Marc had an interesting idea for a hybrid ship design.
I got this inspiration last night on the Ranger class carrier of WC3.
If its supposed to be really old, then it might have originally been similar to ships of the WC1 era. So I messed with the bridge and the launch bay and - blah blah blah. Now I've come up with something... interesting. I think I like it but, and this is why somebody on the other end is reading this (I hope), I need opinons.
Starting with a ship similar to the TCS Victory, the conning tower, turrets, flight deck, engines and colors were meshed with a ship similar to the TCS Tiger's Claw. The result plays tricks on your eyes and makes you wonder how plausible the slight modifications would be. If the two ships were ever brought together in the future, I'm certain that some aspects would be joined in this manner. Marc is looking for feedback, so feel free to click the "Discuss" link below and post some comments.
We've gotten a number of requests this week from people participating in some sort of internet trivia contest. This happens from time to time whenever a Wing Commander question pops up somewhere. To be fair to everyone, we'll just answer the question right here. I don't know where it's from, and you all should know this.
'What was the name of the turncoat Kilrathi in Wing Commander 3, who ended up being an implanted enemy agent?'
The answer can be found here (13 megs, that particular file requires an unrar program and the divx codec). Lower res versions of that this file and other interesting videos are available in the Files area.
CNN has run a story EA's Exclusive NFL Bid. Rumors about the cost of the agreement have been all over, but this source puts it slightly over $300 million. While that would wipe out the gross returns on an entire year's Madden sales, the price may make sense when distributed over five years. The article also makes a good point about the 2011 football season.
A bigger question, perhaps, is what happens five years down the road. Will the license be hotly contested – or has EA, in essence, bought a lifelong deal with the NFL? One of the chief expenses in sports games is the cost to render the players' likenesses - in other words, to create lifelike animated facial models, which give in-game players a photo-realistic appearance.
You can find the complete article here.
When the EA/NFL/NFL Players deal expires, no company will have renders of the league's 1,400 players, which would cost millions – and could discourage bidding.