SGJ Podcast #01: Graphics vs. UI vs. Gameplay! FIGHT!

More Chit Chat

More Chit Chat

Hello, and welcome to episode 01 of the SGJ Podcast. Join Jim from the Bad Movie Podcast and me as we try to adapt something of a format in order to have some more focus and structure! ;) We talk about some news, some games we’re playing, and our topic for this week, which games that are still worth playing even though their graphics and UI are on the archaic side. We also look at the opposite side of the coin, games that have held up well over the years.

We also have an iTunes page now, as well as our RSS feed! Yay! Thank you for listening, and please find our show notes under the cut. :) Also, since I’m still pretty new to this podcasting thing (it’s old hat to Jim, thankfully), please don’t hesitate to give me constructive criticism on how I can improve my performance either in the comments below or in the forum. :) Hope the length is okay with y’all, but again, new to this stuff, still trying to be efficient. ;) Thanks again! :)

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Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn – A Labor of Love

1 - Welcome Aboard

Your Journey Begins Here

I am, I’ll admit, an unabashed Wing Commander fanboy. I’ve played all the PC games and enjoyed all of them (Privateer 2 doesn’t count), and have logged several hundred hours in the various iterations of the Confed/Kilarthi universe. Now we have a new, fan-based peek into that universe I and many fans love so much. Entitled Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn, it’s a game with a long history, almost as long as the series on which it’s based. Please join me now as I take a look at this new entry into the Wing Commander mythos and see how well it fares.

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Spacey Gamey Newsies and Dealsies – 11/2/12

News Satellite Dish

Yeah, I Have to Get Creative with News-Related Images. :P

Hey y’all, welcome to Friday! With the weekend almost upon us, it’s time for our final round of news for the week! Let’s take a look at what’s going on, shall we? ;)

  • The big news of the day is that the Kickstarter for Strike Suit Zero has past their funding goal of $100,000!! Congrats to them! According to a Tweet from Jamin Smith, a pledge from the lead designer of Assassin’s Creed 3, Steve Masters, pushed them over the line.
  • The races page on the Drox Operative website has been updated with info for two more races in the game, the Humans and the Shadow. Also, according to a post on Soldak’s Facebook, the next patch will include bounty hunters that can hunt Operatives! Cool! Edit: The patch is out! Read about the changes here! Yay!
  • Even though we talked about the release date for Miner Wars 2081 yesterday, Rock, Paper Shotgun has a nice writeup about it.
  • Finally in the news, the Star Citizen Kickstarter has been updated with a small Q&A about the Xi’An, a recently revealed alien race in the game.

Now, in terms of sales, GOG is having a Massive EA Selection sale this weekend, which includes spacey classics such as:

Which are all just dang amazing deals. If you don’t, for some WACKY reason, already own these, this is a great time to snag some of the best space gaming ever. The final deal is over on Steam, where you can get the just-released-over-there Gemini Wars for $15.99.

Finally, in non-gaming news, there are some lovely ship designs over on the Concept Ships blog from Tom McDowell.

And that’s it for today folks. I hope y’all have a lovely weekend and get some fun spacey gaming in. :)



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GOG Launches Mac Games, Interplay Bundle

GOG Goes Mac

Whole New Games for Mac! Yay!

Well GOG has certainly been busy, as they had a conference today to launch a buncha things, many of interest to space gamers. First off, they’re bringing many of their games to the Mac platform, several for the first time! In spacey game goodness, this includes:

FTL, which was already available on Mac, can now also be down for the platform through GOG if you have a copy there as well. This is AWESOME for Mac games, and I’m truly and honestly thrilled for y’all. :) I tried to run one of their games (non-spacey game, Theme Hospital) on my MacBook Pro here at work and it worked like a champ. I am VERY wary of installing Starflight, as I will get NOTHING done. ;)

Awesome Interplay Bundle

Snag This, People!

They’re also launching a deal in which you can pay what you want for various Interplay games, and for $34.99, you get 32 games, which is a freaking bargain because of course you get Freespace and Freespace 2 among other non-spacey classics. This deal runs for the next two weeks. I’d jump it but I already own pretty much every game in the catalog already. ;)

Enjoy the deals and the new games! ;)


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GOG Adds Goodies to Wing Commander Games

A screenshot of Wing Commander 2, now only $5.99 at GoG!

New WC Goodies!!

One of the reasons I love GOG so much — besides their awesome prices, lack of DLC and games that mostly work on newer hardware — are the goodies. Soundtracks, wallpapers, icons, etc etc. Well, I just noticed they added a couple of goodies to two of their Wing Commander titles, Wing Commander 1+2 and Wing Commander: Privateer. This includes a “Wing Commander product proposal” and a “playtester’s guide” respectfully. These updates are easy to miss, so I wanted to mention ‘em in case you didn’t see ‘em. Enjoy!

Also, if you don’t own these, what is wrong with you? ;) Get ‘em and play some of the most iconic games in all of space gaming. :)


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(Almost) All of the Wing Commander Games on Sale at GOG

Wing Commander

Pew Pew on the Cheap!

Hey y’all, GOG is having one of their weekend sales, which this time includes the Ultima and Wing Commander games. Since what we really care about around here is Wing Commander, you can get these on the cheap:

If you’ve not played any of these, now is the perfect chance to snag these iconic games and see what all the fuss is about. :) Enjoy!

PS. The recently released Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn takes place in the same time period as Wing Commander 3, so to fully get everything out of The Darkest Dawn, you should play games 1-3 first. :)


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Remember The Fat Man?

Wing One CD Cover

Music by Which Memories Were Made. :)

Back in the day, if you were a fan of video games and video game music, there was one name that told you that a game’s music would be great: The Fat Man (also known as George Alistair Sanger). The Fat Man did music for dozens upon dozens of classic games, both spacey and non-spacey. This includes:

  • Wing Commander I and II
  • Rules of Engagement
  • Master of Orion
  • Master of Magic
  • The 7th Guest and 11th Hour
  • US Navy Fighters
  • Castles and Castles II

And many more (you can see a partial list here). I bring this up because not only was I just made aware of his website, but apparently he also has an album entitled “Wing One: Music from Wing Commander”, which is just AWESOME, and I wanted to make y’all aware of it. If y’all liked the music of Wing Commander and the memories its music brings back, check it out. I can’t link to it since it’s embedded, but it’s on the main page if you scroll down a bit. Enjoy!


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