The Wing Commander Movie will be airing in France in a series of time slots over the next few weeks. Tune into CINÉCINÉMA this Sunday morning for the first showing. I always like to see the various translated descriptions of the film, because they each have a unique slant depending on country of origin. A French trailer for the film is available here.
In the 27th century, Earth goes to war against the Kilrathi powerful empire, which aims to annex and force them to submit, like the rest of the universe. After a surprise attack, the Kilrathi, physically close to that of humans, take control of a central navigation system. The invaders now have direct access routes to the blue planet (Earth). Nothing and no one seems able to halt their advance. Nobody, except perhaps the Lieutenant Christopher Blair and his two companions, the pilot and adventurer Maniac and Paladin. Under orders from their "Wing Commander", the superb Devereaux, they are left to defend against the Kilrathi Empire...
Origin founder Richard Garriott delivered the Fantastic Fest keynote address in Austin yesterday, and he talked a little bit about what he's doing next and where he sees opportunity in the games industry. The big push behind his new company, Portalarium, is to develop "social" games that go beyond the current casual gaming crop. Joystiq has some fun quotes below. Some of the comments jokingly referred to an Ultima/Farmville crossover, but Lord of Ultima is already here!
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Displaying a slide about going "back to my roots," Garriott said his company planned to make "AAA games, meaning the games we find compelling to create and play, but distributed through social media." Why that medium? "The power is in that you don't have to make a decision to buy it, you play it by clicking on a link, nothing to pay for up front, no real installation and only if you decide you really want to play it will we decide how to eventually charge you money for it."
Later, in response to an audience question, he explained his strategy a bit further. "Since everybody else is doing Flash and Java games, I can kick their ass pretty easy."