1. ChrisReid

    Magic DosBox Templates Streamline Configuration for WC Games (September 30, 2020)

    Mark Gabby-Li has recently been perfecting the methods to get Wing Commander games to run on Android devices, and he'd like to share the results with all of you! His DOS emulator of choice is Magic DosBox, which simplifies some of the setup and facilitates the unique controls. Almost all of...
  2. ChrisReid

    A No Crease Look at the Secret Missions Box (September 28, 2020)

    One of my favorite pieces of Wing Commander art is the stylized box of The Secret Missions for the Super Nintendo. It doubles down on the SNES ports' conversion of the Jalthi into a "green Salthi" and puts the new ship front and center. Players got a poster of this depiction when they bought...
  3. ChrisReid

    A No Bull Look at the Wing Commander Box (September 27, 2020)

    As part of Wing Commander's 30th birthday celebrations, people have had a lot of questions about the history of the franchise. A frequent topic is the famous box art used for the original game, which was highly unusual for featuring what purported to be a screenshot. Although it's not an...
  4. ChrisReid

    Happy 30th Birthday Wing Commander! (September 26, 2020)

    Wow, three decades since this title screen began gracing monitors around the globe! The Wing Commander series celebrates its 30th birthday today, and we're excited to have seen it through all this way. After all this time, what do we say? Countless articles have been written about how...
  5. ChrisReid

    Royal Marines Drop Wing Commander Overture Again (September 24, 2020)

    Ever on the search for a new way to listen to Wing Commander, LOAF has found yet another album with a Wing Commander track! Back in 2017 we were pleasantly surprised to see the Overture from the Wing Commander Movie performed by the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. It was possible...
  6. ChrisReid

    CIC Party Delayed, Excitement Builds for WC 30th Birthday (September 25, 2020)

    Sorry for the sudden notice, but we need to announce a delay in tomorrow's Wing Commander CIC Birthday Party. Due to an emergent medical issue, the event will be moved out at least a week. We'll be sure to confirm details when we can firm up the new date. Thanks to everyone for being so...
  7. ChrisReid

    Kamekh, Shiraak & Snakeir... Separated at Birth?! (September 23, 2020)

    LOAF and Rattler were having a conversation on Discord recently and stumbled upon an awesome find! Rattler pondered whether the Kilrathi home carrier in Armada, the Shiraak, was inspired by the Privateer iterations of the Kamekh destroyer. Upon closer inspection and a wireframe LOAF dug up, it...
  8. ChrisReid

    Ancient Camcorder Footage Sets Stage for WC Purchase (September 20, 2020)

    Here's a weird nostalgia trip! This is a video recording of an old computer store circa 1991, and Wing Commander makes a handful of cameos throughout. We post a lot of retro stuff like this, but rarely do we get so much of the peripheral environment. Everything from the neon clothes at 0:22...
  9. ChrisReid

    One Week to Party Time! (September 19, 2020)

    It's hard to believe, but we're now just one short week away from the combined CIC Birthday Party and 30th Anniversary of Wing Commander! Join us next Saturday for an evening filled with fun, friends and plenty of Wing Commander trivia. We'll be observing the 22nd birthday of our time here at...
  10. ChrisReid

    WC Games to Xbox Game Pass, Origin Storefront Phasing Out (September 18, 2020)

    We're got more EA news for Wing Commander fans. Last month we reported that the Origin Access service was being rebranded as EA Play. At the time, the Origin name was to be retained as the virtual storefront for EA games. That has since changed, and the company has announced that it will be...
  11. ChrisReid

    WC1 Voiceover Project Reaches Brimstone & Chengdu (September 15, 2020)

    Earlier this year we reported on an exciting project to incorporate full speech into the PC version of Wing Commander. The game only got such a treatment on the Sega CD edition originally. While extracting the audio for that port has been technically possible for some time, finding a way to...
  12. ChrisReid

    Space Sims Score Spot in Video Game Documentary Intro (September 12, 2020)

    One of Netflix's hot docuseries a few weeks back was the video game chronicle High Score. The show includes six episodes that cover highlights in video game history from the late '70s to early '90s. Although this doesn't leave much room to cover Wing Commander, there is a brief segment in its...
  13. ChrisReid

    WC Art Campaign Meets Funding Goal, Ending Soon! (September 8, 2020)

    Mike Winterbauer's campaign to create an alternate art portfolio for his classic game art covers comes to a close this week. We can confidently project its success since it currently stands at 7.5 times its target amount. CIC staff members alone appear to have pledged more than the minimum...
  14. ChrisReid

    Three Weeks to Party Time! (September 5, 2020)

    Even though interminable 2020 has seemed like a good twenty months or so long already, August zipped by fast and we are now already into September. That means the CIC Birthday Party is quickly approaching! As previously announced, we've combined our 22nd website birthday with the 30th...
  15. ChrisReid

    Supersize Your Wingleader Creations (September 7, 2020)

    The multi-talented elend (of Banshee model fame) has another treat for fellow fans. This one is quite a bit different, but artsy and cool nonetheless. He's vectorized the famous Wingleader logo so it can now be blown up to infinite proportions without any loss of quality. This was Wing...
  16. ChrisReid

    Star Wars Squadrons Also Forming Up (September 3, 2020)

    It's been a fun week for non-WC space sim news, so we'll keep that rolling today with another look at Star Wars Squadrons. We briefly highlighted the game back when it was announced in June, and now we're quickly coming up on release. In the intervening months, there have been new videos...
  17. ChrisReid

    Explore the Physical Origins of Wing Commander with 8-Bit Guy (August 25, 2020)

    The 8-Bit Guy has posted a neat video of a recent road trip to Austin to explore the area's rich tech history. He checks out places like the Dell headquarters and the building where they filmed Office Space. There's a fun stop at a Globe Theater reproduction sponsored by Richard Garriott. Of...
  18. ChrisReid

    Fantastic German P2 Preview Includes Several Treats (August 23, 2020)

    LOAF made a great find recently in the October 1996 issue of Power Play, the German computer games magazine. It starts off with a wonderful cover featuring Lev Arris, an Icarus and a Heretic. Then on the next page it stuns with another gorgeous Heretic with green accents. It almost looks like...
  19. ChrisReid

    Space Game Junkie Covers Armada (August 24, 2020)

    Here's a streaming miniseries from a while back that we entirely missed. SpaceGameJunkie took his followers through a big overview of Wing Commander Armada. The game can be a tough one to get into these days, so kudos for SGJ for toughing through it for four episodes. With that being said...
  20. ChrisReid

    Before Mankind Was Locked in a Deadly War (August 22, 2020)

    Shot97 has snapped a fun preview from a 1990 edition of Dragon Magazine. At this point in time, the game was still sporting its Wingleader title after Squadron was nixed due to potential copyright concerns. Ultimately Wing Commander was selected over all. I love how the Kilrathi are called...