A number of fans have expressed their wish to contact Origin over the recent events. Letter writing campaigns and petitions are difficult to correctly execute and have an even harder time succeeding. And unless some Wing Commander fan has a spare $10 million, we think there's relatively little that would change the current events at Origin at the present time. There are several possibilities for Wing Commander to come back on its own accord in the future, and a dedicated consistent fan base does more to help that than an angry fan base right now. That's where we're going to focus for the immediate future. With all this in mind, many may still want to express their disappointment with the changes. We only encourage mature thought-out correspondence, and the two addresses below should be appropriate for that.
Origin Systems Inc.
5918 West Courtyard Dr
Austin, TX 78730-5036
In an interesting twist, the halting of POL has caused various fan projects to be infused with a new energy. Our Chat Zone mod Quarto has been championing a drive to have the source code of a Wing Commander game released for some time. It's a real long shot, but you never know..
The Wing Commander Engine Source Code Release Project (now that's a mouthful :) )... the name is fairly self-explanatory. In essence, we're writing a petition to Origin, asking that they release the source code for at least some WC games. To be taken seriously, however, we need lots and lots of "signatures" (names + e-mail addresses) to add at the end of the petition.
Those addresses are email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Right now, all we have is aroud 45 signatures. That is not enough by a longshot. We need YOUR help. All we ask is that you send us a very short e-mail - essentially, it only has to contain your name (first and last). So, you're not losing anything if this fails; but you stand to gain a hell of a lot if it succeeds.
Send your e-mails either to me (email@example.com) or to Jumper (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you want more information about the Project,visit the site at wcescrp.cjb.net.
I know that some of you have doubts whether Origin would ever listen to such a petition. I'd be lying if I was to say, "Of course they will." But if we put enough pressure on them, they just might budge. On the other hand, if you don't support us, then we really can't expect Origin to do anything.
So please, even if you think that this has no chance whatsoever - send us your name anyway. You never know...
After the memo got out last Thursday, a number of sites were quick to follow up and research the incident. A Talent for War, The TNFST Network and The Lancers Reactor were a few of the local (often supporting space sims and Wing Commander) sites that were quick to action. TNFST even had a Wing Commander oriented April Fools joke yesterday (the reverse of the Richard Garriott moving to DA joke that went around).
Hey, everyone else is spending precious news space to reiterate their coverage yesterday was fake, so here we go. Some two hundred people followed the links to the false eBay auctions. :)
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