The Secret of the Hidden Team Photo

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron developers team photo-montage
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron developers team photo-montage

Whoa! I got a new information about this snap from one of the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron developers! I received a message from Buddy Hannon! Unbelievable, but it is true:

“…I just came across the team snap of the Rogue Squadron Development Team on your page. It seems like such a long time ago that I did that image. I forget who the photographer was, but I did the addition of the Star Wars characters… Seeing it again was like a little blast from the past. Thanks…
…Rogue Squadron was a fun game to make. We made it in a very short time, 9 months I believe was the time we spent on it. When we originally made Rogue Squadron it was to be a N64 product, so we spent most of our time squeezing all of the features that we could into a 12MB space for the cartridge. Factor 5 did a lot of great work to make this happen. Thomas, a genius of a programmer, went in and wrote a lot of Micro code that in essence re programmed the N64 console to allow a lot of the things that you see in the game to happen…
…I found your site believe it or not by doing a web search on my name, I was bored yesterday… I glad that you like the game so much. It’s nice to know that all of the hard work that went into it was worth it…”

Thanks again to all Star Wars: Rogue Squadron developers! Just because of their hard and eager work this wonderful game still has so many true fans…

The Secret of the Hidden Team Photo

RogueScr: Another Hidden Screen

While exploring the game data files apart from the hidden team photo I also noticed many familiar images. These were stored under backdrop folder and some of them were simple JPEG images.

As I was experimenting with writing Windows screensaver applications, I decided to write a screensaver that pulls out those Star Wars movie scenes which are used as background images in the game and shows them randomly. Now it is ready and available only here and for you… Click here to download… and May the Force be with you!

Another hidden image: this one used for the initial menu screen in N64 version of the game is hidden in the PC version.
Another hidden image: this one used for the initial menu screen in N64 version of the game is hidden in the PC version.

This simple screen saver uses the game data, so it requires the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron properly installed in your system. And it does not support preview, options and password features yet. In addition to backdrop images the screensaver shows also a picture of Luke Skywalker next to his X-Wing, which is familiar to those who played Nintendo N64 version from the initial menu screen, while it is hidden in the PC version.

RogueScr: Another Hidden Screen

The Hidden Team Photo

At last the Summer Holidays began and I got an opportunity to check my suppositions and to continue excavations in the game data files after some break… Looking through image data at once noticed two strange pictures one of which is below… Wow, this is obviously Star Wars: Rogue Squadron developers team! And it is seemingly a good photo-montage rather than a real photo. Perhaps there is a passcode to show these pictures…

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron developers team photo-montage
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron developers team photo-montage
The Hidden Team Photo