Old Gamers Never Die: Ivan’s Got That Sinkin’ Feeling in ‘Cold Waters’

The time: 1100 Lima, 30 December, 1984 The place: Eastern Atlantic Ocean, near the Bay of Biscay The situation: In an alternate version of 1984, rising tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union have rapidly escalated over a series of incidents, including the shootdown of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 near the SovietContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Ivan’s Got That Sinkin’ Feeling in ‘Cold Waters’”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 4, 2020

Well, Dear Reader, it’s Friday, September 4, 2020 – the first weekend of the ninth month of perhaps one of the worst years I’ve ever lived through, on par with 2015. It’s also the start of the Labor Day weekend, which is not exactly one of my favorite holidays, but whatever. Right now, it’s stillContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 4, 2020”

Old Gamers Never Die: Waging War in the ‘Cold Waters’ of the Taiwan Straits

The date: 20 August 2000. The time: 0700 Hours local time. The situation: USS Seawolf (SSN-21) is in the shallow waters of the narrow Taiwan Straits under orders to intercept and destroy a Chinese amphibious group bound for Taiwan. Primary Target: The merchant ships and landing craft of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s invasion force.Continue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Waging War in the ‘Cold Waters’ of the Taiwan Straits”

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”

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”

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’”

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!”

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’”