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  • 27

    May

    Tom Roberts has posted some great photos of a Hellcat he recently 3D printed. The fighter looks fantastic and it even has a slick Confed star base. In the silvery metallic color, it also reminds me very much of the Hellcat statue we see in Wing Commander Academy. I don't own a 3D printer yet, but creations like this are seriously tempting me!

    arclight_model1t.jpgarclight_model2t.jpgThe source files come from Astrofossil's collection. Check out the links to all his WC models below!

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  • 26

    May

    The Artificers Clan has begun to retrofit the generation ship Golconda into a fully operational modern vessel.
    Jonathon Forester, former captain of the vacated 22nd-century craft, provided a statement to Vox Galactica:
    "When the dredger clan first arrived in the Upaniklis system, we feared they had come to salvage the Golconda. Instead, to our surprise, they've initiated engineering work on it: reinforcing the ship's structural integrity, repairing damaged components, and installing modern engines and navigational systems. Yet the decks where our community previously lived remains untouched."
    "The Artificers didn't request permission to do this, which upset many of us. But today we received a message expressing a strange, child-like excitement at finding what they called a 'dead-hulk', and their determination to 'revive' it for us. With their incredible skills, it's possible that the Golconda

  • 26

    May

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    May

    If you thought Scribbler's WC1 ambiance series had come to an end, he's got a surprise! The flight deck has joined the bar, barracks and briefing room. He's incorporated a bit of feedback and hidden the cursor this time. Most of the sound effects revolve around the crew fixing up fighters on the deck: ratchets, sparks, carts, elevators and the like. Check it out below!

    In this file we stay in the ambience of the flight deck of the TCS Tigers Claw. Intended for radio plays or playing in the background while working or falling asleep. Where you want to let your imagination run wild.

    Show time. Time to start. Quickly onto the flight deck. The pilots are ready. The mission begins. And everyday life for the technicians on deck. After the pilots have started, the daily routine continues. Repair, prime and prepare the other fighters. Attention, another flight returns. Clear the deck...

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    May

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    May

    Good Old Games is always up for any opportunity to host a sale, and this week they are celebrating Electronic Arts' 40th birthday. The company was founded way back in 1982, and that means you get 75% off Wing Commander! There's a nice variety of other classic games being marked down too. Check them out here.

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    Congratulations to Electronic Arts' 40th anniversary! 🥳

    We celebrate the long-standing publisher with a special sale 🎊

    Save 75% on great classics 👉 https://t.co/lfk2btqgvs | #GOGsale pic.twitter.com/EOzAWBUssY

    — GOG.COM (@GOGcom) May 23, 2022
      
  • 24

    May

    AD came across a neat looking anthology that profiles some of the top games for the Super Nintendo called The SNES Pixel Book. The port of Wing Commander gets a full spread with some nice pictures and commentary. If I got a copy of this, I supposed I'd have to always casually leave it open to just this page, but it does look like there's plenty of other fun stuff in there too. You can see more sample pages and order a copy here.

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    Bitmap Books is proud to present The Unofficial SNES Pixel Book. Created in collaboration with German publisher Elektrospieler this lavish, 272-page volume celebrates the golden age of 16-bit gaming on Nintendo’s ultra-popular home console.

    The book, which has been painstakingly translated from the original German text, features in-depth articles exploring the major genres to be found in the SNES’s huge portfolio of games. These are accompanied by tens of thousands of

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    May

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    May

    Last week we reported about a custom arcade cabinet that appeared to be configurable with an emulated copy of Sega CD Wing Commander. That drudged up some deep memories in gr1mre4per of a 1994 Lifetime movie Children of the Dark. At the 57:50 point, it shows someone flying a WC2 Sabre in an a fake arcade box. Pretty wild! And I can't believe he was able to dig up such a deep reference...

    Seeing this has reminded me of a film. It is a film from 1994 called Children Of The Dark. The story revolves around two girls who have a genetic condition that means exposure to the sun is fatal for them. They are forced to leave their town, but during their travels they can be seen playing on an arcade machine. Check out what they are playing!
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    May

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    May

    We always like looking at little Wing Commander ships, and we thought you do too! Here's a couple of newbies that L.I.F. recently printed from DefianceIndustries' digital archive. These are deep cuts and date back to 2015 and 2016. These weren't originally meant to be printed, but they appear to have held up extremely well through the process. Super slick!

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    Since I feel the need to print all the coolest models from the community, here's how DI's Banshee and Lance look like, with minimal work done to make them printer-compatible. Thanks again, mate, for all the help you offered during these years working together!

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  • 20

    May

    A dredger clan is continuing to examine the abandoned generation ship Golconda in the Upaniklis system.
    The Golconda was placed in orbit around Upaniklis B 3 in 3305 when its inhabitants migrated to the nearby outpost Forester's Choice. Over the past week there have been reports of smaller craft travelling between the Artificers Clan dredger and the Golconda, but the nomadic tribe has not responded to attempts to communicate.
    Commander Javi Alvarado, a regular visitor to the system, submitted his observations to Vox Galactica:
    "I was convinced that these scavengers were breaking down the Golconda into scrap to feed to their dredger. Or maybe taking over the whole ship to use as a new home. But I haven't seen any signs of structural damage yet, and it doesn't look like the Artificers have accessed its habitation areas either. So what are they up to?"
    "Things are a little weird in Forester's

  • 20

    May

    The Wing Commander CIC Discord server has been a busy place lately! A lot of stories that end up here at WCNews.com start as discussions in our Discord channel #Wingnut. If you want to see how the sausage is made, this is the place to be! Of course, we don't just talk about the WC series, and most of the conversation is off topic or about other shows/movies/etc. There's also space to talk about WC mods, fan fiction and more. It's a happening place. Check it out via the invite link here!

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    Do you crave around-the-clock realtime Wing Commander chat? Sign up for the official WC:CIC Discord server where you’re welcome to join our chill squadron of wingmates!
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    May

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    May

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    May

    Geraldo Rivera Rivera sent in this snippet of a wonderful OK PC magazine review for Wing Commander Academy. There's a lot to like in this article. First off, it's a Spanish magazine, so we get a slightly different take on early '90s Wing Commander compared to the standard fare. We got a peek at this version of Academy via DROSoft translation earlier this year. Secondly, it's a full four-page spread dedicated just to Academy. Without context, people today might blow WCA off as a simple mission builder, but at the time, this was a revolutionary way for fans to create their own missions. It was something fans were clamoring for and absolutely warranted being a standalone boxed product that people would run out and buy. At twelve years old, I put a lot of hours into mission building and loved the flexibility to pick ships and wingmen at will. Finally, from a magazine layout point of view, I like

  • 18

    May

    Part 3 of Scribbler's ambiance video series is here! This one, unsurprisingly, comes from the briefing room aboard the Tiger's Claw. While the bar has a bright fun tone and the barracks is calm and relaxing, this sequence is a bit more technically oriented. You can hear computers chirping, people typing, doors opening and occasional scribbling on a white board. It's not quite the aggressive stance that we're used to in this place, but that's not quite the intent - these are full of background white noise to help you pass the time with fewer distractions. I wouldn't mind an option to hear the original music though!

    In this file we stay in the ambiance of the TCS Tigers Claw Briefing Room. Intended for radio plays or play in the background while working or falling asleep or even barbecue party. Where you want to let your imagination run wild.

    Time to work Early in the morning and off to the briefing

  • 16

    May

    An insurrection led by Arch-Corsair Vidar Trask has failed to gain control of the Kumo Crew syndicate.
    Vox Galactica featured a report by freelance correspondent Karleen Troy:
    "As might be expected, it's hard to obtain official data when conflict breaks out within a criminal organisation. But all the information I've gathered points to the same conclusion: Vidar Trask's coup attempt has failed."
    "What is surprising, however, is how close he initially came to dethroning Archon Delaine. The Kumo Crew were almost overwhelmed by the sheer number of fighters following Trask's banner. I'm told that nearly half of the rebelling forces have yet to be identified, and are suspected to be mercenaries."
    "A second mystery is that Arch-Corsair Kay Volantyne, another senior member of the Kumo Council, has been declared missing. The Pegasi Sentinel newsfeed believes that she was killed by Trask personally.

  • 16

    May

    Today we've got a unique Wing Commander YouTube video. Pinoy Video Gamer titles this one as a WC3 unboxing, but it goes into much more. His copy of The Heart of the Tiger is obviously well loved, and he takes time to go through its contents. There's also a good discussion about the other major Wing Commander games as well. Even Wing Commander Arena gets a brief segment!

    I like to occasionally highlight videos like this from other languages to share what WC appreciation is like around the world, but I've never personally run across one in Filipino Tagalog before. Even more, this one is narrated in a hybrid of both English and Tagalog so that speakers of either should be able to easily follow along. I would struggle to make this in just one language, so it's very impressive to see something like this presented bilingually!

    I unbox my old copy of Wing Commander 3: Heart of the Tiger. And I talk about