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”

Old Gamers Never Die, or: I Like Blowing Up Stuff in ‘Cold Waters’

Hi, there, Constant (and Not-So-Constant) Reader. Well, the weekend is here, and it’s early Saturday afternoon in my little corner of Florida. It’s a hot mid-summer’s day here; the current temperature is 89 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at 68% and a calm southwesterly breeze of 2 MPH, theContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die, or: I Like Blowing Up Stuff in ‘Cold Waters’”

Book Review: ‘Red Storm Rising’

On August 7, 1986, G.P. Putnam’s Sons published Red Storm Rising, a novel by Tom Clancy. Set sometime in the late 1980s – Clancy and his uncredited author Larry Bond never specifically mention a year in the text – Red Storm Rising is a military thriller that, as in The Hunt for Red October, Clancy’sContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Red Storm Rising’”

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’”

Into the Deep in Steel Coffins: ‘Red Storm Rising’ & ‘Cold Waters’

Running Silent, Running Deep Back in the late Eighties and even into the early 1990s – even after the collapse of the Soviet Union, I loved to spend much of my downtime playing Cold War era military-themed computer games. At the time, I had two different computers: an Apple IIe, which was a gift fromContinue reading “Into the Deep in Steel Coffins: ‘Red Storm Rising’ & ‘Cold Waters’”

‘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!”

Diving Deep Into ‘Cold Waters’: First Combat Missions!

As I continue to explore the many features of Cold Waters, the 2017 submarine simulation developed by the Australian game developer Killerfish Games, I have finally gone beyond Training and moved on to Single Mission combat mode. After three days of trying out most of the tutorial missions in the game – which its designersContinue reading “Diving Deep Into ‘Cold Waters’: First Combat Missions!”

Retro Review: ‘Red Storm Rising’ by MicroProse

If you’re a regular visitor to A Certain Point of View, Too, you might have read my posts about a new computer game that I’ve been playing over the past few days. It’s called Cold Waters, a game that puts you in command of a U.S. Navy nuclear-powered fast attack sub during a hypothetical ThirdContinue reading “Retro Review: ‘Red Storm Rising’ by MicroProse”

Old Gamers Never Die: From ‘Red Storm Rising’ to ‘Cold Waters’

Back in the 1990s, when I first bought my first MS-DOS-based personal computer, I used to play many military-themed simulations and strategy games. Most of them were designed and published by MicroProse Software of Hunt Valley, MD, which was founded by Sid Meier and William “Wild Bill” Stealey in 1982. Although Sid Meier’s Civilization isContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: From ‘Red Storm Rising’ to ‘Cold Waters’”