Old Gamers Never Die: A Discussion on ‘Beating the Odds’ in ‘Cold Waters’

Background Briefing Cold Waters, the 2017 Cold War-turned-hot submarine simulation developed and published four years ago by Australian game studio Killerfish Games (Atlantic Fleet, War on the Sea) is one of my favorite computer games. Inspired by the 1988 MicroProse game Red Storm Rising, Cold Waters puts you in command of a nuclear-powered submarine fromContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: A Discussion on ‘Beating the Odds’ in ‘Cold Waters’”

Old Gamers Never Die, or: Discussion on One of the Tougher ‘Cold Waters’ Missions

Conn, Sonar: New contact bearing 0-4-5, designated Sierra 1. Conn, Sonar: New contact bearing 0-4-7, designated Sierra 2. Make depth 1-2-0 feet, aye. Conn, Sonar: Sierra 1 is classified as…escort. Set course 0-4-0, aye. Conn, Weps: Tube 1 loaded. Part One: A Bit of Background If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you knowContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die, or: Discussion on One of the Tougher ‘Cold Waters’ Missions”

Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Armored Brigade’ PC Game Review

Armored Brigade Developer: Veitikka Studios (Finland) Publisher: Matrix Games (U.S.-Great Britain) Released: November 15, 2018 Genre: Strategy/Real-Time Tactical Setting: Modern Timeline (1965-1991) No. of Players: 1 (Human vs. AI) On November 13, 2018, Matrix Games, a U.S.-U.K. publisher of computer games, released Armored Brigade, a real-time tactical war game which depicts land combat in aContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Armored Brigade’ PC Game Review”

Old Gamers Never Die: A First Look at ‘Armored Brigade’

TITLE: Armored BrigadeGENRE: Simulation, StrategyDEVELOPER: Veitikka StudiosPUBLISHER: Slitherine Ltd./Matrix GamesFRANCHISE: Armored BrigadeRELEASE DATE: Nov 15, 2018 As someone who grew up in the shadow of the Cold War (1946-1991) and can still remember that the present Russian Federation was one of 16 “republics” in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), I have long beenContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: A First Look at ‘Armored Brigade’”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, March 28, 2021, or: A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That Revisited

Hi there. It’s just past noon on Sunday, March 28, 2021, and here in New Hometown, Florida it is a warm, sultry day. Currently, the temperature is 84˚F (29˚C) under mostly cloudy skies; with humidity at 66% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 14 MPH (22 KM/H), the heat index is 86˚F (30˚C).Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, March 28, 2021, or: A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That Revisited”

Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Discovery’ of New Missions in ‘Cold Waters’ Teaches Me that Reading (Manuals) is Fundamental

One of the things I miss about buying computer games with physical media (CD-ROMs or DVD-ROMs in particular) is getting a printed manual in the same box as the game and – in some instances – keyboard overlays. For those of us who cut our gaming teeth in the 1980s and early 1990s, most computerContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Discovery’ of New Missions in ‘Cold Waters’ Teaches Me that Reading (Manuals) is Fundamental”

Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Cold Waters’ – One Campaign, Two Endings

Hello there, Dear Reader. It’s late afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Right now the temperature is almost summerish: 81˚F (27˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the west at 10 MPH (17 KM/H) and humidity at 53%, the heat index is 82˚F (28˚C). Today’s forecast calls forContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Cold Waters’ – One Campaign, Two Endings”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, March 13, 2021, or: Mixing Movie-Making Magic with Submarine Mayhem on My Day Off

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s mid- to late afternoon (depending on your definition) on Saturday, March 13, 2021. Here in New Hometown, Florida it is a nice late winter day (again, depending on one’s perception of “winter); currently, the temperature is 83˚F (28˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 39% and the wind blowing fromContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, March 13, 2021, or: Mixing Movie-Making Magic with Submarine Mayhem on My Day Off”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, March 9, 2021, or: Of Subs and Scripts

Hello, everyone. It’s midafternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 76˚F (24˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the east at 14 MPH (22 KM/H) and humidity at 42%, the feels-like temperature is 75˚F (24˚C). The forecast for today calls for mostly sunny skiesContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, March 9, 2021, or: Of Subs and Scripts”

Old Gamers Never Die: Winning My First Campaign in ‘Cold Waters’

Well, Dear Reader, I did it. I successfully completed a Campaign game in Killerfish Games’ 2017 submarine combat simulation, Cold Waters. And not only did I complete the Campaign – which has a default skill-level setting of Hard and balances out the American Navy’s advanced submarines vis a vis the submarines fielded by the People’sContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Winning My First Campaign in ‘Cold Waters’”