It's likely that Star Wars is going to become one of the lasting legacies of the twentieth century. Even counting those who've never seen it and those who don't like it, there can't be many people on the globe who haven't heard of it and don't know what it's about.
One thing that is quite scary, though, is how Star Wars and other science fiction phenomena can launch the most stable-seeming of adults into long-winded conversations about rubbish. Things like which Star Wars figure was the best, why Jawas needed such big lorries, why the Millennium Falcon's cockpit was in such a daft place, and what happened in George Lucas' childhood to inspire him to develop this brother-fancies-sister plot twist.
It is this kind of obsessive examination of the movie mythology that has spawned this product. Essentially, it's an Encyclopaedia Star Wars-ia-everything you ever thought to ask about Star Wars but didn't think anyone would have bothered to think of an answer to. Well, thanks to spin-off novels, comics and computer games ad nauseum, someone probably has thought of it and has written about it in great detail. All of this material has been added to the Star Wars archive, and this dual CD-ROM is that pantheon, in full, with a spiffy interface tacked on the front.
Add to the encyclopaedia a dash of multimedia, in the form of a guided tour of the Falcon, a most amusing weapons test area and tasters of the next movie, Star Wars Part 1, and you've essentially got the ultimate Star Wars reference. Any fan who wakes up on Christmas morning without this little gem in his Christmas stocking is going to be simply inconsolable.
- Publisher: Activision
- Telephone: 01895 456700
- Price: #34.99.
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