3DActionPlanet is in the middle of a weeklong tribute to memorable space sims. It goes without saying that Wing Commander couldn't be forgotten. Some quotes from the article:
The WC games featured no-nonsense flying, shooting, and blowing up of enemy things. In a word: fun. Mixing in excellent gameplay with cinematic storytelling threw the player into the environment and refused to let go. The original Wing Commander (WC), designed by Chris Roberts and Origin, was released on January 1, 1990 to critical acclaim.
The release date for Wing Commander I mentioned in the article is most likely not accurate. We haven't been able to pinpoint an exact date yet. You can find the article here and the Wing Commander bit here. Thanks to WildFire-.