Over the years we've noticed some people trying to make a shady profit off various Wing Commander things. People selling CDs with Wing Commander Academy episodes is always annoying. They can sell for quite a bit too. The latest attempt has been the sale of Wing Commander art prints. Genuine Wing Commander art does exist, but some online auctions appear to be selling color copies of freely available Wing Commander pictures. A common scene is the high quality art that Mark Vearrier shared with us last year. The following three images were used in the promotional campaign for Prophecy. With these images, you can print out your own high quality art and frame it for $20 less than some people are charging you elsewhere.
We have other great images in our Wallpapers section as well.
Jibbo found a pretty neat article on Origin founder Richard Garriott's exploits with NCSoft. After Richard's departure from Origin, the Garriott brothers formed Destination Games in 2001. The company was soon acquired by NCSoft which grew surprisingly fast into a major force in the mmo market. His primary game now is Tabula Rasa. Today's CNN Article also goes a bit more into Origin's history and mentions the famous Wing Commander brand.
Richard and Robert's roots in the industry go back to the early 1980s, when the two formed Origin Systems, Inc. At that point in the nascent games industry, the Internet as we know it didn't even exist, and online multiplayer games were still unheard of.
Tabula Rasa does look pretty weird though.
Origin's best-known games, the space shooter "Wing Commander" and the fantasy worlds of the "Ultima" games, likewise, were solitary experiences enjoyed alone in front of a computer screen. It wasn't until five years after Origin was acquired by Electronic Arts, Inc., in 1992, that "Ultima's" detailed world of Britannia was brought to the online masses with "Ultima online."