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: ‘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’”

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

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early evening here in New Hometown, Florida on Saturday, February 20, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 66˚F (19˚C) under sunny skies – local sunset won’t happen until 6:23 PM Eastern. With humidity at 44% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 11 MPH (17 KM/H), the feels-like temperature isContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Playing My First Campaign in ‘Cold Waters’”

Old Gamers Never Die: A First Look at Killerfish Games’ New WWII Naval Warfare Game ‘War on the Sea’

Hi everyone! Yes, I’m back with another post for the day; this time around, though, the topic is going to be more fun than the previous one (COVID-19 and why we aren’t flattening the curve yet). As the headline of this post says, this will be a “first look” post about a brand-new video gameContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: A First Look at Killerfish Games’ New WWII Naval Warfare Game ‘War on the Sea’”

Old Gamers Never Die, or: Running Silent, Running Deep with ‘Cold Waters’ (Again!)

Hello, Dear Reader. It’s mid-afternoon here on Friday, December 11, 2020. In New Hometown, Florida, the temperature is 72˚F (22˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 6 MPH (9 KM/H) and humidity at 52%, the feels-like temperature is 72˚F (22˚C). Today the high temperature will be 72˚F (22˚C) and theContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die, or: Running Silent, Running Deep with ‘Cold Waters’ (Again!)”

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’”

Sunday Thoughts & Musings, August 16, 2020

Hi, there! Well, it’s late morning as I sit here at my writing desk; by the time I hit publish, though, it will be past noon. It’s a hot day, too; the temperature outside is 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at a soggy 71% and a southwesterly breezeContinue reading “Sunday Thoughts & Musings, August 16, 2020”