Old Gamers Never Die: Surviving the Battle of the Svalbard Islands in ‘Cold Waters’

Old Gamers Never Die: The Battle of the Svalbard Islands, 5 March 1984 Today I woke up on the Florida room couch at 3:37 AM after falling asleep watching A Nation of Drunkards, the third part of Prohibition: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. I briefly considered going to bed, but instead IContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Surviving the Battle of the Svalbard Islands in ‘Cold Waters’”

Old Gamers Never Die: An Unexpected Victory in ‘Cold Waters’

Well, I finally beat one of Cold Waters’ tougher battles, an almost-straight-out-of-a-Tom Clancy-novel engagement titled Beating the Odds, which pits a Sturgeon-class nuclear-powered fast attack boat against a Soviet surface action group supported by Soviet Naval Aviation patrol planes and – sometimes – submarines. In the month-and-a-half that I’ve been playing what Killerfish Games callsContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: An Unexpected Victory in ‘Cold Waters’”

Thoughts & Musings for August 4, 2020

Hello, there, Dear Reader. It’s late afternoon here in my small corner of Florida, and on this fourth day of August, it is a hot one, at that. Right now, it’s 92˚F (33˚C) under mostly sunny skies; with humidity at 62% and a 9 MPH breeze blowing from the northwest, the feels-like temperature is 105˚FContinue reading “Thoughts & Musings for August 4, 2020”

Weapons of Mass Distraction: Gaming the Blues Away with ‘Cold Waters’

 Another Cloudy Day in Florida… Hello and welcome to another installment of A Certain Point of View, Too, the blog where I give you a little bit of everything – reviews, social commentary, and even a smattering of personal observations about my life, family, and even the odd bit of emotional release. I hope yourContinue reading “Weapons of Mass Distraction: Gaming the Blues Away with ‘Cold Waters’”

Weekend Musings for Saturday, July 18, 2020

Hello, there. Well, here we are on Saturday, July 18, 2020; it’s early afternoon in my corner of Florida, and it’s a hot, cloudy one at that. My weather app informs me that that the temperature outside is 86˚F (30˚C), but with humidity at 77% and an easterly breeze of 12 mph, the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Weekend Musings for Saturday, July 18, 2020”

‘Cold Waters’: Striving to Be a Good Sub Skipper!

Hi, Constant Reader! It’s morning here in my little corner of Florida on Wednesday, July 8, 2020; it’s the middle of the regular work week, and so far it looks like it’s going to be a hot and even rainy day. Right now it’s hot outside; the official temperature is 89˚F (32˚C), but the heatContinue reading “‘Cold Waters’: Striving to Be a Good Sub Skipper!”

‘Cold Waters’: First Impressions

Although Cold Waters boasts sophisticated graphics and an immersive sound design that blends music, sound effects, and voice acting that is light-years beyond anything that Sid Meier and his design team at the old MicroProse could achieve in the late 1980s, there is a lot of Red Storm Rising in its cyber-DNA. They both put you in command of fast attack boats in a Third World War that can take place in different time settings. They are designed in such a way that you go from Training to Single Battle to Campaign in incremental levels of difficulty and complexity. Lastly, both Cold Waters and Red Storm Rising try to strike a balance between realism and playability.