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”

Old Gamers Never Die: My All-Time Favorite Computer Games

I have loved computer games ever since my father’s brother Sixto gave me my first personal computer – an Apple IIe with a color monitor and an Imagewriter printer – in 1987. At the time, I was still studying journalism at what was then called Miami-Dade Community College, and I badly needed a home computerContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: My All-Time Favorite Computer Games”

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”

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!”

‘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.

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’”