CIC ChatZoner Wulf spotted an article about WC in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly. It also features an interview with Chris Roberts. Here's a quick quote:
The sci-fi Wing Commander series, inspired by Star Wars (Hey, they wrote it, not me), and starring actors like Mark Hamill and Malcolm McDowell, imposed cinematic narrative on games. 'My games were mostly about stories and characters,' says Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts.'The inspiration for Wing Commander was "What if instead of being about trying to get a high score, it's about trying to finish a story?" '