or silently fixed (hence why they went unnoticed at the time of publishing), but that modern browsers no longer put up with. This could result in a link not showing up or stranger

  • 19

    Aug

    CIC Logo Evolution

    Eagle-eyed visitors may have spotted that our logo looks a little bit sharper today. We've made a

    double resolution

    version available to supporting browsers. The leap in quality isn't quite as large as when the logo was

    recreated

    from scratch with WC4DVD footage, but it's a noticeable upgrade on high dpi screens nonetheless. Below you can see how today's logo compares to the original from 1998. The CIC itself has gone through a few page design iterations over our long history. We posted an overview for last year's anniversary

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  • 19

    Aug

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    The News Collections section is where we package up sets of news updates that follow a specific theme for easier consumption. Here are a few we've just added:

    Previous collections include our memorials for developers and artists that have passed away, an overview of our anniversary updates and the April Fools slates.

  • 19

    Aug

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    Aug

    This is also the time of year when we refresh our

    Background

    and

    Development Archive

    sections. These pages try to encapsulate all the useful or remarkable artifacts and bits of knowledge that we report on in our daily news updates, but can be difficult to keep track of over time. We hope these sections can be a good starting-off point for anyone just now wanting to learn about a classic Wing Commander game they found on GOG, or a more seasoned player wanting to research a certain topic in-depth. With the Wing Commander 3 anniversary coming up, this year's efforts focus on that title. Below you can find a birds eye overview of the new additions.

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    • Background: Essential (fan-created) tools and patches, noteworthy articles, manuals, Saturn and Jaguar port information.
    • Game Design: Storyboards, the production book, the ESRB tape.
    • Artwork: Various props you'll recognize, many sketches,
  • 19

    Aug

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    Aug

    wcpmp01t.jpgTwelve years ago, HCl rolled out a major update to his Prophecy multiplayer patch. When users entered their credentials for Crius.net (then the home of our vBulletin-powered discussion boards) into the the launcher, the game would report back typical game statistics like kills/deaths, ejections and time played to the CIC server where they would show up in our

    Multiplayer Scoreboards

    section. As time moved on, the forums were relocated to our primary domain at wcnews.com and the software powering them was changed as well (look

    here

    if you are interested in Chat Zone history leading up to the 2011 Xenforo upgrade). If you signed up for our Forums after this transition, there was no way for you to have your results included in our scoreboards. There's a fix for this issue now and it takes just a few easy steps:

    • Sign in on the Chat Zone, or sign up for an account if you don't already have one.
  • 19

    Aug

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    Aug

    mythic_office2t.jpgSo, what is the biggest and baddest Wing Commander poster ever? While we've seen a lot of them, nothing compares to this beauty. Joe Garrity shows us that it's not the size of your Wing Commander III poster, it's how you display it! Mounted on a brushed plate steel disply board, this monolithic Wing Commander III advertising print is a whopping 8 feet long by 2 feet high and weighs in at over 40 pounds! Originally on display at Origin Systems in the mid-1990s, it was gifted to the Origin Museum by EA/Mythic when they closed in 2014. It was previously

    displayed in the Mythic Lobby

    along with other Origin/Wing Commander memorabilia. Joe's also provided a nice high res version of this photo

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  • 19

    Aug

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    Aug

    Pedro

    has released an exciting trailer for the

    WC4 Fan Remake

    ! There's lots to unpack here. The team has been mostly focused on features rather than polish, and quite a few features have been implemented indeed! Many distinctive elements from the original WC4 gameplay mechanics appear to be in place to give the project a familiar feel. Check it out below!

    I've been working with Defiance Industries to have a video ready for the CIC's birthday of early test footage.

    A brief list of things added since the last videos:

    • Some early experimentation with updated sound effects (50/50 old vs new)
    • View based missile lock-on
    • Smoother external camera
    • Damage displays
    • Turrets (both on fighters and capships)
    • Subtle cockpit motion on the primary cockpit camera
    • A zoomed out camera (primarily for taking in the cockpit)
    • Afterburners, Decoys
    • Working cockpit (guns, fuel, damage, speed guns, decoys, targeting
  • 19

    Aug

    Gotta Collect 'Em All!

    Check out these awesome trading cards that

    DefianceIndustries

    made! They're a set of super cool realistic looking cards with images, stats and history. I really like that silhouette identifier box that teases subsequent cards in the series. This makes me really want a printed set!

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    Attached is my contribution to the festivities, a redo of some super fun old Topps aircraft trading cards. They were the “friend or foe” series from 1952 and they have kind of a fun retro vibe that looked kind of fun when Wing Commanderized.

    Enjoy and Happy Birthday!