Released on PC in 1990, Chris Roberts’ Wing Commander beat Star Wars to the video game space fighter simulator space by almost three years. The game came packed with not only spectacular 3D action but a Hollywood, Cinematic style presentation that would get pilots deeply intrigued by the human war against the giant cat-like Kilrathi that they were dogfighting within  space.

Wing Commander delivered many firsts, such as the possibility of your wingman dying, branching paths and missions depending on failure and success, and a dynamic music score as space battles took place. The game received massive praise upon its release and saw multiple expansion packs, sequels, and even an actual Hollywood movie from its popularity.

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From the moment he touched an Intellivision controller in 1985, Mike knew that he had experienced something incredible in the world of video games that would shape him for the rest of his life. From that point forward, he would make it his mission to experience video games from every console generation going forward. Eventually, he would become obsessed with magazines that wrote about the games he loved, and it would inspire him to start writing about games himself in 1998 for various local media outlets. Always looking for an opportunity to branch out, Mike eventually coded the foundation of a website that would ultimately morph into Gamer Logic Dot Net, an independent video game site that continues to cover modern and classic video game today. Additional, Mike composes music for indie games under his other alias "Unleaded Logic"